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More to Texas Than Cowboys    by Roz Denny Fox order for
More to Texas Than Cowboys
by Roz Denny Fox
Order:  USA  Can
Harlequin, 2006 (2006)
* *   Reviewed by Marie Hashima Lofton

This is the fourth in the Home to Loveless County series. Greer Bell is coming home after having been sent to live with an aunt as a pregnant teenager. Her father and the town's religious leader (Episcopal priest Holden Kelley) exiled her as a fallen woman, telling her to end the pregnancy or marry the father, a fellow college student. He wanted nothing to do with her, and so she kept the baby against her family's wishes.

Now, Greer has returned with her daughter Shelby to participate in the town's homestead program. She has purchased the old Dragging F Ranch and hopes to revitalize it as a working Guest Ranch. In the meantime, Father Noah Kelley has become interested in her. Noah is Holden's son, and Greer assumes that they are cut from the same cloth. It takes a great deal of time and effort for Noah to convince Greer that he is nothing like his fire and brimstone father. There is a lot of friction between the two, even though Noah tries to make Greer welcome. She, on the other hand does her best to make sure Noah does not become a fixture in her new life. It doesn't make things easier when Shelby keeps hinting at getting a new father for Christmas.

There is a lot to the story. The wayward daughter has returned, hoping her past mistakes will be forgotten, but her parents still judge her. Noah falls for Greer, despite his parents' warnings about this scarlet woman. Then there is the mystery of who is trying to sabotage Greer's Guest Ranch. But the most important theme in the story is one of forgiveness, and righting a past wrong. Greer judges too quickly, but she has reasons for being defensive and tries to protect her daughter. Noah is a knight in shining armor - he's honest and does the right thing. I recommend More to Texas Than Cowboys as one of the better-written books in this series.

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