Wednesday, November 2, 2011

A Texan's Promise



Past promises will be tested as new ones are given...

When Clayton Proffitt, foreman of the Circle Z Ranch in Texas, discovers Vanessa Grant is the victim of her stepfather's advances, Clayton knows he must protect her honor and move her far away from the ranch -- and from the man she fears.

As they make their way West, an unexpected, deep bond develops between Vanessa and Clayton -- far more powerful than a mere friendship or his sense of duty to her. But Vanessa's stepfather won't let her go so easily. As Clayton and Vanessa place their faith in God and their trust in each other, will they find healing and hope for the future together?
My Review:
Well I'm sure glad I didn't give up on cowboys after all my swooning over a Scottish hero with a brogue last week!!!! Because Clayton is the epitome of perfection right down to his exasperating hard-headedness.  And he wouldn't be much of a cowboy without that mile-wide stubborn streak, would he? Luckily it's off-set by copious amounts of tenderness and the endearing quality of addressing Vanessa as sweetheart and sugar and darlin'...(and just so you know, a shiver goes up my spine when a cowboy starts dropping his 'g's!)
This is a classic Western, with a dastardly villain and trail rides and even a run-in with a 'working girl'. If that isn't enough to pique your fancy, Gray has charged her story with emotional angst that will keep you turning pages long after 'lights out'. The aftermath of the civil war has marked each character's life in some way and the author has done a superb job of developing that common, tragic thread. This is a story about surging forward out of your past and finding hope in a new future. Gray has written some beautiful, thought-provoking truths that span time and generations. That alone makes this a must read. The toe-curling romance and all that action and angst is just an extra bonus.
Giveaway Opportunity:
If you would like a chance to win A Texan's Promise please leave a comment below or email me at kavluvstoreadATyahooDOTca. Please remember to add the title to your subject line. The draw will be held and the winner announced on Sunday November 6. Good luck!!! Oh -- and it's open internationally!


  1. Great review, Kav... I'm ready to be charmed by this new cowboy. A Texan's Promise sounds terrific, please toss my name in the hat!
    worthy2bpraised at gmail dot com

  2. Oh! Thank you for the chance to win this book!

    frequentreader19 (at) gmail (dot) com

  3. I would love the chance to win this book! :D When Renee reviewed it I ended up reading the first chapter-ish on and fell in love with the hero - I, too, feel ready to swoon when I read or hear a man say "darlin'," LOL! ;)

    Thank you - and great review!



  4. Please add me to the contest. You make this book too good to pass up! :)

    srstormo at yahoo dot com

  5. Oh, I love cowboys too! Great review :)

    crazi.swans at gmail dot com

  6. This books sounds great and the cover is beautiful. Please include me in your giveaway.

  7. This sounds like a great book, thank you for doing the giveaway.


  8. thanks for the chance to read this wonderful story :)

    kmkuka at yahoo dot com

  9. Glad to see I'm not the only one with a hankerin' for cowboys! Good luck everyone!!!!

  10. Please enter me for this giveaway:) Have this book on my wish list and I am a sucker for a cowboy as well;D Thanks so much!


  11. I have only read Shelley Shepard Gray's Amish books and loved them, so I would love reading another genre by her! Love books that take place on a ranch, b/c my dream was to live on one, but I guess books will be as close as I get to that fantasy.:) Thanks for the opportunity to win this!


  12. Please enter me. Would love to read.


  13. It's a good one to have on your wish list, Charity. Good luck!

    Diana -- I know -- I've only read Shelley's Amish books as well and her cowboy voice is very different from her Amish one. What talent. And she is's writing this cowboy series as Shelley Gray.

    Good luck, Jo!

  14. I've enjoyed several books lately that have cowboys as the heroes. This sounds like another good one. I'd love to win a copy of "A Texan's Promise."


  15. This book sounds so good. And I love reading about cowboys. Thanks for the giveaway.

    sweetdarknectar at gmail dot com

  16. What is is about cowboys anyway? ;o) Sounds like a great book!

  17. Good luck everyone! I wish I could send y'all your own cowboy! :-)