3 October 2012

Review: A Texan's Choice by Shelley Gray

Rosemarie Cousins lives in a broken-down shack on the outskirts of the Texan town of Broken Promise. Her father has just died, outlaw Scout Proffitt has just arrived and announced that he won the house and ranch off her father in a game of cards, and her mother is moving in with her older (married) sister, leaving her homeless. Unless she can convince Scout to let her stay.

Miles Grant has taken over the running of the family ranch, having finally earned the respect of the hands. But trouble is coming his way: cattle rustlers. The sheriff decides that the only way to defeat the criminals is to call in the notorious Walton Gang, promising to expunge their criminal records if they can help. But to do the job, they need Scout Proffitt.

A Texan's Choice is a solid Christian historical romance. Each of the major characters is faced with a choice that has the potential to change the way they live. As this is Christian fiction, their decisions are perhaps a little unrealistic, but Gray manages to make them all seem logical and consistent with what we expect from the characters. The Christian message is clear but not preachy. My main issue was that there were three distinct subplots, and while they all connected in the end, the number of characters did become confusing at times.

This is the third book in Shelley Gray’s The Heart of a Hero series, following A Texan's Promise and A Texan's Honor (both of which I have reviewed). I think that this series is best read in order, as the main characters in A Texan's Choice featured prominently in the previous books. A nice historical romance.

Thanks to Abingdon Press and NetGalley for providing a free book for review. You can read more about Shelley Gray at her website.

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