For A Texan's Choice, the 3rd and thankfully last book in The Heart of a Hero Series.
I cannot believe this author even sells books.
Gray's writing and thinking is incredibly biblically inaccurate. Again, it seems as though every single character in her books is "saved," regardless of the kind of lives they live. For example, the drunk, worthless, gambling, loser of a father at the very beginning or dies, yet somehow went to "be with the Lord." All because he believes in God. Believing in God DOES NOT SAVE YOU! Satan himself believes in God! The gospel is never, ever presented in her books. Jesus Christ himself is never mentioned (not to my memory). Her idea of salvation is simply believing God exists or even "might" exist, have a desire to be forgiven, and wanting to go to heaven. To the author, that's what it takes to be saved, totally disregarding the need for a saving faith, REPENTANCE, and the regenerating power of the Holy Spirit. She thinks that WE are the ones that make the "great changes in" our lives to "become the person[s]" we "wanted to be," that's it's simply a decision we make. The author places absolutely everything on the person, and nothing on God, the only one who truly can save. The author actually believes we're DESERVING of God's grace (pg 111)!! She believes we end up having to "pay penance" for the things we do wrong (pg 262). She writes as though either everyone has faith as soon as they're born, or that people plant or "give" the "seeds"=faith into others: she states "...we all have to make peace with our faith at one time or another." What does that even mean??!! No, we don't "make peace" with our faith or anything else. She says, "I have a feeling you and your sister and father GAVE HIM THE SEEDS, but Scout took the time to WATER and NURTURE that FAITH" (emphasis mine). The seeds that are planted is not faith! Faith comes from God; from hearing the WORD of God, the gospel. Gray has no idea what a saving faith is, or how one truly becomes a child of God.
Once again, so much in this book echoes the first and second books. Russel's step father tries to rape Russel's girlfriend, so Russel kills him (Miles, his sister, and Price); Scout and Rosemarie are basically forced to marry due to circumstances (Clayton and his wife).
One main character, Rosemarie, has, of course, such a terrible home life, her mother hates her, she's abandoned by all her family. All the females in Gray's books are so WEAK; and most of the characters have such awful lives (Russel grew up being beaten and starved), and all are just plain ridiculous in their thinking!! Scout is just so absolutely certain that his whole family hates him; nothing at all ever gave him a reason to think that; in fact just the opposite is true!! (mainly stated in 1st book). Scout comes home to fine Clayton there; Clayton hugs Scout, and when he pulls away, Clayton's eyes are wet and he says, "I'm sorry.... It's just for a while there, I was afraid I'd never see you again." And a little later Scout actually asks Clayton if he hates him!!! How stupid is that?!
The author curses/cusses/swears. Some authors believe (although I doubt it's without conviction. And if it is, well, they should be examining themselves) they can use certain words simply because they are, indeed, "normal" words; that is, they aren't necessarily curse words. For example, hell is a word; it is a real place in which the unredeemed with spend eternity. But used any other way than that, it becomes a swear word. Another example is damn. Another is ass; ass is a donkey; used any other way is a curse word. That's what this author does with at lease two of these terms.
For some reason, although it's not that important, Gray believes that having sex makes a marriage "legal," That's what a marriage license is for (because that's the law of the land).
I absolutely do not recommend this book or any other book by this author to anyone. No one.
I felt this was another good read by Shelley. Once I started reading I could hardly put the book down. I'm a sucker for a bad guy turning his life around, especially in a historical setting. I did think it would have been more difficult for Scout to just suddenly decide he didn't want to be a killer anymore and change his ways. Part of that change starts in book two (which you really don't have to read before this one) which helps you understand more of why he wants to change and how he's on the road to do so. I do find that there are a lot of typos in the text, mostly with bad grammar. I'm not sure if she does this intentionally so the language is like they would have talked back in the 1800's frontier with little schooling. All in all, I think this is a good back and a good series to read.
What a palatable tension builds in the last book of this series, it was terrific! All three novels are stories of hope and redemption when all seems lost, broken and the characters despair of life in dire situations. The tale starts with the first novel in the series A Texan's Promise continues with A Texan's Honor before winding up parts of the story in the final book reviewed today. One of the many things I enjoy about stories and authors is the many differences in writing style, plot, characters and themes. Shelly Gray wraps up the novel series by tying up some loose ends in the books while leaving some unfinished, left to the readers imaginations.
I was captivated by the books, characters and the way the writer shows how faith can play such a huge role in life. Usually fictional plots, characters and more is taken both from the imagination of the author along with experiencing and watching human beings. Readers will be able to relate to the characters as they think on their pasts along with choices that they made and the probable consequences thereof both short and long term.
Shelley Gray does a wonderful job of showing us through her novel series that while we tend to assume others think one way about us, it is not usually how they really do. A couple of her characters were afraid of moving forward in contacting people because of letting their assumptions dictate their choices. Yet, in a real climactic moment the walls of hearts come down in the characters and as a result they see how so much alike they are really alike when all is said and done. A bunch of the men longed for new beginnings but feeling unworthy of such a leap from how they currently were living lawless lives to normal ones seemed impossible. Therein is the picture of what faith is, being convinced of what is hoped for along with knowing that without the Lord truly new beginnings aren't possible.
I hope during this summer you take some time to read and appreciate the various adventures and fictional people introduced in all three books. The author did a splendid job and I am glad to have found these books and stories!
The third in a series, this book can easily be read alone (but I can guarantee will leave you rushing to get more of Shelley's Heart of a Hero books). Shelley, has brilliantly taken us back in time to late 1800's; introducing us to outlaws, cattle rustlers, ranchers and everyday people who struggled to survive. It is this fight for survival, with which readers identify. We first meet Rosemarie as she tends to the bedside of her dieing father. Immediately, we can sense she is a troubled young lady, but why? Sadness envelopes her, yet obviously it is not from her father's impending death. Does it come from her family's poorness, which is clearly seen as we enter the Bar C ranch? A poorness, which surely hits the eyes of Scout Proffit, as he rides up to stake his claim. Scout, the outlaw who's fame precedes him. Soon, Rosemarie's troubles, the reasons behind them and Scout's battle to put his fame behind him become lives entwined in the town known as Broken Promise.Their lives continue and we begin to understand answers as to why Rosemarie appears as she does, we also realize how each of us has a bit of Rosemarie in us. Reading on, we sense something else, something which cannot be seen...but was it? Before long we are in the camp of young outlaws, traveling the land, carrying secrets and searching their lives; much like young men (an women) of today. Finally we meet Miles Grant; a wealthy, yet seeming shy and insecure man. Miles owns the largest ranch in Camp Hope, a bustling town in complete contrast to Broken Promise. Past hurts, past mistakes, self-doubt and how they effect our characters lives, our characters and our own lives can be pondered. Through daily acts, their interacting lives, events which happen, confessions, we see each characters relationship with God; whether they are searching for it or trying to regain it. A Texan's Choice, enthralls readers with action, humor, identifiable characters and is one of those books you don't want to set down.
Scout Proffitt thought he would never be able to measure up to his brother Clayton - hero of the Civil War. Rosemarie was blamed for her brother's death. Then Scout shows up at the ranch claiming he is the owner. Rosemarie regains her perspective on life, her faith and finds friendship and love on the way to a new life. Shelley Gray is a terrific author. I don't usually like to read anything set in the West but I truly enjoyed this book. I'm a fan of Shelley Shepard Gray and I bought the book because she is the author. I highly recommend anything by Shelley.