Monday, April 22, 2013

Spotlight Review:

ONE TEXAS NIGHT – Jodi Thomas
Zebra
ISBN: 978-1-4201-3141-3
April 2013
Historical Romance Anthology

Amarillo By Morning
West Texas, the Fall of 1889

In this most delightful story, a lonely rancher and a sweet but fearful young lady meet in a dim barn and somehow bare their souls to each other. They make a deal to become equal partners with no expectations, and that is even before Hank gets a clear view of Aggie and her stunning beauty.

Silent Partners Texas, 1890

Two damaged hearts heal one another in this suspenseful entry. Jailed at fifteen for a killing not his doing, Rowdy Darnell returns to Kasota Springs—with less than twelve dollars in his pocket—to sell the ranch left by his father. Laurel Hayes recalls Rowdy from school and offers to loan him enough to enter the upcoming rodeo, and if he wins all-around cowboy, they will split the grand prize. She'll then have enough funds to escape her miserable home life.

The Outlaw
Big Bend Country, Texas, 1852

Cozette Camanez needs a husband…bad. If she doesn't wed soon, her dying father's will says the ranch will go to her nasty uncle. Cozette strikes a bargain with almost-thief Michael Hughes. This tale of secrets and skullduggery is lightened by Michael's three well-meaning but bumbling uncles.

The Ranger's Angel
En route to Texas, 1870

With the War Between the States ended, Annalane Barkley travels to join her brother in Texas. Unfortunately, the stage coach encounters both a storm and a gang of outlaws in Indian Territory. They all manage to take refuge in a hut, but the outlaws are out there waiting. Once the torrential rain lets up, Texas Ranger Wynn McCord and Annalane escape the hut under cover of darkness. Can this independent former army nurse (with the irritating Yankee accent) and the hardened ex rebel soldier make it to safety? This and the other three tales show love can bloom under the oddest conditions.

These novellas appeared in different anthologies from 2008 to 2011 and display Ms. Thomas's exceptional story-telling talents. There are heroines to root for, while the heroes can be both tough and tender. ONE TEXAS NIGHT delivers four emotion-filled, heartwarming reads. Feeling bored or blue? Any one of the stories is guaranteed to lift your spirits.

Jane Bowers

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