Her Abundant Joy
Book 3 of the Texas Star of Destiny series opens in 1846 when Ranger Carson Quinn arrives in Galveston and encounters a party of stranded German immigrants. Quinn agrees to lead them inland as far as his home. On the journey he intervenes to protect widowed servant Mariel Wolffe from her employer’s abuse. As the parties separate, Mariel accepts an offer from Quinn’s mother to stay with the family and become a companion for her youngest daughter. A growing attraction between Mariel and Quinn is interrupted when he is called to fight in the Mexican-American War, where he must battle his aversion to violence as well as the enemy. Mariel follows Quinn to be near him and help nurse the wounded. Will they return from war whole in body and mind?
Cote does a good job of acknowledging both modern and historical attitudes, by having the Quinn family be free of Anglo prejudice against foreigners and Mexican-descended Texians, while others are not. The book’s religious content is light. The characters are interesting and believable, although I likely would have appreciated the story more if I had had background knowledge from the prior volumes in the series.