"A Sweet Romance in the Heart of Texas"

Jessica Barton flees her Chicago home after her husband's death. She fears her husband's family will take her three children away since she is now left penniless. She goes to Whispering Ranch hoping to find sanctuary. She finds more than she bargained for—a chance for love, but she has a secret that may ruin it all.

Teagan McMurry runs the Whispering Mountain Ranch. His brothers are now married and have made a life of their own. His sister, Sage is away at school. He enjoys his solitude, but he's also lonely. He isn't one to make friends easily. His only friend is Eli Barton, a man he's never met, but has written to for years. When Eli's widow and three children arrive with a letter, stating his last dying wishes, Teagan can't send them away. He will honor his friend by taking his family in until they can make other arrangements? He's faced dangerous outlaws and difficult situations. How much trouble could they be?

This is the first Jodi Thomas book I've read and it won't be the last. I loved how the relationship of Teagan and Jessie progressed—friendship first before they fall in love with each other. The way Teagan handles the invasion of three young children into his once quiet home is heartwarming. Teagan may try to be a grumbling grizzly bear, but inside he was truly a huggable teddy bear. I also liked the relationship of the secondary characters: Sage (Teagan's sister, who came to visit) and Drummond Roak (a young man who has lived among outlaws and the McMurry's have befriended.) This tale is the third book in Whispering Mountain series, but the story stands alone. The references to the other two brothers and their guest appearance only made me want to read their stories as well. I do hope the author plans on writing Sage and Drummond's story, too. They're two headstrong individuals. It would be interesting to see who will tame whom.

Karen Michelle Nutt, author

Reviewed by Karen Michelle Nutt
Posted February 8, 2009


Teagen McMurray would ride to hell and back to protect his land. He’d certainly never felt that way about a woman. Not, at least, until Jessie Barton showed up with her three little girls, desperate for a place to stay. Suddenly he found himself proposing marriage, telling himself it was only to protect her and her children.

Genre: Historical Romance (Old West), Non Paranormal


Tall, Dark and Texan
(Whispering Mountain: Book 2)
by Jodi Thomas

Jove Pubns
October 1, 2008
Available: October 28, 2008
ISBN #0515145432
EAN #9780515145434
394 pages
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Jodi Thomas

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How to Lasso a Cowboy
When a Texan Gambles
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The Texan's Wager

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