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The first, Lonesome Cowboy, tells the love story of Savannah Weston and Laredo Smith. Savannah lives a quiet life, keeping the ranch with her brother Grady. Both of them have been scarred by the betrayal of their brother Richard, who stole their inheritance six years ago after their parents' death. Savannah steps out of Grady's shadow when she meets Laredo Smith, a wrangle The first, Lonesome Cowboy, tells the love story of Savannah Weston and Laredo Smith. Savannah lives a quiet life, keeping the ranch with her brother Grady. Both of them have been scarred by the betrayal of their brother Richard, who stole their inheritance six years ago after their parents' death. Savannah steps out of Grady's shadow when she meets Laredo Smith, a wrangler she hires to help with her old rose business. Her joy at their romance is clouded by Grady's suspicious attitude and Richard's sudden reappearance. In Texas Two-Step, Ellie Frasier, who runs the feed store after her father's death, has relied on her friends for support, including rancher Glen Patterson. When does he really start to notice her? Maybe when Savannah's brother, Richard, starts paying more attention. Glen gets the prize for what may be the jerkiest marriage proposal in fiction, but give him credit for finally figuring out the right approach. Readers will cheer for these two women as they start speaking up for themselves and building their own lives. Ginger Curwen


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The first, Lonesome Cowboy, tells the love story of Savannah Weston and Laredo Smith. Savannah lives a quiet life, keeping the ranch with her brother Grady. Both of them have been scarred by the betrayal of their brother Richard, who stole their inheritance six years ago after their parents' death. Savannah steps out of Grady's shadow when she meets Laredo Smith, a wrangle The first, Lonesome Cowboy, tells the love story of Savannah Weston and Laredo Smith. Savannah lives a quiet life, keeping the ranch with her brother Grady. Both of them have been scarred by the betrayal of their brother Richard, who stole their inheritance six years ago after their parents' death. Savannah steps out of Grady's shadow when she meets Laredo Smith, a wrangler she hires to help with her old rose business. Her joy at their romance is clouded by Grady's suspicious attitude and Richard's sudden reappearance. In Texas Two-Step, Ellie Frasier, who runs the feed store after her father's death, has relied on her friends for support, including rancher Glen Patterson. When does he really start to notice her? Maybe when Savannah's brother, Richard, starts paying more attention. Glen gets the prize for what may be the jerkiest marriage proposal in fiction, but give him credit for finally figuring out the right approach. Readers will cheer for these two women as they start speaking up for themselves and building their own lives. Ginger Curwen

30 review for Heart of Texas, Vol. 1: Lonesome Cowboy / Texas Two-Step

  1. 4 out of 5

    Sheila

    A cute little book where the ‘main’ couple meet and fall in love over the course of a week and then live happily ever after, until book two where a new couple fall in love over the course of two weeks and live happily ever after. At first I thought this series might be a little too romantic and sappy for me, but apparently I’m a romantic and sappy kind of girl because I wasn’t even finished with “Lonesome Cowboy” before I went and picked up Volume Two. I love the town, I love the characters, and A cute little book where the ‘main’ couple meet and fall in love over the course of a week and then live happily ever after, until book two where a new couple fall in love over the course of two weeks and live happily ever after. At first I thought this series might be a little too romantic and sappy for me, but apparently I’m a romantic and sappy kind of girl because I wasn’t even finished with “Lonesome Cowboy” before I went and picked up Volume Two. I love the town, I love the characters, and I love that it is a series because now that I’ve been drawn into this world I need to know what is going on. Do Grady and Caroline ever get married? Does Cal ever fall in love? Does Richard ever get shot in the head? And what the heck is up with Bitter End? I need to know! So, congratulations Debbie Macomber. I’m officially hooked.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Kym McNabney

    As usual, Debbie Macomber puts out yet another great story...or should I say two. I'd originally run across another from the, Heart of Texas, series, not realizing it was only one of six. After reading, Caroline's Child, I was hooked. Knew I had to get the others. Both Lonesome Cowboy, and Texas Two-Step were great. I finished both in only a matter of a couple of days. I love the way the cast of characters are woven throughout each book. It really builds you up to move right into the next charact As usual, Debbie Macomber puts out yet another great story...or should I say two. I'd originally run across another from the, Heart of Texas, series, not realizing it was only one of six. After reading, Caroline's Child, I was hooked. Knew I had to get the others. Both Lonesome Cowboy, and Texas Two-Step were great. I finished both in only a matter of a couple of days. I love the way the cast of characters are woven throughout each book. It really builds you up to move right into the next characters stories, as they discover one another. I can't wait to get started on, Dr. Texas, and see how love plays out for, Cal.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Nancy

    Average rating. Liked the first .. skipped thru second.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Paula-O

    Debbie Macomber writes series "Heart of Texas" I have started with the first book having two stories Lonesome Cowboy and Texas Two-Step in it. I loved meeting so many of the folks living in Promise Texas and how it began after moving out of a place called "Bitter End" which is a ghost town now. The Weston family lost their parents and one of the boys stole monies left by them for the family and left town -not to be heard of again for 6 years. Grady and Savannah are devastated and left to pick up Debbie Macomber writes series "Heart of Texas" I have started with the first book having two stories Lonesome Cowboy and Texas Two-Step in it. I loved meeting so many of the folks living in Promise Texas and how it began after moving out of a place called "Bitter End" which is a ghost town now. The Weston family lost their parents and one of the boys stole monies left by them for the family and left town -not to be heard of again for 6 years. Grady and Savannah are devastated and left to pick up the pieces. Laredo Smith comes along and is offered a job by Savannah who works with "Old Roses", some she got from the cemetery in Bitter End. I liked reading these stories so much that I have ordered several from library to finish the series. You will fall in love with this part of Texas and these characters that have so much to forgive, to love others in the community and there is growth it seems everyday.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Debbie

    Heart of Texas series has three novels, with a total of six separate stories. The setting of contemporary Texas is a fun spin for those of us who live in the Midwest. The plot is straightforward, with many unlikely couples getting married. Lots of dialogue and great characters. Perfect for summer time reading.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Katie Johnson

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I really enjoyed Lonesome Cowboy, but the brother character, Richard, was so low-down nasty that it was hard to read at times. He seriously has no redeeming qualities, and I don't like to see that in a character. This book is well written. I'm definitely going to read more of Debbie Maccomber's work. The first book (they are both set into 1 volume) ends a bit abruptly, but the storyline is picked up in the next book, Texas Two-Step, which then focuses on two new characters. I enjoyed the second b I really enjoyed Lonesome Cowboy, but the brother character, Richard, was so low-down nasty that it was hard to read at times. He seriously has no redeeming qualities, and I don't like to see that in a character. This book is well written. I'm definitely going to read more of Debbie Maccomber's work. The first book (they are both set into 1 volume) ends a bit abruptly, but the storyline is picked up in the next book, Texas Two-Step, which then focuses on two new characters. I enjoyed the second book more than the first-I liked the characters better and the lousy brother, Richard, was a bit more toned down in this book. I'd still like to see him fall in a deep hole that he can never climb out of. Strong language in this book. Debbie Macomber is a good writer, enjoyed her style and characters very much.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Stacey

    My goodness this was a super quick read. This is two books in one and I read it in 2, maybe 3 days. Lovely romance stories; although I wouldn't call it romance so much as personal relationships. Quoting someone else on goodreads, the stories are set in the town of Promise, Texas and each story in the series revolves around the relationship of one couple, all of which have a happy endings after going through some type of difficulty. Other characters from Promise are introduced so that when you re My goodness this was a super quick read. This is two books in one and I read it in 2, maybe 3 days. Lovely romance stories; although I wouldn't call it romance so much as personal relationships. Quoting someone else on goodreads, the stories are set in the town of Promise, Texas and each story in the series revolves around the relationship of one couple, all of which have a happy endings after going through some type of difficulty. Other characters from Promise are introduced so that when you read their story later you feel more involved in their story. Will read remaining volumes as time permits. I must say though, its one of those books that you think... have I read this before? That being said I'm a huge Macomber fan. I've nearly read them all, so maybe I have already read these. :)

  8. 4 out of 5

    Jan Mcleod

    I have read numerous books by Ms. Macomber, stand alones and series, and have been thoroughly delighted with every aspect of them. However, this book seems to be dry and repetitive, and entertains a very unsavory character. Matter of fact, I could not quite finish the first story in this volume, and I doubt that I will read the second one either. Definitely NOT typical of Ms. Macomber!!! Aug, 13, 2014. I finally got through the second novel in this book, Texas Two-Step, although it took awhile. C I have read numerous books by Ms. Macomber, stand alones and series, and have been thoroughly delighted with every aspect of them. However, this book seems to be dry and repetitive, and entertains a very unsavory character. Matter of fact, I could not quite finish the first story in this volume, and I doubt that I will read the second one either. Definitely NOT typical of Ms. Macomber!!! Aug, 13, 2014. I finally got through the second novel in this book, Texas Two-Step, although it took awhile. Can't really give it a better rating than I did the first story. Really don't understand why this series is so popular!

  9. 5 out of 5

    Mareli

    the first two stories of this series are the imprinting for the whole series. There is this little Texas town called Promise where there is a lot of single men and women (or so it seems ;) ). There is a very interesting background story on a abandoned town, founded previously by a lot of ancestors of Promise inhabitants but it has a strange feeling and nobody wants to visit it.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Glenda L

    This is where it all started ... Promise, Texas. Debbie Macomber is always a breath of fresh air. Her books are all about love, family and friends ... with a few surprises thrown in.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Anne

    It's pretty decent for a romance novella, but not one of her best It's pretty decent for a romance novella, but not one of her best

  12. 4 out of 5

    Kym

    Setting: Promise, Texas Contemporary to 2007 Genre: sweet romance #1. Lonesome Cowboy Savannah Weston is a 31 year old part owner in the family ranch. Due to their younger brother’s perfidy, there are money problems that keep her older brother Grady working long days. She has a degree in education and has suggested that she get her certification so she can get a job to bring in money. Grady says no, she needs to stay home to cook, clean, and do the books. She decided to make herself a side gig by Setting: Promise, Texas Contemporary to 2007 Genre: sweet romance #1. Lonesome Cowboy Savannah Weston is a 31 year old part owner in the family ranch. Due to their younger brother’s perfidy, there are money problems that keep her older brother Grady working long days. She has a degree in education and has suggested that she get her certification so she can get a job to bring in money. Grady says no, she needs to stay home to cook, clean, and do the books. She decided to make herself a side gig by collecting and growing heirloom rose and sell the plants online. She is successful, though this gets only passing mention. One day, returning from a ghost town (ooooh, spooky!) where she went to collect an antique rose bush, she sees a broken down truck then a man carrying a saddle. He says his name is Laredo Smith and he is a wrangler. She hires him but Grady says no, we don’t need help, so she puts him to work in her commercial rose gardens. There is a side plot involving the youngest Weston’s return home. You know, the one whose perfidy caused the hardship his siblings have suffered for seven years. Which also, apparently contributed to Savannah’s spinsterhood. Grady says “get off my ranch”, or words to that effect, but Savannah begs “but he’s our brother!” and keeps begging on his behalf over and over. Attraction/love grows between the MCs, but Laredo feels that he has nothing to offer. He has no way to support her with his future plans. I hated this. I don’t read many novels in the “sweet” sub genre, so I don’t know. Are the heroine’s generally obedient dishrags? Are male supporting characters usually overbearing d*cks? Oh, don’t get me wrong! It is well written as far as grammar goes, and the basic plot is alright. I just found the characters terribly flat. And the only emotions the story evoked in me were anger at Grady’s misogyny and disgust at what a weakling Savannah is. #2 Texas Two-Step Didn’t listen. I just couldn’t. If I ever get around to it I will edit this review. Narration by Natalie Ross is laconic and a little weak, though she does differentiate well between genders.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Lynne Spreen

    This book is made up of two lengthy novellas, both set in the same town and involving the same people. In the first, Savannah and her brother Grady are finally emerging from a financial crisis after their creepy brother Richard absconded with the inheritance. As a result of the financial trauma, Grady is exhausted and demoralized as he works the ranch, and in no mood to accommodate the drifter who steals Savannah's heart. In the second novella, Ellie and Glen have been dear friends for years when This book is made up of two lengthy novellas, both set in the same town and involving the same people. In the first, Savannah and her brother Grady are finally emerging from a financial crisis after their creepy brother Richard absconded with the inheritance. As a result of the financial trauma, Grady is exhausted and demoralized as he works the ranch, and in no mood to accommodate the drifter who steals Savannah's heart. In the second novella, Ellie and Glen have been dear friends for years when a spontaneous kiss boosts their relationship to a new level. However, like most of the men in this book (except the oily Richard), Glen couldn't yell for help if his clothes caught fire, so this story is a back-and-forth between him and Ellie while Richard, ever the villain, plays them for fools, along with everyone in town. While I enjoy Macomber novels, these two were frustrating enough that I passed on the next book in the series. I can't take another 300 pages of manufactured drama because the characters can't open their mouths and say what needs to be said. And Richard is a mustache-twisting cartoon villain. The townspeople look like simpletons as they allow him to rip them off. I would have liked to see him get his due, but can't wait another whole book to find out.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Crystal

    5 stars. I love Promise , Texas! Macomber brings the town and its characters alive in this two in one volume Heart of Texas vol. 1. the main characters, Savannah Westin and her older brother Grady run the Yellow Rose ranch. Having been ripped off by their younger broher, Richard after their parents untimely fatal car accident. Savannah cultivates old roses and has a plentiful garden of them. her brother and his foreman run the ranch. Savannah has all but given up on love and children. but when l 5 stars. I love Promise , Texas! Macomber brings the town and its characters alive in this two in one volume Heart of Texas vol. 1. the main characters, Savannah Westin and her older brother Grady run the Yellow Rose ranch. Having been ripped off by their younger broher, Richard after their parents untimely fatal car accident. Savannah cultivates old roses and has a plentiful garden of them. her brother and his foreman run the ranch. Savannah has all but given up on love and children. but when laredo Smith enters Promise with a broken down truck, she finds her heart opening up to the stirring of her heart Grady, overprotective of his younger sister and her innocence sets out to find out the truth about this so called Laredo smith. Will his quest push too far and break his sister's heart? In Texas Two Step, book two of the series, Ellie Frazier has buried her father and wished her mother well in her new ventures. Now, owner and operator of the feed store, she feels she must pick up the pieces of her life on her own. but, two men feel the need to rescue her. As they vie for her affections, will either win? and what will it cost her?

  15. 4 out of 5

    Jean Benedict

    This a series of two books. Lonesome cowboy is a story of Savannah living with her overbearing brother on the family ranch. She meets a cowboy Laredo and he comes to work on the ranch.A romance developes between them much to the dismay of Savannah’s brother.I got acquainted with the people in promise. A nice read. The second book is Texas Two-Step which is about Ellie and Glens friendship that suddenly becomes more than just a friendship.Everyone in town can see that there is just more than fri This a series of two books. Lonesome cowboy is a story of Savannah living with her overbearing brother on the family ranch. She meets a cowboy Laredo and he comes to work on the ranch.A romance developes between them much to the dismay of Savannah’s brother.I got acquainted with the people in promise. A nice read. The second book is Texas Two-Step which is about Ellie and Glens friendship that suddenly becomes more than just a friendship.Everyone in town can see that there is just more than friendship between them. These two books set the background up for more books of the people of Promise.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Sheri Mahalick

    I love me some Debbie Macomber, and set my alarm for the newest Christmas offering every year. But this is not my favorite. The beginning is good but as the story wears on the heroine begins to annoy me in an extreme way. She’s trusting to the point of stupidity. Why does a woman have to be driven by her emotions in order to be considered feminine? I got about 2/3 of the way through the story and didn’t know if I could continue. Gullible, easily manipulated, not willing to listen to reason becaus I love me some Debbie Macomber, and set my alarm for the newest Christmas offering every year. But this is not my favorite. The beginning is good but as the story wears on the heroine begins to annoy me in an extreme way. She’s trusting to the point of stupidity. Why does a woman have to be driven by her emotions in order to be considered feminine? I got about 2/3 of the way through the story and didn’t know if I could continue. Gullible, easily manipulated, not willing to listen to reason because you have a “gut feeling”…those are things that irritate me in real life, so I’m sure it influenced my feelings about the story.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Erika

    This book has two stories. The first story, Lonesome Cowboy, was a fun, light read that followed a usual plot line for Debbie Macomber. The second story, Texas TwoStep, was frustrating with lots of arguments and assumptions and misunderstandings. By the sixth misunderstanding and storming off, I was ready for the story to end. The ending was as expected but the fighting was frustrating for me. Not my favourite. I won’t be continuing the series.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Rachel

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. It was pretty good and well written as always from Debbie Macomber. Savanbah was a bit too "old lady" for my taste but she was strong considering everything she'd been through. Laredo was a blessing not only to her but to Grady as well because he softened him up a bit. Like a brother seeing as Grady's real brother, Richard is a complete selfish, immature jerk. Need to get through Ellie's story to get to Grady and Caroline's. Looking forward to that one! It was pretty good and well written as always from Debbie Macomber. Savanbah was a bit too "old lady" for my taste but she was strong considering everything she'd been through. Laredo was a blessing not only to her but to Grady as well because he softened him up a bit. Like a brother seeing as Grady's real brother, Richard is a complete selfish, immature jerk. Need to get through Ellie's story to get to Grady and Caroline's. Looking forward to that one!

  19. 4 out of 5

    Ruthann Figlestahler

    Easy read I always enjoy all the books by Debbie Macomber. They are great books for a nice afternoon or evenIng curled up with a good book. I love following all of her characters and how they work out any problems with one another. Looking forward to another book about this little town of Promise.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Claudia

    3.5 stars Two stories in one volume. The stories focus on different people in the same town. There is also some backstory that seems to have come from a previous novel, though I do not know which one. Easy reading, the typical Macomber formula, but enjoyable for a mental Twinkie.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Mary Baker

    I liked the second of the novels in this volume better than the first because it was more fun to read. I thought the first novel was a bit slow and not as logical as the second. I still enjoyed both.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Angela Gaudet

    I thought there was more room for character development but at a time like this in history, maybe it's good to read a nice simple novel of two stories. The second story was boatloads better than the first story. I thought there was more room for character development but at a time like this in history, maybe it's good to read a nice simple novel of two stories. The second story was boatloads better than the first story.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Alice

    This a touchy warm romantic book. One of the best Debbie Macomber's I've read. Pleasant hearty story with swooning love scenes in the way Debbie Macomber does them. Fans of this author won't be disappointed. This a touchy warm romantic book. One of the best Debbie Macomber's I've read. Pleasant hearty story with swooning love scenes in the way Debbie Macomber does them. Fans of this author won't be disappointed.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Sandy

    Listened to the unabridged audio book. I liked this book better than some of Macomber's others. It had interesting descriptions and characters and wasn't quite as predictable as some of Macomber's books (such as The Matchmakers). Listened to the unabridged audio book. I liked this book better than some of Macomber's others. It had interesting descriptions and characters and wasn't quite as predictable as some of Macomber's books (such as The Matchmakers).

  25. 4 out of 5

    Cathy

    This is a two-novel volume; I read most of the first novel in a single sitting in one evening. The plots are a bit formulaic, but the stories move along at a snappy pace and the characters are engaging and likeable. If you don't think you like romances, give these a try. This is a two-novel volume; I read most of the first novel in a single sitting in one evening. The plots are a bit formulaic, but the stories move along at a snappy pace and the characters are engaging and likeable. If you don't think you like romances, give these a try.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Sharon L.

    another wonderful story, from Debbie McComber I loved the two books together. Know you will too if you are a fan of her writing. I live in Texas part of the year so see random ranches like described in the book too. I think those women are very special to live on a ranch too.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Annette

    A little Mills and Boonish but nevertheless I enjoyed the story.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Carolanne wollin

    I think I was expecting more. Both stories Lonesomeness Cowboy and the Texas Two-Step were very predictable and similar. Hoping the series gets better in book two.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Tammy Downing

    Two related stories in one book. Very sweet love stories with some drama, deception and mystery worked in. I really enjoy reading books by Debbie Macomber.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Melita Sheppard

    Read this ages ago, bit still enjoyed it second time around. Fairly sure there must be a third part.

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