This was my first time reading Shelley Gray and I look forward to more of her books. Historical reads are my favorite kind and I think Shelley writes a very good story. I was engrossed from the beginning and thought she had a great story line. I felt she made her characters come to life in my mind. I started with book #2 in this series because it sounded the most intriguing. I had no problem figuring out any characters introduced from the first book. On the down side, every so often you will read something you question and have to look back to make sure if that is what actually happened. Some of the grammar is confusing as well. I wonder who is proof reading and if the author means for the wording to be the way it is so it sounds like speech would have been back then. Despite this, I would recommend this series to anyone who enjoys historical romances.
Gray has an amazing plot, filled with amazing characters and high action drama. The settings are described without overmuch detail while still communicating place, and the historical details themselves are the same while describing necessities we modern women might not otherwise consider and how they impact the story. I also like how the book (a second in a series) uses characters that were previously mentioned in the first book--it kind of creates a more familiar community while you are reading.
There are a few issues I have with her story. First, the characters are christian but it is this peripheral awareness of their christianity. The character's faith doesn't "grab" at you. Second, the romance almost seems second place to the drama and plot--which are both amazing, but if you want the warm fuzzy romance grab a different book. Third, after having read the first book, I see a pattern in scenes and developments. And I do believe that some of the details get a little altered between the books even though they are using a group of characters that we have read about previously.
I would recommend this book, but tell my friends it's more plot than romance.
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.
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!