- Mass Market Paperback: 384 pages
- Publisher: Berkley (June 1, 1997)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0451407520
- ISBN-13: 978-0451407528
- Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1 x 7 inches
- Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 111 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,394,917 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Texas Destiny Mass Market Paperback – June 1, 1997
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Don't read this fabulous book in public unless you're prepared to weep in front of strangers. Amelia Carson is a mail-order bride. She has come to Texas to marry Dallas, the ranch owner she has corresponded with for a year. But a broken leg (and fate) requires Dallas to send his brother, Houston, to meet Amelia in his place. Physically and emotionally scarred by the war, Houston doesn't believe he will ever find love. When he falls in love with his brother's betrothed, he never expects her to return his feelings. Together they discover that without honor, love is meaningless.
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Mail-order bride Amelia Carson expects her future husband, Dallas Leigh, to meet her when she gets off the train in Fort Worth. However, a broken leg prevents him from traveling, so the job of escorting her falls to his brother, Houston. Women are scarce, but Houston, who had lost an eye and was badly scarred during the Civil War, should pose no romantic threat. Soon Houston realizes that he can't watch his brother marry the woman he has come to love. The author writes directly and movingly about the shattering effect the Civil War has on three of its survivors. With its superb levels of characterization and poignantly satisfying plot, this is a book readers will treasure. Heath (Always To Remember, Jove, 1996, a 1997 Rita nominee for Short Historical) lives in Plano, Texas.
Copyright 1997 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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The story itself isn't too bad although completely unbelievable. Innocent and pretty mail order bride meets her future husband's brother and travels alone with him through the wilderness. He's scarred inside and out from injuries sustained in the civil war. Naturally, on the way to her new home, they encounter many obstacles and fall in love. He doesn't think he's worth it so lets her marry his brother. In the end - and without anyone dying- they get their HEA.
I tried to like this book but every time I thought maybe I could I realized that no, I just can't get into it.
The book also needs some editing.
So, there's definitely potential but imo the book just wasn't good enough for three stars.
I absolutely loved every page of this story! It was expertly written in my opinion. This is my first time reading this author. I loved the dialogue. Dialogue has become really important to me as a reader. And I really could not figure how this was going to work out and end happily as sparks and crazy gentleness began to jump of the pages between two who were not supposed to fall for each other. Houston was literally being breathed back to life by this gregarious woman, one question and one smile from her at a time. And Amelia was learning about gentle, deep love for the first time.
This is a precious beautiful story about bonding over the trials in traveling over the vastness of Texas by mules and wagon, post Civil War era. The love of horses, the use of horse analogies and the Texas starry nights were a wonder to read. And seeing these two completely remove any walls between them and really become friends plus just a little more... made me swoon and sigh. This story made me cry but has a happy ending ...and the last forty percent or so takes place on the desolate, yet productive cattle ranch. We meet all three Leigh brothers. I can not wait for more women to arrive and steal the hearts of the other two brothers! They are all so different!
She has outdone herself with the Texas Trilogy ~ Texas Destiny, Texas Glory and Texas Splendor! It is too hard to pick a favorite here because each book offers a study of complex people, struggling with their own demons and looking for redemption. They are full fledged novels, but it is best to read them in order.
When Dallas sends for a Mail Order Bride, in the hope that he will find a woman to share his passion of building the dynasty of his dreams, he has no idea what awaits him upon her arrival. Due to an accident, he has sent his brother Houston to meet her instead. Ten years after the Civil War, Houston has grown used to people's reaction to his face, with an eye patch covering his blindness, and changed so horrifically by scars. Subconsciously, Dallas feels no threat from his brother, travelling the long distance to bring her back, as he can't imagine a woman being attracted to him. What takes place between them, though, during the long trek home, is an amazing mingling of souls, flourished by love. Amelia, with her inner strength and dignity marries Dallas anyway, to honor her promise to him.
The extraordinary relationship between brothers, as different as day and night, is powerful and poignant. With great respect and insight, Dallas is able to understand that Amelia is meant to be with Houston. An annulment paves the way for them to be together. Dallas is not an easy man to like but when he allows his vulnerabilities to show, he is easy to love.
In the continuing saga, we are introduced to Dee, a sheltered and naive young woman who becomes a pawn in the game her father and brothers are playing, in order to increase their ranch land. Dee agrees to marry Dallas to achieve peace, not realizing until she is no longer under her family's abusive thumbs, how resilient and strong she is. Her awakening is a beautiful thing to see.
The final story is about Austin, the youngest brother who wishes to distinguish himself from his brothers and take a different path. His musical talent and sensitivity are tested beyond belief when he is accused of murdering one of Dee's brothers. In order to protect someone, he refuses the alibi that would affect the result and is sent to prison for 5 years. What happens next is the unfolding of a love story that is more exquisite than I can describe.
Dallas and Dee, I adore; Houston and Amelia, enchant me; But, Austin and Loree are the epitome of love, that were we able to spread it around, the world would be a better place. These books bring to light what family should be and the fact that they survive, despite unspeakable evil, is a testament to the human spirit. Bravo, Ms. Heath, that's all I can say!