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Texas Destiny (Texas Trilogy) by [Heath, Lorraine]
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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.
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Product Details

  • File Size: 826 KB
  • Print Length: 384 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins e-books (November 9, 2010)
  • Publication Date: November 9, 2010
  • Sold by: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003V1WS2S
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #97,363 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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By Barks Book Nonsense TOP 1000 REVIEWER on December 19, 2002
Format: Mass Market Paperback
How do I begin to describe such a beautiful story as TEXAS DESTINY? I could talk about the post civil war Texas setting and describe the mail order bride plot but that doesn't even begin to touch on the emotional impact of Ms. Heath's newest work. This book touched me from beginning to end and is a book I'll always treasure. It's also the first of a trilogy. Woo-hoo!

Houston Leigh's brother Dallas has broken his leg and is unable to make the trip to pick up his mail order bride-to-be Amelia Carson. Houston has hideous facial scarring on one side of his handsome face and has lived his adult life hiding in shadows and covering his face with his hat. He has shunned human contact and feels most content in the company of his horses. Because of his scars and less than charming personality Dallas feels it's safe to assume his new bride won't fall for his brother during the three week trek.

Amelia is disappointed that she has to spend three weeks with her fiancé's grouchy brother but tries to make the best out of her situation by trying to engage him in conversation. She bugs him with irritating questions he doesn't want to answer and eventually she gets under his skin. Although it scares him he slowly opens up to her and they form a hesitant friendship which gets stronger as the days pass and they reveal bits of themselves to each other. Both of their lives have been shattered by the war and they've both dealt with it differently. He has given up on his dreams and withdrawn from the world while she is the eternal optimist finding something to be grateful for in every situation. She looks at her future with joy anxiously biding her time when she can turn her dreams into reality.
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How do I begin to describe such a beautiful story as TEXAS DESTINY? I could
say it's set in post civil war Texas and is a mail order bride story, and
part road romance and it could even be classified as a beauty and the beast
tale but that doesn't even begin to touch on the emotional impact of Ms.
Heath's newest work. This book touched me from beginning to end and is a
book I'll always treasure. It's also the first of a trilogy - Yayyy!

Houston Leigh's brother Dallas has broken his leg so he's unable make the
trip to pick up his mail order bride-to-be Amelia Carson. Houston has
hideous facial scarring on one side of his handsome face and has lived his
adult life hiding in shadows and covering his face with his hat. He has
shunned human contact and feels most content in the company of his horses.
Because of his scars and less than charming personality Dallas feels it's
safe to assume his new bride won't fall for his brother during the three
week trek.

Amelia is disappointed that she has to spend three weeks with her fiance's
grouchy brother but tries to make the best out of her situation by trying to
engage him in conversation by bugging him with irritating questions he
doesn't want to answer. Eventually she gets under his skin and although it
scares him he slowly opens up to her and they form a hesitant friendship
which gets stronger as the days pass and they reveal bits of themselves to
each other. Both of their lives have been shattered by the war and they've
both dealt with it differently.
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I read "Texas Splendor" and "Texas Glory" before I read about Houston. I think at the time I read them, "Texas Destiny" was very hard to find and, let me tell you, I am so glad I found it.
Houston's brother, Dallas, sends him to pick up his mail order bride from Fort Worth because his leg is hurt. Not in so many words, but it's understood, Dallas feels nothing can transpire between Houston and Amelia because the left side of Houston's face had been disfigured by the war, as well as the fact that he is a loner and carries so much emotional baggage because of it, he is basically uncommunicative. But we discover that it takes a special person to draw him out and we get a glimpse into his wonderful heart. We travel with Houston and Amelia on their journey, during which they form an emotional attachment to each other as well as to the reader and fall in love despite Houston's disfigurement.
Lorraine Heath has a way of peeling away the layers like no one else. Since we get a glimpse into Houston's soul, his disfigurement becomes moot and he becomes more desirable in our eyes as as well as Amelia's. The part where they ride into the herd of horses in order to capture them is told so intimately that it could have been a scene where the couple made love.
I'm going to have to go back and re-read "Texas Splendor" and "Texas Glory" because I don't want to leave these brothers behind yet. A few other books by other authors have made me feel that way, but Lorraine Heath is by far, on the top of the list.
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