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Jodi Thomas delivers a tender tale of the Old West, a handsome Texas Ranger, and a mysterious woman fleeing a terrible fate. The first in the powerful new Whispering Mountain trilogy...Honest, straightforward, and ruggedly handsome, Travis McMurray is also more than a little bit busted, the result of an ambush during his service as a Texas Ranger. Beautiful Rainey Adams isJodi Thomas delivers a tender tale of the Old West, a handsome Texas Ranger, and a mysterious woman fleeing a terrible fate. The first in the powerful new Whispering Mountain trilogy...Honest, straightforward, and ruggedly handsome, Travis McMurray is also more than a little bit busted, the result of an ambush during his service as a Texas Ranger. Beautiful Rainey Adams is in a fix of her own: On the run from an arranged marriage, she'll do just about anything to keep her freedom. The first time they meet, she steals a kiss—and his horse. The second time, she's an angel of mercy who eases him through a terrible fever...and then disappears.When Travis recovers, he's determined to track down this intriguing woman and bring her back to the Whispering Mountain Ranch as his bride. But this renegade may be too much for even the toughest Ranger to handle....

Title : Texas Rain
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ISBN : 9780425212790
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Number of Pages : 374 Pages
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Texas Rain Reviews

  •  Danielle The Book Huntress (Back to the Books)
    2018-11-26 23:32

    Jodi Thomas has done it again for me. I love how she can write such a genuine story that draws me in each time. I didn't think she could top the Wife Lottery Series, but I have to say I will probably have to eat my words. There is only one Carter McKoy for me, but Travis, now he certainly earns a place on my hero shelf. I enjoyed the complexity to Rainey's character. She wasn't unrealistically goody-goody or innocent. She made some decisions that weren't always highly ethical or selfless, although she is definitely a person of both strong morals and generosity. She led Travis a merry chase, however I can see why. I loved that Travis understood Rainey's issues and gave her what she needed to feel safe as a wife. While I was shouting, "Marry him already!", I could also understand why she was afraid/reluctant to do so. I think that even to this day, women do have to think long and hard about who they choose to marry, and moreso back in this time period where women had little rights or independence in a world that seemed to be wired for men. I like the way Ms. Thomas deals with these issues, not in a preachy way, but very matter of fact. She writes about several women who are in different situations, but all have to operate in a world that is dominated and controlled by men. With Rainey, the reader is able to examine that dynamic of a woman juggling the love of a man with a need for her own independence and control over her life, and I was able to empathize with and respect Rainey and root for her to gain both things in her life. Equally complex was Travis. He's that tough, capable western hero that I love to bits, but he also has vulnerabilities, not in the least as a man of mixed heritage, with an Apache heritage that is written on his features in a society where Indians are the enemy and hated and feared equally. Also, he faces a life-changing injury, which requires him to look seriously at what his identity is as a person. Will he be happy and productive if he can no longer work as a Ranger? What's left for him if that is gone? I liked that Travis fell hard for Rainey and he had to deal with his sense of awkwardness in how to pursue her and romance her as a man who never thought he'd marry and start a family. Would he be happy with a friendship with his 'fairy woman' or would he be satisfied with nothing less than her as his wife? He couldn't have been more appealing to me.I also liked how Ms. Thomas handled the issue of slavery. When I saw that this was set in 1854, I sighed. I really, really hate dealing with the slavery issue in historical romances. I'm black, so when I read these books, I think about how it must have been for black people to be slaves in this part of American history, and when I think about this, it makes it harder to enjoy the romance part of the book. In this case, Ms. Thomas managed to keep my conscience happy with those aspects of the book, and was able to keep that from detracting from the story, and it was realistic how she dealt with Mamie's situation.Can I say how much I adored little Duck? What a sweet little boy. I just wanted to hug him. And Travis was such a good adoptive father to the orphaned, traumatized little boy. Nothing more sigh-worthy to this reader than a tough hero who is good with kids! Travis' relationship with Duck brought another layer of fantastic to this book, which was already pretty darn fantastic to begin with.What can I say? Jodi Thomas has it when it comes to writing romance. She doesn't rely on a lot of bells and whistles. She brings simple to an art form. She just has what's needed: intriguing, lovable, relatable characters, an interesting storyline, great dialogue, and excellent western world-building and action that makes this Western-lover a happy camper.I can't give this book less than five stars. That just wouldn't be right! Highly recommended!

  • Lisa Kay
    2018-12-01 02:22

    Rainey’s rose dress★★★★✩ (This is a review of the audiobook.) Hmmm. Loved this story by the Indomitable Iron Woman of Texas Romances, Ms. Thomas. It is narrated by Linda Stephens, who does a nice job of it, but not a great job. My main problem I had with her reading was that she added a frailty to Sage’s voice, making her sound like an old lady, not the younger baby sister to the hero, Travis. (She 18 not 80.)Still, there was a steady, almost gentle storyline going on here. Life in the Western Frontier, which Ms. Thomas sets up to subtle perfection. Not that it doesn’t start out with a bang (it does!). However, the love story between Rainey and Travis is a gradual build. They correspond through letters, (view spoiler)[until he uses the excuse of going to Austin to stand before a judge and get his License to Practice Law - when he really just wants to track her down. (hide spoiler)] Did this little “horse borrower” turned entrepreneur really think she was going to evade a Texas Ranger, even if he is (view spoiler)[carrying around a little lead in his leg (hide spoiler)]? There were some nice twists of the story that kept me entertained up until the very end. As always, wonderful secondary characters, some of whom I know will appear in the next installment of the Whispering Mountain series. This was especially fun to do as a “buddy read” in the Western & Medieval Romance Lovers group – so thanks, ladies!Travis[image error]Bit of a “spoiler pic” so I’m putting it under one: (view spoiler)[Duck*[image error]*Duck might be a bit young, he’s about three in the story, but I couldn't resist this cute pic. (hide spoiler)](Last two pics from Pamela’s “My Heroes Have Always Been...” Pinterest Board. Thanks, Pamela!)["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>

  • Ririn
    2018-11-29 23:19

    26 August 2014I started this series with book #3 which is Teagan's story and then moved on to Emily and Rose (and Duncan)'s which are the 2nd generation of McMurray. So when I finally managed to laid my hand on this book, which is the beginning of the McMurrays saga, I really feel like a completion of the puzzle pieces of the glimpses here and there about Travis and Rainey (and Tobin's) stories that were told throughout the series. It was like finally I was told the real stories behind the legends. And, Jodi Thomas really did not dissappoint me. This was a great beginning for a great series. Entertaining and full of adventures that will make us excited to continue reading until the end. The story was about the second brother, Travis, which some people claimed as the wildest of the lot. He was the only one from the four siblings who favors the looks of their mother's people, the Apaches. And because of that, people always snubbing him until he took care of that and people learned to respect him for himself. Being a Texas Ranger really suited him until he was shot during a raid. Then, he became lost because he felt that there won't be anything he can do anymore and he might be a burden to his family. The story was about how he finally found his other calling after accepting the fact that he can't be a Ranger anymore. It was also about how he chased after the only woman ever who captured his attention and claiming his heart. And it was also about how Duck became his son (so tragic, I cannot even imagine how he felt at the time).Initially, I thought the climax would be a scene with Rainey's father since she really worked up to run and hide from him. From the way he was potrayed, I thought he would searched for Rainey to the very end and punished her. But, it seems that the father (which for me played an important part for Rainey' s decisions and actions) had been left off just like that, without a closure. And that is the one thing that makes me feel like the story was incomplete.

  • Aoi
    2018-12-06 07:25

    I enjoyed my first outing with Jodi Thomas..even though nothing much happened. Infact, Texas Rain was akin to taking a long, leisurely walk back in time. The history buff in me loved all the small details- from remote ranches to buzzing boarding houses- I never got tired of reading as the characters went about their daily lives.

  • Samantha
    2018-11-19 05:07

    I would really give this 3.5 stars! I enjoyed it but it was lacking some umph! The story is about Travis McMurray, a Ranger, who has taken a month leave to return home to his family. Once home, his baby sister drags him to a town dance so that she can finally find a man. While there he bumps into Rainey Adams who kisses him and runs off with his horse. Rainey is running from her father up North because he wants her to marry an older man. Watching how her mother was stripped of her freedom because she was married to Rainey's father, caused Rainey to hate the idea of being tied down to anyone. So she sets out to disguise herself as a boy. While he is out looking for her and his horse the following day he is injured. Rainey goes back to the McMurray's ranch after witnessing this and having Travis brother drag her back with them. The whole family believes she is a boy which works out for her. When he awakens he sees her and the attraction begins...Rainey run away again but this time she can't get Travis off her mind and she decides to write him letters. So while he is healing, he corresponds back and forth with her. Rainey begins to miss the man and he set out to find her while he is on a trip with his sister and a young boy(you have to read it to find out about the boy). Once they meet again, the emotions are flying all over the place and danger is not far behind. I liked the connection between the two characters. Was it steamy? IMO it was not but it definitely had romance. I loved the scene when Rainey is feeling insecure and asks Travis to be the man in those letters and say what he means. So he writes in the dirt he loves her over and over. When she question why he is repeatedly doing that, he tells her until she believes it. I don't know but he won me over at that point in the book.

  • Missy Jane
    2018-11-27 03:11

    I accidentally read the next three books in this series before finding this one, but that didn't detract from my reading experience. I LOVED this series, and I'm not big on westerns...until now. I really don't know that this is a "western" per se, but this series takes place in Texas in the 1800s. The McMurray family lives on a ranch called Whispering Mountain left to them by their parents. The three brothers and sister were orphaned as children and the oldest took over at the age of twelve. In Texas Rain, the middle brother, Travis, takes a break from his life as a Texas Ranger to return to Whispering Mountain. In a chance meeting he encounters Rainey Adams, who has no wish to mingle with a law man. They both leave an impression on the other that just won't die and eventually kills their resistance to each other.This was such a great book! I read it in a day and eagerly jumped into one of Jodi Thomas' other series as soon as possible.

  • Gail
    2018-12-14 00:33

    The middle McMurray brother, the Texas Rangers, and the runaway schoolteacher he meets at the barn dance. This is also the story where Travis acquires Duck, the little boy kidnapped and kept for a few years by outlaws. It's a good read. I loved it.

  • Kay
    2018-11-23 01:33

    This was a very sweet romance but a very slow build. I love reading about rugged cowboys or rangers. I just wish that there was a little more steam that I normally like in my books. Overall, this was an enjoyable historical western.

  • Lane
    2018-12-19 06:29

    OK, predictable but at least the romance was actually romance...call me a tradionalist. Plus a little history thrown in for good measure. Can't say I whole heartedly recommend it, but wasn't a bad way to pass a snowy afternoon.

  • Yulia Anggraini
    2018-11-28 01:30

    Pertama kali liat judul indox ni ap salah cetak y,mungkin maksudx Dalam hujanmu… ;pTernyata pas dilihat bagian dalam bukux ad ket yg bilang klo judulx terinspirasi dari puisi yg berjudul sama Talam hujanmu karya Supardi Djoko Damono Tp pas liat d google judul puisix Supardi sebenarx Tajam hujanmu…ckckck...Ngawur ni elex… ;ptravis macmurray,texas ranger yg terkenal pulang dalam rangka berlibur d peternakan keluargax d whispering mountains...peternakan yg sangat besar n terisolasi dari dunia luar...ibux wanita indian apache n ayahx pendatang dari irlandia...kombinasi yg tidak biasa tp yg jelas orangtuax saling mencintai...travis lebih banyak mewarisi darah indian ibux dari pada saudarax yang lain...travis mempunyai 2 orang saudara laki laki n seorang saudara perempuan...setelah ayahx menikah dengan ibux n membawax k peternakan,ayahx mendaki whispering mountain...orang2 indian apache percaya klo seorang pria mendaki whispering mountain n menginap di puncakx,dy akan memimpikan masa depanx sendiri...itulah yg dilakukan ayahx...sang ayah memimpikan kematianx sendiri...bahwa ia akan mati saat berumur 30 tahun...berdasarkan mimpi itu sang ayah berjuang membuat peternakanx maju n menyiapkan anak2x untuk mengurus peternakan saat dy tidak ad...saat travis berumur 10tahun sang ayah pergi berperang utuk kemerdekaan texas...n gugur dalam usahax...sebelum ayahx pergi dy berpesan agar mereka mempertahankan peternakan tidak peduli apa pun yg terjadi…karna seorang perempuan apache tidak akan menuntut hak x ats tanah,mereka harus bsa mempertahankan peternakan sampai kakak travis taegan berusia 18thun yg saat itu baru berumur 11 thun agar bisa menuntut peternakan sebagai milikx…benar saja saat berita tentang kematian ayahx tersebar,banyak orang2 yg datang untuk mencoba merebut tanah mereka…4 bulan setelah ayah mereka meninggal sang ibu meninggal saat melahirkan sage adik permpuanx…mereka bertiga harus berjuang mengurus peternakan n sage yg masih bayi…(jd ingat ceritax Julie garwood,For the rose.. ;p) akhirx mereka mempekerjakan Martha sebagai pengurus rumah…yg kabar2x mantan narapidana…martha sangat membenci anak laki2 keluarga mcmurray tp dy tetap mengurus keperluan mereka smua n martha sangat memuja sage…rainey adam berada di texas setelah kabur dari ayahx yg berniat menikahkanx dengan seorang duda pemilik pasar ikan…orang tua rainey mempunyai sekolah eksklusif khusus perempuan d Washington…sejak umur 13 tahun rainey telah mengajar di sekolah ortux…tp tidak sepeser pun ayahx membayarkan gajix…n saat umur 21 thun beberapa hari menjelang pernikahanx rainey kabur n mencuri uang dari brankas ayahx,uang yg selama ini yg menjadi hakx…rainey kabur k new orleans dan akhirx terdampar d texas…hal terbaik yg bisa dy lakukan adalah terus melarikan diri krna takut ayahx akan mengejarx dan menuntutx atas kejahatan yg dy lakukan…saat travis sampai d rumah adikx sage mendesak n merengek untuk meminta travis menemanix k acara pesta dansa tahunan…di pesta dansa tahunan travis bertemu dengan rainey yg berniat mencuri kuda…dari sebanyak kuda yg ad rainey malah mencuri kuda travis…mw tak mw travis harus mencari rainey untuk mengambil kudax lagi,travis seorang texas ranger dan dy harus menangkap pencuri bukan…?yah walaupun bukan itu niat sebenarx… ;p travis menduga bahwa rainey mengambil kudax untuk digunakan dalam perjalanan k daerah baru bersama rombongan orang jerman keesokan harix…travis menyusul rombongan tersebut sekalian mengawal mereka karena daerah tersebut masih berkeliaran para bandit…tp rainey tidak ad dalam rombongan tersebut cz dy ketiduran dan terpaksa tinggal lebih lama d kota…rainey sudah tidak sabar ingin pergi karna takut travis akan menemukanx dan memenjarakanx yg ujung2 akan membuat ayah x nan tiran mengetahui keberadaanx…saat di kota rainey berdandan seperti bocah laki2…saat mengetahui travis pergi,teagan kakakx menyusul travis dan menyuruh rainey yg dy kira bocah laki2 untuk k peternakanx mengabari kelx…bukanx langsung pergi setelah melakukan tugasx,rainey malah tinggal d rumah travis…dalam perjalanan travis dan rombongan diserang penjahat dan travis terluka…sampai d rumah travis yg dalam keadaan kesakitan dy bisa tw orang yg disampingx itu rainey,yg telah mencuri kuda n ciumanx…travis meminta rainey untuk tidak lari,dy membutuhkanx tp rainey tidak bisa,yg terbaik yg bisa dilakukanx hanya lari…travis bersumpah kemanapun rainey pergi ia akan menemukanx… akibat dari lukax travis jd pincang,dy tidak bisa naik kuda n menjadi texas ranger lgi n dy juga tidak mahir dalam urusan peternakan…tidak tw ap yg harus dilakukanx, saudara2x yg lain mengusulkan travis untuk mendaki whispering mountain n menginap di puncakx…untuk sampai kesana saja travis harus digendong oleh teagan n tobin…sesampaix di puncak mereka meninggalkan travis dengan api unggun,senapan dan bekal makanan…travis bermimpi dy berada dalam satu ruangan,tanganx memegang alkitab,dy membuka alkitab tersebut mengambil pistol yg terdapat di dalamx dan menembak k satu titik di dinding…ap maksud dari mimpi itu hanya waktu yg bisa menjawab… ;psedangkan rainey sendiri sudah berada di Austin tinggal di rumah kost2an wanita n bekerja membuat pai paling enak di kota…dy trs memikirkan travis dan memutuskan untuk menulis surat dan menanyakan keadaan travis…syukur2 dibls klo g tak masalah…travis girang setengah hidp menerima suratx n mereka mulai berkirim2 surat…jd ikut2 frustasi juga nunggu surat mreka sampai,butuh 3 minggu bru suratx sampai…setelah keadaanx mulai membaik travis menyusul rainey k Austin dtemani adikx sage n anak angkat travis…anak yg dy selamatkan dari para penjahat yg menyerangx dulu…sampai d Austin mulailah usaha travis untuk meyakinkan rainey untuk menikah dngnx…n travis jg harus menghadapi ancaman pembunuhan dari penjahat yg pernah dy tangkap dulu…secara keseluruhan ceritax bagus tp sayang alurx lambaaat…n aq jg tidak punya stok kesabaran yg cukup untuk para heroine yg ogah menikah…bukti apa lagi yg harus diberikan oleh travis klo dy benar2 menginginkan rainey jd istrix n g akan prnah menyakitix seperti yg dilakukan oleh ayah rainey,hah!! Rainey lebih memilih jd wanita simpanan travis dari pada menikah denganx…dideketin malas2an, ditinggal g mw…!!the endx sukses bkin aq termenung n takjub.. ;p cm segini ajaaaa…g salaaahh niiiih…g ad adegan uhuk2x… ;p dari awal yg ad cm kissu2 doang aj n itupun jg g seberapa…sampai g yakin jangan2 ad halaman yg hilang n belum tamat cz g ad tanda tamat kek dastan atw GPU…ternyataaaa… ;p

  • Yvonne Wohlfeil
    2018-12-04 00:33

    When Texas Ranger Travis McMurray meats Molly (aka Rainey Adams) she steals a kiss and his horse. While he looks for the little thief he helps a group of German settlers and runs into renegades. Travis is injured and taken to his faimil's Whispering Mountain Ranch to recover. Rainey ends up in Austin she writes Travis to apologize for stealing his horse. with the letters they write each he begins to recover. From one of the letters Rainey writes he feels she is in danger. So he desides to go to Austin to find and save her. This is the first book I have read by Jodi Thomas I couldn't put it down. I will read more.

  • Zoe
    2018-12-09 04:23

    I love a western every once in a while, and while I cannot pinpoint exactly what Miss Thomas does so well, she always turns in an incredible story. There is not much new here - a Ranger hunting down outlaws, a young woman on the run from her abusive father, but the characters and the setting make this one a page turner. Reading her books always makes me want to go to Texas.

  • Cecilia
    2018-12-13 02:10

    Westerns aren't really a big favourite of mine, but this (like others by this author that I've read) is a generally pleasant read - characters have enough roundness, plot has enough plausibility for me to go along with it.

  • Gail
    2018-12-01 05:27

    I just love Jodi Thomas. The relationships between her characters are believable and complex and lovely. This one doesn't disappoint in that area, and the hero is just delicious.

  • Riz
    2018-11-19 01:07

    Not in the mood to read a story like this. Boring.

  • Pamela(AllHoney)
    2018-11-18 05:17

    The first book in the Whispering Mountain series by Jodi Thomas. A little slow for me at times but ultimately turned into an enjoyable read.

  • Sara
    2018-11-18 23:11

    4.5. I've never really read historical books but I love Jodi thomas' writing and I definitely enjoyed the book.

  • Heidi
    2018-11-18 07:30

    Great book! I really enjoyed it! Loved the characters and page 348 made me cry!

  • Shirlene
    2018-12-05 23:34

    After being away for two years with his Texas Ranger duties, Travis McMurray returned home for a month off. He was met by his sister, Sage, and roped into taking her to the town's annual barn dance. While there, Travis literally backed into a girl who called herself Molly and was wearing a red wig. The girl, he found out much later, was named Elisabeth Rainey Adams, She had run away from her father who wanted her to marry a fisherman twice her age whom she didn't love. Her father ran a boarding school for girls and had taught Rainey to be afraid of everything, even going outside. Her father never thought she would leave. She worked at the school but her father never paid her and he beat her mother.Rainey ran away from him at the dance but Travis kept looking for her and noticed when she slipped outside. He followed her to where the horses were tied. As she un-tied them, he tied them back up. Travis followed her thinking she was preparing to steal a horse. He had seen it done before where someone scattered un-tied horses in order to steal one. It would take awhile for anyone to notice that one was missing. Since that wasn't going to work, she stole a horse from one of the wagons at the dance. The one she chose to take just happened to be one of Travis' matched set of bays.Travis set out in the morning to find Rainey and the horse. He thought that she might have left with a wagon train heading north. Travis caught up with the wagons and she wasn't there. He traveled with the wagons for awhile and they were attacked. His brothers, Teagen and Tobin, had found out that the wagon train was going to be attacked and went to help. Rainey wasn't with the wagon train because she had over-slept and the horse had run off. Teagen found the horse and had stopped at the trading post. Rainey went to the post dressed as a boy to see what was going on. Teagen asked her to take the horse back to Whispering Mountain Ranch while he went to help Travis. She did and stayed until they arrived back home with Travis, who had been shot. Rainey took another horse and ran off again to find work in Austin.Travis's wounded leg was shot in a place where it caused him a lot of pain and was slow in healing. His brothers carried him up to the summit of Whispering Mountain to see if he would dream of what his future would be. He dreamed of being surrounded by a bunch of books and a gun in a Bible.Rainey sold the horse she took and used the money to buy some new clothes. The lady at the store who sold her the clothes told Rainey that she could clean up and change into the dress in her house in back of the store. Rainey told Pearl all about her travels and why she was on her own. She told Pearl that she was looking for a job. Rainey spent a couple of days looking for work with no luck. Pearl came to see her and said that Rainey could use her kitchen to bake pies if she would watch her son. Pearl could spend more time at the store and her husband could make more money delivering items. Pearl also suggested she write to Travis to find out if he was alive. Rainey and Travis started writing to each other. Travis was spending a lot of time reading law books and trying to figure out what to do with his life now that he could no long ride a horse. His days of being a Texas Ranger were over.Teagen arrived home one day with a boy in a cage. The boy had been kept by the band of bandits that had attacked the wagon train. Travis let him out and the boy jumped out and clung to Travis. The family called him Duck because he arrived during a rain storm followed Travis everywhere.Travis and Rainey wrote back and forth to each other until Rainey wrote about two barmaids who wanted to kill their boss. Travis then decided to find Rainey. Sage, Duck and Travis all went to Austin where Travis using the excuse of taking his bar exam to become a lawyer. He found Rainey and she panicked when he asked her to marry him. She wanted to prove that she could live on her own because she was told for so long by her father that she couldn't. She wasn't ready to commit herself to a marriage like her parents had. Her parents were the only example she had and she wanted no part being owned by a man. Travis met up with some of the Rangers while in Austin and became friends with a lone Ranger named Mike Saddler. He lost a bet with Mike and had to buy him breakfast one morning. Sage and Duck went with him and there was an instant attraction between Mike and Sage. Travis found out that a group of outlaw brothers, one of whom he killed, were expected to come after him in Austin. The arrived and attempted to kidnap Sage. Sage had come to the boarding house where Rainey lived for a dress fitting. Three dressmaker sisters and a widow lady lived in the same boarding house. Rainey and the widow overheard the kidnapping plan but couldn't get downstairs in time to stop it. Rainey put on Sage's cape so they took her instead. The widow shot another of the brothers. Travis went after the two that took Rainey and found her after she had stabbed and killed another of the brothers. When Travis came back to town with Rainey, she went back to the boarding house and found one of the barmaids dead and someone was in the house and shot and killed the landlady. Sage and Mike went back to Whispering Mountain, making sure they weren't followed. Rainey and the widow went back to the restaurant the widow had owned with her now dead husband. They cleaned it up and Rainey used it to bake her pies that day with the Rangers watching over her for the last of the brothers to try and get to her. The last of the brothers was caught trying to come in through the cellar. The next day, Rainey found out that Travis had won the place in a poker game from the widow and gave it to Rainey for her pie baking. The slave of the landlady, Mamie, returned to town as a free and married woman and agreed to work with Rainey. That evening, Travis went to be sworn in and the father of the brothers was there and pulled a gun on Travis. Travis had told Duck to hide if anyone pulled a gun on him. Duck hid at the ceremony, telling Travis that someone had a gun. Travis remembered his dream and saw a Bible that the bailff had. He grabbed the gun out of it just like in his dream and shot and killed the father. Rainey came and kissed Travis and the judge told them that if they continued to act like that in public he would have to marry them. He swore Travis in as a judge and married Travis and Rainey.

  • Garth Mailman
    2018-11-18 05:25

    First in a series titled Whispering Mountain. Texas, shortly after the Alamo 1854. A mother dying from childbirth not that uncommon at the time, a father dying with his comrades leaving brothersTeagan 11, Travis 10 and Tobin 6 with a baby sister, Sage to raise and a ranch to defend until the oldest could claim it. Add in their housekeeper Martha.As the book begins Sage has turned 18 and is looking for a male suitor at the yearly local barn dance and brother Travis has returned on leave from the Texas Rangers and walked into the task of squiring her, the other brothers having done a disappearing act. Whatever Sage’s prospects Travis backs into an arresting red-haired, green-eyed Irish beauty named Rainy Adams he just might need to arrest for horse thievery. And so the romance is set and future outings in the making. What happens when a outdoorsy man of action gets injured and cannot sit a horse? In 1854 orthopedic surgery did not exist and for some surviving injury was a living death. As the pair finally get together the tonsil hockey begins but before the mating dance can complete we are treated to some action-adventure and thrills. Sage even finds her ranger.Alas, the book didn’t get the editorial attention it should have resulting in spelling and grammatical errors.

  • Chris
    2018-11-23 06:16

    THIS SUMMARY/REVIEW WAS COPIED FROM OTHER SOURCES AND IS USED ONLY AS A REMINDER OF WHAT THE BOOK WAS ABOUT FOR MY PERSONAL INTEREST. ANY PERSONAL NOTATIONS ARE FOR MY RECOLLECTION ONLYPersonal note:I had a hard time getting thru this one. Maybe to Western for me. However, the ending was great. Will try the next oneAt first giving this one a 2 ...Rainey Adams is on the run. She's trying to get away from her father and his uncaring nature. His only interest is his bottom dollar and keeping his daughter under control. In a show of bravery that she doesn't have (or perhaps it was mostly desperation) Rainey runs out west. Out west she can become a new person and she won't have to worry about her past or her father's plans. Her greatest fear is that her father will come after her and drag her back to Washington DC.Travis McMurray was forced to be a man very early in life. Their father prepared them well but their mother couldn't survive without her husband. She joined him shortly after giving birth to his fourth child. He and his two brothers were forced to hold their land until the oldest turned eighteen and could claim it as his own. Travis helped his brothers keep the farm running but his mother's Apache blood demanded a life of roaming and living in the wilderness. Travis became a Texas ranger as soon as he could.Travis comes back to the farm for a long needed break. He hasn't seen his family in two years. His sister Sage finds him and hammers him immediately about taking her to the town dance. She's not getting any younger and she needs to find herself a man. She can't miss the only social dance of the year and her other brothers won't take her. Travis hates to socialize but he hates Sage being needlessly unhappy even more. Travis dances with a woman that night who will change his life forever. She clearly has no interest in the social events of the evening and that gets Travis' Ranger attention right away. He saves a horse from being stolen but it costs him one of his own.With the horse theft begins a novel of pursuit. Rainey doesn't want to (and repeats annoyingly often) lose her freedom. Marriage is nothing more than the submission to and relinquishing of all things good to a man. No good can come of marriage. Travis on the other hand has never thought of himself as the marrying kind. Then he meets Rainey and that theory goes out the door. The thought of Rainey with another man drives him mad. He'll do anything to prove to Rainey that they are meant to be together.My Thoughts:While Texas Rain is a good read it wasn't breathtakingly wonderful. Texas Rain is one of those books meant for a non-taxing, relaxing read. It doesn't make you feel like you can't put it down and walk away for a bit. That does not equate it to a bad book. It was a nice relaxing read through the historical west. Travis is a man of few words and while his intentions are sweet and in the right place he can come off as lukewarm in the relationship. Rainey on the other hand, got on my nerves at times. She had a troubled past but not anything that can't be risen above. She was controlled most of her live and not loved. She was made to feel plain and never fit in. Rainey was quiet and often didn't do things out of fear. Then in the west she becomes this outspoken "it's my way or no way" kind of woman. I'm glad she got past her issues but for as deep seated as these issues were she sure made a fast recovery. She's also an educated woman and taught in her father's school. For an educated woman she was pretty quick to lump all men in the same category as her father. It annoyed me that she assumed all men, including our hero, would want marriage only to have someone on a string.The rest of the book was very good. Travis is part of a well knit family due to tragedy earlier in life. They own a successful ranch that is turning a profit. The story had some suspenseful moments and there was just the right amount of secondary characters and involvement. It gave a good feel of the small town of Austin that was just beginning to grow. I cared about all of the secondary characters and I can't wait to read Travis' siblings' stories as well. The ending was probably the best part of the book. Rather than try and talk sense into Rainey, Travis decided to show his love to win her over. What did he do? I guess you'll just have to read the book to find out*****I enjoyed it but it was lacking some umph! The story is about Travis McMurray, a Ranger, who has taken a month leave to return home to his family. Once home, his baby sister drags him to a town dance so that she can finally find a man. While there he bumps into Rainey Adams who kisses him and runs off with his horse. Rainey is running from her father up North because he wants her to marry an older man. Watching how her mother was stripped of her freedom because she was married to Rainey's father, caused Rainey to hate the idea of being tied down to anyone. So she sets out to disguise herself as a boy. While he is out looking for her and his horse the following day he is injured. Rainey goes back to the McMurray's ranch after witnessing this and having Travis brother drag her back with them. The whole family believes she is a boy which works out for her. When he awakens he sees her and the attraction begins...Rainey run away again but this time she can't get Travis off her mind and she decides to write him letters. So while he is healing, he corresponds back and forth with her. Rainey begins to miss the man and he set out to find her while he is on a trip with his sister and a young boy(you have to read it to find out about the boy). Once they meet again, the emotions are flying all over the place and danger is not far behind. I liked the connection between the two characters. Was it steamy? IMO it was not but it definitely had romance. I loved the scene when Rainey is feeling insecure and asks Travis to be the man in those letters and say what he means. So he writes in the dirt he loves her over and over. When she question why he is repeatedly doing that, he tells her until she believes it. I don't know but he won me over at that point in the book.

  • Heather
    2018-11-19 23:10

    Great storyThis was a suspensful and exciting romance novel. I absolutely loooved the hero. My only complaint is the same for every one of Jodi's books. Lotsa foreplay and the ends are always a little anticlimactic for me. She always seems to get bored with the story after the hero saves the day and it just Peter's out. But good all the same.

  • Stephanie (Once Upon a Chapter)
    2018-11-21 02:21

    Originally posted at Once Upon a ChapterRainey Adams is on the run. She's trying to get away from her father and his uncaring nature. His only interest is his bottom dollar and keeping his daughter under control. In a show of bravery that she doesn't have (or perhaps it was mostly desperation) Rainey runs out west. Out west she can become a new person and she won't have to worry about her past or her father's plans. Her greatest fear is that her father will come after her and drag her back to Washington DC.Travis McMurray was forced to be a man very early in life. Their father prepared them well but their mother couldn't survive without her husband. She joined him shortly after giving birth to his fourth child. He and his two brothers were forced to hold their land until the oldest turned eighteen and could claim it as his own. Travis helped his brothers keep the farm running but his mother's Apache blood demanded a life of roaming and living in the wilderness. Travis became a Texas ranger as soon as he could.Travis comes back to the farm for a long needed break. He hasn't seen his family in two years. His sister Sage finds him and hammers him immediately about taking her to the town dance. She's not getting any younger and she needs to find herself a man. She can't miss the only social dance of the year and her other brothers won't take her. Travis hates to socialize but he hates Sage being needlessly unhappy even more. Travis dances with a woman that night who will change his life forever. She clearly has no interest in the social events of the evening and that gets Travis' Ranger attention right away. He saves a horse from being stolen but it costs him one of his own.With the horse theft begins a novel of pursuit. Rainey doesn't want to (and repeats annoyingly often) lose her freedom. Marriage is nothing more than the submission to and relinquishing of all things good to a man. No good can come of marriage. Travis on the other hand has never thought of himself as the marrying kind. Then he meets Rainey and that theory goes out the door. The thought of Rainey with another man drives him mad. He'll do anything to prove to Rainey that they are meant to be together.My Thoughts:While Texas Rain is a good read it wasn't breathtakingly wonderful. Texas Rain is one of those books meant for a non-taxing, relaxing read. It doesn't make you feel like you can't put it down and walk away for a bit. That does not equate it to a bad book. It was a nice relaxing read through the historical west. Travis is a man of few words and while his intentions are sweet and in the right place he can come off as lukewarm in the relationship. Rainey on the other hand, got on my nerves at times. She had a troubled past but not anything that can't be risen above. She was controlled most of her live and not loved. She was made to feel plain and never fit in. Rainey was quiet and often didn't do things out of fear. Then in the west she becomes this outspoken "it's my way or no way" kind of woman. I'm glad she got past her issues but for as deep seated as these issues were she sure made a fast recovery. She's also an educated woman and taught in her father's school. For an educated woman she was pretty quick to lump all men in the same category as her father. It annoyed me that she assumed all men, including our hero, would want marriage only to have someone on a string.The rest of the book was very good. Travis is part of a well knit family due to tragedy earlier in life. They own a successful ranch that is turning a profit. The story had some suspenseful moments and there was just the right amount of secondary characters and involvement. It gave a good feel of the small town of Austin that was just beginning to grow. I cared about all of the secondary characters and I can't wait to read Travis' siblings' stories as well. The ending was probably the best part of the book. Rather than try and talk sense into Rainey, Travis decided to show his love to win her over. What did he do? I guess you'll just have to read the book to find out!

  • Rachel
    2018-12-16 04:36

    I read Texas Rain, a western romance, by Jodi Thomas. It's the story of Travis Rainey Adams, runaway schoolteacher from the east coast, who chose freedom over marriage, and ran away from her controlling, overbearing father. Travis McMurray, is half-Irish, half-Apache, and is a Texas Ranger, for whom the law is his heart. Until he meets Rainey at a country dance, where she steals a kiss from him...and then, his horse. The second time they meet, she steals another horse, and his heart, because Travis has been injured. In the shadows and at the peak of Whispering Mountain, Travis dreams of Rainey, his fairy, and his future, which is uncertain in his hands. Rainey rides to Austin where she makes some friends, and starts a pie business. But Travis' heart lingers in her hands. Travis finds his calling in studying law, since it's the closest thing to a Ranger (a Ranger on the plains: a lawyer in the courthouse). The novel shifts from Whispering Mountain ranch to Austin, where Rainey has escaped to. Travis finds her, taking along his sister, Sage (cool character), and Duck, a silent 3-year old who clings to Travis like a son. Will Rainey hold onto her freedom? Will Travis take her heart? Will they find safety? Will Travis choose being a lawyer over a Ranger? I, of course, know the answers, but you, my dear readers, do not (unless you've read the book), and I don't want to ruin it. I must say that I liked the allusion of Rainey as a fairy and I liked the characters, but it was exhausting reading about them kissing and being romantic, pulling away, chasing each other, so o and so on. I think I'm going to read the sequel, Texas Princess. There was one part I loved: She smiled as she pressed her palm over the beating. "I feel the center of you. I feel your heart." "No," he whispered as he kissed her ear. "You are my heart." And I loved the part after it, where he is writing I love you, in dust, until Rainey believes it, he says.

  • heather ♥
    2018-11-20 02:26

    Started out good, and I enjoyed the story itself for the most part, but Rainey ended up annoying the shit out of me. I know she had good reasons for her reservations about marriage and all that, but she never even opened up to him, not really. And then suddenly, after swearin up and down the whole book how she'd never get married, never be able to love a man, etc, she's suddenly in love and getting married within a few pages. Don't get me wrong, I LOVE Travis's character, and she'd be a fool not to love him. But I don't buy how he went from clueless to knowing EXACTLY what she needed to be able to marry him with barely even a HINT from her. It'd have been more convincing if they'd at least have talked about things, and then he went about going the things to make her feel safe and secure in her ability to exist on her own if she had to. She basically caused him no end of grief and never once even felt bad about it. Definately not my favorite.

  • Tasha
    2018-11-23 00:13

    Rainey and Travis share a kiss before she steals his horse. She then later shows up later at his home pretending to be a boy while Travis is recovering from a gunshot wound. And once again, she steals another of his horses.The two then begin a pen pal type of relationship, revealing things about one another that they could never reveal face-to-face. And when one of her letters suggests she may be in danger when she overhears a murder plot, Travis sets out to Austin to save her.The storyline was a bit bland to me. I didn’t feel anything real between Travis and Rainey. The story outside of their relationship tended to be a bit more interesting than their romance. They were both likeable characters, but their love didn’t come across as believable. They were okay characters apart, but lacked chemistry together.

  • Lafanda
    2018-12-10 01:21

    Texas Rain is a great start for the Whispering Mountain series. Travis is the star of this book, with a young girl Rainey being the heroine. Their romance is somewhere between a love-at-first-sight and building a relationship that lasts throughout the book. For about half the book the couple are separated, but still keep in contact through letters. Rainey is a wonderful heroine who is self-reliant and smart. Travis takes a little more time to warm up to, mainly because he is wounded for most of the book which puts him in a bad mood. When he and Rainey do get together, there are some times were you want to smack Travis in a "why would you say that?" kind of way, but he is overall a good man that I really like. This book has plenty of adventure, romance, and drama which makes it a fun read. Very easy to re-visit after finishing the series. I love it!

  • Kendra
    2018-12-05 06:18

    I really wanted to like this book a lot - and it certainly had a lot of promise! While it was enjoyable, I was continually frustrated by the hero and heroine. The heroine constantly wanted the hero to "chase" her (in the emotional romantic sense) she also wanted lots of kisses and touch without any relationship but the hero wasn't allowed to not be in love with her/want to propose (wanting to have her cake and eat it too). The hero was frustrating in his complete inability to understand the heroine and constant emotional struggle (he wants her, does she want him, he is a tough guy with a soft side ...).That being said, the back and forth between the hero and heroine was not enough to take away from the story. There were several characters you learned more about and got to root for. Not a bad book, just be ready to be ok with the hero and heroine's emotional constipation.

  • Elaine
    2018-12-05 03:10

    This book surprised me quite a bit. I went it to it expecting it to be a romance book, and while it is the romance there was a lot more aspects to the story. It does a good job of making you love the characters and cheer them on. Jodi Thomas did a good job at making you understand why the characters are the way they are even if they do something that you don't agree with you are able to understand why they are doing it. The characters all have flaws but because of it you love them that much more. I also really enjoyed that even though you don't know much about the some side characters you still love them. The writing in this book is amazing because of it I am going to keep on reading more of her books.

  • Cece
    2018-11-18 04:22

    2.5 starsI'm so disappointed because I was really expecting to love this one as soon as I started it! The writing immediately had me hooked from how descriptive and just all around good it was. I was automatically thinking that I'd be giving this book four stars from the first chapter alone.And then what happened? Nothing...a whole lot of nothing happened. I love slow paced romances if they're done right but this one was just way too slow for even my liking. It felt like we spent more then half of the book with these two apart?The only upside is that when they were together their interactions were amazing and I genuinely liked both of the characters. Unfortunately a majority of this book just bored me.