Thunder and Rain by Charles Martin
Tyler Steele is a Texas Ranger. The law enforcement kind. Not the baseball playing kind. He's a cowboy, rough around the edges but with a noble heart on the inside. Retired and raising his son by himself on a farm in West Texas, Tyler is struggling to do what is right by his son and his estranged wife when he meets a strange woman and her daughter in a dangerous situation. Without a second thought, he decides to help them and in the process helps himself.
When I started this book, I didn't like it a lot. The storytelling was choppy. The plot was predictable. And it all felt a little superficial. But then I became charmed by Tyler and his nobleness and how he would help strangers when most people would have ignored them if they saw them at all. A very rare individual.
Reading this book, the descriptions of Texas and Tyler seemed so spot on I would have guessed that Martin is from Texas. I was shocked when I learned he lives in Florida. The book just felt so much like true West Texas that I was reminded of Larry McMurtry.
Thunder and Rain is a sweet romance that reminds me a lot of Jane Austen. How the romance, attraction and longing is not expressed outright but rather it boils under the surface before it is released at the end. It makes for a nice change from other popular "romance" books. If you like stories of romance, read this one.
Next month - Caleb's Crossing by Geraldine Brooks
Disclosure: No one paid me in any way, form or fashion for this review.