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Berkley, Nov 2001, 6.99, 342 pp.
ISBN: 0515131768

    In 1875 Pittsburgh, a worried Charlie O'Riley puts his beloved daughter Kara on a train heading west. He informs her that she is to vanish for a year because it is not safe here. Charlie fears that if she surfaces too early she will die.

    A desperate Kara reaches Texas with no money left. If she fails to get work soon, Kara knows she has one remaining option if she is to eat. So she applies for a bookkeeping position on the Catlin Ranch and manages to get hired by the owner Jonathan Catlin. Her first impression of her boss is that he is the coldest heartless person on the planet. However, though he carries much personal baggage, she begins to see another caring side of Jonathan. Soon Kara and Jonathan fall in love, but will that keep them safe and together when the past threatens the present?

    After several Texas romances, readers would expect that Jodi “Texas” Thomas would reach her Alamo, but instead the talented author once again provides her audience with a fresh character driven western romance. The story line moves quickly because the delightful lead couple and the secondary players seem genuine and turn the plot into a vivid look at a bygone era. THE TEXAN'S DREAM is a dream of a tale for those fans that gain pleasure from an gregarious Americana romance.

Harriet Klausner
The review of this Book prepared by Harriet Klausner








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Plot & Themes

Time/era of story    -   1600 to 1899    -   American "wild west" era Making a living subplot    -   Yes Making a living:    -   pioneering in countryside    -   working at a business    -   office romance among coworkers Inner struggle subplot    -   Yes Struggle with...    -   (general) search for identity/new understanding

Main Male Character

Profession/status:    -   rancher/cowboy

Main Female Character

Age/status:    -   20's-30's Profession/status:    -   small businessman

Setting

United States    -   Yes The US:    -   Texas

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   generic/vague references to death/punishment What % of story is romance related?    -   60% Focus of story    -   equally on him and her How much dialog    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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