Monday, October 19, 2009
Spotlight Review: THE LONE TEXAN by Jodi Thomas
THE LONE TEXAN - Jodi Thomas
A Whispering Mountain Novel
Texas - 1859
It’s been four long years since Sage McMurray has seen her native Texas...and a lot has changed in her life. She is now a doctor, and she is also a widow. Her late husband was her mentor at medical school, and their brief marriage was more poignant than loving. Stepping off the ship in Galveston onto Texas soil is emotional and exciting for her, and for her traveling companion, Bonnie, a nurse from Boston, who will be working with Sage in her practice. But almost immediately, Sage is drawn into a situation that demands her medical skills. A woman and her two young sons have been rescued by Rangers and brought to Galveston. One of those involved in the rescue is Drummond Roak, the waif taken in by the McMurrays years before.
Drum has been waiting four agonizing years for Sage’s return, and just before he can welcome her, he’s drawn into the rescue of the small family. Sadly, the woman dies, but before she does, she begs Drum to keep her sons safe. The men who killed her husband want her sons dead too. Drum promises and then hopes that he and Sage can come to terms with their relationship. Sage is adamant that they have no relationship, and she wants nothing to do with a man who lives by the gun. But when Sage is kidnapped and taken to a dangerous, secret location, Drum sets off to rescue her.
The hidden valley where Sage is taken is run by a man known as the Count. He’s been shot and needs a doctor. But once Sage helps him, he wants her for his own. When she rebuffs him, he angrily puts her up for auction in his saloon. Who is the tall, dark stranger who bids two hundred dollars and wins her? And how will they escape the heavily guarded sanctuary?
The Whispering Mountain series concludes with THE LONE TEXAN. The McMurray’s beloved ranch is now filled with the families and offspring of Teagan, Tobin, and Travis McMurray, and they anxiously await the return of little sister Sage. They’re not so excited about Drum’s involvement with her, though. This tale is one big adventure, with lots of sweet, poignant moments. Secondary characters are many, but Bonnie’s story is especially satisfying ---- the plain old maid who finds love in a very amazing way. The mystery of the two boys becomes a strong background tale to the difficulties that Sage and Drum must overcome.
I’m going to miss the McMurrays! THE LONE TEXAN is a terrific ending to this excellent series. Once again, Jodi Thomas has penned a wonderful page-turner.