Texas Destiny (Leigh Brothers Texas Trilogy #1)
A weary, ex-Civil War soldier travels to Fort Worth to collect his brother's mail-order bride, a beautiful belle eager to escape war-ravaged Georgia, and finds the object of his heart.
Finally on Kindle!!!
I know people, including myself, who paid a small fortune on eBay for used copies of these books, but I just discovered they're FINALLY available on kindle! These 3 books are seriously 3 of my favorite historical romances, and worth every penny! And yes, I'll be buying them again!
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Texas Destiny is the first book in Lorraine Heath’s Texas Trilogy, and my firs ...more
Oh how I loved this one. I actually sought out a used copy of Texas Destiny because it had received such rave reviews and WOW am I ever glad I did. I knew going in I was going to like this because I’ve got such a soft spot when it comes to the tortured heroes but I never expected to be as moved as I was by this beautiful story. Just know any review I attempt here really won’t do this justice.
I fell in love with both ...more
After reading the synopsis I kept putting this one on the back burner. At that time I hadn't read many Western Historicals and figured this would probably be just an ok read for me. Recently I have been enjoying many wonderful books in this genre (thanks to my GR friends) and so when my friend Denise *smiling* "insisted" that I read this one and then backed by Katrina’s comments, I though ...more
Houston Leigh's brother Dallas has broken his leg and is unable to make the trip to pick up his mail order bride-to-be Amelia Carso ...more
Lovely, lovely, lovely!!!
A real romantic, heartbraking love story!
The hero, Houston, is scarred all the way down to his soul... poor guy... At the beginning he's so closed that was painful to read about it. He resented his brother Dallas for sending him to retrieve his bride. He din't want to have to do it, but did it all the same.
His scarred face should have frightened Amelia, but instead she's intrigued. Amelia is Houston's ...more
Amelia is a mail-order bride travelling from Georgia to Texas to get married to Dallas Leigh. She has never met him, but she dreams of a better future for herself since she has nothing left after the war. Dallas is supposed to escort her from the town of Fort Worth to his home, a 3-week journey, but he falls off his horse and sends his br ...more
I absolutely loved the first book I read by Lorraine Heath several months ago, so I'm not sure why it took me so long to try another one of her novels. Whatever the reason, I am so glad that I finally got around to it, because she has given me another gem of a read. Ms. Heath is an author who knows how to write deeply affecting stories with complex, multi-layered characters who are easy to love in spite of their flaws. She also has an incredible perception of human nature ...more
It's hard to top this one. It has all my favorite romance themes running throughout it (mail-order bride, tortured and scarred hero, feisty and sweet heroine, lots of time alone together, adventure, and loads of sexual tension). The remarkable thing about Texas Destiny is that it takes these well known themes and puts a new, fresh, and pure spin on them. I was reading this one long into t ...more
I was very conflicted about the love story. Amelia is a mail-order bride for Dallas but he breaks his leg and send Houston, his brother, to pick her up. They travel for a month together and slowly fall in love. I felt bad for Dallas. I usually like love triangles but this rubbed me the wrong way for some reason. It was so dark and no humor or light, and there was no fighting f ...more
This book is one hell of a slow burn. Lorraine Heath writes beautifully. I never felt otherwise about her writing, even when I was less impressed with the story.
But in this case, I actually liked the book. Texas Destiny is the story of the second brother of the Leigh brothers, Houston. He was sent to bring Amelia, his brother Dallas's mail order bride, to Dallas's home. Houston and Amelia fell in love with each other on the way. But Amelia married Dallas anyway bec ...more
Instead of her to-be husband, mail order bride Amelia Carson meets a scarred, ruggedly handsome man who prefers to keep in the shadows. She is eager to meet the man behind the letters, Dallas Leigh, and start life anew with him. But in order to get to their ranch, she must spend three weeks traveling through the Texas prairie in company of his younger brother, Houston Leigh.
Houston carries scars not just from the Civil War, but also from his father who hurt him, and his ...more
Let's begin with the absurdly flowery prose that made me barf at every turn.
When the hero, Houston, meets mail order bride Amelia (a bride meant for his brother), he naturally is taken by her eyes.
Amelia Carson...was a heart-in-her-eyes woman. Everything she thought, everything she ...more
Both our H/h were affected greatly by the war leaving scars visible and invisible despite how young they were when it happened.
Emilia's character is the reason I liked the book- she was fearless and honest about her feelings - but somehow knew enough not to let them control her - she knew she needed the marriage- what would she have done if she refused to marry Dallas ...more
Charming historical romance.......
I've had this book on my "to be read list" for quite a while, and finally decided to give it a shot. Here is my breakdown:
* I loved Houston - I am a sucker for a damaged hero, throw in the fact that he's shy and so very sweet, it was a great mix!
* The plot was fast moving and never dull
* The book cover is hideous - I actually think that may be one reason why this one stayed on my TBR list for so long
* I wish that this story did not include the ...more
I am proudly given this book a really big 10*star, even 100* is there available.
A real treasure, which I'm glad to find it sooner...The emotion I feel was totally different from other's historical book I've read. This is indescribable. I absolutely stung by its romance.
Houston Leigh is a tort ...more
So, I read this from midnight to 4 this morning and my body is hating myself for it today. While I think this is firmly a 3.5 star book, I couldn't put it down, so that must tell you something! It's my first Western Romance and while I enjoyed it enough, I don't think it's going to be my new favorite genre. The plotting and pacing were good, and I love a road trip romance, but for me, I just never got very attached to the characters. They had their moments - Amelia's innocent s ...more
At first I was totally in to this Beauty and the Best redux. We have the scarred hero, Houston - be still my beating, beta male loving, heart - and dearest Amelia. Amelia is a made to order, er, mail order bride soon to wed wounded Houston's brother Dallas. You see what Ms. Heath did there, right. And yes, the other brother's name is Austin. Let's get all of that out of the way right here and now and would someone tell me when we get to meet Waco? Or El Paso?
I couldn’t nudge this one up to 4 stars. Not sure why. It’s nice the way they fall in love. But they quietly accept that she is promised to marry his brother. Neither one of them tells the brother that they love each other. That was ok as a plot device, but it wasn’t as entertaining as it could have been. The hero is kind of weak, not going after the woman he loves. He feels he doesn’t deserve to be happy and he feels he is ugly due to f ...more
Lorraine Heath has always had a soft spot for emotional love stories. No doubt because growing up, watching movies with her mom, she was taught that the best movies "won't half make you cry."
She is the daughter of a British beauty (her mom won second place in a beauty contest sponsored by Max Factor during ...more
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“I’m not a brave man; I’ll never be a hero, but I love you more than life itself, and I will until the day I die. With you by my side, I’m a better man than I’ve ever been alone. I’m scared to death that I’ll let you down, but I won’t run this time. I’ll stand firm and face the challenge and work hard to see that you never have any regrets. You told me once that you wanted to share a corner of my dream. Without you, Amelia, I have no dream. With you, I have everything I could ever dream of wanting.”
Tears burned her eyes as he glanced back at the preacher. “I’m done.”
-Houston to Amelia as his wedding vow.”
The moonlight streaming through the window shimmered off the tears trailing along her cheeks. “I’ve always wanted a dream that I could hold in the palm of my hand,” she said quietly.
-Houston and Amelia”