Heath, Lorraine. Texas Destiny. New York: Topaz, 1997.
Hardcover | $5.99 USD (price for 2018 reissue) | ISBN-13: 978-1568654652 | 229 pages | Western Romance
When Texas Destiny was announced as the August read in Eloisa James’ Book Club, I was unsure whether I would participate. While I had read one of Lorraine’s books in the past thanks to the book club, I was unsure about her tendency to write more angsty stories, and also had my doubts about a Western story, given that the subgenre was one that never appealed to me. However, I gave it a chance, and while isn’t the best book, being one of her earlier publications, I found the story easy to get into and the characters, for the most part, sympathetic and people I wanted to get to know better.
As the series title indicates, the relationship between the Leigh brothers plays a large role in the book, and I would guess, the trilogy as a whole. I love the dynamics between them, especially Houston and Dallas, since their past fighting in the Civil War, and the misunderstanding that their father’s death and Houston’s injury had on their relationship, with each making assumptions about what the other thinks about them: Houston worrying that Dallas is ashamed that his cowardice killed their father, and Dallas thinking that Houston resents him for saving his life.
I was largely apathetic to Amelia as a heroine. While I can’t deny her courage makes her a great match for Houston, I found it a bit harder to connect with her. While I can admire a heroine who has “grit,” as the book calls it, especially given the hard nature of the setting, it was hard not to see her as a bit of a Mary Sue type of character, and as a result, I really didn’t care for her.
However, now I can’t wait to read the other brothers’ books, especially Austin’s, since he was absolutely adorable in this one, and I can’t wait to see how he ages. I would recommend this book to any other fan of Western romances, or Lorraine Heath, or someone who is interested in trying either, the way I was.