Friday, November 18, 2011

Be My Texas Valentine- Jodi Thomas, Linda Broday, Phyliss Miranda and DeWanna Pace

Be My Texas Valentine

Jodi Thomas, Linda Broday, Phyliss Miranda and DeWanna Pace

Zebra, Jan 3 2012, $6.99

ISBN: 9781420119671

“The Valentine Curse” by Jodi Thomas. In 1867 at the Double R Ranch, Brody works diligently but is a pariah due to the war. The boss’ wife insists he attend their dance and shower attention on Widow Valerie. Since he shows her respect and knows farming, Valerie offers him a marriage partnership. Brody accepts but plans to be more than the “You’ll do husband”.

“Cupid’s Arrow” by Linda Broday. In 1884 Rue Ann hates Logan who accepted money from her wealthy dad to dump her. He wonders why she is marrying abusive Theodore. Family friends Miss Emily and Miss Charlotte trick the pair into talking about her father’s lies.

“Loving Miss Laurel” by Phyliss Miranda. In 1887 Mayor Hunter wants a railroad stop in town which means paving the streets as they compete with other cities. He hosts a meeting of men but finds three female spies including orphan Laurel who was east for years at school. The spies grab Laurel and take her to their leader, Hunter’s mother Melba who insists they need a library.

“Sweet Talk” by DeWanna Pace. Dr. Noah knows his pet lovebird Amigo is lonely since he is away a lot on medical calls. JoEmma has been wheelchair bound since she suffered from Scarlet Fever. Her lovebird Gabby escapes. A week later Noah realizes he has two lovebirds. Noah arrives with the lovebirds, but also decides to take JoEmma to the dance.

The latest Texas quartet (see A Texas Christmas) contains strong lead characters and solid support casts. Although the story lines are thin and mostly fail to anchor time and place, fans will enjoy the novellas of Be My Texas Valentine.

Harriet Klausner

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