Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Love Inspired of the Month: Texas Ranger Dad

Author: Debra Clopton
Series Connection: Mule Hollow Book 10
ISBN: 978-0-373-87524-5
Genre: Contemporary Romance/Christian


Rose Vincent has led a hard life. She's been through it all—seeing a murder, witness protection, then getting stuck with a wife beater for a husband, living in shelters and moving she and her son all over the country just to stay hidden. Now her life is finally on track and an idea for a better life for she and her son. Just when everything is going well an old flame comes back into her life and she isn't exactly pleased to see him. Zane walked out on her without even saying goodbye 14 years ago, leaving her pregnant and on her own at a time when she was terrified.

Zane has finally realized he has to make up for his past mistakes where Rose is concerned. He tracks her down to a little town in Texas. Now all he has to do is convince her to forgive him and the two of them can go on and live happily ever after. He should have known it wouldn't be that easy. Then he gets the shock of his life. Not only is Rose much more stubborn then he remembered her to be, but he also has a son.

Debra writes a good storyline, but frankly this story has been done to death. The best thing she has going however is the secondary characters. This is a continuation of her Mule Hollow series and the supporting cast are all back with helpful advise. One of the things l liked best about this story is that even with the theme of the story being about matchmakers, the group of ladies that make up the matchmaking team decided that they shouldn't do anything because they were asked not to. Zane and Rose made a nice pair, as well, even though they had a lot issues between them to work out. I really like the author's writing style and the town setting and the added characters gives new life to a well used subject matter.

Description from the back of the book:
"That Boy Looks Just Like Zane!"

Everyone in Mule Hollow can see the resemblance between former Texas Ranger Zane Cantrell and Rose Vincent's son. The same gold-flecked amber eyes. The same smile. Not that Zane is smiling. He's in shock! How could Rose have kept their child a secret from him? Rose reminds Zane that he's the one who walked away.

He has to make her see he had no choice. But Rose is as prickly as the cactus jelly she makes. And that's where their hopeful son and the Mule Hollow matchmakers come marching in.

About the author from her Website:
Debra lives in the small Texas town of Madisonville with her dog Bogie, a wrinkled Chinese Shar-Pei. When Debra isn't writing on her next book she loves to renovate houses and take long or short road trips—as long as she's doing the driving. She also believes whole heartedly in exercise and eating dessert first. She has a weakness for cheesecake and has been known on many occasions to eat two slices at the same time--followed of course by a long walk! A very long walk.

Debra Clopton's readers have described her books as refreshingly funny, a breath of fresh air, reflective, entertaining, exciting, and the list goes on. Debra praises God for giving her the ability to weave a story, a talent she has dedicated back to Him. Her hope is that through the humor and entertainment of her books God's love will shine a pathway straight back to Him.

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