Texas Rain Mass Market Paperback – Nov 7 2006
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Texas Ranger Travis McMurray feels more at home hunting down outlaws than socializing with family and neighbors. When he reluctantly escorts his young sister, Sage, to a dance, he sets in motion a life-altering chain of events. Intrigued by Rainey, the tiny sprite who steals his horse, but wounded by outlaws before he can track her down, he is slowly recuperating at the family ranch when he receives a letter from her that makes him smile for the first time in months. As their correspondence continues, he comes to realize that Rainey may be in danger, and he sets off for Austin to find her, accompanied by Sage and young Duck, an orphan rescued from the outlaw camp. Thomas, well known for her extraordinary sense of place, realistic characters, and fast-paced multilayered plots, has penned another colorful, emotionally intense keeper in the genre of western historical romance, and launched a new series named after the McMurray family ranch, Whispering Mountain. Lynne Welch
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About the Author
Jodi Thomas is a certified marriage and family counselor, a fifth generation Texan, a Texas Tech graduate, and writer-in-residence at West Texas A&M University. She lives in Amarillo, Texas.
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I didn't know anything about this book. I ordered it just because of the author. I put it aside for a while to read when I really wanted to savor a gold nugget of a novel. It didn't turn out that way for me. At one point I actually turned to look at the cover to see if I was reading a Jodi Thomas. Has she decided to change her writing style? It seemed to me that the rhythm was different, the flow was diffeerent, the descriptions, the female character. All seemed different. Most of the sentences seemed short and choppy. I did not like Rainey, maybe that was my major problem. I liked Travis, Teagen, Tobin, Sage and Martha but not Rainey. I was not enjoying the book. In fact, it seemed as if there were actually two books, one concerning Travis and one concerning Rainey. The amount of time the two of them were together in the first half of the book was a matter of minutes, minutes for goodness sakes! Over half of the book is written with them completely apart. For me, the letters didn't work to form a bond in which I saw them interacting as a couple. They were just two people who happened to be in the state of Texas.
I know this is the first book in the Whispering Mountain trilogy. I do not think it was a good example of Jodi Thomas at her best. I will probably buy the next book, but I'm sorry to say I'm actually not looking forward to it. Maybe the more familiar Thomas style will reassert itself by then.
Rainey Adams feels guilty for taking the hunk's steed, but felt she had no choice. She needed to escape her father's plans to marry her to any rogue with some money so his horse was her freedom. She writes letters to Travis apologizing for her action. When he is severely hurt in an ambush and suffering from a fever, he turns to her letters for solace as he heals. When he realizes the woman of the letters that he now loves is in danger, he goes to her rescue though not he is not fully recuperated as he needs his "angel" as his bride; but it is his past that returns with a vengeance that endangers both of them.
Jodie "Texas" Thomas writes another strong Lone Star western romance due to a wonderful Ranger and a courageous heroine who risks all for her freedom and then her beloved. The story line is driven by these two protagonists though his brothers and sister, the bad guys, and the rugged Hill country ably supplement the daring duo. No one writes nineteenth century Texas tales better than Ms. Thomas does (see the McClain saga).
From her first word, Jodi promises an exciting story of romance, intrigue, and excitement set in the Texas Hill Country in 1854. She keeps her word as you meet the three McMurray brothers and their sister, Sage.
One brother lives for the ranch. Another for horses, but for Travis McMurray, the infamous Texas Ranges, it's for open land and roaming. A man who feels he belongs nowhere.
Texas Rain is Travis' story, but you'll fall in love with big brother Teagan and the baby brother, Tobin. Their kid sister, Sage McMurray, is a sassy young woman who proves she inherited the McMurray spirit. The problem, her brothers haven't noticed that she has grown up on them and is now a woman.
You will get pleasure from Martha who raised Sage from infancy and loves her to no end, while tolerating tolerates the McMurray brothers, and sometimes forgets that she's the housekeeper, not the owner of the sprawling Whispering Mountain Ranch.
After taking leave from the Rangers, Travis returns home to the ranch named after the nearby Whispering Mountain where Apache legend has it when a man sleeps on the summit, he'll dream his future. Their father had dreamed of his death and prepared his sons to take care of the ranch and their pregnant mother. The boys formed a bond never to be broken.
At the age of eleven, Travis was forced to fearlessly guide his brothers, watch his mother die after childbirth, and protect his newborn sister, Sage.
The Ranger is expecting a quite time at Whispering Mountain Ranch, but his sister has other ideas. She forces him to take her to the spring dance on a "husband-hunting" mission. Dancing isn't amongst his many talents, but Travis' need to protect the maturing Sage is greater than his concern for his social inadequacies.
At the dance, Travis runs into a fiery green-eyed woman in the darkness and they share a kiss. On a mission, she disappears before he can get her name and he dubs her his "fairy".
Rainey Adams is on the run and has come to steal a horse, but after the handsome Ranger detects her novice scheme, she decides to borrow a horse from a wagon, instead. The problem ... she picked the wrong horse to steal. A McMurray steed.
Realizing that the missing animal is the work of his "fairy", Travis goes after the thief. He promises if she runs, he'll find her; however, the only thing she wants more than the Ranger is her freedom.
After being injured saving a German wagon train from a band of bandits, Travis is taken to the ranch to recover. He dreams his "fairy" comforts him as he lies on death's door. Was she real or truly his "fairy"?
Healing comes slowly and he feels forced out as a Ranger and as a man, but Travis faces his destiny and hurdles one barrier after another, as his life takes an unexpected turn.
He is consumed with the need to find the woman of his dreams who is just as determined not to be found.
Travis must climb Whispering Mountain in hopes of dreaming his future. With the help of his brothers, he reaches the summit.
And, he dreams!
Travis will keep you spellbound as he chases his dreams and his quest to find his "fairy" ... the woman he cannot get out of his system. The woman he must have.
Once again, Jodi has delivered a heartwarming story filled with spirited characters, enough intrigue to keep you on the edge of your chair, and a family who you can't get enough of.
Ladies, get a box of Kleenex, a glass of iced tea, and settle in to enjoy Texas Rain, the first installment of the Whispering Mountain series.
Rainey Adams is running away from her father - and a marriage she doesn't want. Meeting Travis at a local barn dance, she steals one of his horses, to continue her journey away from her hated father.
Rainey writes a letter to Travis, telling him how sorry she was for stealing his horse. In the meantime, Travis was severely injured while helping some immigrants travel over a dangerous area of Texas. Rainey's letters help him tolerate the months of recuperation on the ranch.
Rainey and Travis learn much about each other through their letters; love starts to grow between them. In one of their letters, Travis realizes Rainey is in danger and goes to Austin - even though he isn't really well enough to travel.
Travis has been a Ranger for about 10 years and has many enemies to show for his efforts. Some of the worst of those enemies come to call.
There's lots of action in this tale and the pacing is excellent. Both main characters are likeable and engaging. 4 stars.