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Her Abundant Joy (Texas: Star of Destiny, Book 3): A Novel

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  • Posted June 10, 2010

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    Love and history are a great mix in this latest book from Lyn Cote

    When settlers arrived on the new Texas territory that the United States had annexed it was a rough haul to assimilate to this strange land and unusual people. But coming from Germany and speaking fractured English it was almost impossible to survive, but the widow Mariel Wolffe most assuredly was determined to and felt she had been handed an opportunity she would not let pass without a good fight for survival. Mariel had been set aside by her parents into a marriage she abhorred and then sent away by her in-laws after her husband died a scandalous death in prison. This American frontier seemed to be the answer to her prayers but soon after her arrival with the other German immigrants she realizes that this situation may be worse not better.

    Her employer is making inappropriate advances toward her, there is no lodging to be found and Texas appears to be more rugged than she ever envisioned. All this strife seems to melt away when she meets strong, brave and handsome Carson Quinn, Texas Ranger. He seems to have lit a fire deep inside her that she thought had been extinguished and Mariel would follow him anywhere even across the long expanse of Texas. Carson offers to take the group to their destination in part to help the immigrants but in reality so that he can spend more time together with Mariel and hopefully figure out these feelings he has for her.

    With Carson's immediate family traveling with him and the immigrants the time he spends with Marial is limited but very rewarding with a few stolen kisses and tender hand holding. She is able to heal his heart from the misery caused by a woman that had spurned him in a most humiliating fashion. The longer the trip goes on the more Carson knows that he can't see himself without Marial and when his mother offers her a position in their home she quickly says yes and leaves the immigrants to start yet another chapter in her life.

    The joy of being with Carson and living with his family is quickly ended when the Rangers arrive for Carson and ask him to resume his obligations to this newly formed territory. His duty is to resume the fight with the Mexican Army that looks to take back the territory they see as theirs. Can the war help or hurt this freshly formed relationship between Mariel and Carson and will the shocking discovery that perhaps Mariel's husband is not dead ruin all the plans they have made?

    This series has been as colorful and exciting as the State of Texas itself is. The characters are written to reflect the struggles of good times as well as stressful ones and the sacrifice it takes to establish a new life in a strange land. Both Carson and Mariel have had a difficult past and that is written so that the reader feels not only their pain but the love that is saving them. The historically written battle scenes are very graphic and realistic but war is not meant to be colorful and entertaining it is meant to have us remember that the road to freedom was a hard fought and won battle.

    Mary Gramlich is "The Reading Reviewer" located at

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 31, 2013

    My favorite!!

    Don't get me wrong I adore the first two books but this is my personal favorite! But read all three you won't ever be sorry you did.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 4, 2012

    Excellent Texas historical

    I really enjoyed this!

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  • Posted June 4, 2010

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    strong historical romance

    In 1846 Galveston, Texas, German immigrants are stranded because all the freight wagons that work the docks are near the Rio Grande supplying the cavalry in anticipation of war with Mexico over Texas becoming an American territory. Texas Ranger Carson Quinn arrives in town to find chaos as the hundred Germans are clogging the streets with no place to go.

    Carson arranges for them to stay one night in an empty warehouse. He offers to lead them with most on foot to the Hill Country land they purchased. Anything they cannot carry is stored in Galveston. Carson warns them of the danger of the trek insisting some will die. He directs anyone fourteen and over regardless of gender to vote. Herr Heller slaps his servant widow Mariel Wolffe informing her she like his wife will vote to go. On the journey Carson and Muriel fall in love, but neither trusts the other gender with their heart; as he was hurt by a woman he cherished and she fled Germany due to the shame of what her late husband did.

    The grueling trek across Texas during the beginning of the Mexican War provides a powerful backdrop to the latest Star of Destiny historical romance (see The Desires of Her Heart and her Inheritance Forever). The lead couple is a nice pairing of two intrepid souls who because of their respective last relationship have misgivings about love and the other gender. The support cast, especially the German immigrants; and to a lesser degrees family like Sugar and adversaries such as a poisonous snake (readers will be squeamish with that vivid scene), Santa Ana's army and the Comanche augment a strong mid nineteenth century tale with a great late twist.

    Harriet Klausner

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