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Texas Roots: The Gallaghers of Sweetgrass Springs Book 1 (Texas Heroes) (Volume 7) Paperback – December 13, 2014
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New York Times and USAToday bestselling Texas romance author of over 40 novels, including the popular TEXAS HEROES series, a five-time RITA finalist and RT BOOKReviews Career Achievement Award winner, Jean Brashear knows a lot about taking crazy chances. A lifelong avid reader, at the age of forty-five with no experience and no training, she decided to see if she could write a book. It was a wild leap that turned her whole life upside down, but she would tell you that though she’s never been more terrified, she’s never felt more exhilarated or more alive. She’s an ardent proponent of not putting off your dreams until that elusive ‘someday’—take that leap now.
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Scarlett's mother had died, and the only family Scarlet had, that she knew of, until going through her mother's things, found she had a Grandmother in Sweetgrass Springs, After Scarlet was threatened during the night, while sleeping, with a knife at her throat, by mafia thugs warning her not to testify, she packed what she could, and with a box of momentos of her mother, she headed to Sweetgrass Springs, in Texas. Scarlet was hoping to find her Grandmother, and find safety in distance until needed to testify.
How the author unfolds the story of Scarlet and Sweetgrass Spring is very pleasant, that I wished I was part of the town and had a home in such a beautiful area. The people in this story are hearty, strong spirited and caring. I loved Ruby, the Grandmother, who runs a restaurant at 71 years of age, and how she just opens her heart and home to those that need a place. Really, I can't describe the story good enough to do it justice. This is well worth reading, that you'll fall in love with Sweetgrass Springs and it's legend, and all the characters and wish you were there too.
Scarlett Ross trusted the wrong man to love and to fund her restaurant... He turned out to have ties to the mob. When an ambitious prosecutor wanted her to testify against her boyfriend, her name and life was ruined. When two toughs almost cut her throat, she grabbed everything she could and ran... to one place she only heard of two weeks ago... A little town called Sweetgrass Springs in Texas, where her mother came from, but never mentioned. Scarlett was all alone in the world after her mother's death, and only in browsing through her mother's diary did she find that she does have a grandma in Texas. On the way, she was stranded by a flat tire and was rescued by sexy cowboy Ian McLaren, who also lived in town. As Scarlett found her grandma Ruby, her hesitation grew... How will she fit in in the quiet lifestyle and the close-knit community? How could she tell her grandma, whom she had never seen, that momma is gone? How could he tell Ian that she's interested but not ready? How could she explain that dangerous men are after her and she could never put anyone in town in danger? And as she grew more attached to the town, that she must leave before she hurt any more people?
The "going home" stories are evergreen in in romance, but going back to a "home" you never knew you had? That's definitely a new spin on things. The FMC was also heavily encouraged to stay, partly to help grandma, partly so she can be with the MMC. The threat was neutralized later, while not primary of her doing, was handle much more adeptly than a different romance with a very similar premise which I will not mention by name. The suspense itself was still a bit weak, IMHO, but it did not distract from the rest of the book.
Texas Secrets - A well written, heartwarming romance filled with suspense, wonderful characters and a good plot. I couldn't put the book down once I started.
Texas Wild - A well written, heartwarming, suspenseful romance filled with wonderful characters and a good plot. I couldn't put the book down once I started. This book has two prologues and an overview, which I appreciate.
All three books are part of the families of the Sweetgrass Springs Series and Morning Star Series.
I thoroughly enjoyed Scarlett and Ian's story, not to mention all the other characters I was able to meet in MS Brashear's story world, especially a certain spirit lady whose story is undoubtedly linked to those of the amazing families of Sweetgrass Springs. I can't wait to read more.
The story itself kept me enthralled. Little bits of info about Scarlett's past were dropped into the telling while the love story between her and Ian was created.
I love the tightness and caring and helpfulness of the small town and the message of family that was woven into the tale.
All this makes for a great story that will appeal to lovers of a good mystery and a beautiful love story.