The Desires of Her Heart by Lyn Cote is the first book in the Texas Star of Destiny Series. It was a very unpredictable book – and that’s a good thing in my opinion.
This story has a lot of prejudice and stereotypes that are hard for me to understand because I haven’t dealt with them in real life. The hero, Quinn, is half Indian and the heroine, Dorritt, is almost a spinster. At the time the book is written those were both really looked down on. Then throw in the Negro slaves, Mexicans, Spaniards, and mestizos. Quite a mix!
It takes place in 1821 when angloamericanos were moving into Texas. The problem was that Texas still belonged to Mexico and was having trouble with the Spaniards.
I admired the heroine’s faith in God and her witness through bad circumstances as her stepfather forces them to leave New Orleans for the wilds of Texas. She is submissive and strong.
Here is the information from the back cover:
A New Orleans lady and a half-breed frontiersman become unlikely allies as they travel the wilds of texas.
In 1821, when circumstances make it impossible for her to remain in New Orleans, Dorritt and her family head west to join Stephen Austin’s settlement and recoup their fortune in Texas.
Quinn is a man of the frontier who has made a name for himself as a peerless scout. But as he and Dorritt’s party begin a grueling trek across untamed Texas, the success of their journey is in grave doubt. Mexico has broken with the Spanish Crown, and armies from both countries—plus marauding Comanches—roam the pine forests and prairies. And one of the party is plotting destruction.
Now, with their lives joined in a virgin land fraught with peril, can Dorritt and Quinn put all their trust in God and receive the desires of their hearts?
For more information visit Lyn Cote’s website, the publisher’s website, or here for the first chapter.