Wes McLain returns from the Civil War with his dreams in tatters. Hes given up on hope and love, but not honor. When he sees a young woman, appearing more animal than human, locked in a cage, Wes is driven to set her free, sweeping her into his arms and away from a terrifying fate.
Since childhood, Allie has been an Indian captive, traded from tribe to tribe. For the last five years, she has spoken to no one. But she knows this man is her salvation, and when he is wounded, she follows his directions and brings him to his family.
Though Wes plans to follow an ancient map to unearth a fabled treasure he vows to help Allie find her family first. To protect her from betrayal and gossip, he marries her.
Great book about a scarred Texas Union soldier who rescues a woman captive who has been "saved" from the Indians. She can't/won't speak and is being taken in a cage from city to city like a side show and very mistreated. She refuses to let him leave her someplace "safe" and they both start falling in love.
This book is second in a series of very popular Western romances by Jodi Thomas. This tale is of Wes McLain, the eldest brother. After 4 long years in the Civil War (Union side), Wes has followed his brothers to Texas. There, he finds that he is penniless and his fiancée sends the family goons to make sure he understands she has no plans to marry a poor man.
Trying to get to his feet after the beating, Wes notices a cage. Inside is a slight woman in a raggedy dress; she is bruised everywhere. He finds that a preacher is going to use her at his revival - to get funds from the townspeople to `save' her.
Since childhood, Allie Catlin has been a victim of man's cruelty. She watched her family's slaughter, was captured by Indians and made a slave and now was used by a preacher spouting love but beating her hard and often.
Wes refuses to walk away from the cage and indeed pulls her from it; guns start firing and Wes is seriously hurt. Allie gets him on the horse and they escape. Wes explains that his brother is a doctor in Fort Worth and asks her to take him there.
Thus begins an unusual tale of two emotionally and physically damaged people trying to learn to trust. It isn't easy for either of them. This is my 3rd time reading this and I finally appreciate some of the author's subtlety. This is an unusual story; certainly worth your time!
1. The Texan's Touch (1998)
2. To Kiss a Texan (1999)
3. To Wed in Texas (2000)
4. Twilight in Texas (2001)
5. The Texan's Dream (2001)