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Texas Hope

A Sweetgrass Springs Story
Narrated by: Eric G. Dove
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From New York Times and USA TODAY best-selling Texas romance author Jean Brashear comes another Sweetgrass Springs story in the Texas Heroes series.

Secrets divide a family....

For Michael Cavanaugh's entire life, his mother has kept a shocking secret: that she was married once before she married his father, and she gave birth to that man's child. Stunned that the mother who'd loved him so would abandon a child, and furious with his mother's deceit, he sets out to find the older brother he has always wanted.

Ian McLaren, the favorite son of Sweetgrass Springs, has a full plate: a wife he adores, a baby on the way, a ranch to run, and a town that depends on him. When a stranger arrives in town with the staggering news that he and Ian share a mother - the woman he'll never forgive for abandoning him and his dad - his world tilts off its axis.

Gordon McLaren has had years to regret the path he chose that parted him from the only woman he's ever loved. Now he is torn between his longing to see her again and the anguish doing so would cause the son he's worked so hard to protect all these years.

Walking away from the child she cherished and the man she loved was far from easy for Sophia Bancroft McLaren Cavanaugh. Facing them again would be the single most terrifying step she's undertaken since the day she left to save her sanity - and Gordon forbade her to return.

Secrets divide the four of them, and the anguish of the past makes it impossible to hope they could ever overcome the years of heartache - until the threat of an even more unbearable loss gives them one last chance to unite.

©2015 Jean Brashear (P)2015 Jean Brashear

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  • Theresa
  • 25-06-19

Texas Hope....

This installment of the Texas Heroes Series is great. Michael Cavanaugh comes to Sweetgrass Springs to connect with his half brother. What a shock to Ian McLaren! He is angry and wants no part of Michael. The journey through emotional upheaval and what follows is beautifully written you Jean Brashear. The characters come to life. I feel as if I know them all. Eric G. Dove does his job as an excellent narrator once again. All in all, another wonderful audible. And I can’t wait for the next one!

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  • rani727
  • 22-06-19

One of my favorites

I loved this book so much. It had a lot going on with more than one couple. Michael was perfect for Lakin. It made me cry with happiness. I just devoured this book and can hardly wait for the next one. Eric G. Dove does such a marvelous job of narrating.

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  • DarkJade
  • 05-06-19

Michael & Laken

Michael is very excited to find out he has a brother but angry with his mother for not telling him. Ian's reaction is off the charts. I enjoyed catching up with Sweetgrass, the wonderful couples, and the new people moving to town. Laken is battling her past hurts and hurting Michael in the process. The narrator, Eric G. Dove, was great!

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 25-05-19

A favorite series

Jean Brashear has written another wonderful book in the Sweetgrass series. I love the characters so much. i wasn't ready for the story to end. I'm looking forward to the next book!

Eric Dove is an excellent narrator! He has really brought the characters to life. It's like watching a movie.

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  • JigsawGirl
  • 24-05-19

So Many Emotions

I both read and listened to this book. The narrator only enhances all the emotions you feel. It was a really good story, and Eric G. Dove makes you forget that HE is all of Sweetgrass Springs. The book was great, but the narration took me on a journey.

I will add my review of the book to this review.

I voluntarily listened to and reviewed the Audiobook provided by the author.

****Ebook review****
Wow! There was a lot going on in this story. It can be read as a standalone because the writer gives you a bit of background on each character and relationship. If you have read the Book Babes Trilogy, that will help even more.

This book takes you back to Sweetgrass Springs and you get to revisit most of the characters in town. There are so many secrets, hurt feelings, and pain for Michael, Ian, Sophia, Gordon, and Laken.

I liked the way Michael and Ian are portrayed as strong, independent, loving , and forgiving men. I guess you can put Ian's father Gordon in that same category.

The way the writer described Sophia's struggle with the decision she made was well done. Even if a person could never personally understand walking away from a child, what was going through Sophia's head clarified what SHE was going through and what SHE thought was best. The sad thing was that she didn't think much of herself.

Laken's struggle with who she was and what she wanted made an abrupt turn once she hit Sweetgrass Springs. She and Michael had great chemistry. They also had some rather harsh conversations. Actually, there were a number of very direct, difficult conversations in this book. But, overwhelmingly, there was the strong sense of love, loyalty, friendship and support that is in every Sweetgrass Springs book. Let's not forget the funny moments or the steamy moments either.

There was so much more that happened, you really need to read this one yourself.

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  • Isha Coleman
  • 24-05-19

...there were a great many tears shed.

How do you forgive the unforgivable? It will take a leap of faith an almost tragedy to turn four strangers into the family they were always meant to be. Texas Hope is not your average romance. A mother's love is at the heart of a tale of convaluted secrets and second chances. The pain of the past trickles down into hope for the present. The heartache real, Brashear makes sure of that. Between the emotional journey, the relatable characters and the soulful, yet calm delivery of Mr. Dove, there were a great many tears shed. My eyes may be a mass of redness, but my heart was deeply touched.

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  • Jennifer
  • 07-05-19

favorite sweetgrass book

This book by far is my favorite, it touches every feelers one could have. Ian and Michael's story alone is great but to add Laken into the story is genius.

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  • Just My Opinion
  • 20-02-18

Brother, Mother & More For Ian!

Wow this was an emotional storyline to say the least. Ian McLaren wants nothing to do with the mother who abandoned him when he was a child so when Michael Cavanaugh shows up at Ruby’s saying that he is his half brother his hackles go up. He is not prepared for the feelings that assault him and he tells Michael he is not interested in having a brother and sends him away. Michael is conflicted, he is a good man and knows that Ian is as well. He is having a difficult time knowing his mother abandoned her child, a brother he would do anything to get to know. On top of all this, Michael is trying to show Laken that he won’t abandon her like everyone else in her life has. She just needs to learn how to trust. You will need a box of tissues while listening to this story, I certainly did. I think this was one of my favorite Texas Heroes stories. It was emotional, entertaining and very difficult to put down. Once again Eric Dove does an exceptional job with the narration. He has such a talent for bringing all the characters to life and making listening to the story a wonderful experience.