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Texas Rain (Whispering Mountain #1)

4.05  ·  Rating Details  ·  1,354 Ratings  ·  83 Reviews
Jodi Thomas delivers a tender tale of the Old West, a handsome Texas Ranger, and a mysterious woman fleeing a terrible fate. The first in the powerful new Whispering Mountain trilogy...

Honest, straightforward, and ruggedly handsome, Travis McMurray is also more than a little bit busted, the result of an ambush during his service as a Texas Ranger. Beautiful Rainey Adams is
Mass Market Paperback, 374 pages
Published November 7th 2006 by Berkley (first published January 1st 2006)
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 Danielle The Book Huntress (Self-Proclaimed Book Ninja)
Jodi Thomas has done it again for me. I love how she can write such a genuine story that draws me in each time. I didn't think she could top the Wife Lottery Series, but I have to say I will probably have to eat my words. There is only one Carter McKoy for me, but Travis, now he certainly earns a place on my hero shelf. I enjoyed the complexity to Rainey's character. She wasn't unrealistically goody-goody or innocent. She made some decisions that weren't always highly ethical or selfless, althou ...more
Lisa Kay
Rainey’s rose dress

(This is a review of the audiobook.) Hmmm. Loved this story by the Indomitable Iron Woman of Texas Romances, Ms. Thomas. It is narrated by Linda Stephens, who does a nice job of it, but not a great job. My main problem I had with her reading was that she added a frailty to Sage’s voice, making her sound like an old lady, not the younger baby sister to the hero, Travis. (She 18 not 80.)

Still, there was a steady, almost gentle storyline going on here. Life in the Western Fronti
Aug 25, 2014 Ririn rated it really liked it
Shelves: jodi-thomas, gr-my-14
26 August 2014

I started this series with book #3 which is Teagan's story and then moved on to Emily and Rose (and Duncan)'s which are the 2nd generation of McMurray. So when I finally managed to laid my hand on this book, which is the beginning of the McMurrays saga, I really feel like a completion of the puzzle pieces of the glimpses here and there about Travis and Rainey (and Tobin's) stories that were told throughout the series. It was like finally I was told the real stories behind the legen
Sep 09, 2015 Aoi rated it liked it
I enjoyed my first outing with Jodi Thomas..even though nothing much happened. Infact, Texas Rain was akin to taking a long, leisurely walk back in time. The history buff in me loved all the small details- from remote ranches to buzzing boarding houses- I never got tired of reading as the characters went about their daily lives.
Jan 20, 2010 Samantha rated it liked it
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Missy Jane
Jul 22, 2010 Missy Jane rated it it was amazing
I accidentally read the next three books in this series before finding this one, but that didn't detract from my reading experience. I LOVED this series, and I'm not big on westerns...until now. I really don't know that this is a "western" per se, but this series takes place in Texas in the 1800s. The McMurray family lives on a ranch called Whispering Mountain left to them by their parents. The three brothers and sister were orphaned as children and the oldest took over at the age of twelve. In ...more
This was a very sweet romance but a very slow build. I love reading about rugged cowboys or rangers. I just wish that there was a little more steam that I normally like in my books. Overall, this was an enjoyable historical western.
Yulia Anggraini
Pertama kali liat judul indox ni ap salah cetak y,mungkin maksudx Dalam hujanmu… ;p
Ternyata pas dilihat bagian dalam bukux ad ket yg bilang klo judulx terinspirasi dari puisi yg berjudul sama Talam hujanmu karya Supardi Djoko Damono
Tp pas liat d google judul puisix Supardi sebenarx Tajam hujanmu…ckckck...Ngawur ni elex… ;p

travis macmurray,texas ranger yg terkenal pulang dalam rangka berlibur d peternakan keluargax d whispering mountains...peternakan yg sangat besar n terisolasi dari dunia luar.
The middle McMurray brother, the Texas Rangers, and the runaway schoolteacher he meets at the barn dance. This is also the story where Travis acquires Duck, the little boy kidnapped and kept for a few years by outlaws. It's a good read. I loved it.
Not in the mood to read a story like this. Boring.
Feb 28, 2012 Capri rated it really liked it
Recommended to Capri by: Lisa Kay
Shelves: romance-cowboys
Color me surprised. I'm skeptical about reading romance novels by anyone but my usual authors. Especially these days when the romance novels are a far departure from the novels I'm used to reading (from the last 70's, 80's and early 90's). But this book was really good. Well written with a good plot that kept me interested throughout. I'd say that Jodi Thomas has won herself a new fan with this novel.
Mar 12, 2011 Zoe rated it really liked it
I love a western every once in a while, and while I cannot pinpoint exactly what Miss Thomas does so well, she always turns in an incredible story. There is not much new here - a Ranger hunting down outlaws, a young woman on the run from her abusive father, but the characters and the setting make this one a page turner. Reading her books always makes me want to go to Texas.
Dec 08, 2008 Lane rated it liked it
OK, predictable but at least the romance was actually me a tradionalist. Plus a little history thrown in for good measure. Can't say I whole heartedly recommend it, but wasn't a bad way to pass a snowy afternoon.
Liesa Malik
Sep 17, 2014 Liesa Malik rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: historical romance readers
Recommended to Liesa by: gift from a conference
Once, I had the chance to listen to Jodi Thomas at a writing conference. She was wonderful as a storyteller, so I was very happy to have the chance to read this Western Romance set in Texas Hill Country of the 1850's. Throughout the twisting romance of Travis McMurray and Rainey Adams, I found myself smiling and gripped with the story. Travis is a Texas Ranger who gets shot during the course of his big-hearted moves to protect innocent people, and Rainey is a self-reliant scamp of a woman who co ...more
Nov 30, 2014 Lafanda rated it really liked it
Texas Rain is a great start for the Whispering Mountain series. Travis is the star of this book, with a young girl Rainey being the heroine. Their romance is somewhere between a love-at-first-sight and building a relationship that lasts throughout the book. For about half the book the couple are separated, but still keep in contact through letters. Rainey is a wonderful heroine who is self-reliant and smart. Travis takes a little more time to warm up to, mainly because he is wounded for most of ...more
Anna Abner
Mar 23, 2014 Anna Abner rated it liked it
The main romantic plot is great and worth reading. The writing is solid, the characters are layered, but the subplots just aren't that interesting. Specifically, the subplots are snoozers. I skimmed A LOT of stuff that was just happening. It felt to me like the author padded a good romantic plot with a bunch of stuff because she had to make her word count, but if she'd cut all the subplots about pies and whores and kooky boarding house customers, the story would have made a fantastic novella.

Oct 11, 2011 Gail rated it really liked it
I just love Jodi Thomas. The relationships between her characters are believable and complex and lovely. This one doesn't disappoint in that area, and the hero is just delicious.
The first book in the Whispering Mountain series by Jodi Thomas. A little slow for me at times but ultimately turned into an enjoyable read.
Dec 01, 2011 Heidi rated it really liked it
Great book! I really enjoyed it! Loved the characters and page 348 made me cry!
Dec 30, 2015 SweetSue rated it it was amazing
Fabulous! I loved both Rainey and Travis - he was so good to her, understood so well how scared she was and was so patient. She was as courageous as she could be and even though she didn't ever want to be married, she did so much to help Travis when she thought he was in danger. Duck is a great character. I know he shows up later in the series, can't wait to learn more about him.
I loved the letters - that is such a gentle, old fashioned way to fall in love. It's a great period touch that Ms. Tho
Sep 10, 2015 Chris rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: jodi-thomas-read
Personal note:I had a hard time getting thru this one. Maybe to Western for me. However, the ending was great. Will try the next one

At first giving this one a 2 ...
Rainey Adams is on the run. She's trying to get away from her father and his uncaring nature. His only interest is his bottom dollar and keeping his da
After being away for two years with his Texas Ranger duties, Travis McMurray returned home for a month off. He was met by his sister, Sage, and roped into taking her to the town's annual barn dance. While there, Travis literally backed into a girl who called herself Molly and was wearing a red wig. The girl, he found out much later, was named Elisabeth Rainey Adams, She had run away from her father who wanted her to marry a fisherman twice her age whom she didn't love. Her father ran a boarding ...more
Feb 15, 2012 Rachel rated it really liked it
Shelves: historical
I read Texas Rain, a western romance, by Jodi Thomas. It's the story of Travis Rainey Adams, runaway schoolteacher from the east coast, who chose freedom over marriage, and ran away from her controlling, overbearing father. Travis McMurray, is half-Irish, half-Apache, and is a Texas Ranger, for whom the law is his heart. Until he meets Rainey at a country dance, where she steals a kiss from him...and then, his horse. The second time they meet, she steals another horse, and his heart, because Tra ...more
Stephanie (Once Upon a Chapter)
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heather ♥
Sep 15, 2012 heather ♥ rated it it was ok
Started out good, and I enjoyed the story itself for the most part, but Rainey ended up annoying the shit out of me. I know she had good reasons for her reservations about marriage and all that, but she never even opened up to him, not really. And then suddenly, after swearin up and down the whole book how she'd never get married, never be able to love a man, etc, she's suddenly in love and getting married within a few pages. Don't get me wrong, I LOVE Travis's character, and she'd be a fool not ...more
I really wanted to like this book a lot - and it certainly had a lot of promise! While it was enjoyable, I was continually frustrated by the hero and heroine. The heroine constantly wanted the hero to "chase" her (in the emotional romantic sense) she also wanted lots of kisses and touch without any relationship but the hero wasn't allowed to not be in love with her/want to propose (wanting to have her cake and eat it too). The hero was frustrating in his complete inability to understand the hero ...more
Rainey and Travis share a kiss before she steals his horse. She then later shows up later at his home pretending to be a boy while Travis is recovering from a gunshot wound. And once again, she steals another of his horses.

The two then begin a pen pal type of relationship, revealing things about one another that they could never reveal face-to-face. And when one of her letters suggests she may be in danger when she overhears a murder plot, Travis sets out to Austin to save her.

The storyline was
Sep 12, 2014 Karen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Desperate woman steals a Ranger's horse twice, clandestinely corresponds with him, she uncovers a murder plot & kinda thwarts a kiddnapping. What is he to do with his charming little horse thief 'cough' horse borrower?

Great adventure, heartbreaking loneliness and a beautiful love story.
Mar 08, 2016 Virginia rated it really liked it
Shelves: library
Not quite as wonderful as Thomas's latest books but still quite good. I can see where her current style was developing. You get fasinating characters whose points of view is not quite as vivid as in the Harmony and later series. The characters, more than the plots, define Thomas's stories.
Jul 27, 2016 Elaine rated it it was amazing
This book surprised me quite a bit. I went it to it expecting it to be a romance book, and while it is the romance there was a lot more aspects to the story. It does a good job of making you love the characters and cheer them on. Jodi Thomas did a good job at making you understand why the characters are the way they are even if they do something that you don't agree with you are able to understand why they are doing it. The characters all have flaws but because of it you love them that much more ...more
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