by Laurie Grant

November 2004
ISBN: 0-8439-5457-4
Reviewer Graphic Button Leisure Books
Mass Market Paperback

New Brauenfels, Texas

Post Civil War

The Civil War finally over, former Confederate Captain Jake Taylor has made his way home to his family plantation, only to find his father now an embittered old man stuck in the old ways of thinking his land is only good to grow cotton. With no workers to help with the plantation, Jake has come up with other plans for Taylor Hall; turn it into a horse ranch. On his journey to San Antonio to visit his good friend, Dr. John Ransom, and to buy the stock needed to start his stud business, Jake is ambushed by a band of renegade Comanche Indians. Left for dead, Jake thinks he is seeing angels. As if in a dream the golden-haired beauty bent over him, and in heavily accented English, tells him everything will be all right.

Erica Mueller and her family left their native Germany in shame and disgrace. Determined to make a fresh start for themselves, the Muellers have journeyed to the rich promising lands of Texas. Her father had made the decision that Erica should marry a distant cousin in San Antonio. It was then they came upon the more-dead-than-alive Jake Taylor and rescued him. Erica begins to have feelings for this handsome, dynamic native Texan above that of patient and nurse, much to her family’s despair! But if Jake discovers the true shame of her past, will he still want her?

Laurie Grant’s sequel to her popular Midnight Silk, Midnight Satin continues the saga of the Taylor family, with that story’s heroine’s brother, Jake. I was infatuated with this most different historical western. Erica, newly immigrated to America, is unaccustomed to the wild ways of Texas and Jake, still disturbed from all he endured during the long bitter battles of the Civil War, finds the peace and joy he has been missing in life with his sweet, kind Erica. A truly heart lifting love story!

Reviewed in November 2004 by Bonnie.

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