Jodi Thomas is one author who launches her stories with soothing enticement. Immediately, this writer can pull the reader into her plot, but regrettably I found her stories generally limp to the finish line. However, in Twilight in Texas the author leaves ‘limp’ behind and finishes with a winner.
The American Civil War rages – North against the South, brother against brother, father against son. In a crowded Philadelphia train station two strangers spontaneously embrace and kiss, a moment in time, but a moment so powerful it would carry them through the horrors of war. Call it fate, call it love, or call it survival, but neither party would ever forget. Two strangers touched by love’s whisper, two strangers from opposite sides. Benjamin “Wolf” Hayward is a Confederate spy and Mollie Donivan is the daughter of a Union general.
Eight years later, both still live with that cherished memory. Once again, two strangers meet, but in a different time and place. Now Wolf Hayward is a captain in the Texas Rangers; he has a full beard, long hair, and fifty more pounds. Mollie Donivan is a struggling pharmacist/doctor. Wolf immediately recognizes Molly as the vision from his past. Molly regrettably fails to recognize Wolf as her fantasy soldier.
So Thomas begins her love story and this is gentle, soft romance at its finest. Although Wolf is delighted to find his Molly again, he is terrified to reveal who he really is. He is afraid because they once dwelled as enemies; he is afraid because Molly knows nothing of his wartime spying and betrayals. But amazingly, with Thomas’ magic, what could have been unreasonably ridiculous turns into spellbinding fascination.
Adding further delight, the author builds her story around exceptional secondary characters. From the adorable child known as Callie Anne, to the gruff old veteran who acts as Molly’s protector, Thomas weaves them warmly into her reader’s heart.
In the past, I have always liked Jodi Thomas as an author. She has a simple direct style, a tender quality, and great homelike characters. So what made Twilight in Texas a better book? Because this time, Thomas wrote an entire book strongly, not just a few chapters.
- Overall Rating: A
- Overall Sensuality: Warm.