Thursday, September 18, 2014

"Lone Star Heiress" by Winnie Griggs

About the Book

Rescuer Turned Husband? 

Plucky Ivy Feagan is headed to Turnabout, Texas, to claim an inheritance, not a widower's heart. That all changes when strapping schoolteacher Mitch Parker rescues her in the wilderness. Straightlaced Mitch has never met a woman like Ivy—beautiful, adventurous and good-hearted—but he already lost love once and doesn't dare try again.

When Turnabout's gossips target Mitch and Ivy's friendship, he proposes to save her reputation. But Ivy doesn't want to marry for honor, and she doesn't need to marry for money. Ivy will only agree to a proposal made for love's sake—but will Mitch make his heart part of the marriage offer?

Texas Grooms: In search of their brides…

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This book was released in June 2014
This was a well loved library book that was reviewed

My Review of "Lone Star Heiress"

“Lone Star Heiress” by Winnie Griggs is her fourth book in her 'Texas Groom' series where the last and final would-be groom finds his own happy ending. To finally see the reclusive, stand offish Mitch Parker tumble head over heels was an enjoyable experience to say the least. Though this book is indeed a part of a series, it can stand all by itself as well. Any information that is needed from prior books is explained so that a reader won't feel as if they are missing something.

I have since the first book, “Handpicked Husband”, Mitch has been the character I wanted to know more about for he always was so stand offish and so lonely I thought that there was something deeply hurting him more than the others, though they were hurt too in different ways. As Mitch's story comes out, it is so understandable as to why he is the way he is, and why he feels the way he feels. Mitch is a man that has a lot of hidden parts to him that comes out in this story, though those hidden parts were not that much of a surprise to me for I suspected that they were there.

Ivy Feagan is a woman who is not afraid of life, though she doesn't do anything to put herself at risk, she is one that tries to do everything not to let little things bother her too much. She is a determined woman who has a secret that is slowly revealed through the story that explains why she is the way she is. Her joy and golden heart is visible from the very start of the book, yet so is her determination to do right without giving in to other people thoughts.

So both Mitch and Ivy have reasons to be the way they are, but things change and those second chances are so beautiful to watch unfold. The only really disappointing part of the whole story is that we never really see when and how Mitch changed his mind. I would have loved to see how and when that happened for I think that would have been something really special with all that he had gone through to get to that point. It was just a little let down in my own humble opinion, but that didn't take away from the story for it was a joy to read.

The messages that were sent too were subtle so that maybe readers will take away something different. I took away that one must have courage to stand for what they believe like Ivy did, knowing the consequences, but still standing by her decision. Also that no matter how far we feel that God has drifted away, He is always there just waiting for us to return. Lastly there is the fact that second chances should always be grabbed a hold of and treasured.

This book moved continuously at a steady pace where there was neither too much or too little happening at any one point but moved steady throughout the whole book. Though the book take place over a pretty short time, there is nothing that seems rushed about the relationship that develops for there is plenty of time spent together.

I hope all who read this book enjoy it as much as I did.

Other Books in Winnie Griggs "Texas Grooms" Series

Handpicked Husband
The Bride Next Door
A Family for Christmas