What is Throwback Thursday: Historical Romance Edition?
Traditionally, Throwback Thursday celebrates nostalgia, asking participants to post a personal photo or an image from their past -- usually from 5 to 10 years ago. There are a lot of book blogs that also do a book-related Throwback Thursday. Since Tin and Mary C. are unapologetic lovers of historical romances, they've decided to focus on this beloved genre.
Here are the rules:
1. It must be posted on a Thursday.
2. It must be a historical romance novel published before October 2008.
THIS WEEK I AM FEATURING...
Texas Destiny by Lorraine Heath
Originally published in January 1997
She was his brother's wife...
Arriving on the Fort Worth train, Miss Amelia Carson, mail-order bride, had never met Dallas Leigh, the Texan she promised to marry. The tall cowboy at the station wasn't Dallas. He was Houston, Dallas's brother, sent to escort her on the rugged three-week trek to the ranch where Dallas waited. Brought up in war-ravaged Georgia, Amelia thought Dallas's letters made Texas sound like heaven, a place for her dreams to grow with the right man beside her.
And his only love...
By all appearances, Houston Leigh would hardly be considered the "right man." The war he survived had scarred him inside and out, and he was little competition for his handsome brother. But from the moment Houston met Amelia, he knew she possessed the courage this wild land needed. She had eyes that could see past his wounded face to his soul. And he would fight any man—except his brother—for her heart. Now he and Amelia were riding down dangerous trails, sleeping under the stars, and God help them, they were falling in love.
I'm not usually into western historicals, but Lorraine Heath always grabs me with a great story and unforgettable characters. I loved the mail-order bride scenario and the drama with Houston falling in love with his brother's intended. Houston was such a fabulous hero...tortured, sweet, and hard-working. I also enjoyed Amelia's character and how brave it was for her to make the journey to Texas.
He pulled her mirror out of his other pocket. “You left your mirror on my table.” He extended it toward her.
“You can keep it,” she said quietly. “We have lots of mirrors here.”
“I’ll keep it, then.”
“Good. I’m glad.”
He’d never rushed headlong into a battle, but he figured this time, it might be the best approach. “I spent a lot of time studying it. The back is real pretty with all the gold carving. Took me about an hour to gather up the courage to turn it over and look at the other side.”
“And what did you see?”
“A man who loves you more than life itself.”
Closing her eyes, she dropped her chin to her chest.
“I wouldn’t blame you if you hated me. I haven’t held your feelings as precious as I should have.”