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  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: Dell Books (2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0739438174
  • ISBN-13: 978-0739438176
  • Product Dimensions: 20.8 x 13 x 3.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
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By Tina-Anne on 4 May 2014
Format: Mass Market Paperback Verified Purchase
This book was okay, but a little disappointed, expected a bit more but do not know really what that would
be. Sorry.
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46 of 49 people found the following review helpful
A story that captures your interest and never lets go. 27 April 2000
By "car6146614" - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Sloan Stewart is the eldest of Rip Stewart's daughters. She is his heir, his rock. She's the overseer on his plantation. She lives for the land, because past heartbreak has taught her that land is all that one can count on. She was always considered unusual by the town's standards. Now she's has had a son out of wedlock by her first love, a traitor, and she's made a secret deal with his brother, Cruz. Cruz has loved her for years, but Sloan is too afraid to love him. When a secret part of Rip's life comes to light, Sloan is furious and unwillingly turns to Cruz. The author manages to keep the romance and action going without sacrificing the heroine's independent spirit, even when it inconveniences the hero. She adds intrigue with Cruz's secret occupation, Cruz's mother and ties up loose ends with Sloan's son, whom she gave to Cruz to raise because she was afraid to love him. The secondary love story with Luke was a nice touch, too. All in all, the story was well-written and I was sorry to see the Sisters of the Lone Star end. I hope Joan Johnson will eventually do some sequels about their children. I'd like to see how the next generation of Lone Star children handle their adventures.
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
A great story 8 Nov. 2004
By Love 2 Read Novels - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Texas Woman was a great story. I enjoyed it's fast paced adventure. Cruz is a wonderful hero and his gentleness toward Slone is very tender. Slone struggles to trust and love again after Cruz's brother betrayed her and left her pregnant and unwed. She gives the baby to Cruz at birth and marrys him on paper only until such time and the man who killed Cruzs brother is brought to justice, then it is to be a real marriage. This is their story of the stuggle to overcome the many things life passes our way. I was a little disappointed that we didn't really see much of the other family in this book. Frontier Woman and Comanche Woman were much more family interactive. Nevertheless, it was still a good story and ties the triology together. I recommend you read them in order. They do stand alone but like any good family history it's best to get the information in order. You feel like you know them all.

All three books (Frontier Woman, Comanche Woman, Texas Woman) are really good stories but I have to say that Comanche Woman was by far my favorite. All three heros were good men who were strong yet tender. But there was something about Long Quiet that drew me in in Comanche Woman.

This series is a keeper for me!
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Ho hum, and a creepy rape scene between the love interests 4 April 2005
By R.K.M. - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This was recommended to me by a girl I work with who is a big fan of the western-romance genre and of this author in particular. With her stamp of approval, I read this, and I parts of it were good. However, I did not feel any chemistry between the two main characters and tended to skim their love scenes. And apparently it is a requirement of the cowboy-romance that rape has to be involved portrayed as love, because this is the third book in which I've encountered it. There was this side character who was really sweet and charming until he finally got alone with the girl he loved. Then he sort of kidnapped her and called her "mustang girl" because she struggled to get away as he was raping her, and he was generally creepy and forced himself on her even though she said no, and when she asked if he intended to marry her afterward he said, "Sorry, girl, this bronc can't be tamed." But he otherwise continued to be sweet and charming, except in his dealings with this girl when he was really really creepy. So, I won't be reading more by this author.
9 of 12 people found the following review helpful
Great reading 27 Jan. 2000
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
The third volume of Sister of the Lone Star is very well worth reading, as are the previous two. Had hoped Johnston would write the story of Luke.
Overall Rating: 3.80 16 Nov. 2014
By LoveMy5Dogs - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Overall Rating: 3.80
Action: 3.5 / Emotion: 5.0 / Romance: 4.0 / Sensuous: 1.5 / Suspense: 2.0 // Historical Flavor: 4.0 // Laughter: 0 / Teary: 2 / Tears: 4

Texas Woman: 3.80:
Since Joan Johnston is a favorite author it is not a surprise that this book was an enjoyable and entertaining read. The story is filled with the usual exciting action scenes, a smidgen of suspense, and a bit of romance, but, oh my goodness, it took forever to come to like the heroine.

Hero: 3.50:
Don Cruz Almicar Guerrero was a typically handsome, strong-willed, determined hero type. But this was not really his story. He just came along for the ride. Although it was not always understandable, his unwillingness to give up on Sloan was his saving grace.

Heroine: 2.50:
Sloan Stewart was the weakest aspect of the book because she came across as unlikeable way too often during the telling of her story because of the way she treated her son. Nevertheless, she was an intelligent, strong, determined heroine, who was not without a compassionate, caring nature in spite of the hard knocks life had dealt her.

Secondary Hero: 2.50:
Luke Summers was so loveable, charming, entertaining and intriguing in the previous two books of the series. Readers will have to settle for the insertion of his somewhat love story into this last book of the series -- even though it would have been preferable for him to have his own book. Johnston revealed some of Luke's past, but not enough to help one understand why he treated his heroine so shabbily.

Secondary Heroine: 4.00:
Refugia Adela Maria Tomasita Hidalgo was a wonderful addition to the story. Johnston should had given her more time with Luke so we could see the love that developed for this innocent, sweet-natured, very young woman. It seemed she was used as more of an example to Sloan than to actually experience her own story.

Story Line: 3.00:
Johnston told a great tale as she tried to explain to readers why Sloan had a foot-wide cement wall around her heart. But Sloan's vacillation about caring for Cruz and Cisco almost ruined enjoying the rest of the story.

Action: 3.50:
Johnston did a great job of keeping the story entertaining by inserting some exciting action scenes featuring Sloan so that she could win the heart of readers with her obvious compassionate spirit in spite of her hard-headedness.

Emotion: 5.00:
Johnston is very gifted at drawing emotions, including tears, from her readers. It was easy to get so frustrated and angry at Sloan. It was easy to question why Cruz kept on trying to win Sloan over. It was easy to want to knock Luke upside the head for his actions. It was easy to fall in love with Tomasita for her gentleness and kind nature. Johnston, obviously, had readers deeply emotionally involved with the characters of this book.

Romance: 4.00:
The romance aspect of this book was ever-present, but questionable. Sloan's vacillation about her feelings for Cruz nearly drove one up the wall. It was like readers were on a hill watching Sloan with a daisy, pulling the petals from the flower, saying, "I want him. I want him not. I want him. I want him not."

Suspense: 2.00:
A slight aura of suspense invaded the story as Cruz became involved in some political shenanigans. One also had to wonder if Sloan was ever going to admit she had tender feelings for Cruz.

Sensuous: 1.50:
The inclusion of several well-placed love scenes added some spice and sensuality to the story.

Historical Flavor: 4.00:
Historical facts and figures and the setting added a rich historical flavor to the story.

Secondary Characters: 4.25:
One thing Johnston does extremely well is developing interesting and intriguing secondary characters. Several memorable and well-written secondary characters added greater depth to this story: {1} Doña Lucia Guerrero; {2} Sir Giles Chapman; {3} Alejandro Sanchez; {4} Betsy Randolph; {5} Cisco Guerrero; {6} Louis Randolph; and, of course, {7} Rip Stewart. *Frontier Woman*'s Jarrett and Cricket, and *Comanche Woman*'s Long Quiet and Bay barely made appearances in *Texas Woman*.

A more in-depth, detailed, spoiler-ridden review of *Texas Woman* appears at Wolf Bear Does Books.
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