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When Tex Beckett arrives at Ravena Reid’s farm, he’s eight years too late for the elopement they’d once planned—and it’s far too early to win her forgiveness. He’s seriously wounded, though, and she can’t turn him away, though she knows better than to trust him.
Yes, it’s wonderful having help with the farm, and with the orphans she fosters, but if she opens her heart, she’ll get hurt again when he leaves.
And Tex always leaves.
As a notorious bank robber, Tex is used to danger. Yet reuniting with the only woman he’s ever loved is the riskiest thing he’s ever done. All he wants is to stay with Ravena and the children. But can he build a new start before his past catches up with him?
GENRE: Inspirational Historical Romance
PUBLISHER: Love Inspired Historicals
RELEASE DATE: July 1, 2017
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“For better or worse, Tex Beckett had just stumbled back into her life.”
I’ve been curious about infamous outlaw Tex Beckett ever since reading his twin brother Tate’s story in The Outlaw’s Secret. He did not disappoint!
The Outlaw’s Secret takes place after the Texas Titan (otherwise known as Tex Beckett) disappears in the course of allegedly attempting to rob a bank. A desperate dash out of town. A parting gunshot wound. A frustrated sheriff – whom undercover detective Tate (taking advantage of Tex’s absence and pretending to be Tex) runs into during the course of The Outlaw’s Secret. You can imagine how that plays out.
In The Renegade’s Redemption, we get to go back a bit and see that ‘attempted bank robbery’ from Tex’s perspective – and subsequently what happens after he ‘disappears’. In some ways this is a prequel; in other ways it’s a companion story. In all ways, it’s an excellent read!
(You don’t have to read The Outlaw’s Secret first – you can easily read it after The Renegade’s Redemption instead. But do go back and read it at some point if you haven’t already!)
Tex’s journey is riddled with bad choices but his brush with death leads him home in more ways than one. His repentance is gradual and at first revolves around just ‘being good’ as some sort of penance. But when he finally gets one on one with God, the sincerity and sacredness of the moment will touch your heart. Ravena’s struggle is more of trust – trusting God and learning to trust Tex again. Her grandfather’s legacy of faith and wisdom continues to remind her of what’s important, and I loved how Tex’s own memories of Ezra gave him the same assurances.
“Remember that the Lord has got this in His hands, Ravena. He’s got you.”
I fell in love with Fanny, one of the adorable orphans that Ravena has taken in. Her sweet giggles, her acceptance of Tex, her childlike faith. All of the children are very well-written and layered, but Fanny is my favorite. I can claim favorites because I’m not Ravena and therefore not required to be impartial 😉
Bottom Line: Vivid characters with lots of personality join forces with swoony romance, adorable children, and a heartfelt message of redemption and restoration. Stacy Henrie is skilled at knowing the right combination of each of those elements to achieve a ‘just right’ balance and a smooth story. If you’re a fan of stories set in the late 1800s West then you need to definitely make time to read Stacy Henrie’s books as well!
(I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received via Prism Book Tours. All views expressed are only my honest opinion.)
My Rating: 4 stars / Love it!
KissingBook Level: 3 / May forget to breathe on occasion!
USA Today bestselling author Stacy Henrie is the author of western romances and the Of Love and War series, which includes Hope at Dawn, a 2015 RITA Award finalist for excellence in romance. She was born and raised in the West, where she currently resides with her family. She enjoys reading, road trips, interior decorating, chocolate, and most of all, laughing with her husband and kids.
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