A new historical series, Under Texas Stars, is filled with lots of laughter and characters who are witty and charming. Coble has a special flair for spinning stories that make readers believe they are making friends with real people.

Lucy Marsh will do anything to protect herself and her younger brother and sister, even get married by proxy to a man she has never met. Nate Stanton cannot believe his father brought back a wife for him. He is capable of finding his own wife, he just hasn’t gotten around to it yet. He does not think Lucy, a city girl, will be tough enough to handle ranch life. Lucy is determined to make this work; she is stronger both in mind and body than people think. When danger comes to the ranch, Nate will do whatever is necessary to protect his new family, even if it means losing his ranch. (THOMAS NELSON, Feb., 320 pp., $15.99)

Reviewed by: 
Patsy Glans