Leisure, Jan 2004, 6.99
Just prior to the Civil War, Cal Star left home, but upon receiving a strange cryptic note returns after an almost decade absence to the family ranch in Lowell, Texas. There he finds the spread in near ruin and his ailing father Buck inaccessible guarded by a she monster of a new wife Celeste, whom Cal never met before.
Cal obtains work at the nearby ranch owned by widow Pru Reynolds. Though the attraction is strong between them, Pru refuses to have anything to do between her and Cal beyond the chores she has employed him to perform on her spread. As he tries to break down Pru's barriers and get past Celeste's sentinel to see his father, Cal will soon become embroiled in dark family secrets that could destroy him if he is not careful. Celeste's married mother was willing to give up all for Buck, but instead was scorned in 1850 New Orleans by the handsome rogue. She has set in motion the destruction of the Star ranch, family, and especially the ailing patriarch.
TEXAS STAR is a dark Reconstruction Era romance that has the key interactions effected by events prior to the Civil War.
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner