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Dakota Rawlings, Texas Ranger, is accustomed to big adventure…but nothing in his work has prepared him for the seemingly easy task of escorting Miss Darvi Wingate to the town of Stillwater and on to Aurora. Quick-witted, game for anything, and just as passionate about her newfound faith as Dakota is about his, Darvi seems to find trouble under every rock. When she becomes a Dakota Rawlings, Texas Ranger, is accustomed to big adventure…but nothing in his work has prepared him for the seemingly easy task of escorting Miss Darvi Wingate to the town of Stillwater and on to Aurora. Quick-witted, game for anything, and just as passionate about her newfound faith as Dakota is about his, Darvi seems to find trouble under every rock. When she becomes a pawn in one of the biggest rackets in town, she wonders if even a Texas Ranger can get her out of this one. Out here in the West, the stakes are high—for money, for power, and for love…under a Texas sky.


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Dakota Rawlings, Texas Ranger, is accustomed to big adventure…but nothing in his work has prepared him for the seemingly easy task of escorting Miss Darvi Wingate to the town of Stillwater and on to Aurora. Quick-witted, game for anything, and just as passionate about her newfound faith as Dakota is about his, Darvi seems to find trouble under every rock. When she becomes a Dakota Rawlings, Texas Ranger, is accustomed to big adventure…but nothing in his work has prepared him for the seemingly easy task of escorting Miss Darvi Wingate to the town of Stillwater and on to Aurora. Quick-witted, game for anything, and just as passionate about her newfound faith as Dakota is about his, Darvi seems to find trouble under every rock. When she becomes a pawn in one of the biggest rackets in town, she wonders if even a Texas Ranger can get her out of this one. Out here in the West, the stakes are high—for money, for power, and for love…under a Texas sky.

30 review for A Texas Sky

  1. 4 out of 5

    Romancebooksandmore

    5 stars This is the second book in the yellow rose trilogy the story of Darvi Wingate and Dakota Rawlings Darvi and Dakota are both new to their faith so that thread goes through the whole book. I struggled a bit with this book between five and four point five stars. this book holds a bit more angst and mystery then the first book which was a bit off putting but in the end I did love the book and went with five stars. This is a book that can be read as a stand along but really is great read after 5 stars This is the second book in the yellow rose trilogy the story of Darvi Wingate and Dakota Rawlings Darvi and Dakota are both new to their faith so that thread goes through the whole book. I struggled a bit with this book between five and four point five stars. this book holds a bit more angst and mystery then the first book which was a bit off putting but in the end I did love the book and went with five stars. This is a book that can be read as a stand along but really is great read after the first book.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Sara ♥

    4 stars! For me, this one SORTA had what the previous one lacked: a major issue that the hero and heroine had to overcome. Although I gotta say, I wasn't sure the hero was gonna figure things out... but once he put his mind to it (quite late in the game), it was like badda-bing badda-boom... game over. But when I say it SORTA had it, when I say "a major issue the hero and heroine have to overcome," I usually mean something that is keeping them from being together, you know? Issues with their past 4 stars! For me, this one SORTA had what the previous one lacked: a major issue that the hero and heroine had to overcome. Although I gotta say, I wasn't sure the hero was gonna figure things out... but once he put his mind to it (quite late in the game), it was like badda-bing badda-boom... game over. But when I say it SORTA had it, when I say "a major issue the hero and heroine have to overcome," I usually mean something that is keeping them from being together, you know? Issues with their past, family objections, something that happens after they fall in love that very nearly breaks them up, but doesn't (because love conquers all, etc.) This one... well, they had something they had to overcome, but they didn't even think of each other in that way yet... and it was more of a crap-I-was-supposed-to-perform-this-duty-and-feel-really-bad-that-I-failed type of thing... which was lovely and all, but.... Yeah. It was cute though! I really like Dakota. He seemed so... rough... in the last book, which was in stark contrast to his nicer, softer personality in this book (which I'm sure was intentional now that he had come to Christ and all). And Darvi was fun. And, as flawed as they were, I really liked the side characters as well—especially Cassie and Annabelle. :) The library doesn't have the last book in the trilogy, so I requested it through interlibrary loan.... We'll see if it gets here before the fall challenge is over. I'm guessing they won't have to send very far for it, as it's a historical Texas Christian romance novel. I'm guessing it will be found within a 100 mile radius... :)

  3. 4 out of 5

    Barbara

    The second in the Yellow Rose trilogy by author Lori Wick finds Texas Ranger Dakota Rawlings taking on an unusual assignment: escorting childhood pal Darvi Wingate to Stillwater. However, trouble seems to follow her around and they face obstacles that test their newfound faith. The book does drag in the middle due to a bizarre subplot where Darvi is mistaken for a local investigative reporter (her link to Darvi is a nice twist, though) and is held captive by a man named Seth, who is delusional en The second in the Yellow Rose trilogy by author Lori Wick finds Texas Ranger Dakota Rawlings taking on an unusual assignment: escorting childhood pal Darvi Wingate to Stillwater. However, trouble seems to follow her around and they face obstacles that test their newfound faith. The book does drag in the middle due to a bizarre subplot where Darvi is mistaken for a local investigative reporter (her link to Darvi is a nice twist, though) and is held captive by a man named Seth, who is delusional enough to believe that if he keeps her in his house and treats her sort of nicely, she'll eventually come to love him. His brother Eliot and Cassy, Eliot's girlfriend, also go along with Seth's strange plan. Their romance is very sweetly done, but when Wick evangelizes through her characters, it's a bit heavy-handed at times. Still, it's a decent read and a nice middle to a good old fashioned romance trilogy.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Julie Graves

    Dakota Rawlings is the middle of the Rawlings brothers. Almost losing his life in a shootout caused him to evaluate his spiritual condition. Yielding his life to the Lord was the best thing that Dakota has ever done. Recovering from his gunshot wounds has been the hardest. When Dakota is asked to escort his boss's niece to her friends house Dakota agrees. Darvi Wingate is determined to get to her friend to share her news. Darvi has finally seen her need for the Lord and she cannot wait to share Dakota Rawlings is the middle of the Rawlings brothers. Almost losing his life in a shootout caused him to evaluate his spiritual condition. Yielding his life to the Lord was the best thing that Dakota has ever done. Recovering from his gunshot wounds has been the hardest. When Dakota is asked to escort his boss's niece to her friends house Dakota agrees. Darvi Wingate is determined to get to her friend to share her news. Darvi has finally seen her need for the Lord and she cannot wait to share with the friend that has prayed for her for years. After a wonderful visit with her friend and much needed rest for Dakota he continues to escort Darvi to the train headed for home. Dakota sees a woman that looks like Darvi being led away from the train, but when he follows he can't find the men or the woman so he lets it go. But his spirit is not at rest and after a couple of days with his brother Dakota decides to go back to Aurora and look into what he saw. Trouble seems to follow Darvi around and Dakota is right to go back and check on her. Darvi has been held against her will by a man and his family. The moment he set eyes on Darvi he had to have her. No matter how many times Darvi tells him that she will never care for him, he is determined to try and win her over. I love Dakota and Darvi's salvation experiences. I love their desire to grow in their relationship with Christ. Both are determined to find answers and live their lives serving Him and most of all to see their parents come to Christ as well. Darvi's abduction experience covers most of the book and the reader even feels a little bit of pity for the man that has been so taken with her. But no matter how nice of a man he seems to be what he has done is wrong and there is no getting around that. As with all of Lori Wick's books, the characters are sweet and likable. The spiritual lessons that the characters learn are woven into their stories and grow them in faith. I really enjoyed this story.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Crystal

    What an awesome read. I just love Lori Wick. Wick brings the subject of salvation to the forefront in this novel book 2 in the Yellow Rose trilogy. We first meet Dakota Rawlings in book 1 Every Little thing about You when he comes to shotgun Texas to search for and confront his younger brother Slater. book 2 retruns with Dakota's story. A new Christian, he longs for fellowship and a deeper level with God but he also wants to continue work as a Texas Ranger. When he reconnects with Darvi Wingate, What an awesome read. I just love Lori Wick. Wick brings the subject of salvation to the forefront in this novel book 2 in the Yellow Rose trilogy. We first meet Dakota Rawlings in book 1 Every Little thing about You when he comes to shotgun Texas to search for and confront his younger brother Slater. book 2 retruns with Dakota's story. A new Christian, he longs for fellowship and a deeper level with God but he also wants to continue work as a Texas Ranger. When he reconnects with Darvi Wingate, his boss's niece he begins to see god through her eyes. When she encounters danger, it's up to him to protect her. but, the stirrings in his heart keep getting him sidetracked. A compelling read from beginning to end with lots of scripture put in for the reader to digest. Highly Recommend

  6. 5 out of 5

    Bruce Dinsman

    You can see the linkage between the books for places and people. In this one, Dakota is a Texas Ranger who gets a second chance with God after being shot 5 times on the job. As he recovers he ends up escorting his boss's niece to see a friend. Darvi is a recent convert also but seems to be a magnet for trouble, getting kidnaped in a case of mistaken identity, it takes most of the book to get that resolved and the ending earns 4 stars because there is no happily ever after for the main couple. It You can see the linkage between the books for places and people. In this one, Dakota is a Texas Ranger who gets a second chance with God after being shot 5 times on the job. As he recovers he ends up escorting his boss's niece to see a friend. Darvi is a recent convert also but seems to be a magnet for trouble, getting kidnaped in a case of mistaken identity, it takes most of the book to get that resolved and the ending earns 4 stars because there is no happily ever after for the main couple. It clearly opens the way for the next book.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Ellen White

    Dakota having been shot can’t go back to being a ranger yet, needing time to heal, from 5 gunshot wounds. To escort Darvi to Stillwater, the horse ride was long and hard. Wanting to tell her friend Merry she was now a Christian. Then on to Aurora, seems like she attracts trouble, and he needs time to heal afterwards. The latest was when someone kidnaps her, and given time she wll come to love him. Maybe this will be a wake up call for the two of them, both new Christians, and adventure.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Stephanie Salyer

    I really like all the scripture verses in this one. It really makes got feel like you're right there learning new insights along with the main character. I have read this book maybe a dozen times but it never gets old.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Kristen

    This book started off good then it seemed to slow down and get weird. I didn't feel like these two had any chemistry, they seemed more like friends more than anything. I just couldn't really get into it due to these issues.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Debbie Sue

    some of Loris books are good reads this is Not one of them. the first part of the book was good but then she threw in this creepy unexpected kidnapping saga that dragged out for chapters and it just destroyed any early enjoyment of the book. I will Not read it again and i would Not recommend it

  11. 4 out of 5

    Kristy

    I've read everything Lori has written. I love her books and am sad she hasn't had anything new out.

  12. 4 out of 5

    farmgirlbookworm

    A story that is sweet and funny with a spectacular plot. There were a couple "adult" moments as far as the romance goes but it was quite thought-provoking over all.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Mary Garbarino

    What a great story. A situation that seems incredulous. This author handles it with amazing insight into Christian love and forgiveness

  14. 4 out of 5

    Jan St Clair

    Great series!! Really enjoying this series! Lori Wick is an amazing author! Love her writing style. Reading these in order helps. Enjoy!

  15. 5 out of 5

    Joe Farley

    Good easy reading western with good wholesome content.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Donna Bagby

    I enjoyed this story about Dakota, Texas Ranger, who is commissioned to escort Darvi, boss's niece, into the Texas highlands. Darvi is excited to tell her friend about her new-found faith in Christ. However, trouble seems to follow Darvi everywhere they go. For example, while waiting on the train to go back (unescorted), Darvi is abducted and it's up to Dakota to rescue her. There were many comical moments once Darvi's adventure of abduction started.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Fv

    I may have been able to finish the book... but Lori decided that part of the Apostles Paul's teachings were not worthy of following. She seems to pick and chose which verses she wants her readers to apply and ignores the rest of the Bible. Even ignoring the Apostle's words at. (2 Timothy 3:16)"All Scripture is inspired of God and beneficial for teaching, for reproving, for setting things straight, for disciplining in righteousness." If she wants to teach others to apply the Bible then she cannot ig I may have been able to finish the book... but Lori decided that part of the Apostles Paul's teachings were not worthy of following. She seems to pick and chose which verses she wants her readers to apply and ignores the rest of the Bible. Even ignoring the Apostle's words at. (2 Timothy 3:16)"All Scripture is inspired of God and beneficial for teaching, for reproving, for setting things straight, for disciplining in righteousness." If she wants to teach others to apply the Bible then she cannot ignore the parts she does not want or have her characters to apply. I get so tired of reading all you have to do is accept Jesus, but never reading to follow Jesus footsteps. Which Jesus commanded and the apostles commanded in the books they wrote for the Bible. How about what we see those Jehovah's Witnesses do? That is a command in many places, even by the Apostle Paul. But Ms. Wick ignores that command. (Acts 20:20) "While I did not hold back from telling YOU any of the things that were profitable nor from teaching YOU publicly and from house to house." So not even in the 8th chapter did I have to quit reading the book. I will defend the Bible and God. and if it means not reading books, bought or borrowed, then so be it. I will rate and let other readers know the truth of the Bible, vs. the way authors try to twist it to suit thier writing style.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Kristy

    Rating: 8/10 I love that I get to read about a character that I was keen to know more about from reading the first book in this series. Dakota is scary looking but really is a big teddy bear - from the beginning he is much more loveable than his brother, Cash. It starts with a relaxed pace with no sparks to be seen anywhere then suddenly kidnapping and a hostage situation adds a intriguing plot line. Very slow romantic build up and then suddenly they like each other and it isn't all lovely and wo Rating: 8/10 I love that I get to read about a character that I was keen to know more about from reading the first book in this series. Dakota is scary looking but really is a big teddy bear - from the beginning he is much more loveable than his brother, Cash. It starts with a relaxed pace with no sparks to be seen anywhere then suddenly kidnapping and a hostage situation adds a intriguing plot line. Very slow romantic build up and then suddenly they like each other and it isn't all lovely and wonderful but just how it is. I guess that sometimes that does happen but I did miss the chase and romance that was in the previous book. But I liked the addition of the kidnapping so it wasn't just about their relationship. I guess you can't have everything. The Questions: Entertaining?: Yes Addictive?: Not as addictive as 'Every Little Thing About You' but still easy to get into Impacting?: No Thought provoking?: Not really Clean?: Yes Read it again?: Yes Would I Recommend it: Yes

  19. 4 out of 5

    Kathy

    Yellow Rose Trilogy #2 Texas Ranger, Dakota Rawlings had a life-changing experience as a result of almost dying after being ambushed and shot 5 times, which is why he doesn't think he needs to wait the full six months his boss insisted upon for his recovery. Upon arriving in Marty Bracewell's office after only six weeks, his boss offers him an option to coming back to work in the guise of a favor… Escort his niece, Darvi Wingate, to her friend's house up in the hills and then put her on a train i Yellow Rose Trilogy #2 Texas Ranger, Dakota Rawlings had a life-changing experience as a result of almost dying after being ambushed and shot 5 times, which is why he doesn't think he needs to wait the full six months his boss insisted upon for his recovery. Upon arriving in Marty Bracewell's office after only six weeks, his boss offers him an option to coming back to work in the guise of a favor… Escort his niece, Darvi Wingate, to her friend's house up in the hills and then put her on a train in Aurora so that she can go home. Dakota thought it would be simple… Perhaps he should have paid more attention when Brace had handed him some money and said, "you never know what's going to happen with Darvi…" Read: March 9-10, 2016 - Audible Audiobook - $3.99 if you own the Kindle Edition, which is currently on sale for $2.99! Quite a deal if you ask me!

  20. 4 out of 5

    Kshydog

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Enjoyed Dakota in the first book and even more in this one as having a sense of humor and honor. Missed that there was not any Texas Ranger action for this one either. Reading their bibles was their answer to every problem. Glad that there was no love story until the very end. Interesting that both people were dealing with parents that were not very religious and even questioned their children about it. Good twist with the kidnapping, the ranch family being overall good people, and the person wh Enjoyed Dakota in the first book and even more in this one as having a sense of humor and honor. Missed that there was not any Texas Ranger action for this one either. Reading their bibles was their answer to every problem. Glad that there was no love story until the very end. Interesting that both people were dealing with parents that were not very religious and even questioned their children about it. Good twist with the kidnapping, the ranch family being overall good people, and the person who Darvi was mistaken for being her aunt. Actually wondered if Darvi's purpose was to bring religion to Seth and end up with him. Glad to have Merry realize that she should marry the man she had been living with for years. Thought for sure the little girl, Izzy would talk by the end.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Viktoriya Shostak

    This was one of the amazing book to go on with the story, i think that Dak's relationship was importend in the first book and how much he was trying to ignore it, but what happeneds to him in the story really does bring him to God and it was God's way of bring him on to the right path. Like its says that God is never to late, he might linger for a while but he will be there on time. It was also an amazing adventure of watching now the story unfolded with Darvi in the picture and how many times This was one of the amazing book to go on with the story, i think that Dak's relationship was importend in the first book and how much he was trying to ignore it, but what happeneds to him in the story really does bring him to God and it was God's way of bring him on to the right path. Like its says that God is never to late, he might linger for a while but he will be there on time. It was also an amazing adventure of watching now the story unfolded with Darvi in the picture and how many times Dak had to save her. Its one cute love story that i think everyone should read.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Kathy

    Yellow Rose Trilogy #2 A Texas Sky by Lori Wick This trilogy covers the life and loves of the 3 Rawlings brothers. This book is about Dakota & Darvi, and takes you on a wild ride through a good chunk of Texas and all the way to St. Louis. But as both Dakota and Darvi come to realize, there's nothing quite like a Texas sky. Read: November 12-19, 2015 - paperback Yellow Rose Trilogy #2 A Texas Sky by Lori Wick This trilogy covers the life and loves of the 3 Rawlings brothers. This book is about Dakota & Darvi, and takes you on a wild ride through a good chunk of Texas and all the way to St. Louis. But as both Dakota and Darvi come to realize, there's nothing quite like a Texas sky. Read: November 12-19, 2015 - paperback

  23. 5 out of 5

    Nikki

    Injured Texas Ranger Dakota Rawlings returns to work early, but his boss objects and asks him to escort his niece to another town. Darvi and Dakota are attracted to each other—especially when they realize they’re both believers. Mistaken for another, Darvi is kidnapped. When an abductor takes a shine to her, he refuses to release her. Unable to imagine how God could rescue her, she is amazed when Dakota appears!

  24. 5 out of 5

    Shannon

    This trilogy is about three brother who have become believers in the Lord Jesus Christ and how this believe changes their lives. Dakota Rawlings, Texas Ranger is asked to escort Darvi Wingate to Stillwater and then to Aurora. Dakota and Darvi are both learning to understand their new faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. When Darvi disappears from the train in Aurora can Dakota find her and save her.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Lynnda Ell

    Lori Wick is one of my fovorite Christian novelists. The seamless way she crafts her stories amaze me. A Texas Sky is no exception. The story is set in Texas during the late 1800s and tells the way a kidnapping ends in romance. The descriptions are rich in detail and the plot kept me turning the pages. When you read this book, look for the way Lori Wick portrays the villians as deluding themselves.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Judine

    Dakota Rawlings is my favorite type of romantic hero; as a 19th century Texas Ranger, he's skillful, quirky, tender, and protective. Darvi's his perfect fit, and she's put in a situation so incredible it just might be true. But Dakota's right - trouble does seem to follow her around. (Second book in Yellow Rose trilogy)

  27. 5 out of 5

    Kieraanne

    I enjoyed this one more than the first book since more "exciting" stuff happened, what with the abduction and all. I found it interesting because the storyline could have played out so differently. I swear I've read something similar where the girl did fall in love with the man who kidnapped her, but I guess this one is more true to life...or if you're all religious and stuff it is. ;)

  28. 5 out of 5

    Judie

    Yellow Rose Trilogy, about three brothers who come to Christ and find love. I read these over and over and don't mind that they are predictable to me. It's like having a conversation with an old friend that will come to a satisfactory end.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Trina

    This is the second book in the series. I really like Lori Wick. She is a great author and I never have to worry about the content. I read it out loud to Jez while we are driving or making dinner and it's ok to let the kids hear.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Becky

    I really enjoyed the beginning and end of this book. It started dragging in the middle and I found myself skimming the middle part. It also has some nice discussion on some of the struggles a new Christian might face.

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