"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.
Michelle Nutt, author
Reviewed by Karen Michelle Nutt
Posted February 8, 2009