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A Texan's Promise: The Heart of a Hero Series - Book 1 Paperback – October 1, 2011
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About the Author
Shelley Gray's first Amish novel, Hidden, was nominated for the Inspirational Readers Choice award. Her book Simple Gifts won the Reviewers Choice Award. Shelley’s novel, The Protector, recently made the New York Times bestseller list. A native of Texas, she earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Colorado, and taught school for ten years. She lives in southern Ohio where she writes full time.
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-Lubbock was only founded in 1876 and yet the book begins in 1875 and the Circle Z Ranch is supposed to be near it.
-Vanessa and Clayton claim to miss the bluebonnets and Indian paint brush from 'home'. These wildflowers are not found anywhere near today's Lubbock. Ditto for pecan trees.
-The use of modern words, as other reviewers have pointed out.
-The book really needs a good editor to clean up the errors.
-The timing of how long it would take to get from one location to another on horseback just seems too unbelievable. The whole book is supposed to span only two months.
-At one point the reader is told that the money Vanessa's father put in the bank for her was not that much and yet the dastardly step-father leaves the Circle Z for almost 2 months in order to drag her back to take possession of her money. Was it not that much or was it a lot? It can't be both.
-Vanessa's mother married the villain within weeks of her beloved husband's death. Really? She lives on a huge ranch in the middle of no-where and it only takes a couple of weeks for the villain to find her, woo her and convince her to marry him?
This book had potential, it just didn't meet it.
Everyone was stupid. Everyone kept doign stupid things. Okay, running away was smart... Maaaaybe telling every single sheriff on their way what had happened couuuld have been smart... Maybe. Possibly. Only- there really was no reason they would believe the hero over the girl's family?
Now, what I don't get. How come the most traumatizing event of the heroine's life, which she agonizes can't get over for, like, two whole months .... just.. fades away. Why is she so convinced the antagonist is just going to forget about her? IMMEDIATLY AFTER BEING TOLD HE ISN'T?
I just... The narrative wasn't bad, per se, but the anachronisms abounded but one could have forgotten that if the plot hadn't been so paper thin. I just. I get the feeling the author had the poorest, most basic idea of a plot and just... couldn't think of something better. i just get this feeling the author was thinking "No, wait, this is stupid" because at no point there is any other reason for the heroine to go and do that other that "I *really* think we should do that".
And in all honestly, the relationship between hero and heroine was vaguely uncomfortable. Not because of the age difference, because I kind of love that trope, but just. I never see them have a relationship. He 'adores' her, in the worst sense of the word. Sure, we are told they talk things out, but at no point does he ever seem to actually listen to her or care for what she says or wants, and she... pretty much didn't have a personality? A secondary character had far more interesting story and characterization than her, and she was there for maybe a page and a half in total.
The first half of the novel kept me hooked with suspense. After Chapter Twelve, the plot seems to fall apart. Clayton and Vanessa’s thoughts become repetitive in regards to their relationship. Instead of building on their “marriage of convenience,” their insecurities play a prominent role. Also there is a big build up for the villainous Price Venture in the opening pages, but he becomes one-dimensional and his demise is predictable. Overall, I felt like the chapters were choppy and did not connect fluidly together.
A Texan’s Promise has a combination of faith and hope is infused into the damsel in distress plot. While it did disappoint me, I do plan on reading the next two books in the “Heart of a Hero” series.