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Monday, September 6, 2010

Sunrise Over Texas by M.J. Frederick

Sunrise Over Texas by M.J. Fredrick
Publisher: Carina Press
Genre: Historical
Length: Full Length (194 pgs)
Heat Level: Spicy
Rating: 4 books
Reviewed by Camellia

Texas Frontier, 1826

Kit Barclay followed her husband into the wilds of Texas only to be widowed. Stranded with her mother- and sister-in-law to care for, with no hope of rescue before winter sets in, Kit has only one goal: survival. So when a lone horseman appears on the horizon, and then falls from his mount in fever, Kit must weigh the safety of her family against offering aid and shelter to the handsome stranger.

Trace Watson has lost everything that ever mattered to him. Trying to forget, he heads to the frontier colony of San Felipe, not caring if he lives or dies. But when he wakes to discover he's being nursed back to health by a brave young widow, he vows to repay her kindness by guiding the three women back to civilization, no matter what the cost.

Soon, Kit and Trace are fighting the elements, Indian attacks and outlaws—as well as feelings they both thought were long buried...

Having control and having a plan are primary needs for Kit Barclay. Even though she’s bowed-down with grief, she struggles to keep two inept women and herself alive in an abandoned fort. A sick man added to her burdens was not in her plan, but Christian duty demands she try to save his life. He impacts every part of her life - physical, emotional, spiritual, and mental — making Sunrise Over Texas an exciting, captivating story of survival against tremendous odds.

Trace Watson, running away from everything with no plan for anything, hates being a burden and pushes himself to the limit to get well enough to help assure their survival. He is determined to get them to civilization before they starve or get killed by outlaws or Indians. However, the challenge is more than he alone can win, but with Kit’s help they plan with care then set out on a dangerous journey that tests every ounce of courage they have.

Mary and Agnes are both royal pains and of no help. They are a startling contrast to the hard-working Kit who feels responsible for them since they are her in-laws.

The breathtaking love scenes show a deep, primal need as well as an emotional connection that reaches past the rules of society. Trace and Kit need each other on so many levels.

The turn of events late in the novel brings cold, harsh reality to the hero and heroine that is heartbreaking. How Ms. Fredrick will get things back on track so there will be a happy-ever-after keeps one turning pages with urgency.

Talented author MJ Fredrick creates a feast for the senses - the cold and fear while crossing the Trinity River, the roar of the cannon, the taste of food, the smell of a loved one, and sight of civilization are just a few of the many things to enjoy.

Sunrise Over Texas is crammed full of troubles, but the memorable love story outshines all else.