by Elaine Barbieri

September 2004
ISBN: 0-8439-5408-6
Reviewer Graphic Button Leisure Books
Mass Market Paperback

Lowell, Texas 1869

Proud, determined Honor Gannon has vowed to find and confront the man who made her motherís life a living torment. Betty Gannon, a young widow when she gave in to her secret love for Buck Star, her best friendís handsome cad of a husband. Buck shamelessly used Betty, as he did with so many other women, and then tossed her aside. Realizing she was pregnant with Buckís child, and unable to face her friend, Betty took back her maiden name and left town never to return. Never letting on to Buck that he had fathered a child with her. Now orphaned, Honor needs to see for herself why her mother wasted her entire life carrying an undying love for a man who would use her like that. Having arrived in Lowell, Texas, Honor discovers that Buck is now a sick, bitter, old man. He has disowned his oldest son and his younger son hasnít been seen nor heard from in years. Married to the very beautiful, and much younger, Celeste (who has a hidden agenda of her own against Buck), his beloved ranch is almost in ruins. After meeting the feisty Honor, who seems familiar to Buck, he hires her as a cook against Celesteís wishes. Deciding to wait until Buckís failing health is more stable before confronting him with the news that she is his daughter, Honor becomes immediately drawn into the web of mystery and danger surrounding the Texas Star ranch.

In the middle of this newest go round of trouble besetting the ranch, is wrangler Jace Rule. A drifter, and former convict, Rule is at the end of the line when he meets Buck. Buck is in desperate need of ranch hands and decides to give the mysterious Jace a chance by offering him a job. Immediately accepted by the Texas Starís remaining hands, Jace has finally found a place to call home. He puts the pain of his past behind him. That is until the unexplained ďaccidentsĒ begin to plague him. The one true thing that keeps Jace from running off again is Honor. Jace has become so enraptured of the tempestuous cook that, for her love, he will learn to live again. It is this compelling man who finally gives Honor the insight as to how a woman could give everything up for love and never regret it.

No one writes a western saga better then Elaine Barbieri! Texas Glory is the second chapter in the Star family saga which began in Texas Star. I loved the first go round and couldnít wait to get my hands on this second installment. I wasnít disappointed! The action, adventure, and passion of this volatile family continue at a galloping speed with Texas Glory. I wait with bated breath for the final chapter, Texas Triumph!

Reviewed in September 2004 by Bonnie.

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