Refuge for the Outlaw!
When Tex Beckett arrives at Ravena Reid's farm, he's eight years too late for the elopement they'd once planned–and it's far too early to win her forgiveness. He's seriously wounded, though, and she can't turn him away, though she knows better than to trust him. Yes, it's wonderful having help with the farm, and with the orphans she fosters, but if she opens her heart, she'll get hurt again when he leaves. And Tex always leaves.
As a notorious bank robber, Tex is used to danger. Yet reuniting with the only woman he's ever loved is the riskiest thing he's ever done. All he wants is to stay with Ravena and the children. But can he build a new start before his past catches up with him?
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This book is the other Twin from The Outlaws secret. Rex is the outlaw that has come home injured. He finds his sweetheart, who he deserted, still single and struggling to care for five orphans. A very sweet story about forgiveness and redemption. May want to read The Outlaws Secret also to get the whole family story.
I've been especially excited to read this book after the first one in the series, where Tate assumes Tex's outlaw identity. I was so curious about Tex's story so I was thrilled that this book came out soon after! Tex goes through a process of recognizing his choices as poor ones and accepting the responsibility for them. It was great to see the gradual chance in his attitude as Ravena and the memories of his experiences with her late grandfather work together to turn him toward God and planting seeds of faith. I loved the various personalities of the orphans that Ravena cares for and how it shows her compassionate nature. She struggles with her long-held feelings for Tex and forgiveness of others and self is a big theme in the story. There is some action as Tex's outlaw background catches up with him but I appreciated that he came to terms with it of his own volition before he was forced to by circumstances. Lovely romance between a stalwart young woman and a charming rogue! (I received a complimentary copy of the book; all opinions expressed are my own)
Inspirational romance is not necessarily a genre towards which I naturally gravitate. I can count on the fingers of one hand the authors I favour that belong to this particular category, and yet I keep coming back to Stacy Henrie for her unsurpassed storytelling, her attention to detail, and unequalled historical accuracy. I think Stacy Henrie was very brave in writing this story, and I also worried that the author might wrap things up nicely, and that would have been underestimating Stacy Henrie. THE RENEGADE’S REDEMPTION is one of the most compelling stories I have read in a long time, nothing ever seemed a given, and I kept wondering if Tex would have the fortitude to really atone for his life of crime, or if some sort of miracle would occur; I was always waiting for the other shoe to drop. Tex and Ravenna are extraordinarily complex characters, and Stacy Henrie’s eloquent writing has reached improbable heights. I felt emotionally involved the whole time and I marvelled at those mundane details that makes a story real: such as the loaf of bread that is placed in a towel, or Ravenna’s grandfather’s nightshirt. Nothing comes easy in THE RENEGADE’S REDEMPTION, which makes it one of the most satisfying books of the year, inspirational or not. I voluntarily reviewed an advanced reader copy of this book.