The Lord knoweth the days of the upright: and their inheritance shall be forever. They shall not be ashamed in the evil time. Psalm 37:18-19 KJV
I was pleasantly surprised by this novel. Her Inheritance Forever is the second book in the Texas Star of Destiny series, and I hadn't read the first book (The Desires of Her Heart). Set in 1836 during the Texas revolution, this was a wonderful historical romance. The characters ran into the famous Sam Houston and the infamous Santa Anna. Cote admits to taking "dramatic license" with two facts, but she includes a brief historical note to address those issues. Readers are left more informed of that era and war.
Brief Synopsis: Alandra Sandoval is a woman in charge of her own ranch in Texas, a time where women in leadership is extraordinary. She is fiercely independent and wants to prove that she can do it without a man; however, a series of events including the war, a kidnapping, and greedy relatives brings a man into her life. Scully Falconer is a ranch hand at the Quinn's ranch. The Quinns were Alandra's guardians after she lost her family (and the subject of the first book). Scully is asked to protect Alandra, and he does everything he can to do that. Both find more than they ever thought they would.
The characters in this book were well-developed, despite not reading book one. Back stories, thoughts, and actions showed us who they were and why. The romance was sweet; the relationships were tender. Alandra came to a very tough realization about herself in which she grew spiritually and emotionally. The storyline moved quickly, and there were moments of tension along the way. I know I would enjoy the rest of the series, and I look forward to reading others by Lyn Cote.
Her Abundant Joy(June 2010)