This is the first in the Lone Star Legends series. Themes of loss and love abound in this Texas-themed story — complete with cowboys, horses and bandits. While the dialogue is authentic, the growing cast of characters is a bit hard to follow.
Rancher Josh Neville witnesses a bank robbery, led by a woman! Kate Wellington, who was kidnapped by Frank Michaels’ gang, is trying to escape to Mexico. When their paths cross, Josh offers to help. Needing to protect herself, she uses an alias. When she injures her ankle, Josh takes her to his family’s ranch to heal. Josh, who is still mourning the loss of his wife and children, finds himself drawn to “Dinah.” Will he feel the same when he learns the truth? (WHITAKER HOUSE, Aug., 240 pp., $6.99)
Leslie L. McKee