Frontier Woman (Sisters of the Lone Star Series #1)

Frontier Woman (Sisters of the Lone Star Series #1)

by Joan Johnston
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Frontier Woman (Sisters of the Lone Star Series #1) by Joan Johnston

The prequel to the New York Times bestseller The Texan
Sprawling 1840s Texas comes alive in the hands of Joan Johnston, New York Times bestselling author of The Cowboy and The Texan. Introducing the unforgettable Creed dynasty, transporting us back to a wild, lawless frontier, Johnston brings us a stirring, passionate story of Texas Ranger Jarrett Creed and the free-spirited beauty who captures his heart—a woman sworn to love no man.
Captured by Comanches as a boy, Jarrett Creed grew to manhood torn between two worlds. But with the young republic under siege from ravaging Mexican armies and marauding Indian tribes alike, he made his choice. Now, as a secret government mission brings the Texas Ranger to lovely Cricket Stewart’s door, he must choose again.
The youngest daughter of a wealthy gentleman planter, Cricket lives life as she pleases and vows never to be a wife to any man. Until the day Jarrett Creed saves her from avenging Comanches . . . by claiming her as his bride.
The last thing either expects is to fall in love. But as a traitorous conspiracy and a secret tragedy test their newfound union, a wild-spirited beauty and a Texas lawman will discover just how far they will go for their precious homeland—and for a love that could free them from the sorrows of the past.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780440236771
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 08/28/2001
Series: Sisters of the Lone Star Series , #1
Edition description: Revised
Pages: 480
Sales rank: 355,985
Product dimensions: 4.20(w) x 6.90(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Joan Johnston is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of many historical and contemporary romance novels. She received a master of arts degree in theater from the University of Illinois and graduated with honors from the University of Texas School of Law at Austin. She is currently a full-time writer living in Colorado.

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Frontier Woman (Sisters of the Lone Star Series #1) 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 17 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was my first Joan Johnston book, but it won't be my last! The characters, Cricket and Creed were so real. Their passion, anger, triumphs, failures, and love just jumped out of the pages. I couldn't put this book down once I started reading it. Ms. Johnston also gives some insightful Texas history in this book as well. This was a great read!
Sparky_Patches More than 1 year ago
Overall Rating: 4.35 Action: 4.0 / Emotion: 3.75 / Romance: 4.5 / Sensuous: 1.75 / Suspense: 3.0 // Historical Flavor: 5.0 // Laughter: 1 // Tears: 3 Frontier Woman: 4.35: Joan Johnston is a favorite author so found this book to be an engaging, entertaining, action-packed, emotional, enjoyable re-read. Hero: 4.75: Jarrett Creed: The kind of hero that most appeals -- an honorable, arrogant, handsome, well-built man's man who was strong enough to make his living as a Texas Ranger in the 1840s after having been raised to manhood by the Comanche.  Loved that Creed was astute enough to be able to read Cricket's insecurities and had the strength to bring her through them and eventually walk beside her.  Creed was the epitome of a Frontier Man. The Texas frontier wasn't kind.  It wasn't even merciful.  If you survived, it was because you didn't make mistakes.  You kept your gun handy.  Your never rode far from water.  You treated your horse like family.  And you didn't trust strangers.  (Creed, page 84) Heroine: 4.35: Creighton &quot;Cricket&quot; Stewart: A favorite heroine type: all tomboy!  She wore buckskins, could shoot, ride, and curse like a man, but still the hero found her attractive and desirable.  The biggest drawback to Cricket was her immaturity, but that was to be expected because she was only seventeen.  (It is always a disappointment when heroines are this young.) Story Line: 4.75: Great story line.  Liked the premise.  A father who wanted sons, had daughters.  This is the youngest daughter's story and filled with history and trying to prevent another Mexican Revolution while dealing with {1} the father/daughter relationship, {2} the dangers of the living in the young Republic of Texas, and {3} the emotions that arose because of being romantically attracted to your soul mate. Action: 4.00: Plenty of action to go along with {1} Creed looking for Mexican Revolutionaries, {2} Creed having a Comanche arch-enemy who shows up to wreck havoc, {3} Cricket sticking her nose in where it doesn't belong to create problems and stir up trouble. Emotion: 3.75: Although the emotional connection to Creed and Cricket was not as deep as one might hope, Johnston did such a good job of telling their story, that she brought forth laughter and tears. Romance: 4.50: Johnston did a fantastic job of keeping the desire and romance bubbling between Creed and Cricket after their first meeting.  The building awareness between Creed and Cricket was always apparent in the story as they fought and loved their way across Texas. Suspense: 3.00: There was also a slight degree of suspense to the story because there were so many different threads interwoven into the fabric of the story that had to be kept in sequence so the resulting picture was cohesive and coherent.  They included, {1} Rip negotiating with Se&ntilde;or Juan Carlos Guerrero to marry off Cricket to his eldest son Cruz; {2} Sloan's ties to the Mexican Revolutionaries, even though she was being duped by her lover, Antonio Guerrero; {3} Creed's and Cricket's numerous encounters with Tall Bear and his band of Comanches; {4} Creed's and Cricket's interactions with Tom,  Amy, and Seth at Lion's Dare; {5} Creed's and Cricket's interactions with Beaufort LeFevre and his beautiful, selfish daughter; {6} Long Quiet's interest in Bayleigh; and, finally, {7} Luke Summers secret regarding his childhood. Sensuous: 1.75: The sensuality reflects the understated descriptions that were featured in love scenes back in the 1980s and 1990s.  The love scenes between Creed and Cricket were well-written and full of emotion and passion and fit the story and the characters well. Historical Flavor: 5.00: Mind you, history was not a favorite school subject, but Johnston seemed to be spot on when it came imbuing a strong historical flavor into the book by introducing the bold and vivid presence of Mexican Revolutionaries and the Penateka Comanche into the story.  She then detailed the fight that the Texans were facing when dealing with both of these cultures. Secondary Characters: 5.00: One of Johnston's best talents is making the secondary characters that run through her books draw the reader's undivided interest.  Although they are minimally developed, these characters pop with vitality.  Look at: {1} Rip Stewart, {2} Sloan Stewart, {3} Bayleigh Stewart, {4} Long Quiet, {5} Luke Summers, {6} Tom, Amy, and Seth Creed, {7} the brothers, Cruz and Antonio Guerrero, {8} Tall Bear, {9} Angelique LeFevre, and finally, {10} Cricket's wolves: Rogue, Rascal, and Ruffian. A more in-depth, detailed, spoiler-ridden review of <b>Frontier Woman</b> appears at Wolf Bear Does Books.
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Having read a couple of Ms. Johnston's books, I was disappointed in her effort to depict the early, unsettled West. Her stereotypical characters with their childish and unrealistic accents were to say the least, boring and hard to feel any real connection with. It is common knowledge that the west was not predominately settled by highly educated people, but by the hard working and frequently uneducated immigrants that founded this country. However, her characterizations lend only foolish and silly images of people who deserved better. Perhaps she should do more research or stick to more modern times.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
I bought Frontier Woman, Texas Woman, Commanche Woman, Colter's Wife, The Cowboy, The Texan at the same time having not read this author previously. I relied on the reviews I read, expecting a lot more. These books are full of 'fluff' - each book was about a silly beautiful woman who doesn't know her own mind, and a strong handsome man who is constantly protecting and rescuing her from her self and others. If one likes descriptive sex on every few pages, that's what you get. This author needs to put some 'meat' in her books and stop writing the same story with different titles. And, by the way, the Brazos River in TX flows into the Gulf at Freeport, not Galveston. Zelma L Perry, Somerville, TX.
Guest More than 1 year ago
For any Western or Historic Romance reader, this book is a must have! The plot, the characters, and the setting set off the wonderful way with words that Joan Johnston has! A great addition to ANY book collection.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Creighton ¿Cricket¿ Stewart is a woman of many means, a woman of strength, a woman who would rather live as a man, until Jarrett Creed. Jarrett Creed, a Texas Ranger, who also, like Cricket, is a loner, until he meets Cricket Stewart. The two meet during a time of Comanche raids and the Wild West, before it was won.

Their story takes them across Texas and into New Orleans and back again, all to save Cricket¿s sister, Sloan and the Texas frontier. The last thing the two expect is to fall in love¿

*****Another five stars from me. This book I approached apprehensively, (I¿m not really into these types of novels) but I found that I could not put it down! This novel was wonderful, full of character and humor. I was reading it on my breaks and people were staring at me because I was laughing so hard. This is definitely a good read, and now I¿m looking forward the rest of this series called Bitter Creek. *****

Reviewed by Kim Blair

harstan More than 1 year ago
In 1840 Texas, rancher Rip Stewart orders his youngest daughter Cricket to take his middle daughter Bay hunting and not to return without a kill. Cricket knows that Bay is too soft to kill anything, but they go anyway. During the hunt, Cricket finds a naked man bathing in the river with several of her father¿s horses nearby. After quite a tussle and with a lot of help from her three pet wolves and some shaky assistance from Bay, they capture the horse thief. On the way home, Cricket suffers from the monthly miseries, using alcohol to ease her pain. She leaves the tied up prisoner in the barn for Rip to handle.

The next day, Cricket learns that her prisoner is Texas Ranger Jarrett Creed, who regained the stolen horses from the Comanche. As Cricket and Creed fight and squabble they begin to fall in love. However, he wants someone more feminine and she wants no man in her life. However the catalyst of a deadly conspiracy hangs over their heads and when the Comanche captures Cricket, it makes them both reassess their values.

FRONTIER WOMAN is a reprint of a novel from the late 1980s miniseries starring the ancestors of the modern day Bitter Creek tales. The enticing story line remains fresh as Joan Johnston instills problems for her hero and heroine (i.e., a cramping period while riding) that seem genuine while providing a taste of the Lone Star Republic. Fans of the Bitter Creek books will want to read this novel as well as the upcoming reprints that tell the stories of Cricket¿s two sisters.

Harriet Klausner

Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Author had from my first book I read of hers.