TO WED IN TEXAS
If you read the title TO WED IN TEXAS and expect a typical historical Texas romance then you've never read Jodi Thomas' work. The first chapter of this gentle romance will capture you and draw you into a warm, charming, and sometimes harrowing read.
Daniel McLain is a man of God, raising his twin girls in the newly- developed and dangerous town of Jefferson, Texas. When he appeals to his family for help, Daniel expects a family member to arrive and help him. What he doesn't expect is a distant cousin who's travelling companion is "bad luck." Upon arriving on a steamboat in the most unusual way, Karlee learns that although the Civil war is over, there are those who still want to fight, and endanger lives. Pleasing her employer and keeping the three-year-olds safe isn't going to be easy.
Ms. Thomas has written her characters so well that as I read I found instant compassion for Daniel and the girls. My heart went out to the character Karlee and wanted to see her triumph in more ways than one. In some parts, the written environment took me back to the old John Wayne movies and the realistic atmosphere and mood that was portrayed them. Ms. Thomas is an artist of the western love story.