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Scouts gOr that the Mcueens have a sister whom no one saw or even heard about She s virtually kept prisoner in her house Thisave Dallas a plan and next day he went to the Mcueen to talk about it Their exchange was less than The Organ Grinders gentlemanly and the Mcueen sort of sold his daughter for of Dallas s lands and the water that started it all Oh I felt so much for Cordelia or Dee for having such nasty family But I waslad that she wasn t at all like her father and the two elder brothersDallas doesn t even see her before marriage which takes place soon The situation was really funny because beforehand he heard from Austin who s a The Sudoku Code good friend to Dee s youngest brother Cameron who told Austin that Dee has some kind of facial disfigurements But Dallas stays strong thinking that won t hamper him frometting a son Lord I should ve been irritated at Dallas but somehow I wasn t Maybe I understood why he was so desperate to have a son And seeing the way the The Complete Idiot's Guide to Detoxing Your Body greedy Mcueens were I had toive it to the man There are talks about land between Boyd the stinky and Dallas just before the marriage was about to take place Then when it was time to unveil the bride I thought the scene was just priceless That Dee actually had no problem and the fact that Cameron was joking I had such Silver in the Wood good laugh when Dallaslared at Austin who was sputtering And boy didn t Dallas fall on the spot for his bride Poor uy he came off saintly than Amelia IMO throughout the storyDee all her life tried to abide by her father and the older brothers Her own family tragedy which includes her mother was very sad Dee s father is an autocratic monster never loved her mother and vice versa There are reasons to why Dee never really trusted men the way she saw her father treated her mother which led her to have an affair with a ranch hand She planned to runaway with Dee and Cameron he s probably the result of this affair and nothing like the two eldest Mcueen boys Her plan didn t work and things went wrong Dee had to take care of her mother for a long time before the woman passed away Dee s 26 and kinda iven up on marriage as her father won t let her stating she s delicate and fragile like her mother So when she heard about this marriage to Dallas Leigh she couldn t but et apprehensive Still she relented thinking her father wants this marriage And she didn t know what kind of a man Dallas really was only the exaggerated versions by her brothers who couldn t voice a line about him without demeaning Dallas Dee inevitably found out that how wrong she was about him in the later part of the storySo they marry Dee s scared of Dallas Dallas doesn t really know how to rectify that feeling He hates that his wife is so scared of him But the fact is being lonely and homebound Dee didn t know any man other than her brothers even than only Cameron enuinely cared for her With Dallas s straightforwardness with his commanding presence Dee didn t know how to react It didn t help that her brothers kinda portrayed him as nothing less than a monster But Dallas was like that because of his past as a soldier in the Civil war he d learned to command men from a very young age This is how that man is made he meant no harm But Dee didn t know it and Dallas has no idea how to approach about it She s always clumsy around him and he s disgusted with himself for making her so Houston then asks Dallas to The Second Cure give her sometimes toet used to with the idea of being married Dallas does that and man that was one heck of a wait for him But he always tried in his way to be nice to her Dee was relieved beyond words because she doesn t have to do her duty anytime soon but she knew without it Dallas s dream of Essential Andhra Cookbook: With Hyderabadi and Telengana Specialities getting a son won t come true She dreaded it but she couldn t but love theuy when she starts REALLY The Sorcerer's Apprentice getting to know him as days passed byDallas learns that Dee isn t a weak fragile woman but smart and intelligent He likes to see her smileives her whatever she asks for Once Dee rescues a prairie dog Even knowing he can t have it around the ranch Dallas lets her keep it Austin who s now 21 said some stuff here I again thought too perceptive for someone so young But what I loved was seeing Dallas annoyed about the whole situation yet couldn t deny Dee of her little Precious and calling it the damn prairie dog every time the dog came up in any conversation I couldn t but adore Dallas as I read his yearning to make Dee smile to not see a single trace of fear in her lovely eyes It was pretty obvious that he was falling in love with her You can t but love this man Their conversations were stilted in those times Dee even had to make notes of the topics they might discuss in the breakfast table but soon it changed Once in the breakfast table when Dee asked what Dallas s favorite color was he said it changed Once in the breakfast table when Dee asked what Dallas s favorite color was he said What he didn t explain was it s because Dee s eyes are brown I was like was he said What he didn t explain was it s because Dee s eyes are brown I was like Eagle's Gate god he sone I saw many such little scenes I adored I loved seeing Amelia and Houston too knowing about their life and their 3 yrs old daughter Maggie She was SO ADORABLE There were scenes aplenty in the book that d melt your heart Dallas dotes on the World War Z. La guerra mondiale degli zombi girl and Maggie is crazy about her Unca Dalls whoives her lemon drops when she ot a sad She s a huge reason why I loved this bookThings were oing uite well between Dallas and Dee Dallas finds out that he likes sharing his empire with her and she s smart enough to understand In the process she comes up with this idea of a hotel Dallas already had a plan laid out but he indulged her making Dee thinks she came up with this idea first How can I not adore this man He was nowhere near Who Is Muhammad Ali? getting into her bed and he never tried too except for the wedding night misunderstanding And Dee saw a man so very different than what her father and brothers made her believe she knew if he courted her the she d choose him She wanted toive him what he wanted yet she was hesitant So it went on for the 1st half of the book and I Don't Worry, Eat Cake: A Coloring Book to Help You Feel a Little Bit Better about Everything got a bit frustrated The day the foundation of the hotel was laid is when Dee finally decides she s help this man achieve his long standing dream of having a son That night they consummate the marriage Everything wentreat but sigh More misunderstanding I have to talk about it the whole was so strangely funny and weird at the same time Dee thought one time was enough to have a kid Dallas was trying to tell her it might not be Dee wants to wait and see Dallas who of course didn t want things to o like this accedes for once a month thing oh hell thinking she doesn t really want him in her bed Then the next month it s apparent they weren t successful so Dee shyly informs him that Dallas is whooping inside rins They reminded me of two kids really Anyway he decides if once a month it is he ll make the best of it So he oes to Houston ermm to know how can he make her want him Oh it was pretty awkward Dallas actually asks Amelia first What Ermm Amelia wasn t of course easy with it so she asks him to talk to Houston Houston tells Dallas he d learned kissing watching him Oh man this was so funny But still Houston ives him a little something which worked just fine in the end And that love scene was again kinda funny since Dee who knew very little about the physical aspects of marriage thought the process brings pain for men you A Secret Kept guess why she thought this p while pleasure for women something to balance for the pain womeno through in childbirth It was hilarious yet strangely endearing to me Dallas was laughing hard as Dee confessed why she didn t want to make love often Their relationship improved so much afterwards They were having fun making Dallas s dream come true I felt so happy knowing the way it all looked Also the hotel was running fine Soon Dee finds out she s pregnant BTW in the beginning of the story it s known that Amelia was pregnant with her 2nd babyWe et to know about Rawley Cooper before this About an 8 yrs old he s ot a drunkard for a father an useless SOB and no mother Dee felt for him when she Met Him But Didn T him but didn t what kind of a role fate would play that involves Rawley and herself So before the Christmas Dee and Dallas were spending a reat time together dreaming away about their empire when the tragedy struck Oh it was too horrible to read Dee was in the hotel with Dallas spend a reat day making love She The Ancient Greeks: Ten Ways They Shaped the Modern World goes out alone to talk to the manager when she heard someone crying in the back ally When Dallas hears her blood curdling scream he runs down finding her amongst the crates that somehow fallen on her While he took her home it was clear that she s losing the baby It was a son I couldn t imagine the pain these two suffered The scene where Dallas buries his son was so so heartbreaking I was Familiar world as the bride of Dallas LeighHe belonged to the landDallas hadiven his life to the land Now he aimed to put West Texas on the map But as he azed into the eyes of the lovely stranger who Reviewed for THC Reviews45 stars I ended up having a difficult time rating Texas Glory because I really enjoyed almost everything about the story but was rather frustrated by one element As with her other books that I ve read Lorraine Heath once again showed her masterful understanding of the human psyche by creating relatable characters and taking them on a believable journey of self discovery The road that takes them there is not always perfect and filled with bliss The author makes her characters o through some heartache along the way too which helps them to row and change in a positive way In the end I felt like everything was perfect even the bad stuff because it all happened for a ood reason In this way Ms Heath manages to bring an amazing amount of depth to both her characters and her stories making them a joy for me to read The one and only thing that bothered me about the book is how distant Dallas and Cordelia are from each other pretty much right up until the end The previous book in the series Texas Destiny had this intense and vibrant romantic uality to it that was brought about through the personalities of the hero and heroine and how they interacted with each other Dallas and Cordelia are just two very different characters wh Let me start saying Would you please Let Freedom Reign': The Words of Nelson Mandela. Henry Russell give me a weapon so I cano at the beginning of this book and erase from this earth Boyd her worthless father Duncan and CooperMaybe then I would have read this book without the pressing need to slam my e book down so often Don t Paper Crafts Magazine: Joy of Card Making (Leisure Arts get me wrong I liked this book very very much but most of the time I wanted to smash something Dee is a sweetirl She s beautiful but so very much view spoilerdoormat hide spoiler Oh my word these Leigh cowboys are something elseLoved this one too Actually I loved it a little than Texas Destiny Dallas was a bigger and bolder character than Houston was I had expected that but what I didn t expect was how big his heart was and how much love he had to Path to Sanity: Lessons from Ancient Holy Counselors on How to Have A Sound Mind giveCordelia was his savingrace Truly Neither of them knew it but as they ventured towards the big dream that Dallas had she would be the one to show him what true dreams were made ofI loved having Houston and Amelia very present in their story along with little miss Maggie May And Austin what a loving soul he is Dallas and Dee shared some pretty wonderful moments but they also shared some pretty tough ones too The last few chapters had me crying and sniffling all the way through The silver lining for me was Rawley He was such a brave little Undiluted: Rediscovering the Radical Message of Jesus guyAnd those Mcueens What evil bastards they are with the exception of Cameron On to Austin s book Audio 5 STARSStory 45 STARS I wouldn t like living my life around a woman s wants and needsIf you loved her as much as I love Amelia you d like it just fine It s official Lorraine Heath and I are two peas in a pod DWhile Dallas and Cordelia weren t as likable as Houston and Amelia from book 1 this author s sense of romance easily won me over All the feels high drama and romance romance romance And the narration Eva Kaminsky is just incredibleOn to book 3 IMMEDIATELY I liked the romance It was sweet with lovely characterrowth I didn t like the plot arbage at the end I am not too keen on reading Austin s book because of it 45 STARS A hundred years from now everything I ve worked so hard to build will be nothing than dust blowing in the wind but if I can spend my life loving you I ll die a wealthy man a contented man LOVED book 2 Dallas and Cordelia s book Th Finally on KindleI know people including myself who paid a small fortune on eBay for used copies of these books but I just discovered they re FINALLY available ot kindle These 3 books are seriously 3 of my favorite historical romances and worth every penny And yes I ll be buying them again Texas Destiny Texas Glory Splendor review Texas Glory is the second book in Lorraine Heath s Texas Trilogy and to be honest I just wasn t sure how much I d enjoy it because the first book Texas Destiny was such an amazing read that I didn t see how this one could possibly compare Well I m lad to say my fears were for naught This was uite simply put an incredibly emotional story I liked Dallas in the first book but I love him now In Texas Destiny Dallas Leigh stood and watched not without putting up a fight however as his own mail order bride fell in love with his younger brother Houston and his dream of having a son to pass his legacy onto slip through his fingers Now while his dream might have been temporarily waylaid it was not forgotten His all consuming desire for a son has Dallas taking advantage of a water rights feud with Angus Mcueen a neighboring rancher and offering to marry his daughter Cordelia in exchange for the right to use water on Dallas land It certainly isn t a love match and rumor has it that not only is Cordelia homely she also lost her nose in a tragic accident But the way Dallas sees that not only is Cordelia homely she also lost her nose in a tragic accident But the way Dallas sees as long as she ives him a son he doesn t care what she looks likeI m not KaBOOM!: One Entrepreneur's Quest to Build Community SAVE PLAY! going too into the plot other than to say it s pretty brutal sometimes Gunfights robbery murder and attempted murder this book has everything we ve come to expect from the Wild West including a child abuse of the most heartbreaking kind We re introduced to Rawley Cooper a young boy whose story broke my heart and I sobbed for what that child was forced to live through Thank God for Dallas and his kindness compassion and his sense of justice and Cordelia for her unconditional love Texas Glory like Texas Destiny is a wonderful story Heartwarming tales of the trials of frontier living the love of family and the joy of finding your happily ever after in the most unlikely of ways I don t like books where most of the conflict is based on mis communication and inaccurate assumptionsHe loves her but never says the words So she thinks he does not love her so she s oing to leave But she won t tell him why So he thinks she does not love him He lets her o without saying anything Of course this just confirms to her that he doesn t careAnother example She was a virgin When they have sex for the first time she thinks he feels pain based on his runts and roans So she says we don t need to have any sex He thinks she doesn t want him So now they don t have sex for a long timeWhen he does nice things for her she says to herself he s not doing it for me he s doing it for this other reasonThe book does not elicit romantic feelings So then the author brings in a secondary story about an abused boy His father sells him for sex beats him and starves him I had tears during that part of the book And I was happy for how things turned out for the boy But I felt manipulated The author couldn t engage my emotions with the hero and heroine so she added the child abuse story to Who on God's Earth do you 'think' you are?: A true story about TRANSCENDING the ILLUSION of SEPARATION get me to cry Not sure I wanted thatTHE SERIESIave 3 stars to book 1 Texas Destiny I did not like books 2 and 3 Texas Glory and Texas Splendor DATANarrative mode 3rd person Story length 278 pages Swearing language mild including religious swear words Sexual language none to mild Number of sex scenes 4 Setting 1881 to 1884 West Texas Copyright 1998 Genre western historical romance My review contains spoilers and they re mostly my thoughts as I went with the book Dreams were the stepping stones to lory My od This book made me the ultimate watering pot WOW Dallas turned out to be one heck of a sweet pea and Dee not as odd I thought she was I have to say the 1st half of the book was uite slow and a bit frustrating but the 2nd half made it for me 10 times over I cried and I laughed and had this silly Mesagerul grin on my face in the end And GOD Houston and Amelia s daughter Maggie was so so adorableDallas was still dreaming of a son who d take care of his empire when the story starts He s still not married but I saw he s changed uite a bit in the 5 yrs after Texas Destiny I found him less ambition prone not as crazy about having a son as he was in that book Dallas has already founded a town called Leighton which was thrivingradually Now his latest trouble is with the Mcueens who moved close to his land about 3 yrs ago and causing trouble ever since Mcueen s two eldest boys are basically criminals and trying to take over his lands And The Water That Runs Through Their Lands But Owned the water that runs through their lands but owned Dallas Dallas has tried defending but this night in the beginning things went a bit wrong The Mcueens predictably came to make trouble while he Austin and Houston were keeping an eye on the fences The scuffling that ensues Austin Judy Blume: Fearless Storyteller for Teens getting hit by Boyd Mcueen s bullet and Dallas breaking Boyd s arm Amelia takes care of Austin while Houston and Dallas think about what to do Dallas learns from the doct. She wasiven to a strangerCordelia Mcueen was a virtual prisoner in her father's house Until everything changed when she was shamelessly traded in a battle for land and water rights and thrust into an un. Rying hard Doctor tells them Dee s wounded badly so she won t be having any children Dee asks Dallas to find Rawley out because she was sure it was him who s cry she heard Dallas does that and some horrible truth about Rawley comes out The doctor checks on him and in very little word tells Dallas later that Rawley was being molested by some perv and its probable that his sick excuse of a father was taking money in exchange Some of the things were narrated from Rawley s POV and you can t but cry for the boy too No children should ever have to o through such nightmare in their lives Rawley worships Dee in his own way so he agrees to stay with them Dallas does everything in his power to make him safe He also meets his father and beats the uy threatening that he never What Am I Doing with My Life?: And other late night internet searches answered by the great philosophers go near Rawley ever again The Christmas came and it was obvisously painful for Dee because she had such plans for her baby but now Amelia in between has her babyirl Dee was very strong about the whole situation even helping Amelia throughout the ordeal I loved the scenes on the Christmas day the distribution and the opening of the Jimmy: The Terrorist gifts Maggie s enthusiasm and Austin s childish pranks but mostly about Rawley and how they all took him in I loved the speech Dallasives to the family and then they sing It was so very emotional so touching considering the loss they just experiencedThe heart wrenching incident of losing their child creates a How to Live the James Bond Lifestyle: The Complete Seminar gap between Dallas and Dee Dee thought Dallas would be better off without her though she loves him it s better to leave him so that he can marry someone else to make his dream come true She talks to Amelia about it and I was like what After everything he d done for you Dallas on the other hand was scared that he d hurt Dee if he tries to make love and so on so he kept his distance Hell if they only talked this misunderstanding won t even take place And I was frustrated again kept thinking why oh why this is happening to two people so not deserving of so much pain Then something happens again Dee was abducted by Rawley s dad Dallasoes out to save her Rawley was there too Dallas was injured badly but in the end it was Rawley who saves them Dee takes care of Dallas who soon overcomes with infection and feverFrom early on it was apparent that Austin had a tendre for a More scary stories for sleep-overs girl named Becky On a later part of the story when Austin found Rawley distort in a barn after he starts living with the Leighs he asks him what happened and Rawley tells him albeit hesitantly that the man who s been hurting him was here At the sometime Boyd Duncan and Cameron were there to talk to Dallas Of course Boyd did most of the distasteful talking of lands money and now that Dee s lost the baby how Dallas should hold up his side of the bargain Thisuy was so damn nasty throughout the book but soon it was apparent he s a monster as well Anyway Austin listens to Rawley but reassures him he d take care of it Soon after Dee and Dallas was rescued the sheriff comes in informing them the kidnappers have been murdered Now there was no way to prove that it was Boyd who paid them to kill Dallas After this Dee oes to her father s house taking Houston Austin and other ranch hands with her She makes it clear to them that things won t change that if anything happens to Dallas she d make sure Mcueens et nothing out of it I loved this scene the confident and angry Dee She tells her father that Dallas was the finest Heads of the Colored People gift he d everiven her whoop whoopAs Dallas kept fighting with fever Austin Dont You Dare Give Up goes out in the town of Leighton Meanwhile Houston and Amelia were in the house helping Dee to take care of Dallas In the morning the sheriff comes with the news of Boyd being murdered and that it was Austin s name he d written in the sands before he died The fact that Austin went to town to threaten Boyd and fired one bullet in front of the people there also comes out Austin is detained but won t tell them what he was doing that night or if there s any alibi to his whereabouts He s jailed and sentenced to 5 yrs in prison Dee soon visits him and learned something vital about his whereabouts but Austin assures her it s alright that 5 yrs would pass soon I don t know I didn t like it much Though I understood the reason why he just took it onto him Austin was such aood boy Hmm anyway as Dallas regains consciousness and leans about it all he feels helpless All through the book reading of the profusion of love these brothers shared together overwhelmed me with emotionIn the end Dee talks to Dallas about leaving him I was again like what the hell is this But my annoyance went out in the wind when I read the scene before epilogue It was too beautiful made it upto me without a doubt I loved the words they exchanged so touching As I said earlier I was a watering pot by then When I was a boy I went to war searching for lory I didn t find it I came here thinking I d find lory if I built a ranching empire or a thriving town He trailed his thumb over her lips Instead I discovered that I didn t even know what lory was not until you smiled at me for the first time with no fear in your eyes His aze swept beyond her to encompass all that surrounded them A hundred years from now everything I ve worked so hard to build will be nothing than dust blowing in the wind but if I can spend my life loving you I ll die a wealthy man a contented man Tears overflowed and spilled onto her cheeks Stay with me he said Nodding mutely she wrapped her arms around his neck The flowers floated to the round as he lifted her into his arms and carried her into the house Your back she said as he started up the stairs You shouldn t be carrying me My back s finesighThe epilogue was reat They finally have a baby a irl while they ve already adopted Rawley Ah the words on Dallas s dream of talking his daughter while it was a son before to his favorite windmill to show her what he d made were So Sweet It Didn sweet It didn matter to him any that it s A Girl He And Dee girl He and Dee have a baby one they created in love It was all that mattered Oh that man stole my heart 5 stars sighPS Now that I think about it Dallas was maybe stars sighPS Now that I think about it Dallas was maybe first hero I ve read with a mustache throughout the story That s why I had a bit of a trouble imagining him ermm Anyway his habit of rubbing his mustache when he was thinking deeply was an endearing habit IMO Ahhhhh it hurts to know that I could have loved the book but somehow something was not right When I started this book I thought oh I think I am oing to like Dallas s story better than Houston A marriage of convenience Dallas and Cordelia both sound extremely promising what is not to like Then Cordelia s fears started to The Interior Landscape: Love Poems from a Classical Tamil Anthology get on my nerves I tried to be understanding of her fears but even Iot annoyed Dallas was a saint Cordelia s character started out fine but once she married Dallas she kept thinking about how she could not stay She was too fearful in the beginning of the marriage then too much of a ambitious woman once she started with her hotel plan which Dallas kind of allowed to happen I could see what Lorraine Heath was doing Cordelia was transforming from a fearful woman to a woman of her own mind from having little self esteem to feeling confident and in control of her destiny I respect that but I found it hard to relate to her personal Longevity, Senescence, and the Genome growth The kind of woman that she was turning to seems too much like a managing sort And I do despise a manaing sort of a woman Like I said I respect her aspirations but find heroal hard to relate to Dallas wanted a son This was a theme from book 1 So I was half afraid from the beginning that he would not et his heart s wish I won t o into details because that would be spoilerish While I understood why Heath wrote the story this way I secretly wish for another ending for Dallas and Cordelia If we could not have our happily ever after with all our wishes fulfilled in a romance novel where are we ever First You Fall: A Kevin Connor Mystery going to find it I amlad that I read the book It was a ood story with intriguing characters I could not relate to Cordelia but that was a personal thing However I feel that the story was stuck in some kind of a limbo it could have been really reat but somehow could not et there It just dangled between ood and could have been Notes from a Young Black Chef good I feel that Dallas and Cordelia did not have enough foundation for their coming together to be special And the drama with the pregnancy and Cordelia s despicable brothers were just too over the top and pushed the relationship into the shadow I feel this is really uite a shame Dallas deserves a better story from where I see it But from this book s high rating Iuess most people are happy with his HEA I for one wish that he had a different story. Elonged to him he caught a limpse of another ambition a warm radiant desire of the heart Was this the woman who would walk beside him as together they carved out a rich future with all the promise of lov. ,


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