Refuge for the Outlaw
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?
I don’t have time to read as many Love Inspired stories as I’d like, but I always read Stacy Henrie’s stories. She’s a solid, smooth writer who creates well-rounded characters and tells an engaging story. The Renegade’s Redemption brings Tex, a notorious robber, together with his former sweetheart. We met Tex’s identical twin, Tate, in the previous book, The Outlaw's Secret (click on title for my review), but this story can stand alone.
She’d never marry an outlaw,
and he couldn’t change what he was.
Renegade and redemption … now that’s a winning combination for me! Redemption is at the heart of our Christian walk, and who doesn’t like a repentant “bad boy”? The road for this unlikely pair seemed impossible, and I loved how everything was resolved. I so admired Ravena’s hard work and love for her family of orphans; she just had to learn to trust again. Tex was a flawed character for whom bad choices and actions came out of a spirit of fear. I was quickly drawn to Tex and rooted for him to find peace, forgiveness, and happiness because none of these were assured.
Each child is richly drawn, vulnerable, and simply stole my heart. Henrie created some great family scenes that revealed Tex’s heart for children, such as his playing of the harmonica one evening and when sweet Ginny confided her nightmares to him. Spiritual themes are woven into daily lives and I was particularly moved by Tex’s honest and humble talk with the Lord toward the end.
I enjoyed The Renegade’s Redemption very much and look forward to much more from Stacy Henrie.
I was provided a free copy of this book through Prism Book Tours. The opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own.
Other Books in the Series
by Stacy Henrie
Christian Historical RomancePaperback & ebook, 288 pages
February 7th 2017 by Love Inspired Historical
Lawman in Disguise
Getting taken hostage by a gang of train robbers wasn't in dime novelist Essie Vanderfair's plans, but interviewing these men could make her career soar. Especially since the gang includes legendary outlaw Tex Beckett, better known as the Texas Titan. Tex is famed for his protection of women and children, so she'll be fine…right?
Keeping the gang in line was hard enough before a stubborn, beautiful writer interfered. Now Tex is scrambling to keep Essie safe, to gather evidence against the gang and most of all to hide his dangerous secrets. First, that he's a detective working undercover. And second, that he's not the Texas Titan at all, but Tex's twin brother, Tate Beckett.
About the Author
Stacy Henrie has always had a love for history, fiction, and chocolate. She earned her B.A. in public relations before turning her attentions to raising a family and writing inspirational historical romances. Wife of an entrepreneur husband and a mother to three, Stacy loves to live out history through her fictional characters. In addition to author, she is also a reader, a road trip enthusiast, and a novice interior decorator.
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