Texas Destiny

Texas Destiny

by Lorraine Heath

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Overview

He’s fallen for a woman…​

Anxious to meet her soon-to-be-husband, Dallas Leigh for the first time, mail-order bride Amelia Carson is en route to Fort Worth, Texas. When she steps off the train and locks eyes with her betrothed, she immediately feels drawn to him. But the cowboy standing before her isn’t Dallas. Instead, Dallas’ brother Houston has been sent to accompany her on the three-week journey to the ranch where she’ll begin her new life.

Who belongs to another...

The war Houston Leigh fought has left him with visible scars, a daily reminder of his cowardice on the battlefield. Denying his intense attraction to Amelia, he is determined to deliver her untouched, as promised. But during their long dangerous trip, he can’t help but admire her inner strength and fearlessness. And when she looks at him—as if she can see beyond his scarred face and read his innermost thoughts—he loses his heart to her. Now as they near the ranch, Houston must choose to remain loyal to his brother—or find the courage to fight for the woman he’s convinced is his destiny... 

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062852311
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 05/29/2018
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 375,608
Product dimensions: 4.10(w) x 6.60(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Lorraine Heath always dreamed of being a writer. After graduating from the University of Texas, she wrote training manuals, press releases, articles, and computer code, but something was always missing. When she read a romance novel, she not only became hooked on the genre, but quickly realized what her writing lacked: rebels, scoundrels, and rogues. She’s been writing about them ever since. Her work has been recognized with numerous industry awards, including RWA’s prestigious RITA®. Her novels have appeared on the USA Today and New York Times bestseller lists.

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Texas Destiny 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 51 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is my first time feeling the need to praise a book so much and sharing why i love it so that others might hopefully read it and fall in love too. This book is a reread for me and just like the first time i read it i fell in love with Amelia and Houston. Its the perfect love story about 2 people who dont want to love but fall in love because they are soulmates. They complete one another and make eachother better. Thats true love to me. Houston was the perfect man with more emotional scars than physical but with Amelia his transformation was beautiful. I had tears in my eyes numerous times and that has NEVER happened before!! I love houston and amelias love. Best book ever! Love love love!!! Please read it and im sure you will love it too!!
kronan1 More than 1 year ago
Best in the trilogy---and they're all good....................................................................... Dallas is injured and cannot go pick up his mail order bride. So he send Houston his badly scarred and emotionally bankrupt brother to go pick up Amelia. After 4 weeks on the trail together Amelia is saying "what scars?" and it turns out Houston has a little more emotion left in his account. But whats a brother to do? After all this is his brothers intended. !Highly recommended
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was the first book I read from Lorraine Heath and loved it. I could not put it down. It was very romantic and sweet. Houston is very special and Amelia can see him beyond his scars, she can see him as he truly is.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was truly a book I couldn't put down. About halfway through I downloaded books 2 and 3 of the series about the Leigh brothers and only wished there had been a couple other brothers for Lorraine Heath to write about.
mom2lnb on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I absolutely loved the first book I read by Lorraine Heath several months ago, so I'm not sure why it took me so long to try another one of her novels. Whatever the reason, I am so glad that I finally got around to it, because she has given me another gem of a read. Ms. Heath is an author who knows how to write deeply affecting stories with complex, multi-layered characters who are easy to love in spite of their flaws. She also has an incredible perception of human nature and emotions which she conveys with a masterful hand through those characters. Texas Destiny is just such a tale in which the author takes two wounded and lonely, but very strong, individuals, and brings them together in a believable way to find healing, peace and happiness. Although their experiences differed, Houston and Amelia had both endured the horrors of the Civil War, and as such were able to understand and sympathize with one another in ways that others might not have. The added challenge of braving the harsh trail from Fort Worth to Houston's brother, Dallas' ranch added the necessity of their reliance on one another, which built a beautiful bond of trust and friendship between them and ultimately led to a deep and lasting love. Also, in both of her books that I've read, Ms. Heath has an interesting way of presenting the Civil War and its aftermath. In Texas Destiny, both Houston and Dallas were forced by their father to march off to war when they were still mere boys, no older than my own son. When the reader realizes that Houston faced the horrors of warfare and was gravely injured before he was even old enough to have his first shave or loose his virginity, it really put things into stark perspective, and even though it saddened me to think about it, I like that the author didn't shy away from this reality.I couldn't help but love Houston. When the reader first meets him at the train station in Fort Worth, it seems like he is going to be one of those intense alphas who is a man of few words, but it doesn't take long to realize that he has the sweet sensitive heart of a beta hero. Houston has suppressed that side of himself, because his father beat him every time he thought that Houston was doing the slightest thing that he considered ¿unmanly¿ and constantly berated him as being inferior to Dallas. Houston also believes himself a coward, because of something that happened during the war for which he cannot forgive himself. He is disfigured by extensive facial scarring and lost an eye and his hearing in one ear due to injuries he received in the war, so he hides under his hat and people usually tend to give him a wide berth. He has lived a life of relative solitude until Amelia comes along and takes an interest in him as a person, which brings out another side of his personality that his brothers thought was long gone. I thought it was sweet that Houston didn't think he knew the first thing about taking care of a woman, but he keeps doing such thoughtful little things for Amelia like making sure she had a new wardrobe before leaving town or warming water for her each night on the trail so she could take a sponge bath. He also gently nursed her back to health when she was bitten by a snake, and was incredibly protective of her. I thought it was cute how he kept thinking that he had hurt Amelia's feelings by something he had said and needed to find a way to apologize, even though most of the time she wasn't offended at all. In my opinion, all these things showed what a kind, caring person he was inside. Houston did frustrate me just a little when it seemed like he was willing to give up the best thing that ever happened to him, but I understood the depth of his pain and self-recrimination enough that it made sense. In doing so, events propelled him to finally come to terms with the past and take a bold step to make Amelia his.Amelia was one of those rare, near-perfect heroines for me. She is strong and determined, having lived through
MADreaderMD More than 1 year ago
The descriptions of the trip from Fort Worth to the ranch were so vivid I could imagine the beauty and loneliness of the Texas landscape. I loved how the relationship between Amelia and Houston grew gradually, each gaining the other's trust. Amelia and her questions were funny, but they also helped Houston open up about his past and his brothers. While they were both damaged by the Civil War, they found healing and acceptance with each other. I'm eager to see what happens with Houston's brothers, Dallas and Austin.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was on a list of best romance novels and I have to agree that it is. The character development is strong, you really understand why these two people find each other & why they need each other. I enjoyed thst the older brother did not have to be "evil" for the story to work. He is as much a victim of circumstance and a product of his life as Houston and Amelia are. At times the things that happen to Amelia and Houston on their journey seem too extreme, the author makes it work and holds your interest. Trying to decide whether I'll read the other 2 brother's stories (most people say this one is the best of the series), but if you have not picked this one up, you should give it a try.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A little annoyed that she married two brothers but I got over it.
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Too ridiculous!
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Very romantic
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved the way amelia and houston fell in love but i didnt like the way amelia liked the way dallas kissed her and touched her. She should have been put out by it because she was in love with his brother. I wasnt crazy about this series because of that kind of thing. Heaths series on the brooding easton brothers was way better. I liked it so much that i gave the last book 5 stars. Phyl p
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Highly recommend
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crew4reading More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed the three books in this series. This one was my favorite of the trilogy. I will read more from this author.
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Always a sucker for the underdog as Houston was in this story. But he found Amelia & true love. Can't wait to read Dallas' story.
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