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Daniel McLain is a man of God, raising his twin girls in the newly- developed and dangerous town of Jefferson, Texas. When he appeals to his family for help, Daniel expects a family member to arrive and help him. What he doesn't expect is a distant cousin who's travelling companion is "bad luck." Upon arriving on a steamboat in the most unusual way, Karlee learns that although the Civil war is over, there are those who still want to fight, and endanger lives. Pleasing her employer and keeping the three-year-olds safe isn't going to be easy.
Ms. Thomas has written her characters so well that as I read I found instant compassion for Daniel and the girls. My heart went out to the character Karlee and wanted to see her triumph in more ways than one. In some parts, the written environment took me back to the old John Wayne movies and the realistic atmosphere and mood that was portrayed them. Ms. Thomas is an artist of the western love story.
Instead of arriving herself, the aunt dumps the family's unwanted poor relative Karlee Whitworth on him. Karlee soon becomes a force for good in the town as she handles crisis after crisis with good cheer and aplomb. Soon Karlee falls in love with her host, but he tries to stifle his feelings for Karlee out of respect and guilt for his beloved first wife.
Best selling western romance author Jodie Thomas completes her Texas Brothers trilogy with an interesting Reconstruction Era romance. The story line is filled with action and the return of old favorites from the previous two novels. The lead characters are an intriguing duo, especially the flawed but kind Karlee. Though this tale does never quite attain the level of excitement of the first two books, TO WED IN TEXAS retain the Thomas touch and that means a great time for readers.