(Texas Fortunes, Book 3)
by Marcia Gruver
Barbour Publishing, Inc.
1907 Carrizo Springs, Texas
Emily (Emmy) Dane’s recent decision to trust God with her life has yet to rub off on her stubborn spirit. After eighteen years of catering to unruly flesh, Emmy’s having trouble surrendering her will. When she realizes God is steering her toward marriage to the last man on earth she’d choose for herself, she bucks like an unbroken stallion.
Diego (Isi) Marcelo can’t be labeled a half-breed because there’s more than two cultures in the mix. His father was a Spanish merchant, his mother part Choctaw and part Scottish trader. Isi, his Indian name, means deer in his grandmother’s tongue, but the locals north of the Mexican border allege his name should be
Emmy Dane is very upset that her parents are making her go along as they escort her Mama's best friend, Bertha (Bertie) Bloom, to Carrizo Springs, Texas. She would rather travel to St. Louis to see her best friend, Charity, Aunt Bertie's daughter. Charity has just recently had her first baby and Emmy is anxious for a visit.
Emmy's relationship with her father, Willem, is strained at best. She can't figure out why he is always losing his patience with her, or why he doesn't seem to love her. Did she do something wrong in her childhood to cause these feelings? She can remember happier times, but all of a sudden everything seemed to change; Emmy really misses that closeness with her father.
Diego (Isi) Marcelo is the foreman at the Rawson's Twisted-R Ranch. He lives on the ranch with his mother, Melatha, in her humble jacal. She has taught him the ways of his Choctaw ancestors, as well as his father's Spanish heritage. As the ranch foreman, Diego feels like a part of the family, especially since ranch owner, John Rawson, treats him better than his own son, Cuthbert (Cuddy). Diego tries to get father and son to talk through their differences, but disaster strikes before they have a chance. Even though Cuddy and Diego have a falling-out, they're there for each other when trouble comes, besides, what are "brothers" for?
Even though this book was enjoyable, it isn't my favorite of the series. It took me awhile to get into the story, but about halfway through, my interest was finally piqued. If you enjoy historical romances that involve cowboys, cattle drives, banditos, and romantic conflict...this book is for you! Be sure to read the first two books in the series first, Diamond Duo and Chasing Charity, since they do continue with the same characters.
If you're interested in finding out more about the author, and/or her books, please visit Marcia Gruver at www.marciagruver.com
*This book was purchased by me and will be passed on to my sister, to add to her collection.*