Lone Star Ranger
Series: The Texas Ranger Series #1
Published by Wild Heart Books
Publication Date January 21, 2020
Genres: Historical Fiction, Western, Action/Adventure, Clean Romance
Setting: Texas Reconstruction Era – US – 1863 – 1877
Written for: Adults
Elizabeth Covington will get her man.
And she has just a week to prove her brother isn't the murderer Texas Ranger Rett Smith accuses him of being. She'll show the good-looking lawman he's wrong, even if it means setting out on a risky race across Texas to catch the real killer.
Rett doesn't want to convict an innocent man. But he can't let the Boston beauty sway his senses to set a guilty man free. When Elizabeth follows him on a dangerous trek, the Ranger vows to keep her safe. But who will protect him from the woman whose conviction and courage leave him doubting everything—even his heart?
I would like to thank Celebrate Lit for giving me this copy of the book. This gift did not influence my opinion or review.
Lone Star Ranger is the first book in a series by Renae Brumbaugh Green, a new-to-me author. It appears to be a re-release from 2015.
Elizabeth and her brother, Evan, were on a pleasure trip shortly after the death of their father. Little did they expect to have Evan end up in jail – with a hanging threatened, based on his resemblance to a notorious outlaw!
Elizabeth was spunky and brave, though at least a little foolhardy. She was devoted to her brother and did all she could to rescue him. It was amusing she was such a tall woman. That is not a common characteristic in stories of this period.
The story was fun as Elizabeth and Rett crossed swords figuratively over her investigation of her brother’s innocence. I also enjoyed her interactions with the people in town.
There was a little bit of a spiritual element with both Elizabeth and Rett praying. It wasn’t strong and the scriptures shared were from the Psalms. There was nothing that would point to the specific belief of the characters, other than they believed in God and accepted the Psalms as inspired scripture. There was also not a life-change in the story. It is for these reasons I do not classify this as Christian fiction.
The adventures seemed a little far-fetched. How this city-bred woman could have tracked a Texas Ranger across the state was a little hard to believe, especially when she was not observant and even got lost in town. There were also some inconsistencies in the concern (and lack of it, at one point) about the propriety of a single man and woman spending nights on the trail together. Hmm.
Overall, the story was a quick, fun read. Lovers of Western fiction are the ideal readers for this story.
More from Renae
I’ve been a fan of historical romance from the moment I graduated from The Babysitter’s Club. A friend of mind introduced me to the Love Comes Softly series by Janette Oke, and I was hooked. In college, between exams and extracurricular stuff, I read those books like they were M&Ms. That’s why, when I started writing grown-up fiction, I knew historical was my genre.
But there’s another reason—perhaps a more compelling reason—why I had to write The Texas Rangers series. See, my granddaddy was a Texas Ranger. Not the baseball player kind. The gun-toting, cowboy-hat-and-badge-wearing kind. As far as I know, he was not a master of any kinds of martial arts, so if you’re a fan of Walker, Texas Ranger, I’m sorry to disappoint.
And he was not alive during the late 1800s, as are the characters are in this series. Grandaddy died in 1980 when I was 12 years old. He was a good man, known for rescuing puppies and bringing small gifts and toys to children in stressful situations—i.e. when their parents were arrested. My favorite memory of him is sitting on his lap, falling asleep to the sound of his big, round pocket watch ticking. I have a picture of myself, age three, sitting on his knee while he typed up his reports. I love that typewriter picture, and find it significant since I’m now a writer.
Grandaddy was Robert Everett Smith, and Grandmother (yes, I called her that—she was very formal, but also very sweet) was Ellie Marie (Edgar) Smith. The two lead characters in Lone Star Ranger are named Rett (Everett) and Elizabeth, in their honor.
Like Grandmother, Elizabeth is refined and formal, yet strong headed, with her own lady-like brand of spunk. She hails from Boston, and is a little overwhelmed at the grit and gravel of Texas lawmen. But she’s not intimidated—not even by handsome Texas Ranger Rett Smith.
Thanks so much for sharing in my cherished family memories. I hope you enjoy the story as much as I enjoyed writing it!
—Renae Brumbaugh Green
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