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A Texan's Choice (Heart of a Hero Series #3)

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Texas, 1874. Long ago, Scout Proffitt gave up on ever being a man of honor like his Civil War hero brother Clayton. But when Scout steps foot on the rundown remnants of the Circle C ranch, he wonders if maybe?just maybe?the Lord has something different intended for him.

Rosemarie has lived most of her life doubting her worth and shouldering the blame for her brother?s death. But when a stranger rides onto her ranch, claiming he owns it, she suddenly is given a choice: either ...

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Overview

Texas, 1874. Long ago, Scout Proffitt gave up on ever being a man of honor like his Civil War hero brother Clayton. But when Scout steps foot on the rundown remnants of the Circle C ranch, he wonders if maybe—just maybe—the Lord has something different intended for him.

Rosemarie has lived most of her life doubting her worth and shouldering the blame for her brother’s death. But when a stranger rides onto her ranch, claiming he owns it, she suddenly is given a choice: either keep looking at the dark side of life . . . or dare to dream.

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Scout Proffitt is a notorious outlaw, but when he wins a run-down ranch, he thinks he'll finally go straight. But the ranch is already occupied. Rosemarie has no place else to go, so Scout agrees to let her stay until she finds a place. When the townspeople get word of their living arrangement, they insist that the two marry. VERDICT This engaging Western romance is sure to please readers of Karen Witemeyer.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781426714658
  • Publisher: Abingdon Press
  • Publication date: 10/28/2012
  • Series: Heart of a Hero Series , #3
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 391,532
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Shelley Gray'sfirst Amish novel, Hidden, was nominated for the Inspirational Readers Choice award. Her book Simple Gifts won the Reviewers Choice Award. Shelley’s novel, The Protector, recently made the New York Times bestseller list. A native of Texas, she earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Colorado, and taught school for ten years. She lives in southern Ohio where she writes full time.
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  • Posted September 30, 2012

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    Heart of a Hero Series Book 3

    A Texan’s Choice by Shelley Gray Heart of a Hero Series Book 3 Scout Proffitt has gone the opposite way of his war hero brother, Clayton. Scout has lived his life as a loner and hired gun. After some things that happened in Scout’s life in the second book, A Texan’s Honor, he decides to go to the ranch he won gambling and settle down. What he didn’t expect was how run down the place was and the young woman who was there with nowhere else to go. Rosemarie Cousins felt unworthy. Since an accident ten years ago she has been an outcast in her own family. Her father has just passed away, an outlaw has come to claim their home and land and to top it all off….the rest of her family don’t want her. She is left to the mercy of a merciless killer. Or is he different than the rumors and dime novels that were written about him? A Texan’s Choice brings back characters from the previous two books, A Texan's Promise and A Texan's Honor. Many of these characters feel unworthy to be loved or respected. They look up to Clayton as a role model that they never believe they can emulate, but all want to. We see grace for a lonely and forgotten woman, a tired outlaw, a man who never cared about anyone but himself as well as a young man still in his teens who had to grow up way too quickly. The author never leaves out the tough things. The real life evil of the world or what her characters have lived. Which just makes God’s grace all that more when we see the end story. **Received through NetGalley for review

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 14, 2013

    This was a great story. I love all the characters and was very

    This was a great story. I love all the characters and was very intrigued to get to the next book. Loved this series.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 15, 2013

    Poor Editing

    Good book, good series, but unlike the first two books, this one had way too many errors. One spot even put in a wrong character's name in the middle of a scene. And there were just too many spots with grammatical errors. It almost appeared that the author was still in a rough draft and no proofreader double checked before going to ebook issue. It definitely detracted from the enjoyment of an otherwise good story.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 11, 2012

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    Rosemarie is the outcast of her family thanks to a horrible acci

    Rosemarie is the outcast of her family thanks to a horrible accident when she was a child that was not her fault. With her father dead and a scary yet rugged cowboy claiming her families rundown ranch she is left with no where to go. Her only hope is to work for this cowboy. What she does not plan on is him stealing her heart. Scout is leaving his old life behind and starting a new with a ranch he won in a card game. Though the ranch is in desperate need of repair he is content to make it his own. He did not expect the woman to become part of the deal but with her family’s desertion he offers to let her work for him. He soon finds himself carrying for her yet when his past comes to find him will be be able to let go and find the happiness he has always wanted?

    This is the 3rd and final book in the Heart of a Hero series and I have to say I was a little disappointed. We started to get to know Scout in the 2nd book and I guess I expected a little more from this book.

    What I liked: The book was well written and the characters likeable. I really wanted Rosemarie to find some happiness after the way her family treated her.

    What I did not like: Both Scout and Rosemarie could have used some more depth. Scout was once a ruthless killer and now in this book he seems quite mellow. I know he was going from the fearless outlaw to the right side of the law rancher but I thought he could have been a little more exciting. Rosemarie could have used some backbone. I know her family treated her badly but it would have been nice to see her with a little more spunk. Also the added storyline with some of Scouts past gang members was odd. I was expecting a little more action at the climax of the story but it ended so quickly I had hoped for a little more excitement.

    Over all this was an okay book but it almost seemed like the series was tied up to quickly that maybe a 4th book would have made this story stronger and gave some of the other characters more time to develop(like the brother of Vanessa from the first book). It still was a good book and the ending made me tear up I just wish it would have had a little more meat at the climax.

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  • Posted February 13, 2014

    A Texan's Choice. The third in a series, this book can easil

    A Texan's Choice.




    The third in a series, this book can easily be read alone (but I can guarantee will leave you rushing to get more of Shelley's Heart of a Hero books). Shelley, has brilliantly taken us back in time to  late 1800's; introducing us to outlaws, cattle rustlers, ranchers and everyday people who struggled to survive. It is this fight for survival, with which readers identify. We first meet Rosemarie as she tends to the bedside of her dieing father. Immediately, we can sense she is a troubled young lady, but why? Sadness envelopes her, yet obviously it is not from her father's impending death. Does it come from her family's poorness, which is clearly seen as we enter the Bar C ranch?  A poorness, which surely hits the eyes of Scout Proffit, as he rides up to stake his claim. Scout, the outlaw who's fame precedes him. Soon, Rosemarie's troubles,  the reasons behind them and Scout's battle to put his fame behind him become lives entwined in the town known as Broken Promise.Their lives continue and we begin to understand answers as to why Rosemarie appears as she does, we also realize how each of us has a bit of Rosemarie in us.  Reading on, we sense something else, something which cannot be seen...but was it? Before long we are in the camp  of young outlaws, traveling the land, carrying secrets and searching their lives; much like young men (an women) of today. Finally  we meet Miles Grant; a wealthy, yet seeming shy and insecure man. Miles owns the largest ranch in Camp Hope, a bustling town in complete contrast to Broken Promise.  Past hurts, past mistakes, self-doubt and how they effect our characters lives, our characters and our own lives can be pondered.  Through daily acts, their interacting lives, events which happen, confessions, we see each characters relationship with God; whether they are searching for it or trying to regain it. A Texan's Choice, enthralls readers with action, humor, identifiable characters and is one of those books you don't want to set down.

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  • Posted February 24, 2013

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    A Texan's Choice by Shelley Gray is the third installment in the

    A Texan's Choice by Shelley Gray is the third installment in the Heart of a Hero Series and it is just as fantastic as the first two. This book is mainly about Scout Proffitt (whom we met in the previous book) and Rosemarie Cousins. There is also a side story with Scout's old gang member, but the main focus is on Rosemarie and Scout.


    In the second book, A Texan's Honor, we remember that towards the end of the book, Scout met a young girl named Kitty who changed his life. His whole life he'd been trying to be like his older brother Clayton. He wanted to be worthy of his family and anyone in general. Somehow, Kitty broke through is tough and lonely existence and set him on a path of irrevocable healing. The beginning of this book marks Scout winning a ranch in a poker game and going to retrieve it. Without giving away any more of the plot, he meets Rosemarie Cousins and has no choice but to marry her. Scout never dreamed he have a wife, especially not one like Rosemarie.


    Rosemarie is tired. She is tired of waiting and tired of being ignored. She, like Scout, faces a difficult time accepting that she is worthy of any one's love and affection since her family has treated her so horribly. She is, however, facing what life throws at her straight on. She is tough and determined to make her life better. She, like Scout, never thought she would find herself married, yet alone to a notorious gunslinger who acts nothing like the novels depicted him to.


    I like the part near the beginning of the book that, after Scout asked Rosemarie to marry him, that says "For the first time, she took [his hand] easily. Like they were becoming a pair instead of merely two lost souls stuck on some of the worst land in the great state of Texas" because I believe this is where the true healing for each of them begins. They have to learn to rely on each other and think about each other's thoughts and feelings, when they are both so used to being alone.


    The main theme, running rampart through the book, is about choices. Each person faces life with choices. That's part of God's will for our lives, the freedom to choose whether we believe or not. This book metes out past and present choices for each of the characters, ultimately ending in a happy, sweet way. "Faith and believing in a higher power? It's a personal thing. Something that can't be forced or taught."


    I hope you enjoy this series as much as I did!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 24, 2013

    Wonderful series

    I have read all 3 books in the series. Each can stand alone but all give you a wonderful story of hope faith and that life can turn out good even in the darkest of times. I love the western backdrop. I hope there is a book 4 otherwise i will miss greatly these folks. Ms. Gray is a wonderful writer.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 21, 2013

    Awesome book

    I have loved reading this wonderful series. Good clean romance. I hope the author writes another book for the series!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 19, 2013

    Good Book

    This was a very good read!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 17, 2013

    Great series!

    I very much enjoyed this book as well as the whole series. I hope there will be a book 4. Hopefully it will be about Russell.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 7, 2013

    Fantastic series

    I've thoroughly enjoyed this series. Loved it and can't wait to read more from this author.

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  • Posted December 21, 2012

    I was hooked in the first few pages of A Texan's Choice by Shell

    I was hooked in the first few pages of A Texan's Choice by Shelley Gray and read it in one evening.
    It is the third book in The Hear of A Hero Series and I will be going back to read the other two books in the series, A Texan's Promise (book #1 and A Texan's Honor (book #2 This one can easily stand on its own. I loved the strong character of Scout Proffitt and that he had a tender side when it came to Rosemarie. I enjoyed seeing the wonderful changes in Rose's life as the relationship between she and Scout progressed. A Texan's Choice is proof that God can change even those people that the world does not think can be changed. This one has tough men who dream of a better life, and romance to smile about. I give this one a 5 out of 5.

    I received this book from Abingdon Press and Net Galley for my honest opinion.

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  • Posted November 30, 2012

    Loved it!!!

    This is book number 3 of a set. Got number 1 for free, BOUGHT #2 and 3, hoping for a #4! :)

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  • Posted November 19, 2012

    Really good read!

    All three books in 'The Heart of a Hero Series' by Shelley Gray are very good. It's so refreshing to read good, clean fiction without getting bombarded with sex and sexual innuendo. So thankful for Christian fiction!

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  • Posted November 19, 2012

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    This is the third book in the Heart of a Hero Series, and I woul

    This is the third book in the Heart of a Hero Series, and I would recommend you read all of these books, but you can read this one without. Enough information is provided to allow you to know what is going on.
    We start this book in 1874 West Texas, and if you think you have had a bad day, Rosemarie Cousin's would probably win. She has just lost her Father, and her Mother and Sister have left her. Then a man shows up to claim he owns her home and ranch....Scout Proffitt won the property in a card game from her Father.
    You will feel sorry for Rosemarie right from the beginning. When she was eight and her brother was four, he drowned while she was watching him. Her family has blamed her ever after. Some family!
    Scout Proffitt has lived his life as a gunslinger and has been on the run. When out of the blue an offer appears, he will not be able to turn down.
    We follow along as other characters we have learned to love a reintroduced, and we wonder if all will survive, or will we say goodbye?
    What happens between Rosemarie and Scout is sweet, and although unexpected, we hope for Rosemarie. Ah, she deserves to be happy, but can she find it with a gunslinger?
    We find that a lot of these people need to find forgiveness, and the Lord surely leads them. Enjoy this great read...you won't be able to leave this one alone once you start.

    I received this book from Pump Your Book Virtual Tours, and the Publisher Abingdon Press, and was not required to give a positive review.

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  • Posted November 9, 2012

    Loved the ending!

    Loved the ending!

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  • Posted November 6, 2012

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    To say that Rosemary Colson was having a bad day was simply an u

    To say that Rosemary Colson was having a bad day was simply an understatement. Not only has her father died today, but on the heels of his funeral, an hired gun, Scout Proffitt shows up to notify the family that their farm belongs to him. He won it in a card game with their now deceased father. Seems like he never did anything right when it came to his family. Now just moments after burying her father, Rosemary watches as her mother and sister pack up what little belongings they have and ride off, leaving her behind. Her mothers parting words to her were that she made so many poor choice when it came to finding someone to marry her, that now she must make a way for herself. She has only one other choice and that's to find a way to convince Scout Proffitt to let her stay on the ranch to take care of the cooking and cleaning.

    Little did Scout Proffitt realize how much he would get when he came to claim the land he had won against Ben Colson. He didn't want to spend time caring for another young woman when the last time he had done so it resulted in suicide when he couldn't offer her what she wanted. He didn't want to get involved in this situation again in caring for another, but then again, he couldn't just turn her away like her own mother did. He'd spent his whole life running and perhaps now with a chance to settle down and own a ranch, perhaps his old way of life is about to change. If only everyone else would believe that he is a changed man despite his legendary rumors that run contrary to those beliefs.

    In book three of the Heart of a Hero Series by Shelley Gray, A Texan's Choice shows how difficult it is to leave our tainted pasts behind us and attempt to start over again. For both Scout and Rose, the scenarios are similar but different. Each of them is strong-willed when it comes to what they both believe is right for their lives but find themselves crossing paths more often than not. When a string of thefts in town come too close for comfort the past is about to reunited with the present and Scout is about to learn that sometimes people aren't willing to let the past be forgotten!

    I received A Texan's Choice by Shelley Gray compliments of Pump Up Your Book Tours and Abingdon Press for my honest review and have to say, I love how this entire series has come together with this one being the conclusion. I've had the delight to read all the books in this delightful series and Christian Western Romances are a huge favorite genre for me. In each, there is a moral lesson that is overcome and the challenges of living the life on the western frontier make them all the more challenging, when guns are often used to resolve disputes and women can be treated as mere property. Times were hard, life was living fast and short but in the end, the goal is always achieved. It often makes you wonder how many times people wondered if there was a different way of dealing with things over the way life played out. Shelley gives the reader an idea that things weren't always easy and the choices had tough consequences in the end. I personally rate this one a 5 out of 5 stars.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 1, 2012

    Highly recommend.

    Wonderful read. Loved the whole series.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 16, 2012

    A great turn around for Scout Proffitt

    Scout Proffitt is considered to be a heartless murderer in the other two books of the Heart of a Hero series. He learns from his mistakes and realizes there's more to himself than a murderer. After winning the deed to the Circle C Ranch in a poker hand, he reaches his new land with a better outlook. He remembers the word of God and that no matter what he's done or where he has been, God has always been there with him. After his arrival at the Circle C, he meets Rosemarie, who has just lost her father, and who is abandoned by her whole family. Scout has to decide how to handle having Rosemarie around. He can either turn her away or embrace the company. This book is the best one of the series.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 8, 2012

    Great Book!

    I really enjoyed the series.

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