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Harlequin Spotlight: Review of A Texas Family by Linda Warren w/giveaway

A Texas Family

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Giveaway information:  1 print copy of A Texas Hero, 1 print copy of A Texas Family (USA only) and 1 ebook copy of A Texas Hero, 1 ebook copy of A Texas Family (internationally)  4 winners in all.  Rafflecopter Link is at the bottom of the post.  Good luck!

 

Back of the Book

A Texas-size secret…

Nine years ago, Jena Brooks fled Willow Creek, Texas, as a frightened teenager. Now she’s finally found the courage to come home, and this time she’s not leaving without her baby. Memories of Asa Corbett stealing her newborn child still haunt Jena to this day. Unfortunately, her best chance at finding her baby is Asa’s eldest son, local cop Carson Corbett.

Trusting a Corbett again isn’t easy, but they’ll need to rely on each other completely to face their pasts and discover the truth. Together, Jena and Carson have a chance to heal old wounds and unite their families for good…if the truth doesn’t first tear them apart.

Review:

I honestly don’t know where to start with this book.  It’s easily Ms. Warren’s best book to date.  This is a very complex novel that you need to read, savor and think about.  It deals with some real issues that even I have seen living in small towns now.

There are families that run towns.  I call it the good ol’ boy system and unfortunately, it still exists to this day.  Asa Corbett is one of those men that towns fear and always do what he says.  Unfortunately for him in this book, he truly does get his comeuppance and its rather sad.  No, I do not feel any sympathy for Asa, as he is the villain in the story; it’s the way he gets in the end.

What really got me about the book is how Ms. Warren was able to weave two murders, a kidnapping, the stealing of a baby and the shocking twist involving Carson in the end.  Her writing is effortless and flows from one thing to another without the jarring effect that most authors have.  Like I said, there is a lot going on in the book but its all connected to one moment that Jena would love to have back.

Jena is one tough cookie.  After being the town white trash all of her life, she has finally made something of herself and when she comes back into town looking for her baby, she never backs down.  I like that attitude.  Her only weakness seems to be Carson himself.  Of course, Carson doesn’t plan on getting close to Jena but once he realizes that his own father is behind everything that happened to his brother and Jena, he will stop at nothing to bring justice to Jena.

I honestly got a book hangover from reading.  There are so many emotions that ran through me when I read this book.  In some ways, its a very sad book but in others, hopefully.  You will see how the people around Jena and Carson grow from the troubles that Asa has inflected on the people of Willow Creek and how their lives turned from that one single moment in time.

The secondary characters in the book, particularly Hiliary, Jena’s sister and Norma, her mother were very well written and provided the support that Jena needed.  Aunt Fran started out as a doormat of sorts but in the end once everything was presented to her, her support of Carson was good.

I loved seeing Abby, Ethan, Chloe and Kelsey from A Texas Hero.  😉  Also, Levi is back, too and I can’t wait to read his story next.  While the story deals with tough subject matter, its not depressing.  The characters grow and change throughout the book and the ending was perfect.

One question though:  Harlie did she find her baby?  He he…you will have to read the story to find out but I will say this…the baby was…  NO SPOILERS!!!

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11 thoughts on “Harlequin Spotlight: Review of A Texas Family by Linda Warren w/giveaway”

  1. I love small town romances! As a girl, I wanted to live in a small town…..smaller than Abilene, Texas in the early 60’s. After we moved to Dallas, I realized Abilene was a great place to grow up.

  2. Hi Chris,
    I grew up in a small community and everything you said is true. Sometimes my mother knew what I was doing before I got home. Like speeding down the country road or talking to a boy at the one and only convenient store in the area. Yep, everybody knows your name and what you’re doing.LOL Thanks for stopping by. Linda

  3. I love Linda’s books and have been looking forward to this books and others by her. Of course being a life long Texan I especially love books set in Texas.

  4. I love small town romances. It makes the characters more fun. I also like that everyone knows everyone, and small town people are more realistic. I am live in a small town and everyone knows everyone and looks out for each other. Also small town people are more helpful. Thanks for the chance to win.

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