A Texan's Honor: The Heart of a Hero Book 2 - eBook  -     By: Shelley Gray
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Abingdon Press / 2012 / ePub

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Texas, 1874. Years ago, Will McMillan had fought in the open, next to his Captain, Clayton Proffitt. Now he's waging another war undercover, pretending to be a member of the notorious Walton Gang.

But when a hostage situation goes awry and an innocent woman is in the middle of the fray, Will knows he must protect her no matter what happens. Even if his cover is blown. Even if they risk being killed by his gang or by the lawmen on their trail. Even if the woman he's risking everything for will never love him back.

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Format: DRM Protected ePub
Vendor: Abingdon Press
Publication Date: 2012
ISBN: 9781426753848
ISBN-13: 9781426753848
Availability: In Stock
Series: Heart of a Hero

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Texas, 1874. Years ago, Will McMillan had fought in the open, next to his Captain, Clayton Proffitt. Now he’s waging another war undercover, pretending to be a member of the notorious Walton Gang.

 

But when a hostage situation goes awry and an innocent woman is in the middle of the fray, Will knows he must protect her no matter what happens. Even if his cover is blown. Even if they risk being killed by his gang or by the lawmen on their trail. Even if the woman he’s risking everything for will never love him back.

Author Bio

Shelley Gray's first Amish novel, Hidden, was nominated for the Inspirational Readers Choice award. Her book Simple Gifts won the Reviewers Choice Award. Shelley’s novel, The Protector, recently made the New York Times bestseller list. A native of Texas, she earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Colorado, and taught school for ten years. She lives in southern Ohio where she writes full time.

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Shelley Gray's A Texan's Honor is a novel about honor, trust, and faith set in Kansas, 1874. Jamie Ellis is a young woman on a train to Kansas, leaving her broken past. While on route, the feared Walton Gang seizes the train. A member of the gang, Will McMillan, is working undercover and feels sorry for Jamie. As the only woman on the train, some see her as property to be used and discarded. Will feels it is his duty to protect her virtue and her life, and so he rescues her by escaping together. While on the run, both try to accept their pasts and find a new purpose. Meanwhile, killer and Walton gang member, Scout Proffitt, chases Will and Jamie with orders to kill them.

Shelley Gray takes readers through the train compartments and across the winter streets of Kansas with Jamie, Will, and Scout. From the beginning, readers follow Jamie’s kidnapping and her escape with Will. Every chapter is told from the perspective of one of the three main characters. Will and Jamie's relationship grows every day. Their respect and care for each other makes readers wonder how they will part ways. The most unforgettable moments are the ones which Jamie spends on the train. The author illustrates the harshness of sinful men toward an innocent woman when they admit she may be raped and killed. Jamie asks God for strength and a quick death, acknowledging she may die. Will is torn between his growing love and the past mistakes he cannot forget. Jamie fears her reputation is ruined because of her kidnapping. She is seen as a tainted and unworthy woman. They struggle with their unknown futures and their value as God’s creations.

The author also introduces another character struggling with self-worth, Kitty. Kitty approaches Scout in his search for Will and Jamie, and asks him to kill her sexually abusive stepfather. Instead, he takes her and tries to find a home where she could start a new life. Scout tells her God has not given up on her. He explains to Kitty that she must have faith, both a faith in God and a faith that there is something better in the world than what they know. Through Scout, the author illustrates Hebrews 11:1, "Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see." Scout's faith and encounter with Kitty lead him to choose a purpose.

Throughout the novel, Jamie, Will, and Scout figure out where they are supposed to be and what they want to do with their lives. Shelley Gray illustrates the protection and value God holds over His people. Scripture is not directly quoted, yet the characters take comfort in God's Word. Women looking for a novel that realistically depicts sin, death, and redemptive grace would enjoy this book. - Sarah C. Cespedes, www.ChristianBookPreviews.com

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  1. Debbie from ChristFocus
    Harrison, AR
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Romance and danger
    July 23, 2014
    Debbie from ChristFocus
    Harrison, AR
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 4

    You don't need to read the first book in this series to understand this one as it only briefly mentions the characters of the previous novel. With the threat of rape and death throughout much of the book, it was full of suspense scenes. The romance part was pretty predictable. It was good enough to keep me reading to the end (unlike the first book in the series), yet still I didn't feel highly engaged in the story. I felt I already knew what was going to happen next. I was more interested in Scout's story as it was much less predictable.

    There were occasional "bloopers" in the writing. For example, Scout left a girl alone in a bedroom and heard her move furniture in front of the door to block it. Yet when he comes back, he acts like that never happened--he simply unlocks the door and enters, not expecting or noticing that the furniture isn't blocking the door. These bloopers confused me about the timeline--did I really understand her writing earlier in the story? So I'd check, and yes I did. I'm surprised these bloopers weren't caught and fixed by an editor.

  2. lcjohnson1988
    Indiana
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    June 6, 2014
    lcjohnson1988
    Indiana
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5

    A Texan’s Promise is the first book that readers might wish to be acquainted with before beginning A Texan’s Honor as the character Scout was introduced in book one. In book two, he is one of two central figures that performs the orders the boss of the gang demands. The other character is a mystery from the start. The Walton Gang takes over a train where one passenger, Jamilyn, is traveling to reach Kansas to meet her remaining family members, having just buried her parents two months earlier.
    As time progresses on the train, Jamilyn is confused by both Scout and Will’s words and actions, yet the ruthlessness of other men in gang is never doubted. In time, Will realizes he has to get the woman off the train if she is to survive, but the snow along with freezing temperatures present an equal challenge of not surviving. Through the long trail to what Will believes is safety for Jamilyn, his heart is in a battle with his mind as he struggles with his feeling for her since he considers her not available.
    I love westerns as different authors bring their own flavor to the stage of the west along with all the action, adventure and romance. Plus a couple of the characters share their faith, Scripture and pray. What is hard is learning the loose ends of the first and second books continue on to another installment, A Texan’s Choice. There are threads of mystery, romance and an unknown future of the main characters in the books. The scenes described are easy to get lost in, and the tension that builds in the novel had me anticipating the time spent in book three! I hope the author continues to write in this genre as she does an excellent job weaving a great western book!

  3. Jools
    Queensland, Australia
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    January 25, 2013
    Jools
    Queensland, Australia
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    Quality: 4
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5

    This book was a joy to read, interesting plots 2 stories being given equal weight and unexpected turns. Not a cordial christian romance book, rather a gutsy raw novel. I'll re-read this one!

  4. Kelly T
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    September 18, 2012
    Kelly T
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5

    Very well written. Interesting plot. I am eager for the next book in the series to be released.

  5. i blog 4 books
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Great for fans of historical romance!
    August 26, 2012
    i blog 4 books

    A Texan's Honor, the second installment of The Heart of a Hero series, was just as good as I expected! The author gives readers quite the intro with a train robbery, murder, and hostages, and it continues to get better from there. Regardless of the fact that Will is part of the gang that held up the train, Jamilyn feels a connection to him and trusts him to help her. She knows it's a huge risk to believe in Will but feels she has no other option.

    Shelley Gray delivers a wonderful book, and I loved the mix of romance and action. At times, I couldn't quite figure out where the story was going, but each time, the author filled in the gaps and brought everything together. She also wove together two stories—those of Will and Jamilyn and of Scout Proffitt. After getting to know Scout a bit, I'm hoping he will be featured in the next book in the series (and that we'll get to connect with Clayton again too!). Historical romance fans will be thrilled with A Texan's Honor! [# stars]

    I received a free copy of this book from Abingdon Press via Net Galley in exchange for my fair and honest review.

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