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

  • File Size: 893 KB
  • Print Length: 100 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins e-books (November 9, 2010)
  • Publication Date: November 9, 2010
  • Sold by: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003V1WSKK
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Lorraine Heath writes Texan heroes like no one else. Austin Leigh is the youngest brother of the three Leigh boys (all named after the well-known cities in the Lone Star state). He's grown up a lot since the first in this trilogy, when he was 15. When Texas Splendor starts, he gets out of jail after spending 5 years in the slammer for a crime he didn't commit. And he doesn't know what to do with himself other than find the person that really did commit the crime. Life has changed in his hometown - his nieces and nephews have grown up, his brothers have changed, and he can't hear the music in his head that he used to hear so he doesn't play his violin anymore.
It is in searching for the real killer that Austin runs across Loree. She, too, has not had an easy life. Her family was killed by someone a few years back and she's very scarred from the incident.
Both of these characters are well-written. Heath does a good job of developing their pasts, their motivations, and their actions. Austin's journey to finding the music is very poignant. I enjoyed reading about a character was was really trying to find *himself* - his place in life, and a way to express himself. This is the best part of the book, and sets it apart from its predecessors in the series, because both of Austin's older brothers knew what they were doing in life, and finding love was just something extra. Austin finds love and himself along the way.
The only thing missing from this book was that added layer that I know Heath can add (she did an excellent job of it in Texas Destiny, and later in Never Love a Cowboy). The conclusion of Texas Splendor seemed a bit pat. I would have liked a little more exploration of Austin and Loree's burgeoning trust. But, as I've said before, a good Heath is a great anything else. So all in all, Texas Splendor is a success and I highly recommend it.
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Right up front, I'll confess to being a big fan of Ms. Heath's. She writes heart-warming romances that just make me feel good. I felt good with this one, too. Austin is that particular species of Western male hero who is big on honor and justice, and not always ruled by logic. He is more heart than head. The heroine is good of heart, strong of conscience and lovingkindness (hence the degree of her torturedness over an act she is hard-pressed to live with). They end up filling the voids in each other --as couples will in good romances.If someone goes into this novel primarily wanting the who-done-it aspect, they're going to find the middle slow. Why? The book puts romance FIRST, and the middle is mostly the unfolding emotional story (with its attendant internal conflicts) of Austin and Loree. For romance lovers, that fills the bill very nicely. The who-done-it doesn't take precedence again until the couple is well-established. I would have given it five stars if I really believed that someone would prefer years in prison over telling the truth about a lover's tryst that might hurt a gal's reputation. Sorry, but I can't buy it totally. No true self-respecting woman and no brain-alive man is going to put up with torture and deprivation for five years to cover up some youthful sexual escapade. But I still loved the story and read it straight through til the end. I've read all of Heath's TEXAS novels. They're all good romantic reads and I recommend them to lovers of romance, particularly Western romances.I sure hope Ms. Heath has a story coming for Rawley, the abused adopted son of Dallas Leigh--the eldest of the three brothers. MAN..I sure want to see that novel!!! **Mir**
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This is the third and final book in the Texas trilogy, and in my opinion, the weakest of the three, but you have to read it anyway to see how Austin's story turns out. At the end of Texas Glory, Austin had just been sentenced to five years for a murder he didn't commit. He had an alibi, because he was with his sweetheart Becky Oliver, but he wouldn't say so because of the damage to her reputation. (Uh huh, because it's totally better to for her reputation to see her boyfriend go to jail for five years, then marry him and start a family under the specter of his murder conviction, than it would have been to fess up, exonerate him, and repair the damage to her reputation by getting married right off, but no one seems to think of that.)

Anyway, Austin serves his time and comes home only to find out the fickle Becky has married his best friend. (That's gotta sting.) Reeling from this betrayal and belatedly concerned with clearing his name, Austin heads for Austin (the town) to search for the real killer...and is successful in a way that is utterly absurd. (I knew early on how that mystery would turn out, but hoped I was wrong; when it was revealed as I'd predicted, I groaned out loud at the sheer ridiculousness of it.)

On the way to Austin, Austin meets Loree, a solitary girl with a tormented soul to match his own. One thing leads to another, they end up 'having to' marry, and only afterwards do they learn how to trust and love each other. That part of the story is unexceptional (except for the aforementioned ridiculousness) and kind of slogging. The epilogue, in which Austin picks up his violin for the first time in six years and is a musical prodigy all of a sudden, challenges credulity, but that's a minor quibble compared to the other baloney the plot requires you to swallow.

In the end, the series is pretty great, but this is a silly way to end it.
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