Under a Texas Sky

Written by Dorothy Garlock
Review by Marie Burton

What seems at first to be a rags-to-riches story turns into a suspenseful romance with the heroine, Anna, who is introduced as a young girl living in poverty in Chicago in the 1920s. Fast forward to the 1930s, and Anna is being cast in a new movie that is set in Texas and trying to make it big in the industry. Anna deals with jealous actresses and lecherous men while on the set, but she meets a local blacksmith, Dalton Barnes, who has already formed a negative opinion of all the Hollywood types swarming his hometown. There is a touch of Western romance with a large dose of cynical characters and themes, and throughout the novel we are rooting for Anna and Dalton to survive the dirty dealings of those around them. There are plenty of villains and suspects so that the mystery isn’t easily apparent, and overall this latest novel of the prolific Dorothy Garlock makes for a quick read for readers of historical romance, but it doesn’t stand out as one of her best.