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Under a Texas Sky Hardcover – August 6, 2013

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Young actress Anna Finnegan is plucked from obscurity in a St. Louis theater to play the lead in a Hollywood western. Shot on location in hardscrabble Redstone, Texas, the film is being sabotaged by an unknown person who has hired local criminals to set fires, steal, and create mayhem on the set. If that’s not enough excitement, Anna is also fending off advances from a lecherous costar and bullying from the other female lead. Off set, she manages to fall for the local blacksmith, Dalton Barnes, who is hardworking, handsome, fiercely proud, and not at all interested in the trappings of Hollywood. Dalton and Anna come up with a plan to expose the saboteur, save the movie, and live happily ever after. Set during the Prohibition era and replete with stereotypical Hollywood and western characters, the latest from romance doyenne Garlock mixes light suspense with traditional romance for an entertaining effect. --Aleksandra Walker

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"Every Dorothy Garlock book is synonymous with a great read."―Janet Dailey

"There is nothing better than Dorothy Garlock at her best."―Sandra Brown, New York Times bestselling author
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Grand Central Publishing (August 6, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0446540234
  • ISBN-13: 978-0446540230
  • Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 1.2 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,262,786 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Judith Peterson on August 6, 2013
Format: Paperback
This is a historical fiction about living in the late 1920's to mid-1930's when the film industry searched for the next star by visiting theaters and street corners from coast to coast, when the only mode of transportation for long distance was the train, when people went to the theater to be entertained, when those with only a dream of making something of themselves was brighter than any star in the sky. That's what this is about. It's about a woman who did whatever she could to survive her early years and made it to the silver screen. It's about love and hope and greed. It's about how your dreams may not be what you really want after all. Life is filled with surprises. This story is filled with surprises, love, wonder and deceit.

There is mystery in that someone is out to sabotage the film. Who is it? You wonder and enjoy how the new starlet and her first love go about solving the mystery. Will she see her name up in lights and be famous? Will she survive the filming of her first movie? You read until you get to the last page.

The stars over Texas were brighter than any light you may have ever seen. Each star is brighter than a spotlight.

Love. Hope. What else is there?

When I finished this book, I felt content. This was new for me. A book doing this? Now that's writing!

Pick up a copy of this book today! You won't regret it!
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By Mrmom on August 22, 2013
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I am a long time Garlock fan and have read everything she has written. Unfortunately, this story just did not hold my interest. I had to make myself finish the book. I usually can't put one of DG's books down, put that wasn't the case this time. I thought the characters were boring and shallow. Just disappointing.
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I am normally a big fan of Dorothy Garlock's books but I don't rate this one very highly. I've read about half of the book and have yet to really connect to the characters or the story. I will eventually finish the book but I've put it aside to read something else right now.
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Dorothy Garlock has been one of my favorite authors for as long as I have been reading her books. She can tell the best stories no matter what era she's writing about. I loved her stories during the 1800s and the 1900s. She makes you feel a part of the story and being there with the characters that are so interesting. I could sit and read one book after another of hers and enjoy all of them. I've learned a lot about History through her stories and will continue to read them until she retires from writing them.
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I had to force myself to finish this book. The premise sounded interesting, with a Hollywood starlet falling for the local blacksmith, but unfortunately the actual story was boring, anachronistic and uninspiring.

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The story begins with the heroine, Anna, getting discovered in a playhouse. A very nice, fatherly Hollywood producer tells her she's perfect to play the lead in his latest film and she instantly signs up. The movie is being filmed on location in Texas so she soon finds herself in a backwater little town. Literally the moment she steps off the train she gets flattened by the hero, Dalton. I liked Anna's character well enough. She was down-to-earth, hard working and pleasant. However Dalton was another matter.

He came across as a petulant child with a violent streak and a massive chip on his shoulder. He immediately gains a powerful hate for all the "Hollywood people" for basically no reason at all. It's not like he's got some story in his past of a Hollywood person doing him wrong, or even that anyone has been particularly rude to him since this current movie started filming. Nope, he just automatically assumes that everyone must necessarily be an obnoxious snob and proceeds to act accordingly. The reason he plows into Anna is because he sees the crowd gathered to welcome her train and decides in his mind that he's going to teach the Hollywood people some sort of lesson by refusing to walk around. It's ridiculous and childish. This is only an issue in Dalton's own small mind. No one is even asking him to walk around and no one gives a damn if he chooses to walk through the crowded train depot. The only one with an issue here is Dalton himself.
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Historical romance is not my preferred genre, however I always enjoy this author's books and this is no exception. The story itself-a romance between a blacksmith and a fledgling Hollywood actress is a little different from the author's usual h/h, and the book seemed a little quicker and less detailed, but it was a pleasant and enjoyable change from my usual reading. If you like historical romance this author writes well with a little bit of old fashioned phrasing which adds realism to the experience. Recomended to all lovers of the genre.
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Romance with some Mystery!
A well written romance. Just as soon as I thought I knew "who dun nit" the plot twisted and turned again! Garlock novels always are worth the time invested. Enjoy! NetGalley and Grand Central Publishing provided an advanced review copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
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