On a midnight train, four hours away from her wedding, Beth McMurray discovers the devastating truth about the powerful senator she’s about to marry. Convinced nothing could make this stormy night worse, the train wrecks, and she tumbles straight into the arms of an outlaw.
Andrew McLaughlin doesn’t believe in loving except between the pages of his writings. He loved deeply once and thinks he’ll never survive another loss. To save a friend, he climbs aboard a train heading toward Dallas. In the moment before the train crashes, he saves a beautiful woman and is injured in the fall. He wakes up to find she’s claimed him as her fiancé—and now they’re both on the run, and destined to do everything it takes to make an unexpected promise of love come true.
Review: Jodi Thomas is quickly becoming one of my favorite authors. I love how she writes across genres, so I get the best of both worlds. With Promise Me Texas, we’re in the American west in the late 1800s, so I’m going to get my western fix and I’m ready to go on an interesting ride.
Beth is part of the McMurray clan, which this series revolves around. She’s grown up on a ranch and raised to be a strong, independent woman. But having been raised in a loving family, she’s also fiercely caring and loyal. The we have Andrew, who pretty much raised himself and then lost his young wife, so he doesn’t want to get close to anyone.
But Andrew ‘s plans go awry when he meets Beth in the aftermath of a train crash. She claims they are engaged when he’s injured and an interesting adventure ensues. As they travel across the state of Texas, they collect a menagerie of characters, from two young boys looking for their father, to a young pregnant girl searching for the baby’s father, to a young man running from someone trying to kill him. And throughout this journey, Beth and Andrew find love.
I loved the ride I was taken on. It was packed full of action and twists and turns I wasn’t expecting. And of course there was romance. I enjoyed watching the relationship grow and blossom between Beth and Andrew and even though we, as romance readers, know what is going to happen, the journey was fulfilling.
As I stated earlier, this is part of a series, but it stands very well on its own. If you’ve read past books in the series, you’ll meet up with familiar characters and if you’re new to the series, you may just be finding yourself hunting out those earlier books.