Third generation Texas Ranger Tyler Steele is the last of a dying breed - a modern-day cowboy hero living in a world that doesn't quite understand his powerful sense of right and wrong and instinct to defend those who can't defend themselves.
Despite his strong moral compass, Ty has trouble seeing his greatest weakness. His hard outer shell, the one essential to his work, made him incapable of forging the emotional connection his wife, Andie, so desperately needed.
Now retired, raising their son, Brodie, on his own, and at risk of losing his ranch, Ty does not know how to rebuild from the rubble of his life. The answer comes in the form of Samantha and her daughter, Hope, on the run from a seemingly inescapable situation. They are in danger, desperate, and alone. Though they are strangers, Ty knows he can help - protecting the innocent is what he does best. As his relationship with Sam and Hope unfolds, Ty realizes he must confront his true weaknesses if he wants to become the man he needs to be.
©2012 Charles Martin (P)2012 Hachette Audio
Avid reader of inspirational fiction and faith-based self help. Memoir-style, 1st person pov is ideal. Favs include C. Martin & L. Wingate!
I'm true fan of Charles Martin's work. This piece is a bit different from most of his novels. But well worth it.
The narration is good; however, as a native Texan, I believe there would have been greater authenticity if important names like Brazos and Hereford were pronounced as Texans do... not according to a dictionary pronunciation
You know the sardonic; "I laughed, I cried..." Well, I actually did. I'm from west Texas and this is so very true to life, with authentic characters and real life situations. The characters are flawed and struggle with issues, just like we do. Loved it, please do give it a listen.
Needs a more challenging story line. It reads like a super hero comic book.
Challenge the reader. If the primary character is a man of few words, try to explain his character with fewer words. This is the most talkative man of few words, I have ever heard.
He didn't speak Texan. The reader needs to do some work on dialect and pronunciation.
If you like a simple love story for those that want everything to work out for everyone, this is it.
love to read and love audio books!Favorite authors: Marcia Willett,Nevil Shute,Mary Stewart,and Jacqueline Winspear. I could go on and on but wont bore you! I belong to a book group and we often" Listen" to the books we have selected for the month while using a paper copy for the discussion notes. It really enhances the quality of the story.
I WAS a fan of Charles Martin but this book was a big disappointment. He has sacrificed his usual good writing with a lot of crude dialogue about body functions and salacious situations with Tyler, the Texas Ranger and "Sam" the woman he rescues. Too much detail about learning to shoot and "manhood" I guess this is a guys book.
I absolutely HATED the little girls "letters to God" her voice was cloying and the content stupid and unbelievable for a 10 year old who had gone through trauma.
The male narrator was the only good part of the book. Skip this one!
there was enough excitement in the book to keep you wondering
it was hard for me not to care about all the characters. martin has a way at the end of all his books that you think dang this didn't come out the way I wanted to see it and then it does. I liked how he entertwined the action of the main characters life into a nice story of people finding their soul mates.
I love stories about dogs!
I had a hard time working... wasn't for this book! I didn't want to turn it off. The descriptions of everything.. I could just picture everything! Loved the romance and sadness and joy on every page and I really loved the transition between the little girls "Dear God' and "Cowboy"... very sweet. Laughed and cried!
Don't have much to compare but will be reading more of his books!
Cowboy.. gotta say was favorite. Hope... well, who wouldn't love her?
BOth.. everything... even put off dinner one night to finish a couple of chapters!
I'm an avid listener always searching for another good book and willing to share my thoughts with a pithy review.
If you like John Wayne movies, you will love this story. It has a wonderful unique character who tells much of the story from her point of view and in her vernacular. It's a refreshing change when the story telling is handed off to her, and she proceeds to speak to you as she writes in her diary. These folks face more than their fair share of challenges, and how they deal with these provides you the reader with a pretty clear view of their differences in values and character. One of the more likable listening choices I've made, and I trust you will agree. Cheers, Ken
Mr. Martin needs to do his research before he puts pen to paper. There were too many glaring inconsistencies to make reading this book enjoyable. If you enjoy Harlequin Romance books, you will love this one. Simpering romance with no imagination.
I did enjoy listening to Daniel May's deeply resonating voice.Luci Bell does a wonderful job!
I thought this was going to be full of action and I was very disappointed. There was action in the first two chapters, a legitimate bad guy defined, but the rest of the book had no action and was all about feelings. The bad guy was never confronted by the main character, he just basically went away - was deleted by a female character in a minor scene. It reads like a work from two authors. It started out being an action hero novel, but it seems like the author handed over the rest of the book to his wife who made it mawkish.
Overall, the book is a romance novel with stereotypes of what a man's feelings are and should be. A child's voice and narrative is included that contributes little to the novel - just another vehicle to show emotions that I found, well, ...childish.
I did like the reader - a good Texan drawl that fit the main character. Too bad the main character was so sentimental.
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