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The Desires of Her Heart (Texas: Star of Destiny #1)

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A beautiful historical romance between a woman forced to make a new life on the Texas frontier with her overbearing stepfather, and the scout who leads their wagon train through the uncharted territory.
Kindle Edition, 322 pages
Published (first published 2009)
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Victor Gentile
Aug 12, 2009 Victor Gentile rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition


I have read Lyn Cote’s new novel: “The Desires of Her Heart” the first book in her new series, Texas Star of Destiny published by Avon Inspire. Dorritt Mott is a step-daughter of Mr. Kilbride who married her mother and they produced a sister for her named Jewell. The half-sisters don’t get along at all and Mr. Kilbride has no affection for his step-daughter. suffering gambling loses Mr. Kilbride loses the family plantation and decides to start a new life in Texas. Stephen Austin has an agreement
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Sherrie Hansen
Nov 22, 2009 Sherrie Hansen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Lyn Cote's "The Desires of My Heart" definitely captured and held my attention. The conflict levels kept my heart pounding with suspense and frustration, and I enjoyed getting a glimpse into this period of Texas' history. Dorritt is an admirable addition to Lyn's line-up of Strong Women heroines. Dorritt's faith was nicely and believably integrated into her motivations and lady-like behavior, even in the face of untenable obstacles and a step-father who would try a saint's patience. Quinn is a g ...more
Cathy Daniel
It's been a long time since I've read a book worthy enough to go on my favorite books shelf! This book had it all! Excitement, adventure, history, romance! I loved this book so much I carried it everywhere just to keep touching it lol. Can't wait to read book 2!
Margaret Chind
Jan 26, 2009 Margaret Chind rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: western historical fans
Recommended to Margaret by: CFBA
Once again, another wonderful historical romance from Avon Inspire. I love everything they are putting out without fail. This was my first opportunity to read Lyn Cote and I know she has many more titles available. I look forward to reading more of her novels in the future.

"The Desires of Her Heart" is a story in the category of Tracey Batemen, Tamera Alexander, Janette Oke, Lori Wick, and Tracie Peterson's hearts on paper. It is the first in the Texas: Star of Destiny series and I definitely l
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Becky
Feb 03, 2009 Becky rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Desires Of Her Heart is the first in the Texas Star of Destiny series by Lyn Cote. Dorritt is a young woman from New Orleans traveling--not particularly by choice--with her family (stepfather, mother, half-sister, and their slaves) to Texas. The year? 1821. Their goal? To join Stephen F. Austin's settlement. Why Texas? Her stepfather has gambled away the family's money and they've lost almost everything. Texas is their last chance and only hope. Austin has been granted permission--by the Spa ...more
Michelle
For the most part this was a good story. It kept my interest more than lost it. But there were some things that made it a bit challenging. Like sometimes the sentence structure didn't make sense. Also, the characters would say things and do things that didn't fit the era they were in. That kind of stuff tends to bug me. Like use of expressions that didn't exist in speech in that time period.

There is also the issue of characterization, and some of the people were pure evil. Usually even the bad
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Kathryn
Mar 16, 2009 Kathryn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
this was a clean easy read book. I like that there was unpredictablity. Dorritt has always been comfortable as far as finances go, until her father is killed and her mother remarries a way that isn't thrifty at all. She know that they are in a financial crisis and just wants to be independant and take her friend and maid servant with her. At the time slavery was accepted in some parts of the country and the classes of people were very prominant. Women were beneath men and were expected to just s ...more
Katie
Oct 27, 2012 Katie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Finland
Sep 19, 2011 Finland rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Excellent young adult historical fiction. Easy read and accurate historically. Still wondering about would she really take the "bull by the horns" like she did, but made for a good ending.
SheLove2Read
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Tammi
Sep 20, 2015 Tammi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Great book! Hoping I can get my hands on the rest of the series.
Laura
Feb 07, 2016 Laura rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Very good. I liked the part at the horse races.
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Lyn grew up loving books. Her favorite night of the week was Friday night, when the Bookmobile came to her neighborhood in Illinois. She’d spend those two hours chatting with the driver of the Bookmobile and the librarian and making the big decision of the week — which books to check out! In those distant days, children were limited in how many books they could check out. Lyn could only take home ...more
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