Salvation, Texas [NOOK Book]


SALVATION, TEXAS, a romance/mystery/police procedural novel of approximately 100,000 words, throws county sheriff Rusty Joplin back into the arms of his lost love, Elena Ryder, while he investigates murder and small town corruption.

When a deputy’s job opened up in the Sanderson County sheriff’s office, career cop Rusty Joplin left the city and returned to his Texas hometown of Salvation. The...
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SALVATION, TEXAS, a romance/mystery/police procedural novel of approximately 100,000 words, throws county sheriff Rusty Joplin back into the arms of his lost love, Elena Ryder, while he investigates murder and small town corruption.

When a deputy’s job opened up in the Sanderson County sheriff’s office, career cop Rusty Joplin left the city and returned to his Texas hometown of Salvation. The last thing he expected to encounter in his new job was a nest of deceit and fraud and a sheriff controlled by a master manipulator, the wealthy rancher/oilman, Randall Ryder. But Ryder’s influence peddling was no surprise to Rusty. He had already had a taste of the millionaire’s deviousness fifteen years back when he had been forced out of town over his heated relationship with Ryder’s youngest daughter, Elena.

The beautiful Elena Ryder still haunts Rusty. He might never know what to do about her presence in his dreams, but he knew how to deal with the corruption in the sheriff’s office. He ran for the office himself, won by a landslide and began to change the way the Sanderson County sheriff’s office operated.

Then, mere months after he takes office, Elena’s sister, Randall Ryder’s middle daughter, is found dead in her arena, strangled in what looks like a runaway horse accident. But Rusty’s years of experience with both horses and murder investigations, lead him to believe something more sinister. His relentless probe into Carla Ryder’s death not only reveals Salvation’s secrets, but throws him back into Elena’s arms. He had neither expected nor wanted a second go-round with her, but he’s helpless to resist.

Elena Ryder has longed for fifteen years for Rusty’s return, during which she has educated herself at the college of her father’s choice, lived at home with him and now works at the Salvation hospital as an RN. She has refused to marry any of the men her father chose to be her husband. She has never stopped believing that she and Rusty Joplin are destined to spend their lives together. ... Her sister’s tragic end brings her into contact with Rusty again and only reminds her how much she still loves him. When he labels Carla's death as murder, bringing into question the custody of Carla's three small children, Elena has unwavering trust that Rusty will find the culprit, no matter who he or she is.
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Editorial Reviews

Betty Cox
Anna Jeffrey continues to demonstrate her spectacular storytelling talents with Salvation, Texas, a first-class romantic suspense tale.
Ellen Micheletti
I'm glad I read it and I can recommend it to anyone who likes romantic suspense and second chance at love stories.
Kristal Gorman
SALVATION, TEXAS is a good solid read, with great characters and a fast paced plot...You will not want to put this one down once you start!
Kristal Gorman, Romance Reader at
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940013296299
  • Publisher: Anna Jeffrey
  • Publication date: 10/13/2011
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 341
  • Sales rank: 545,212
  • File size: 876 KB

Meet the Author

Anna Jeffrey is an award-winning author of mainstream romance novels as well as romantic comedy/mystery. She wrote six romance novels under the pseudonym of Anna Jeffrey and has written two as Sadie Callahan. She and her sister have co-written five comedy/mystery novels as USA Today Bestselling Author, Dixie Cash. ..... Anna Jeffrey's books have won the Write Touch Readers' Award, the Aspen Gold, and the More Than Magic awards. Her books have finalled in the Colorado Romance Writers award, the Golden Quill and Southern Magic as well as the Write Touch Readers' Award, the Aspen Gold and the More than Magic awards. ..... She is a member of Romance Writers of America and several of its chapters. She enjoys many hobbies, i.e., reading, painting and drawing, crafting, needlework and beading among others. She and her husband live outside a small town in North Central Texas.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 25, 2012

    Giving up- boring & has racist under tones

    Im almost 200 pages in and still havent gotten a feel for any of the characters. This book is slooooow moving and only the second Ive ever put down begore finishing. The most prevalent theme in this book is the constant negative attitude toward Mexicans. Found the constant racist commentary VERY off-putting and frustrating. Writing that illegal immegrants are the cause for increased drug usuage is ignorant & paints a false picture. Increased drug prescence is the result of cartels & drug mules. Immigrants are often average, sober people looking to escape the danger in MX for a better life. Not saying illegal immegration is ok, but they arent responsible for the cartels! Its also stated in the book that when Mexican characters in the book look away from the main character, he assumes them to be illegals.

    I dont feel this author is simply trying to paint a picture of modern day Texas. Instead I felt this was the authors personal opinion & prejudice coloring the book.

    Will NOT be finishing this boring, poorly written book!

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    An exciting second chance at love police procedural

    When Rusty Joplin and Elena Ryder were teens in SALVATION, TEXAS, they fell in love, but her wealthy influential family ended their relationship. Shortly afterward Rusty left town. Three years ago after time in the military, he came home to become a deputy sheriff now he is the Sanderson County sheriff having won the election.---------------- When Elena¿s sister Carla Ryder is found dead, her husband Gary calls the hospital not 911 or law enforcement. If deputy sheriff Cheryl Hopkins had not intercepted the call, a potential crime might have been erased as it is the murder location has been devastated by a horde off visitors by the time Rusty arrives. Rusty cannot accept that an experienced horsewoman like Carla would make a rookie¿s mistake and get tangled with a rope around her neck even if Gary insists the horse is dangerous in daylight Rusty sees a very calm tame steed. As he investigates a possible murder with Gary as the prime suspect, he gets no cooperation from the family except for Lena, who he still loves.--------------- SALVATION, TEXAS is an exciting second chance at love police procedural in which her family objects to their relationship and to his investigation. The story line is fast-paced as Lena helps Rusty with the case by opening doors for him that would have remained shut tight, as one revelation after another occurs. Readers will enjoy Anna Jeffrey¿s fine thriller in which homicide serves as a matchmaker.-------------- Harriet Klausner

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    Posted November 5, 2011

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