In this book compared to Marcia Gruver's other two, it gets a little slower start. But one has to build the story. But before long you are swept up in the story and living the life on the Western Frontier. Emily is headstrong which is a characteristic I see in one of my daughter's. She will hold her own regardless. She struggles with the fact her parents want her to go with them instead of to her married sister's where she prefers to go. There are the struggles of a young woman embarking on adult hood and not understanding her parents reasons.Diego's Mother has a dream that she believes in going to be Diego's future wife. But he has a hard time deciding on which woman he is suppose to love. It takes him time before he realizes who God has for him.The part that kept me rivoted to the book was the going to buy cattle by Bertha. On the drive back to the ranch with cattle the boss bought, adventure becomes danger. You find yourself feeling the story from this point on. You hold your breath and hope and pray right along with those in the story. Faith is built as you go through this story. I know as I am battling struggles with my Mom and Alhemizer's and about sunk under the load of the situation. But many times this story has spoke to my heart.
I'll have to agree that Marcia is a beautiful storyteller. This is the third book I have read of her's and I am looking forward to her next one. I have a love of the Hispanic people so the story touched one of my soft spots.The take home value for me is that Marcia showed Emmy's change from a self willed young woman in previous stories into a still spunky young woman who is now tempered by her love of the Lord. But she doesn't have to give up her natural lively personality to please Him.
Journey back to Humble, Texas one last time! When we last saw Emmy Dane, she was reconciling with her best friend Charity Bloom. Now we get to see her on her own in EMMY'S EQUAL, the third book in the Texas Fortunes series.Emmy is on a trip with her parents and Bertha Bloom to Carrizo Springs, Texas, and she is not happy about it one bit. Then she meets ranch foreman Diego Marcelo and things start to look up. Diego is trying to run the Twisted R Ranch, despite constant disagreements with John Rawson's son Cuddy and his own mother. Having the Blooms and Danes as guests is not making this task any easier for him. When an unexpected situation arises, Diego and Emmy will have to learn to work together, or risk losing the ones they love.EMMY'S EQUAL is a great ending to this trilogy, seamlessly returning readers to scenes from the first book, DIAMOND DUO. Emmy was the most interesting character for me, as she was so tough and selfish. Gruver has a gentle yet powerful writing style that captures the richness and simplicity of the times, as well as the dangers and ruggedness of the unfamiliar terrain.