Knight on the Texas Plains

Knight on the Texas Plains

by Linda Broday

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"Linda Broday's heroes step right out of her books and into your heart." —JODI THOMAS, New York Times bestselling author

He'll do whatever it takes
To keep them safe

Duel McClain has lost everything he's ever loved: his wife, his son, his sense of self. But when a strange twist of fate—and a poker game he'll never forget—leaves an innocent little girl in his care, Duel vows to defend his new family to his very last breath. If only he knew a single thing about taking care of babies...

Just as Duel swears his life can't get any more complicated, a beautiful woman stumbles into the light of his campfire, desperate for help. Jessie Foltry is hungry, tired, and running for her life. She agrees to help Duel care for the child in exchange for his protection, even as she fights to guard her broken heart. But Duel will do whatever it takes to make Jessie see that the Texas plains have more than one kind of knight, and perhaps their salvation is closer than either of them could have dreamed...

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781492646501
Publisher: Sourcebooks
Publication date: 08/01/2017
Series: Texas Heroes , #1
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 372,943
Product dimensions: 4.20(w) x 6.80(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Linda Broday resides in the panhandle of Texas on the Llano Estacado. At a young age, she discovered a love for storytelling, history, and anything pertaining to the Old West. Cowboys fascinate her. There's something about Stetsons, boots, and tall rugged cowboys that get her fired up! A New York Times and USA Today bestselling author, Linda has won many awards, including the prestigious National Readers' Choice Award and the Texas Gold Award. She blogs regularly at Visit her at

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Knight on the Texas Plains 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Read this book several years ago, and to tell you the truth, it was a book that moved me. It made me cry and it made me happy, I read it so many times I literally wore my book out. When I moved from Texas to NC, I forgot the writers name ,until I ran into it tonight. I'm glad I can say I'm going to buy it again and read it, again, because it is totally worth it.
librarypat More than 1 year ago
Touched by tragedy years earlier, Duel McClain is floating through life not really caring what happens to him. He drinks too much, gambles more than he should, and has pulled his gun or had one pulled on him too many times. The gun on his hip could be a deterrent or an invitation for a piece of lead to end his misery. Constantly on the move, he makes no attachments or commitments......until one night when a poker game changes his life. Jessie Foltry's life has been a living Hell for 8 years. She has been badly beaten and is on the run, just hoping for time and a chance to start over. She meets Duel and another special person who will change both their lives. Learning to deal with changing responsibilities and possibilities, they both begin to heal and grow. They discover there can be a future which holds what the both need and have longed for. They also discover anew how quickly and easily it can all be taken away. Once again Linda Broday gives us a story with the feel of time and place. You are in Texas in the late 1800's with Duel and Jessie as they face their Demons and cherish the bright spots in their lives. Duel and Jessie are sympathetic individuals who you can like and understand. Society and the laws of the time become clear in how they impact the lives and futures of all involved. The lack of options and legal recourse women had back then is so very different from today. I gave this book only 4 stars because one character came around , changing his feelings towards Duel a bit too conveniently and easily. Other than that, I thoroughly enjoyed the book. Ms. Broday does an excellent job of giving us an exciting story with characters we can care about and some who are truly evil. You won't be disappointed.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I can't put into word just how much I loved this book. It has everything. Love, heartache, passion, and most of all faith. It had me laughing, tearing up, and I can't tell you when I have read such a GREAT book. Linda Broday you are a MASTER at writing.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Knight of the Texas Plains brings us three broken figures coming together to find healing and love as a family. Duel lost his way after the death of his wife and child. Jessie was beaten and broken by her husband before she dispatched him in self defense. Marley Rose was gambled away by her deadbeat father during a card game. Duel won that card game; but doesn’t actually know anything about taking care of babies. But luckily, while camped outside of town, Jessie stumbles into his camp, broken and bleeding. Jessie agrees to Duel’s bargain – he’ll take her wherever she wants to go in exchange for helping with Marley. he’d [Duel] always had a warm spot for poor, defenseless creatures, big or small. Normally, I’m not one for romances with children. Kids usually do not hold much appeal for me. But right away, I fell for Marley Rose. She really is the star of the book; the linchpin of this family. Neglected and gambled away, she breaks my heart at the beginning of the novel. But as Marley finds comfort and love with her new family, I felt my heart become whole again. She’s charms people, goats, and dogs throughout the novel. Her habit of naming everything as “mine”, from her new parents and grandparents, to her pets, is adorable. Duel kept insisting she call him Duel, and not Papa. By the end of the novel even he concedes that he’s her Papa. Duel is well-named as the knight of the Texas Plains, rescuing children and fair maidens alike. It’s not difficult to fall for him! He’s been mourning his wife for years, broken inside. He left the family farm for bounty hunting, as he couldn’t bare the pain of his loss. But right away, we see what a knight Duel is. It is a rare man who would take in a child under those circumstances. But Duel is determined to see right by Marley. With Jessie, he sees that she needs space and time and he is determined to help her heal. Slowly we see Duel open his heart, putting the past aside, as his love for his new family grows. Jessie is the third member of this family, and really, its heart. Her former husband physically and verbally abused her for 8 years, and her body and spirit are broken. Needless to say, she finds trusting Duel at the beginning of the novel very difficult, She does, however, instantly fall for Marley. As Jessie’s spirit heals, she grows to trust, and then eventually, love Duel. But the specter of her dead husband looms over their lives. Jessie is wanted for his murder. I think Jessie really shines here. She faces arrest with aplomb, more concerned with what will happen to Duel and Marley while she is gone. Jessie also has the strength to survive her trial. I’m not sure I would have been able to face that trial. The cast of secondary characters in this novel are also entertaining. Duel’s sister, brother-in law, father, and brother are a great support to Duel and Jessie when they need them the most. Yellow Dog, the abused mutt that the family adopts and Marley affectionately names Boobie, and Cheeba, the nanny goat, are great at disrupting the tension when needed. The writing in Knight of the Texas Plains really pulled me in from the start. Ms. Broday does a great job with the characters and plot. The duel narration between Jessie and Duel drives the story forward. I really felt the emotional connection between the two as their love for Marley and each other grew. Overall, a sweet romance, where the love of a child brings together not just the immediate family, but an extended one
Holly More than 1 year ago
The way that Linda Broday writes Knight on the Texas Plains, you think that you are right there with Duel trying his best to take care of a baby named Marley Rose that he won in a card game; he has no clue of what he's doing! It's not until Jesse stumbles in his camp, all bloodied up, that you wonder what is her story and what is she hiding? As we learn more about Duel and his life story (which includes a dead wife and unborn son), you can't help but to feel his pain for what he went through and why he does the things that he does. There was a moment when I thought everything that both Jesse and Duel worked for was gonna be taken away from them. But the true defining moment of this book was when Jesse told her story of why she ran and where it might lead her; it was truly heartbreaking to read. I don't want to give much of anything away of this great book, but the way it ended was perfect for this couple that had endured much pain before finding their happy ending. (And that's no spoiler -- Linda Broday always promises a happy ending to her stories.) My thoughts after reading this book were: is there gonna be a second part to this story? And why have I only in the last few months discovered this great western author who writes a story that stays with you long after reading it? Thank You to Linda Broday for reprinting this great story that I want to see made into a movie!! I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book from Lone Star Book Blog Tours! I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book from NetGalley!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Beautiful story!!!!
Caroles_Random_Life More than 1 year ago
This book was simply a delight to read! I was completely swept away by this wonderful story filled with characters that will stay with me. I used to read a lot of western historical romances but haven't picked up in years. I really decided to read this book on a whim and what a good decision that turned out to be. This was a book that was nearly impossible for me to put down once I started reading and I ended up finishing it in less than 24 hours. This book had so many wonderful elements that just seemed to work together flawlessly. Duel McClain is a character that I won't be forgetting anytime soon. At the start of the story, Duel wins a little girl in a poker game. It quickly becomes obvious that while he has good intentions, he has no idea what he is doing. As luck would have it, Jessie finds her way to his campsite needing help. She is able to help Duel care for Marley Rose while he works to keep her safe. They have all been through some really tough times but together they seem to be stronger and really make a wonderful family. I fell in love with these characters. Duel was such a good man. He was always trying to do the honorable thing and put other people's needs above his own. Jessie went through some horrible things before meeting Duel. She is a survivor and doesn't make excuses. She is honest with Duel from the very beginning despite what she thought it might cost her. She was such a caring person and her strength never ceased to amaze me. Marley Rose really helped to bring them together. The love the three of them shared really melted my heart. I thought this story was really original. I am always looking for something that is a little different when I pick up a book. This one was a pleasant surprise. Duel and Jessie had such vivid and heartbreaking backstories that I was immediately hooked. Their romance was built on trust and respect and was at a much slower pace than I would have expected. There was plenty of excitement to keep the story interesting and the end of the book turned out to be quite intense. I would highly recommend this book to fans of historical romance. I am really excited that this is the beginning of a new series because I can't wait to read more. This is the first book by Linda Broday that I have read but she has definitely captured my attention with this one. I received an advance reader edition of this book from Sourcebooks Casablanca via NetGalley.
JackieBCentralTexasJB More than 1 year ago
Book Info Paperback, 352 pages Expected publication: August 1st 2017 by Sourcebooks Casablanca (first published October 2002) Original Title Knight on the Texas Plains (Leisure Historical Romance) ISBN 1492646504 (ISBN13: 9781492646501) Other Editions (3) Source:Netgalley EARC Buy book from Amazon B&N BOOK BLURB UNDER A STARRY TEXAS SKY Duel McClain was no knight in shining armor --- he was a drifter who prided himself on having no responsibilities. But a poker game thrust him into the role of father to an abandoned baby, and then a condemned woman stumbled up to his campfire. The fugitive beauty aimed to keep him at shotgun's length, but obvious maternal instincts belied her fierce demeanor. And she and the baby were clearly made for each other. Worse, the innocent infant and the alleged murderess opened Duel's heart, made him long for the love of a real family. And the only way to have that would be to slay the demons of the past. My Thoughts Duel McClain is an honorable man whose heart was torn open when he least expected it so from that moment on he made sure that the only constant in his life was his horse, Preacher. The nomad lifestyle was enforced when he took on the role of Bounty Hunter to earn a living, thus creating a reputation with his gun that pretty much ensured Duel was left alone by pretty much everyone. Having broken ties with his family for years, a younger brother, a sister and their father Duel was truly a man alone. Marley Rose came into Duel’s care via her no-good father wagering the baby girl in a poker game. (view spoiler) To add to the poor man’s discomfort, Duel had no prior experience with taking care of children. When Jessie stumbled upon his camp, clearly having been recently brutally beaten and on the run for reasons she did not disclose, his caring instincts flared once again prompting the offer to have her travel with he and the child as her caregiver. The events that unfold over the rest of the book encompass not only Duel, Jessie and Marley Rose slowly merging into a life together but a bit of western drama and a very long overdue making peace with ghosts from the past. 1880's Texas is the setting for this historical western romance and it carries a heck of a lot of emotions that run the gauntlet from sorrow to joy and everything in between. I thought the solid leading man and his unexpected ladies were a good fit. As Duel said all three of them are broken but together they work as a family. [EArc from Netgalley in exchange for honest review]
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I am now three fourths of the way through this book and find it a GREAT read! The characters are so vivid and real. I highly recommend this to any reader of western historical novels. Where can I find more of Ms. Broday's books????
harstan More than 1 year ago
In 1880 in Cactus Springs, Texas Duel McClain believes he has nothing to live ever since his loved ones died. However, he still almost has cardiac arrest when he draws the Deadman¿s Hand in a poker game and nearly suffers a stroke when a nasty player raises the ante by tossing a female infant Marley Rose into the pot. Duel wins and decides to take Marley to his sister in hope she and her husband will adopt the child. A badly battered bloodied Jessie Foltry wanders into Duel¿s camp. The blood is not hers, but the bruises testify that someone beat her up and branded her shoulder with a diamond J. Jessie and Duel reach an agreement to keep Marley safe. On the trail they begin to fall in love, but when they reach his home, his brother a Texas Ranger arrests Jessie for killing her husband. Duel stands with the woman who has brought him back among the living as she stands trial. KNIGHT ON THE TEXAS PLAIN is a graphically vivid western romance that focuses on spousal abuse and to a lesser degree child abandonment. The story line is at its strongest when a bewildered Duel ¿consults¿ his horse on what to do with his new dependents as this tells so much about the hero. Jessie is a wonderful protagonist but her inner strength that enables her to easily overcome her traumas contradicts her remaining in an abusive relationship for years. Linda Broday shows her talent with her ability to paint a three dimensional picture of life in post Reconstruction Era Texas. Harriet Klausner