Book Reviews of Texas Destiny (Texas, Bk 1)

Texas Destiny (Texas, Bk 1)
Texas Destiny - Texas, Bk 1
Author: Lorraine Heath
ISBN-13: 9780451407528
ISBN-10: 0451407520
Publication Date: 6/1/1997
Pages: 384
Rating:
  • Currently 4.3/5 Stars.
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4.3 stars, based on 67 ratings
Publisher: Signet Book
Book Type: Paperback
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This is one of my most favorite romance books. Houston and Amelia's story is so captivating and honest, I really felt as if I was watching two real people fall in love.
If you are looking for raunch and hot lovemaking scenes you will not find it here, this is a story of two people with emotional baggage looking for a way out and by fate pair up.

If you get your hands on a copy, read it!!
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How do I begin to describe such a beautiful story as TEXAS DESTINY? I could talk about the post civil war Texas setting and describe the mail order bride plot but that doesn't even begin to touch on the emotional impact of Ms. Heath's newest work. This book touched me from beginning to end and is a book I'll always treasure. It's also the first of a trilogy. Woo-hoo!

Houston Leigh's brother Dallas has broken his leg and is unable to make the trip to pick up his mail order bride-to-be Amelia Carson. Houston has hideous facial scarring on one side of his handsome face and has lived his adult life hiding in shadows and covering his face with his hat. He has shunned human contact and feels most content in the company of his horses. Because of his scars and less than charming personality Dallas feels it's safe to assume his new bride won't fall for his brother during the three week trek.

Amelia is disappointed that she has to spend three weeks with her fiancé's grouchy brother but tries to make the best out of her situation by trying to engage him in conversation. She bugs him with irritating questions he doesn't want to answer and eventually she gets under his skin. Although it scares him he slowly opens up to her and they form a hesitant friendship which gets stronger as the days pass and they reveal bits of themselves to each other. Both of their lives have been shattered by the war and they've both dealt with it differently. He has given up on his dreams and withdrawn from the world while she is the eternal optimist finding something to be grateful for in every situation. She looks at her future with joy anxiously biding her time when she can turn her dreams into reality. She even manages to find a dream for Houston to believe in but they despair because she is promised to his brother . . .

The hurting and lovable characters are what make this story so memorable. In the majority of romances I've read one character usually really comes alive while the other gets the short shrift. That's so not so in this case! I loved the heroine as much as the hero in TEXAS DESTINY. She's a woman who has seen the worst life has to offer but hasn't been beaten down by it. Her optimism and willingness to embrace life is refreshing and believable. And Houston . . . he's my favorite kind of hero. He's a wounded soul, with lots of integrity, he's serious, heroic, and best of all he's sensitive. He's been dealt a raw deal by life and really needs a hug. This story is extremely realistic for instance there is no witty banter during their first few days together but instead there are lots of awkward attempts at conversation and long silences. Houston's makes several desperate attempts to come up with words to charm Amelia but always ends fails. These little touches are what make the couple so endearing.

I know many readers avoid the Civil War period but this book is less about the war and more about the healing of two people who as children had to bear witness to human nature's darkest side. But don't think it's all darkness and pain! The book is filled with so many tender moments my eyes were stinging and there is a quiet wit that made me smile. The longing, the soft caresses, the hot kisses, the despair and the impossible love these two share made my heart ache but somehow they always managed to maintain their senses of humor. The sense of place is done so well I felt like I was living the story. I stayed up late reading with a flashlight until 12am last night because I just didn't want to put this book down. This is very rare for me since I get up at 5am! I'm a zombie today but boy was it ever worth it.
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one of the best!!
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The story is about Houston,a man scarred inside and out by his experiences in the Civil War and Amelia, his brother's mail order bride whom he's escorting to her new home. The book was an enjoyable read, but not as good as some of Heath's other work. The problem lay in the plot, which had the hero/heroine on the road together for almost the entire book, getting to their ultimate destination where all the real drama would take place. I can understand some time spent traveling alone to get to know one another and share experiences, but not the whole book! Both characters behaved honorably, but it also limited their familiarity with each other so things got rather static. I got antsy after a while wondering when they would finally get to their destination, and what would happen with the relationship. On the plus side, the characters were well written and sympathetic. I just wish I had more opportunity to see them interacting with characters other than each other. When Amelia finally reached her husband-to-be, Dallas, things picked up beatifully. I just wish it had happened at least 50 pages earlier.
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This was a really good read. Sweet and tender love story.
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Emotional, love story. Will pull on your heart strings, a must read for romance fans.
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Excellent character-driven romance. A Top 100 Romance keeper.
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Have the tissues ready as you will need them.
Houston is a man scarred both physically and emotionally by the Civil War. He lives alone and avoids people when possible. His brother Dallas has a mail order bride coming but breaks his leg just before it is time to collect her in Fort Worth so he asks Houston to "fetch" her. Amelia is a strong woman who survived the war but is now all alone in the world and has offered herself as a mail order bride in order to have a future and security as a wife and mother.
A tender and heart breaking story unfolds as Houston and Amelia make the 3 week trek back to the ranch that Dallas has established. They endure hardships that brings them closer together all the while each of them fighting the feelings that they have for the other.
Why is Houston like he is? Can Amelia change him? Why does she want to change him? Wonderful questions and a story that is hard to put down.
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Great "Mail-Order Bride" story. One of Heath's best.
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She was his brother,s bride...Arriving on the Fort Worth train,Miss Amelia Carson,mail order bride had never met Dallas Leigh,the Texan she promised to marry.The tall cowboy at the station wasn,t Dallas.He was Houston,Dallas'brother,sent to escort her on the rugged three-week trek to the ranch where Dallas waited.Brought up in war ravaged Georgia,Amelia thought Dallas'letter made Texas sound like heaven,a place for her dreams to grow with the right man beside her...but she had a lot to learn.
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This is a beautiful book! It takes place soon after the War Between the States.

A soul-weary, ex-Civil War soldier travels to Fort Worth to collect his brother's mail-order bride. Dallas, the intended groom, has broken his leg and cannot travel. Thus, he sends his hideously disfigured brother, Houston, to meet her train.

West Texas has probably 500 men for each woman. However, Dallas feels safe sending Houston because folks can't stand to look at Houston's face (he lost an eye, etc).

Amelia, the bride, is eager to escape war-ravaged Georgia and has corresponded with Dallas for a time -- before travelling to Texas.

In the hands of a less-talented writer, this could have turned into a syrupy tale. Ms. Heath, however creates 2 fascinating main characters, without turning Dallas into a "heavy."

This is important, because in the second book, TEXAS GLORY, Dallas becomes one of the main characters.

A great read! However, I didn't give this story a "5" because of Amelia's marriage situation; She was married to one man and wanted to marry another. Why didn't she speak up earlier?

1) TEXAS DESTINY
2) TEXAS GLORY
3) TEXAS SPLENDOR
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This Texas Trilogy came highly recommended from many sources and they were beautiful love stories, but too clean for me. I need my spice not necessarily full on erotica, but more sexual play than this. Texas Destiny wasn't my favorite of series just because it took to long for the H/h to get together, someone needed to step up. Although the get-together did choke me up a bit because you didn't want anyone to get hurt. Great for someone who likes good wholesome romances.
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this trilogy is a keeper. my favorite by lorraine heath.
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This is the first of the Texas series. I didn't start with this book, but I loved it. It was very captivating, and the story transported me to Texas with Amelia and Houston's story.

Read this book first. It helps introduce the characters and I wish I had started this one instead of Texas Glory (Book 2).
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This is one of my favorite books The characters stay in your heart.
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Highly recommend this book. The hero is not your usual type of bossy dominant romance novel hero but is still appealing all the same.
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This is a beautiful book! It takes place soon after the War Between the States.

A soul-weary, ex-Civil War soldier travels to Fort Worth to collect his brother's mail-order bride. Dallas, the intended groom, has broken his leg and cannot travel. Thus, he sends his hideously disfigured brother, Houston, to meet her train.

West Texas has probably 500 men for each woman. However, Dallas feels safe sending Houston because folks can't stand to look at Houston's face (he lost an eye, etc).

Amelia, the bride, is eager to escape war-ravaged Georgia and has corresponded with Dallas for a time -- before travelling to Texas.

In the hands of a less-talented writer, this could have turned into a syrupy tale. Ms. Heath, however creates 2 fascinating main characters, without turning Dallas into a "heavy."

This is important, because in the second book, TEXAS GLORY, Dallas becomes one of the main characters.

A great read!

1) TEXAS DESTINY
2) TEXAS GLORY
3) TEXAS SPLENDOR