Thought to be bad luck, members of a western wagon train abandoned Lacy Dillavou and two other women. The three young women were simply left behind. The rejected trio headed south, toward Texas, and came across one bad hombre, Zeb Whitaker. Whitaker was an evil man, who tried to exercise his manhood on Lacy, a man who thought nothing of rape, abduction, and murder. Violently, the women reacted; they took turns and clubbed this monster to death. Bravely, in Cedar Point, Texas, they surrendered. Except, the local sheriff couldn't find a body and he couldn't let them depart! Instead this sly, old sheriff held a wife lottery; it seemed Cedar Point, Texas needed women! Lacy married Captain Walker Larson -- by proxy. In his distant army fort, Captain Walker Larson was unaware of his new marital status, was unaware that his father had purchased him a lovely, young wife.
They pulled Captain Walker Larson from his military duties and assigned him a one month leave. They told him to protect his estranged wife, Lacy -- Zeb Whitaker was out of prison. The Captain and Lacy were not happy. Neither wanted the interference, both wanted to forget the other existed. Captain Walker Larson did not want a wife. He was romantically wounded once and was not eager to jump back into the fire. What right did his father have to buy him a bride? Lacy Larson was not happy. She tried once, to reach out to her soldier hero husband, to fulfill her dreams of a happily-ever-after marriage, but the Captain's cruel rejection crushed and humiliated her. For all she cared, the Captain could take his life and her dreams and stuff them. Who cared if she was lonely?
Whew, Jodi Thomas tantalized me with the opening of her book and I was planning to grant my sacred 10 rating! But somewhere along the way my tantalization stumbled and I think I know why. Although Jodi Thomas wrote a wonderful homespun western, it had a major drawback - the romance was too slow in advancing. The couple's reluctance grew thin. The `I don't want to be married to you' theme was overworked and the `let's JUST kiss and cuddle' was a MAJOR unlikely happening and overplayed.
Yet, the writer's words are very nice, sometimes tender, sometimes sweet, and the cast of secondary characters is great! Yes, I liked A TEXAN'S LUCK very much. This was a `make you feel good' kind of book. It came close to being splendid but the author delayed the romance a little too long. Nevertheless, with her simple comfortable style, Jodi Thomas kindled my interest in her work and I DO plan to read this author again. Grade: B+
Grace Atkinson, Ontario - Canada.