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Texas Destiny (Leigh Brothers Texas Trilogy #1)

4.03  ·  Rating Details  ·  4,003 Ratings  ·  301 Reviews

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.

Kindle Edition, 384 pages
Published November 9th 2010 by HarperCollins e-books (first published January 1st 1997)
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UniquelyMoi ~ BlithelyBookish

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!

Texas Destiny
Texas Glory
Texas Splendor

My review...

Texas Destiny is the first book in Lorraine Heath’s Texas Trilogy, and my firs
Aug 13, 2011 Dina rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Dina by: Cristina from Bookmooch
I love tortured heroes, and Houston was as tortured as one can be. Slighted (to put it mildly) by his father since childhood, he was forced to fight in the Civil War at the tender age of twelve, only to lose half his face, his eye, and hearing in one ear three years later. The way he saw it, his life was over by the time he was fifteen years old. Now, thirteen years later, he still wonders why he didn't put an end to it. Houston had all the markings to make me want to cuddle him and never let go ...more
Opening Line: “His was not a face that women carried with them into their dreams”

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
Wow - what can I say that hasn't already been written about this amazing story? I loved everything about it!

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
Bark's Book Nonsense
Mar 02, 2011 Bark's Book Nonsense rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance
How do I begin to describe such a beautiful story as TEXAS DESTINY? I could talk about the post civil war Texas setting and describe the mail order bride plot but that doesn't even begin to touch on the emotional impact of Ms. Heath's newest work. This book touched me from beginning to end and is a book I'll always treasure. It's also the first of a trilogy. Woo-hoo!

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
May 13, 2013 Mei rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: historical
I wish to thank my friend Jill for recommanding me this book! *kisses*

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
This is a sweet, touching, poignant and sometimes sad story. I loved this book for its uniqueness and I'm going to remember this story for a long time.

The Story
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
Jul 16, 2009 Julianna rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of Western Romance, Beta Heroes and Sweet Emotional Stories
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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
Oct 28, 2013 Kari rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the absolute top standard for a good ol' classic western romance. Wonderful characters and setting. I'm looking forward to the next two books in the trilogy. 5 heartbreaking romantic stars for Houston and Amelia!
Lisa Kay
Wow! Can I give this book more than 5 stars? I am still speechless. Glad I have two more books to go in the series.
For anyone who is a romance novel nay sayer....lend them this book and it will make them eat their words!!!!

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
To be completely honest I skimmed the second part of the book. I don't know if it was me but this book bored me to sleep.

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
Feb 14, 2016 Zoe rated it really liked it

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
A real treasure of a book!

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
Oct 27, 2012 Mo rated it it was amazing
why did I download this book??? LOVED IT but now I have to read the next in the series - costing me a friggin fortune these kindle downloads ..... FANTASTIC ... off to read Texas Glory now.
Oh hell, where do I even begin with this hot mess? I hated it. Hated it, hated it, hated it. Did I mention I hated it? Now, let me take a deep breath, calm myself and tell you how I really feel. Yup. Still hated it.

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
I think after reading this book, I need to take a few days before I read anything else. I was so moved by this book. One side of Houston's face was severely scarred from an injury he received in the Civil war. He was only 15 when this happened and he has been a broken sad person since this time. He is sent on a two week journey to bring his brothers intended bride back to the ranch as his brother Dallas has broken his leg and is unable to do so himself. I won't say more so I won't add any spoil ...more
Susan (susayq ~)
Holy cow! I don't even know what to say about this. I am a sucker for heart breaking angsty love stories that make you cry. This TOTALLY fits the bill. Houston and Amelia fall in love but can't be together because she's agreed to be his brother's wife. It just about killed me. Don't get me wrong, it wasn't all tears and heart-wrenching; there was some smiles and laughter as well. Especially when Houston suggested to Amelia that a raccoon could steal her ugly hat away and then she wouldn't have t ...more
Apr 30, 2016 Ashley rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book warmed my cold heart. I couldn't put it down. Houston, the hero, was such a great character that the somewhat lackluster writing became almost nothing when he was in a scene. I was completely wrapped up in his story and that of the wonderful heroine, Amelia. I am really coming to like these western romances. I find the vast expanse of the frontier a very romantic setting and I like that it's a world in which heroines can be mentally and physically tough in ways that feel natural, not l ...more
All through the book i kept thinking how cruel war is regardless of when and where - it's affect keep going even after it's over-

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
Starts slow with a metric fuck ton of angst over the hero's scars, goes nuts with adjectives and flowery metaphors, but nails yearning and sexual tension like a boss.
Michelle, the Bookshelf Stalker  Queen of the Undead
Just make sure you have some type of protector on your ebook reader if you go the ebook route. It will get wet towards the end of the book.
Nov 02, 2015 Hollie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

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:

The pros:
* 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 cons:
* 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
Lucie "a heart so wild"
This should be the first book I'm afraid to make a review, cause I don't think my word should be enough to express my feeling, my appreciation of how touching, how romantic, how wonderful this romance is...

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
This is the first in a trilogy set in Western Texas focused on the three Leigh brothers. Oldest brother Dallas has a dynasty to build and in needs sons to carry it on, so he's arranged for a mail order bride, Miss Amelia Carson. Adam was supposed to be the one to meet his bride and escort her on the long journey to the Leigh ranch, but he falls from his horse and injures his leg, so younger brother Houston is sent to fetch her (the brothers are named for the city they were born in). Houston was ...more
Alex Morrison
Actual Rating: 3.5

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
Feb 05, 2016 Ally rated it really liked it
Yea, this one was a slow burn

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?

This is a great love story…Mail order bride arrives at rail station and picked up by brother of groom due to groom’s broken leg. This brother is terribly scarred from war, doesn’t like to be around people (prefers horses) and doesn’t talk much…but the bride-to-be won’t quit talking/asking questions and little by little, gets him to come out of his shell. He speaks to her about things he has never shared with anyone…including his brothers…and she listens…and cares. He begins to conquer his demons ...more
Seriously thought I was going to love this one. It was an okay read but I kind of mad at Houston for waiting so LONG. Amelia was okay, a little too casual while she married to Dallas.
Jane Stewart
3 stars. Better than average. Nice way to spend some time.

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
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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
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Other Books in the Series

Leigh Brothers Texas Trilogy (3 books)
  • Texas Glory (Leigh Brothers Texas Trilogy, #2)
  • Texas Splendor (Leigh Brothers Texas Trilogy, #3)

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“He took the hand that wasn’t holding the bou­quet of wildflowers and stared at it, holding it so tightly that she thought he might crack her bones. Then his hold gentled. He slipped a gold ring onto her finger and lifted his gaze to hers.

“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.”
“He wrapped his hand around hers, pressed a kiss to the heart of her palm, and held her gaze. “I’ve got a one-room cabin, a few horses, and a dream that’s so small it won’t even cover your palm. But it sure seems a lot bigger when you’re beside me.”

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”
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