A Texan's Honor is the second book in Shelley's series The Heart of a Hero. I didn't enjoy this book as much as A Texan's Promise, thanks to all the killing (to be expected in a train robbery/kidnapping story) but it was a quick, engaging read. I hoped the best for Will and Jamie, as well as Scout Proffitt and Kitty. Life in post-Civil War America was very hard, but I think we often forget that these days. Shelley's writing helped me feel the swaying of the train and the bitter cold. Be sure to get this book if you enjoy historical romances with subtle faith messages.
With thanks to Abingdon Press via NetGalley for my review copy.
Will McMillian had served in the war under Captain Clayton Proffitt (A Texan's Promise). Since then he has become a US Marshal and works undercover. He had been with the Walton Gang for almost two years now and sometimes Will forgot he was not really one the bad guys. His Boss, James Walton, takes over a train for the bankroll and silver they take hostages. One happened to be a beautiful young woman, Jamilyn Ellis. Will takes Jamie under his protection so the other guys can't hurt her. She reminds him of a time in life when things were better. When it looks like he may not be able to protect her life and virtue from the other men, they jump off the train. But he knows Walton will send the killer, Scout Proffitt, after them. Walton don't leave loose ends.
Jamie was heading to her aunts in Kansas. They had agreed to take her in after both of her parents passed away from illness. Only that ride from Colorado to Kansas City changes her life. At first she fears Will, but slowly on she begins to trust him.
Some of the story is shown through Scout's view as well. How he is opposite of his law abiding brother, Clayton. Everyone see's Scout as a killer and fears him. Both Will and Scout seem to lose belief that God could still care for them. They had been in the war, and it changed them. Jamie lost her two brothers in the war and it changed her life as well. Her parents mourned her brother's and forgot she existed. Both books in this series have been exceptional.
I enjoyed this book as much as I loved the first in the series, A Texan's Promise.
A Texan's Honor is a fast moving story with adventure, trial and romance. Three of my favorite things to make a book great! Shelley Gray does a wonderful job with the second book in her Heart of a Hero series.
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.
The main female character in this book is someone that you can relate to. The author writes her story in a way that allows you imagine what you would do in her circumstances. Will, the other main character of the book, is someone that you can respect and as you get to know him, you begin understand his part in what happens in the book.
This book shows God's provision and His forgiveness. It shows how God can take a horrible situation and turn it for the good of those who love Him.
Shelley Gray's smooth writing style and in-depth characters will have you reading from page to page, not wanting to stop! I look forward to her next book in this series.
Book One in the Heart of a Hero series, A Texan's Promise (which I reviewed here) was a really good read by an author new to me. This second installment in the series, A Texan's Honor, was even better.
Jamie finds herself unloved and unappreciated after her brothers are killed in the Civil War. When her parents are dead, she travels to live with her old maid aunts in Kansas where she plans to marry a young man with whom she has been corresponding. But, when outlaws take over the train Jamie is on, her life takes an unexpected turn- especially when one of the outlaws turns out to be more than he appears.
I enjoyed the first book in the series, but I thought some of it was a little predictable and seemed to drag in the middle of the story. Not so with this installment. Jamie was the perfect character- a sweet, innocent young women who needed the protection of our hero- Will, yet a fiery and determined personality. The story was fast -paced and really not predictable. I loved finding out more about Scout Proffit- the infamous brother of hero Clayton from Book One. And, I found myself oohing and aahing over the sweet romance that bloomed between Jamie and Will. The story is inspiring- a Christian fiction read that teaches and encourages without preaching. I am really hoping for further books in the series!
I received a free copy of this book from the publisher through NetGalley for review purposes. All opinions are entirely my own.