Twice a Texas Bride by Linda Broday


Twice a Texas Bride by Linda Broday
Publisher: Sourcebooks
Genre: Historical
Length: Full Length (385 pages)
Heat Level: Sweet
Rating: 4 stars
Reviewed by Camellia

Callie leaned into him, borrowing his strength. “I’m so tired of being scared, Rand.”

“Running away won’t change that. Trust me with your secrets. There’s no reason to hold back any longer.”

She knew he was right. It was time to come clean.

“Start with your name,” he said.

Left with emotional scars from his time in an orphanage, Rand Sinclair has vowed never to marry. But when he discovers Callie Quinn and a small orphan boy hiding on his ranch, he can’t help but open his home to the desperate runaways.

Callie has been betrayed by every man she’s ever known. While she’s grateful for Rand’s incredible kindness, she knows it’s only a matter of time before he shows his true colors. But she needs this safe haven-maybe the outlaw on her trail won’t find them here. Yet as Rand slowly uncovers her secret fears, they each come to realize that the only way to keep her safe is for Rand to risk everything to offer her the protection of his name…and his heart.

Tension, treasure, treachery, terror, tenderness, and trust or the lack there of make Twice a Texas Bride a captivating story.

Linda Broday lures the reader in with breath-holding suspense. The reader feels the cold, sees the dilapidation, and tastes the fear in Callie and Toby when they face Rand Sinclair who has a gun in his hand. Callie knows men cannot be trusted. She and Toby have suffered at the actions of men too many times. However, when Rand offers them food, shelter, warmth, and protection that winter of 1879, they cannot resist; but, with the skittishness of two wild things, they both watch him.

This author weaves a heartwarming, adrenaline-pumping story of characters who come from heartbreaking backgrounds and have overcome tremendous obstacles, yet one more obstacle—Nate Fleming, an outlaw with no redeeming qualities, wants Toby and wants to kill Callie.

How Ms. Broday weaves the lives of Rand and Callie together, encompassing their loved ones, creates an intriguing tapestry with secondary characters of ethnic diversity that seem to come alive as this author reveals how they survived and now thrive. Each character, whether primary or secondary, seems to have his or her own unique story that needs to be told—especially Brett, one of Rand’s blood brothers.

Love, on so many levels, makes the story shine even when unresolved issues from the past stand in the way of Rand and Callie’s love. But the love that wiggled its way into their hearts is patient, kind, protective, hopeful, and preservers until trust comes. The reader finally gets the happy-ever-after.

Good Reading!

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