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A Texan's Choice

(Heart of a Hero #3)

4.22  ·  Rating details ·  507 ratings  ·  68 reviews
Texas, 1874. Long ago, Scout Proffitt gave up on ever being a man of honor like his brother Clayton, a Civil War hero. But when Scout steps foot on the rundown remnants of the Circle C ranch, he wonders if maybe--just maybe--the Lord has something different intended for him.

Rosemarie has lived most of her life doubting her worth and shouldering the blame for her brother's
Paperback, 318 pages
Published October 2012 by Abingdon Press
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Maureen Timerman
Nov 14, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2012
This is the third book in the Heart of a Hero Series, and I would recommend you read all of these books, but you can read this one without. Enough information is provided to allow you to know what is going on.
We start this book in 1874 West Texas, and if you think you have had a bad day, Rosemarie Cousin's would probably win. She has just lost her Father, and her Mother and Sister have left her. Then a man shows up to claim he owns her home and ranch....Scout Proffitt won the property in a card
This is book 3 (the final book) in The Heart of the Hero series. I enjoyed both book 1 and 2, but I have to say book 3 was definitely my favorite. The focus was on Scout Proffitt, along with 4 other men from the previous Walton outlaw gang. Each of them wanted a new life after the capture of the gang's leader, James Walton, but was it possible with the deeds each of them had committed as a member of a gang of outlaws in the growing western US.

I loved the growing relationship between Rosemarie a
Nov 11, 2012 rated it really liked it
n "A Texan's Choice" Shelley Gray easily transported me back to the days when the west was still unsettled, when cattle rustlers and outlaws were a part of the western scene.

In 1874, in a tiny town in West Texas called Broken Promise we meet twenty year old Rosemarie Cousins. The Cousins are a dirt poor family living on the Bar C ranch, and while Rose's older sister is married, Rose has continued to live at home even though her mother and sister have never forgiven her for an accident that happ
I loved the first two of this series, but this one was a little bit of a disappointment. It seemed like the whole thing was rushed and very little was set with the hero and heroine. There were many side scenes with minor characters that could have been left out, like the group of 4 guys who helped a woman who was having a baby. As well as Mile's love life problems. Mile's could have been given his own book. There were at least two spots where the wrong character was mentioned as well.(at least i ...more
✨ Gramy ✨
I liked this book and the conclusion of the series.
Aug 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
My rating 4.25. This is a lovely story with a realistic setting in 1874 Texas and some darker characters. Scout Proffitt and Rosemarie are two damaged people who find love, worth and redemption.

Rosemarie lives with her family on a dirt-poor farm in Texas. Her father, a squanderer, is on his death bed with a room full holding death watch. Rosemarie is barely allowed in the room, much less near enough to say goodbye. But Rosemarie is used to being ignored and treated as less than worthless. Her f
Oct 18, 2017 rated it it was ok
Basic story was good but too many side stories that could have been left out. The book would have been much better if the base story had been expanded and more detail and time had been spent with the two main characters and their growing relationship.
Sandra Barnett
Mar 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

I 've chosen those rating because the story was a story of redemption and repentance. It was heartfelt and demonstrates God's love and grace. There were a few errors but it's worth reading every word. I pray you are working on a book four in this series.
Feb 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
Nice wrap-up of the 'Heart of a Hero'-series. Scout Proffitt finally gets his own story, after featuring in part 1 and 2. Thereby, you might encounter some familiar characters... (view spoiler) ...more
Kathleen (Kat) Smith
To say that Rosemary Colson was having a bad day was simply an understatement. Not only has her father died today, but on the heels of his funeral, an hired gun, Scout Proffitt shows up to notify the family that their farm belongs to him. He won it in a card game with their now deceased father. Seems like he never did anything right when it came to his family. Now just moments after burying her father, Rosemary watches as her mother and sister pack up what little belongings they have and ride of ...more
Lisa Johnson
Jun 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Title: A Texan’s Choice (The Heart of a Hero Book #3)
Author: Shelley Gray
Pages: 320
Year: 2012
Publisher: Abingdon Press
What a palatable tension builds in the last book of this series, it was terrific! All three novels are stories of hope and redemption when all seems lost, broken and the characters despair of life in dire situations. The tale starts with the first novel in the series A Texan’s Promise continues with A Texan’s Honor before winding up parts of the story in the final book reviewed t
Shelly Hendricks
Love Love Love <3
Gladys Belcher
Feb 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A Texans Choice

This third book in the series, started out slow but it all came together and I had a hard time putting it down till I finished it. Thank you Shelley Gray. Will read more of her books.
Nov 03, 2012 rated it really liked it
Next to Regency, Historical Romance stories set in the American West are one of my favorite to read. I was very happy to get a chance to read A Texan’s Choice. I was intrigued to see how Gray would turn a gunslinger into a hero, and I was delighted with the results!

Rosemarie has always felt like an outsider in her own home. Her mother has never forgiven her for the death of her little brother. It was an accident, but that doesn’t matter. Now, her father was dead, and her mother was leaving her t
Ever since I finished book two in the series I have been looking forward to reading Scout’s story. I loved reading his story and seeing how he changed his life after the events of A Texan’s Honor (book 2). But I’m sorry to say this is my least favorite book in the series.

Complete review originally published on my blog:

While I loved getting to know Scout more I was also a bit disappointed in this third book (and I assumed, final) book in the series. In a
Dec 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I can’t believe that I nearly let this book slip through my fingers; and so casually might I just add too!! It is one of the best romance books I have read. If you thought A Texans’ Promise was good (review available under Book Reviews), this one is so much better! Although it is the last book in the series and I have only read the first one, it is able to be a standalone read. A few character connections might be confusing, however storyline wise, none are connected. Nonetheless it is one I rea ...more
Rosemarie is the outcast of her family thanks to a horrible accident when she was a child that was not her fault. With her father dead and a scary yet rugged cowboy claiming her families rundown ranch she is left with no where to go. Her only hope is to work for this cowboy. What she does not plan on is him stealing her heart. Scout is leaving his old life behind and starting a new with a ranch he won in a card game. Though the ranch is in desperate need of repair he is content to make it his ow ...more
Tamara Tilley
Jan 27, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: own, shelley-gray
I enjoyed A TEXAN’S PROMISE by Shelley Gray, but felt the flow of the book flip-flopped a lot, leaving room for the reader to become detached from the characters.

Rosemarie’s life has been a hard one. Blamed for her brother’s death at a young age, she’s been shunned by her family and feels her life has no value. When her father dies and her mother and sister abandon her, she has nothing but the broken down family ranch. That is, until she finds out her father lost their home in a card game with
Rosemarie Cousins lives in a broken-down shack on the outskirts of the Texan town of Broken Promise. Her father has just died, outlaw Scout Proffitt has just arrived and announced that he won the house and ranch off her father in a game of cards, and her mother is moving in with her older (married) sister, leaving her homeless. Unless she can convince Scout to let her stay.

Miles Grant has taken over the running of the family ranch, having finally earned the respect of the hands. But trouble is c
Mar 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A Texan’s Choice by Shelley Gray
Heart of a Hero Series Book 3
Scout Proffitt has gone the opposite way of his war hero brother, Clayton. Scout has lived his life as a loner and hired gun. After some things that happened in Scout’s life in the second book, A Texan’s Honor, he decides to go to the ranch he won gambling and settle down. What he didn’t expect was how run down the place was and the young woman who was there with nowhere else to go.

Rosemarie Cousins felt unworthy. Since an accident te
Aug 02, 2012 rated it it was amazing
A Texan’s Choice by Shelley Gray
Heart of a Hero Series Book 3
Scout Proffitt has gone the opposite way of his war hero brother, Clayton. Scout has lived his life as a loner and hired gun. After some things that happened in Scout’s life in the second book, A Texan’s Honor, he decides to go to the ranch he won gambling and settle down. What he didn’t expect was how run down the place was and the young woman who was there with nowhere else to go.

Rosemarie Cousins felt unworthy. Since an accident te
Aug 25, 2013 rated it liked it
I would give this book 3.5 stars if I could because I liked it better than the first book but not as much as the second one in the series. I enjoyed seeing how Scout's life continued after book 2 and how the storyline was all tied together from the first book. However, I felt like there were too many "main" characters in this one to thoroughly tell any of their stories and finish them up by the end of the book. Unless there is another book coming in this series, it left too many loose ends. Sinc ...more
Christy Sheffield
Feb 18, 2016 rated it really liked it
A Texan's Choice is a delightful read full of characters who overcome feelings of worthlessness and accept God's unfailing love and mercy. Rosemarie's circumstances are dire, and your heart breaks for the callous treatment she receives from her family and community. Scout is a man who has made bad choices but desires to start his life fresh. Both characters symbolize the ugliness and despair we have without Christ. As the characters begin to accept God's guidance and trust in His plan for them, ...more
Aug 09, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Pretty Decent

Scout is a fascinating character, but not nearly enough was done with him. Again, I appreciate the author's ability to make the world far more gritty than can be found in most Christian novels, without sacrificing that feeling of Hope that I, as a Christian reader, am looking for. That said, once again there was a great deal of build-up without much in the way of pay-off as far as the action side of the plot went. The whole big showdown just kinda fizzled out making everyone look li
Jun 09, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2012-reviews
I liked it but not as good as I did the other two in the series. Review to come.

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Title: A Texan’s Choice
Author: Shelley Gray
Genre: Christian Historical fiction, Christian Western
Rating: 4 stars
Publisher: Abingdon Press

A Texan’s Choice is Scout Proffitt’s story. Out of all the Heart of a Hero series I think Scout is the one who is the most changed. He started to change in A Texan’s Promise. But after meeting Rosemarie in A Texan’s Cho
Candace Hinnergardt
Oct 06, 2012 rated it really liked it
Ok I give this a 4 because I loved the story line though it took me a while to see how the multiple storylines would mesh. What I didn't like was that this book had some serious editing problems. In many sentences there seemed to be a word missing that was necessary for it to even be a sentence or the word was in the wrong tense. This was in the kindle version so I don't know if it's the same way in the print version or not. Also I thought it was weird that Scout's total demeanor was just change ...more
Mar 06, 2013 rated it really liked it
At the end of A Texan's Honor, Scout Proffitt was looking for a clean start. He'd won a homestead in a game of poker and was ready to settle down. He wanted to hang up his gun belt and live his life in peace or as much peace as a former gunslinger could find. He didn't expect his homestead would come with a cast aside woman by the name of Rosemarie. When Rose's mother and sister find out that their deceased father gambled away the Circle C Ranch, Rose's mother takes the opportunity to unload her ...more
Dec 20, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-reviewed
I was hooked in the first few pages of A Texan's Choice by Shelley Gray and read it in one evening.
It is the third book in The Hear of A Hero Series and I will be going back to read the other two books in the series, A Texan's Promise (book #1 and A Texan's Honor (book #2 This one can easily stand on its own. I loved the strong character of Scout Proffitt and that he had a tender side when it came to Rosemarie. I enjoyed seeing the wonderful changes in Rose's life as the relationship between she
Elaine Panfil
Mar 18, 2014 rated it liked it
I really enjoyed this book and would have rated it higher if it wasn't for some major hiccups in the editing and the unfinished ending for some of the characters.

With respect to the editing, there was a reference to Scout saying something in a scene where Russell and the others were on there way to find him. Also, the references varied with respect to Clayton's child (or children). At the end, a scene was mentioned about Scout and Rosemarie's wedding day that was not even in the book.

In short,
Colletta Miller
Oct 19, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: review-done, giveaway
I hadn't read the first two books in this series so I had to do a little work figuring out who was who. I think this was one series that reading the prior books would have been beneficial.

Throughout most of the book, there are three different people/places that are being followed. It was a bit confusing at first but after I got to know the character a bit more, it go easier. Then toward the end, all three parts meet together and a lot of great action takes place.

Overall, I enjoyed reading this b
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also publishes under the name Shelley Shepard Gray (Amish fiction, Christian fiction).

I live in southern Ohio with my husband, two teenagers, and two dogs. My days are filled with busy activities like most any other mom and housewife. But I also love to write books.

Each morning, after my kids go off to school, I sit at my desk, look out my window, and dream of other places. The hours fly by as I m

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Heart of a Hero (3 books)
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“Is there anything you can’t do?”

“Plenty, Mrs. Proffitt. I just don’t dwell on them.”
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