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Category: 

Historical Fiction

Publisher:  Findley Family Video
Pages: 

267

Copyright:  August 1, 2010 ISBN-13:  9780983030560

     

An arranged marriage between two people with secrets to keep and lies to tell can still arrange itself into a most unexpected revelation for a puzzle-solving Texas war veteran and a celebrity singer both desperate to secure their freedom and future happiness.

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 "Wounded war hero" Hamilton Jessup married celebrity singer Maeve Collinswood without realizing her marriage of convenience proposal would plunge him into a personal and patriotic crisis. Texas faced war with Mexico. A mysterious "Endgame Scenario" set Ham to puzzling Texas' future. Maeve drew him into a passionate alliance, a deadly confrontation, and a reliance on God he had never imagined.

 


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"I wanted to lay your concerns to rest, ma'am," Ham drawled. "It was kind of you to call Doctor Evans, and I apologize for being generally impossible to live with."
Maeve looked at him in astonishment. "Doctor Evans said you were feverish, and you seemed to be in pain. Hamilton, what happened last night?"
"Last night, ma'am?" Ham seemed to be thinking hard. "Would you believe me if I told you Nat Grover drugged our punch and hired someone to try to kill us?"
"What?" Maeve stood up. "How can you stand there and speak such a lot of nonsense? Why do you hate Mr. Grover so much? What has he done to you?"
Ham took a deep breath. "Well then," he said in a low voice, "Since that's how you respond, you got a bit faint and I got a bit thirsty and I sent you home and went out and wet my whistle."
Maeve appeared to be studying him. "You were drunk, and suffered from a hangover," Maeve summarized finally.
"In essence, that is what must have occurred," Ham replied. "Since Mr. Grover is sacrosanct from my unprovable accusations."
"Hamilton?" Maeve said suddenly.
"Yes, ma'am?" Ham asked.
"The story you told about Goliad," Maeve said, looking pained, "Was it some sort of alcoholic raving or did you tell a true tale?"
Ham looked away. "A true tale, ma'am," he said. "I could never be intoxicated enough to show so much disrespect to the memory of that event as to fabricate a tale about it."
"Thank you," Maeve said.





Professional Reviews

I highly recommend this book.
Before you read this book squeeze limes into a jug of water and add sugar and ice. Then find a shady tree and read. Start early in the day, because if you are like me, once you start to read, you won't stop until you have turned over all the pages. The dialogue kept me turning the pages for more.

The characters interactions brings the reader into the story. These scenes are lifelike and dramatic and immerse you in the moment. Key moments are portrayed like this and bring the book to life. Moments of real significance and it is like being in the room, sitting there, listening and hearing what is going on.
This realistic dialogue is done so well, you get a real sense of tension, plans and a wealth of valuable information. You forget you are reading about the writer's creation. The characters speak for themselves and assume a life of their own. But then there are beautiful summary moments. that are visually transporting. I particularly likes a section where " a small book of unlined sheets of beautiful drawings and calligraphy....A number of the remarkably thin pages had been torn out..." You get an increased understanding of the multilayer of story.

Without giving anything away here, the world of deeper realities unfold, fragments of universal truth, a hidden meaning in a Celtic knot, sharing the lessons learned and inner layers of this well-written novel spill out onto the pages. The historical, the frailties of the human condition, the sense of the divine, and of the human spirit- make this book not only one of fiction but one of faction where your eyes open wider to things you may have not known before. The ability to do all of this and make such an interesting read- is what great fiction is all about. I highly recommend this book.


Christian fiction that is intriguing and adventurous.
Chasing the Texas Wind is adventurous tale following the lives of Hamilton and Maeve. Thrown into a marriage of convenience, they somehow find love as they embark on an adventure to save their beloved Texas from the hostile takeover of the oppressive Mexican government. This story has many twists and turns throughout the plot and keeps the reader on their toes and they struggle, along with the characters, to solve the mystery of this intriguing tale.

Although I loved the middle and the ending of this book, I do have to agree with another review that the beginning of this tale (basically the first chapter) is a bit confusing as you try to figure out what is going on. The confusion may have been caused by the lengthy descriptions of the characters and some other discrepancies that probably needed to be addressed to further understand the original character, Hamilton. Despite this jumbling at the beginning. You start to see the characters emerge into people that you love and want to get to know more as friends. You feel sorry for Hamilton and wonder what life Maeve is leading in secret. You also start to see the historical aspects and can only imagine what living in a time of such unrest would have been like. You also long to solve the mystery that encircles the plot and save the characters from any peril that they might face throughout this book. I would recommend this book to anyone who have a love for historical Christian fiction novels and is looking for a little bit of mystery to intrigue them. I am excited to read some more of Mrs. Findley's books in the future.


A thought-provoking and enjoyable read!
Taking a closer view of a much overlooked part of American history, Ms. Findley has woven a story of history, hope, salvation and love with so much suspense and tension that you can't wait to turn each page to find out what happens next. It begins with a false marriage, a marriage of convenience between two enigmatic people, one a beautiful singer and the other a drunkard. However, both carry deep secrets and neither is who they appear to be. As the two carry about their mysterious work, tensions with Mexico are rising, and it falls our lead characters to find love, find God and triumph over the evil antagonist, Chaco.

Ms. Findley provided a very well-written book with the right amount of history to keep you intrigued. Her characters were well-developed, and I was particularly taken with Ham. As a wounded warrior, he was charming, humble and very loyal and dedicated despite his injuries. I liked that he did not let them wear him down. Maeve was so mysteriously beautiful but wrapped up in activities I could not help but dislike, and I was counting on Ham to rescue her the whole way through. As they both redeemed themselves, I gave a cheer for a happily ever after. With the help of the devout Duvall family, these sins are forgiven, and they manage to triumph over their past to look forward to a wholesome future together. Despite all the difficulties, there is hope. A very nice, fast-paced, informative and touching read that I truly enjoyed.


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