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Texas Rain

(Whispering Mountain #1)

4.05  ·  Rating details ·  1,803 ratings  ·  106 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 Books (first published January 1st 2006)
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 Danielle The Book Huntress (Back to the Books)
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, ...more
Travis McMurray is a Texas Ranger who returns home to Whispering Mountain, Texas for a long-awaited visit to his family. Being a Ranger satisfies his wanderlust as that’s who he is. He takes his younger sister to a barn dance and stumbles into Rainey Adams, a green-eyed mysterious woman who kisses him...and then steals his horse. She’s run away from her father who wants to marry her off in a loveless match and is heading to Austin, determined to make it on her own. When Travis becomes gravely ...more
Apr 30, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
In the end, I just did not care ... it dragged and dragged and just fizzled out! Felt like I wasted hours reading it. Didn't really care for either character in the end.Not sure I will continue with the series.

There you have it.
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
Very meh for a Jody Thomas novel. Barely 3 stars. Maybe the Wife Lottery series was a one-off? I loved The Texan's Wager.
Jan 11, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: gr-my-14, jodi-thomas
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
Aug 16, 2013 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.
Sandra ~ ♥ Cross My Heart ♥
Texas Rain has everything I love about historical western romances - a larger than life hero who's a Texas Ranger, a strong sassy heroine who's on the run from an arranged marriage & abusive father (and she's a horse thief!), a little boy called Duck who will steal your heart, a family who bands together no matter what, a setting so beautiful it'll steal your breath even as characters fight to survive on land they'd die for, and a seemingly impossible, ill-advised romance between two ...more
Dec 26, 2009 rated it liked it
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Missy Jane
Jul 22, 2010 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
Dec 08, 2008 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.
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.
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.
Yvonne Wohlfeil
When Texas Ranger Travis McMurray meats Molly (aka Rainey Adams) she steals a kiss and his horse. While he looks for the little thief he helps a group of German settlers and runs into renegades. Travis is injured and taken to his faimil's Whispering Mountain Ranch to recover. Rainey ends up in Austin she writes Travis to apologize for stealing his horse. with the letters they write each he begins to recover. From one of the letters Rainey writes he feels she is in danger. So he desides to go to ...more
Jun 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Loved this book so much! Rainey’s character is one of my favorites. And Travis McMurray is one my favorite heroes from Jodi Thomas.

Can’t wait to see what’s next in this series!

This is my fourth book by Jodi Thomas and she’s becoming one of my favorite authors.
Oct 14, 2009 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.
Nov 06, 2011 rated it liked it
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Westerns aren't really a big favourite of mine, but this (like others by this author that I've read) is a generally pleasant read - characters have enough roundness, plot has enough plausibility for me to go along with it.
Not in the mood to read a story like this. Boring.
Sep 13, 2011 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 04, 2016 rated it really liked it
4.5. I've never really read historical books but I love Jodi thomas' writing and I definitely enjoyed the book.
Jan 25, 2011 rated it really liked it
Great book! I really enjoyed it! Loved the characters and page 348 made me cry!
Apr 09, 2018 rated it it was ok
This book had a lot of components that I honestly thought would engage me and therefore persuade me to give it at least a 4 star rating...but it fell flat. I think of reading this book as having been given all the ingredients for a wonderful dish only for my dish to be lackluster and less than exceptional. That's not to say that Jodi Thomas doesn't write well; she absolutely does! I just was not in any way invested in the characters or their HEA. Several aspects of the story, in theory, pulled ...more
Monet Smith
Jun 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I must say I like Jodi Thomas and her books. It's really easy reads, there's drama and some small plot twists in there, but it keeps you interested throughout the whole book.
It's your typical romance book with the girl and the guy and the happily ever after, but if you are in the mood for a feel good book, I always recommend her.
It's innocent (sort of), sweet, and funny.
Her characters have just enough depth to make them interesting, and it keeps you wanting to carry on reading.

Her books are so
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
Garth Mailman
Feb 07, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
First in a series titled Whispering Mountain. Texas, shortly after the Alamo 1854. A mother dying from childbirth not that uncommon at the time, a father dying with his comrades leaving brothersTeagan 11, Travis 10 and Tobin 6 with a baby sister, Sage to raise and a ranch to defend until the oldest could claim it. Add in their housekeeper Martha.

As the book begins Sage has turned 18 and is looking for a male suitor at the yearly local barn dance and brother Travis has returned on leave from the
Nov 18, 2014 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
Marythios (AkaSusanne )
Oct 31, 2019 rated it really liked it
When Texas Ranger Travis McMurray meats Molly (aka Rainey Adams) she steals a kiss and his horse. While he looks for the little thief he helps a group of German settlers and runs into renegades. Travis is injured and taken to his family's Whispering Mountain Ranch to recover. Rainey ends up in Austin she writes Travis to apologize for stealing his horse. with the letters they write each he begins to recover. From one of the letters Rainey writes he feels she is in danger. So he decides to go to ...more
This was a awesome historical fiction. It takes place in Texas after the war with Mexico for freedom.
The McMurray's live on a "hidden ranch" built by Andrew McMurray, the father. He kissed his pregnant wife and 3 little boys goodbye and went to fight at Goliad. He left Teagan, 11 and Travis 10 and Tobin not yet 6 detailed instructions on how to save the ranch. Their mother was Apache and died soon after she had their baby sister, Sage. They had to hide the ranch till Teagan turns 18 so he can
The Introvert Bookworm
This sucker is on pause for me. I love the storyline, the cat and mouse game and the reluctant heroine based in the Wild West. Good tension build up but sadly and literally, no climax. I skimmed the last 40% to see if they even “hook up” and sadly it left me high and dry. (Pun sort of intended) I did like that it had depth where most erotica novels lack. I just wish it was a little more sexy. ...more
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