Texas Destiny by Lorraine Heath
Sub-genre: Historical Romance
Book #1 in the Texas Trilogy
Emotionally and physically scarred from the civil war, Houston Leigh wants nothing to do with his brother's mail order bride, Amelia Carson. Thrown together on the journey home, this mismatched pair of traveller’s must come together to survive and to fight the passion that consumes them against their wills…
This is a heartwarming romance and a definite two tissue read. Houston is a wonderful character in that despite his tortured past he has an amazing capacity for love. Amelia’s courage and spirit makes here extremely easy to identify with.
The first half of the book where Houston and Amelia work together to overcome the hardships of the trail, get to know each other and fall in love is better than the second half after they arrive at their destination. I felt that the book lacked a certain amount of tension and I can't make up my mind whether or not Dallas is a likeable character. Some of his actions are questionable to my mind and I will read the next book to see if these can be resolved.
Recommendation: A cute read that I encourage fans of western and historical romance to read.