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Promise Me Texas (Whispering Mountain Series #7)
     

Promise Me Texas (Whispering Mountain Series #7)

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by Jodi Thomas
 

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New York Times bestselling author Jodi Thomas returns to Texas for an unpredictable adventure in romance that sets two unlikely hearts on fire…

Promise Me Texas

On a midnight train, four hours away from her wedding, Beth McMurray discovers the devastating truth about the powerful senator she's about to marry. Convinced nothing could make

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New York Times bestselling author Jodi Thomas returns to Texas for an unpredictable adventure in romance that sets two unlikely hearts on fire…

Promise Me Texas

On a midnight train, four hours away from her wedding, Beth McMurray discovers the devastating truth about the powerful senator she's about to marry. Convinced nothing could make this stormy night worse, the train wrecks, and she tumbles straight into the arms of an outlaw.

Andrew McLaughlin doesn't believe in loving except between the pages of his writings. He loved deeply once and thinks he'll never survive another loss. To save a friend, he climbs aboard a train heading toward Dallas. In the moment before the train crashes, he saves a beautiful woman and is injured in the fall. He wakes up to find she’s claimed him as her fiancé—and now they’re both on the run, and destined to do everything it takes to make an unexpected promise of love come true.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
★ 09/02/2013
Bestseller Thomas strikes gold again with her seventh Whispering Mountain historical (after Wild Texas Rose), set in 1879 Texas. When 24-year-old Beth McMurray sneaks onto a train to surprise her fiancé, former Senator Lamont LaCroix, she’s shocked to overhear him bragging about his plans for her and her money. Then robbers board the train and it goes off the rails. Just before the crash, one of the robbers grabs Beth and jumps off the train, taking the fall to protect her. He’s hurt, but she stays with him, claiming that he’s her husband. The sheriff and the doctor believe that Beth is now Mrs. Andrew McLaughlin, but LaCroix does not. Meanwhile, widower Andrew reveals his hidden depths: when he’s not robbing trains, he longs to be an author. By the time Beth drives a wagon out of town, she has collected a pretend husband, two little boys, an ill teen cowboy, and a pregnant young woman, and the adventure has just begun. Complex plotting, superb character development, and touching romantic scenes make this a winner. Agent: Gail Fortune, Talbot Fortune Agency. (Nov.)
From the Publisher
Praise for Promise Me Texas
“Thomas’ stories make everyone believe Texas is the greatest place on earth… The depth of emotion, tenderness and heartfelt warmth that make Thomas a fan favorite are written into another wonderful, memorable tale.” —RT Book Reviews (4 ½ stars)

Praise for the novels of New York Times Bestselling Author JODI THOMAS
Four-time winner of Romance Writers of America’s RITA® Award

"Tender, realistic, and insightful, Thomas's latest title deals with issues that will strike an emotional chord with many readers and will appeal to fans of Debbie Macomber and Sherryl Woods." —Library Journal
"First let me let you in on a secret — I've never met a Jodi Thomas book that wasn't absolutely dog eared from being read so many times. They are all like warm cozy friends that just beg to be taken back down from the book shelves and revisited....CHANCE OF A LIFETIME is destined to become one of my favorites and I'll wager that it will be yours as well. Thomas managed to interweave a host of stories and characters in this wonderful contemporary tale infused with humor and mystery." —Fresh Fiction
“Exactly the kind of heart-wrenching, emotional story one has come to expect from Jodi Thomas.”—Debbie Macomber, #1 New York Times bestselling author
“Jodi Thomas is a masterful storyteller. She grabs your attention on the first page, captures your heart, and then makes you sad when it is time to bid her wonderful characters farewell. You can count on Jodi Thomas to give you a satisfying and memorable read.”—Catherine Anderson, New York Times bestselling author
"Thomas sketches a slow, sweet surrender."—Publishers Weekly

Kirkus Reviews
2013-11-04
Just minutes after discovering her fiance is the last person she wants to marry, Beth McMurray survives a train crash through the brave actions of a shadowy character who might be an outlaw; claiming she's married to him seems the best way to save them both. Sneaking off her family's Texas ranch to marry her fiance early sounds like a fine idea, until Beth boards the train disguised as a man and listens as the senator brags about landing the wealthy heiress and lays out his plans to get Beth and her fortune under his thumb. Planning to quietly head back home once the train reaches Dallas, she retreats to the rail car where her horse is stalled and witnesses a group of men breach the train, obviously intent on robbery. Unfortunately, the train jumps the tracks, but one of the men grabs Beth and propels them both clear of the wreckage, bearing the brunt of a hard landing and falling unconscious. When he wakes up in the hospital with only vague memories of the incident, writer Andrew McLaughlin follows Beth's lead and supports her story that they are married, which proves to be important, since the senator has caught sight of Beth and is trying to get her under his influence. A young woman traveling alone in Texas in 1879 has few rights, and Andrew quickly understands that the senator does not have Beth's best interests at heart. However, other odd events are going on at the hospital, and when Beth and Andrew leave, they have assembled an entourage of vulnerable souls that they take with them, first to Fort Worth and then on to Beth's family's ranch. They've also created enemies, and Andrew is distrustful of love--two major obstacles in their winding road to happily-ever-after. The novel has a lot going on and keeps readers engaged and entertained despite a few elements that strain suspension of disbelief (including the ridiculously idiotic senator). Though flawed, a generally fun adventure.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780425250747
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
11/05/2013
Series:
Whispering Mountain Series , #7
Pages:
320
Sales rank:
272,922
Product dimensions:
4.20(w) x 6.70(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

What People are Saying About This

From the Publisher
Praise for Promise Me Texas
“Thomas’ stories make everyone believe Texas is the greatest place on earth… The depth of emotion, tenderness and heartfelt warmth that make Thomas a fan favorite are written into another wonderful, memorable tale.” —RT Book Reviews (4 ½ stars)

Praise for the novels of New York Times Bestselling Author JODI THOMAS
Four-time winner of Romance Writers of America’s RITA® Award

"Tender, realistic, and insightful, Thomas's latest title deals with issues that will strike an emotional chord with many readers and will appeal to fans of Debbie Macomber and Sherryl Woods." —Library Journal
"First let me let you in on a secret — I've never met a Jodi Thomas book that wasn't absolutely dog eared from being read so many times. They are all like warm cozy friends that just beg to be taken back down from the book shelves and revisited....CHANCE OF A LIFETIME is destined to become one of my favorites and I'll wager that it will be yours as well. Thomas managed to interweave a host of stories and characters in this wonderful contemporary tale infused with humor and mystery." —Fresh Fiction
“Exactly the kind of heart-wrenching, emotional story one has come to expect from Jodi Thomas.”—Debbie Macomber, #1 New York Times bestselling author
“Jodi Thomas is a masterful storyteller. She grabs your attention on the first page, captures your heart, and then makes you sad when it is time to bid her wonderful characters farewell. You can count on Jodi Thomas to give you a satisfying and memorable read.”—Catherine Anderson, New York Times bestselling author
"Thomas sketches a slow, sweet surrender."—Publishers Weekly

Meet the Author

Jodi Thomas is a certified marriage and family counselor, a fifth generation Texan, a Texas Tech graduate, and writer-in-residence at West Texas A&M University. Ms. Thoomas is the author of the Whipsering Mountain novels. She lives in Amarillo, Texas. Visit her online. 

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Promise Me Texas 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Had me from the first page all the way to the last. Loved it!
RtBBlog More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Jen Book provided by the publisher for review Review originally posted at Romancing the Book Jodi Thomas is quickly becoming one of my favorite authors. I love how she writes across genres, so I get the best of both worlds. With Promise Me Texas, we’re in the American west in the late 1800s, so I’m going to get my western fix and I’m ready to go on an interesting ride. Beth is part of the McMurray clan, which this series revolves around. She’s grown up on a ranch and raised to be a strong, independent woman. But having been raised in a loving family, she’s also fiercely caring and loyal. The we have Andrew, who pretty much raised himself and then lost his young wife, so he doesn’t want to get close to anyone. But Andrew ‘s plans go awry when he meets Beth in the aftermath of a train crash. She claims they are engaged when he’s injured and an interesting adventure ensues. As they travel across the state of Texas, they collect a menagerie of characters, from two young boys looking for their father, to a young pregnant girl searching for the baby’s father, to a young man running from someone trying to kill him. And throughout this journey, Beth and Andrew find love. I loved the ride I was taken on. It was packed full of action and twists and turns I wasn’t expecting. And of course there was romance. I enjoyed watching the relationship grow and blossom between Beth and Andrew and even though we, as romance readers, know what is going to happen, the journey was fulfilling. As I stated earlier, this is part of a series, but it stands very well on its own. If you’ve read past books in the series, you’ll meet up with familiar characters and if you’re new to the series, you may just be finding yourself hunting out those earlier books.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A romance with a different twist. Loved the "outlaw" who was really not an outlaw. Think this is one everyone will enjoy.
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MyBookAddictionandMore More than 1 year ago
I can sum this book up in four words – Made. For. TV. Movie. Seriously, the entire time I was reading I could truly see every scene and every character on the big screen in my living room. The writing was so descriptive and detailed you will have no problem envisioning every scene too. Strong, independent characters rule the day in this dramatic read. From beginning to end you will be hooked. Your emotions will certainly get a work out but the ending will absolutely warm your heart. Thomas does a grand job of writing real characters that relate and play well off each other. The story flows without a hitch and the story line is exciting and different. Even, the scenes with the “outlaw” are unexpectedly different. I thought the story took a slight curve off course when Beth and Andrew, along with their “crew”, moved in with Beth’s family, but that was the only awkwardness and it was back on track and flowing very quickly. I love the way the secondary characters are independent and have their own story lines. You get a lot of bang in this book with the secondary story lines!! Loved the surprise character of the priest – he entered the story at just the right moment to provide a little comic relief. This book is action and drama packed not a dull character or moment (or page)! It is historical western romance at its finest – an awesome must read!! Rating: 4.5 Heat Rating: Sweet Reviewed by: A. Lyn Courtesy of My Book Addiction and More
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JayCee7 More than 1 year ago
Loved this one!  I have been a fan of the Whispering Mountain series, but was very disappointed in the last one - Wild Texas Road.  This one was more like the first ones.  The characters were likable and well developed.  No one was too weird, and while there was one other minor couple in the book, it focused on the main protagonists.  Definitely recommend.
Justpeachy1 More than 1 year ago
When an author embarks on a writing career inevitably the first piece of advice they receive is "write what you know." Jodi Thomas knows Texas! Most of her over 30 books have been set in her home state and her latest in the Whispering Mountain series, Promise Me Texas is no exception. Thomas is a master at writing about family dynamics and relationships and readers will quickly fall in love with her heartfelt characters and situations. In this novel you will find everything from outlaws to Texas Rangers and everything in between, as two very mis-matched characters have to decide whether to make a promise real. Promise Me Texas is the seventh book in the Whispering Mountain series. The series follows the McMurray family as they live and love on the Whispering Mountain Ranch. Readers who are familiar with the series have watched the sons and daughters of Teagan McMurray grow up and find love while always remaining a part of a larger family group that is very close nit. Beth McMurray, the heroine in Promise Me Texas is the youngest daughter and the final McMurray to find her own happy ending, which begs the question... where does the series go from here? Regardless this is an excellent novel with some tender moments as well as struggles. There are several different storylines all working together to produce a very creative and endearing romance. Beth is the strong willed youngest daughter of the McMurray clan and she is about to marry the man of her dreams. But when she finds out her future husband is not what she believed him to be, the race is on. I loved Beth as a character. She had a mind of own and like the other McMurray sisters you never knew quite what she was going to come up with. In this case a "fake" marriage was the order of the day. I liked the fact that Thomas doesn't make her characters trite or superficial. Beth may be a damsel in distress but she doesn't have a princess complex, nor does she seem in need of saving. She knows what shes doing and in the end it works out for the best. Andrew has had some heartbreak in his life and doesn't think he will ever recover from it. The lose of his wife weighs heavy on him and his journal's are the one thing that he trusts in. When he saves Beth's life he never sees what's coming. I liked the fact that Andrew has known real love and when his feelings for Beth start to surface he realizes what it is even though he isn't quite sure what to do about it. Thomas gives her characters some flaws and I think that's what makes her writing so magical. She knows how to make her characters real. Andrew was a wonderful hero. The supporting cast is another jewel in this novel. You have a set of young twins, a pregnant teenage girl and boy on the verge of manhood. A motley crew to be sure. All of these characters play a central part in how the story comes together. Each of them has their own part in the novel that makes it unique. I loved each of the story lines created by Thomas and how they fit together like the pieces of a puzzle. There is an element of mystery to this novel as well, that added a different aspect for readers to be interested in. It was a good plot point and Thomas did a fantastic job of bringing it all together in the end. 
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Heh.