Carolyn Davidson out-does herself in this unique tale; this couple has been married for 6 years. Because her husband allowed work to be his driving principle, Faith Hudson McDowell left her grand life in Boston to be an ordinary rural farmer in Texas.
Her other problem with her marriage was a cantankerous mother-in-law, who berated Faith constantly (because they lived in the family manor together). When their newborn died, Mrs. McDowell blamed Faith.
Because of her hard-scrabble existence in Texas, Faith learned to be self-sufficient. When Max McDowell finds her, he is shocked by Faiths independence and competence. Faith is not interested in returning to her trophy-wife existence in Boston.
Max spends weeks with Faith, helping her with farming tasks and trying to woo her back to Boston. He is an impressive figure of a man who is used to getting his way. However, Faith knows what she needs in the relationship and wont budge.
This is a well-written book that could have turned syrupy but Davidson does not allow it to turn in that direction. My only complaint is how long it took for the story to get moving. Ive enjoyed each of the books in this series but this one is the best so far. (4.5 stars)
1. A Marriage by Chance (2002)
2. The Texan (2002)
3. Tempting a Texan (2003)
4. Texas Gold (2003)
5. Texas Lawman (2005)