Texas Glory

Written by Lorraine Heath
Review by Tracie Clark

Dallas Leigh’s dream is beginning to come true. A town called Leighton is being built on his land. There are stores opening, they’ve hired a sheriff, and in a few months, the train will come through. All is just what Dallas has hoped for, except that very few women have come to Leighton to live. Dallas is now thirty-six, and his desire for a son has become an obsession. And if that was not all, Dallas is also having problems with his neighbors, the McQueens. They are cutting fences and killing cattle in their dispute over land and water rights. When Dallas finds out that Angus McQueen has a daughter, he offers to trade land and water rights to the McQueens if Angus will give him Cordelia McQueen as his wife.

Angus McQueen considers his daughter to be his property, so he “gives” her to Dallas. Cordelia McQueen has spent most of her young life nursing her mother, who was paralyzed when Angus McQueen threw her down the stairs. Cordelia has not been allowed to ride a horse, plant a garden or even go outside by herself. “Women belong in the house taking care of their menfolk,” according to Angus McQueen. Cordelia is scared to death of Dallas Leigh and bitterly resentful toward her father and brothers for just giving her away.

The first half of the book details how Cordelia and Dallas become acquaintances, then friends and finally lovers. Dallas and Cordelia move toward each other in a slow and hesitant way. This is where Lorraine Heath has a special gift for writing: there is no clichéd dialogue. Texas Glory is second in a three-book series, following Texas Destiny. If the next book, Texas Splendor, is as good as the preview chapter indicates, these three books will be my all-time favorite romantic sagas.