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Thursday, January 12, 2012

Book Review - Be My Texas Valentine by Jodi Thomas, Linda Broday, Phyliss Miranda and DeWanna Pace

With Valentine's Day just weeks away, what better time to get inspired than to read a delicious anthology that features strong women and handsome men!

About The Book:

In Texas, Valentine’s Day is for restless hearts, brave second chances, and passions rekindled. New York Times bestselling authors Jodi Thomas, Linda Broday, Phyliss Miranda, and DeWanna Pace tempt you with four delicious treats…

Out on these rugged plains, love never comes easy. And four daring ladies will do whatever it takes to capture the hearts of four irresistibly sweet-talking Texans… When a quiet foreman comes to the aid of a mystery lady, they’ll find that this perfect starlit night is made for courtin’.... A determined heiress gambles high to reclaim the rancher she’s never stopped wanting…. When a spirited lady and a go-getter mayor compete for their town’s future, it’s two dreams for a lifetime…. And to attract a lonely doctor’s attention, a shy young woman needs courage—and two unlikely matchmakers…

This is the sixth collection of stories from bestselling author Jodi Thomas, my sweet friend Linda Broday, Phyliss Miranda and DeWanna Pace, and for me, these collaborations just keep getting better and better!

Jodi's story - "The Valentine Curse," is a sweet tale about two lost souls who find that love is still available for them, even if everyone around them thinks its impossible.  I enjoyed the fiesty characters of Valerie Allen, the widow with the unfortunate past that makes her seem to be cursed, and Brody Monroe, the Union solider-turned cowboy who takes a chance on Valerie and finds the love of his life - if he can just survive long enough to enjoy it.

Linda's contribution to this collection is entitled "Cupid's Arrow," and is a story of how misunderstandings and miscommunications almost cost Rue Ann Spencer and her former beau Logan Cutter a chance at finding true happiness with each other. Linda's talent for writing witty, snappy dialouge and endearing storylines is clearly evident in this tale, and I absolutely fell in love with her charming and mischievous Barlow Sisters, the unexpected driving force behind reuniting the two lovers! I'd love to see more stories featuring these two lively ladies!

"Loving Miss Laurel," Phyliss Miranda's story, finds a determined young lady facing her former love when it comes to whether the town of Farley Springs gets their roads paved in anticipation of the railroad coming, or a new library. Laurel Dean Womack, recently back from her schooling back East, finds herself pitted against saloon owner Hunter Campbell and during their battles they soon find that there is still a passion between them just waiting to be ignited.  I loved the fiesty characters in this tale, and enjoyed the historical facts sprinkled into the story as well.

And last, but certainly not least, is DeWanna Pace's tale, "Sweet Talk." Handsome Dr. Noah Powell is a busy man as the doctor in Longhorn City, and while he is much sought-after by the ladies in town, he prefers to lavish his attention on his lovebird, Amigo, during what little spare time he has. But he soon finds his affections being turned in the unlikely direction of the lovely JoEmma Brown. Wheelchair bound after a bought of scarlet fever, JoEmma is an unusual girl who would rather spend time with her plants and her own peach-faced lovebird Gabby, but she has always felt an attraction to Noah, but would prefer not to battle her sister Angelina for his attention.  However, when Gabby flies the coop and is found cozied up to Noah's Amigo, the two humans are drawn together by their birds' new "relationship" and find there is a spark between them that is just waiting to be fanned into a romantic flame.  I truly enjoyed DeWanna's gentle characterization of JoEmma and the dignity she granted the character. She showed how JoEmma handled her situation being confined to a wheelchair with dignity and grace.  Many kudos for this portrayal.

"Be My Texas Valentine" is like a lovely box of chocolates - there are treats galore just waiting to be savored by romance fans!  I highly recommend this book!

For more information on the individual authors, check out their websites:

Jodi Thomas - http://www.jodithomas.com/
Linda Broday - http://www.lindabroday.com/
Phyliss Miranda - http://www.phylissmiranda.com/
DeWanna Pace -  http://www.dewannapaceonline.com/

Linda and Phyliss can also be found on the western romance website, Pistols and Petticoats - http://petticoatsandpistols.com/

 I received a copy of this book from the authors. I was not compensated for my opinions.


Linda Broday said...

Sharon, thank you so much for the wonderful review. I'm glad you enjoyed my story, Cupid's Arrow. I had fun writing it. We do enjoy collaborating and writing together. I'm just a little sad that this is the last anthology we'll have for a while. But that said, I may be announcing a sale very soon on an inspirational western romance that will be all mine.

Phyliss Miranda said...

Hi Sharon, I echo Linda. Thanks so much for a fantastic review and I'm thrilled that you enjoyed my story "Loving Miss Laurel". The seed for the story did, in fact, come from a story about Old Tascosa and I kinda mixed it up with the reality of Amarillo and how important the railroad was to the Panhandle of Texas. And, you tied your review up with such a wonderful bow with your final quote. We appreciate you and really enjoyed writing the antholgies. Like Linda, again, I'm sad that we won't be doing any more together for a while, but we all have personal, very exciting projects in the works, so we haven't hung up the pen, only writing our individual stories. Hugs and thanks, Phyliss

Mary (Bookfan) said...

Sounds like a book I'd enjoy, Sharon. I'm a big fan of Jodi Thomas but the other authors are new to me. This would be a good intro I think.

Sharon's Garden of Book Reviews said...

Linda and Phyliss, Thank you for stopping by and for writing such a wonderful collection of stories!

Mary - you'll love them - I promise!! :)