Date published: Octoger 2008
Western Romance, Historical Romance
Mass Market Paperback
Reviewed by Gina
Obtained by self-purchase
Of all the McMurray brothers, Teagen is the most surly, stubborn and private. Or so says anyone who has ever encountered the family. Responsibilities for his siblings foisted on him at a young age, Teagen barely had time to be a child he became an adult. He has little use for anyone other than his brothers and sister. Whispering Mountain is his home and what holds his heart. With his younger brothers, Travis and Tobin married and living a distance away, it falls on Teagen to protect the family home. As private as the man is, he has one friend, a friend he has never met but would still do anything he asked. In town one day that friend asks a favor.
Waiting for him at Elmo’s Trading post is a petite woman with three little girls. Much to Teagen’s surprise, the woman, Jessie, is waiting for him. It appears his friend has died and sent his widow and children to seek shelter with Teagen at Whispering Mountain.
Teagen brings Jessie and her girls home, believing they will only need to stay with him a short time before their family comes for them. But something isn’t quite right. Not that Teagen can put his finger on it, and before he can make sense of what he’s feeling, the ranch comes under attack. When an accident caused by the attack almost costs him Jessie, Teagen must come to terms with emotions he never thought he’d feel.
Jodi Thomas is one of the reasons I love western romance. She takes you into the daily lives of the men who tamed the west and the women who loved them. She paints a picture of the times and the day to day struggles faced by the men, women and children to survive. And there is romance. Sweet and sensual romance that is palpable.
I have enjoyed each of the stories in her Whispering Mountain series and each one has gotten better and better. She captures not only the fortitude of the men who settled the west, but portrays their vulnerability in a compassionate and caring manner. You come away wanting to be the woman who heals their hearts and shows them a different kind of courage. Of all the McMurray brothers Teagen undergoes the most dramatic change and is the one I’d want for my own.
Each story in the series builds on the one before and there are the makings of a second generation of heroes and heroines in the mix. Ms. Thomas takes a historical snap shot and weaves a memorable tale that leaves you with a smile and eagerly waiting her next tale.
This is an objective review and not an endorsement of this book.