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Friday, October 10, 2014


by Caroline Clemmons
for Kathy Shaw

Anna Jeffrey is a member of this blog and a friend. She is never one to toot her own horn, so you may not know what a tremendous author she is.

If you read the first of Anna Jeffrey’s Sons of Texas Trilogy, THE TYCOON, then no doubt you joined me in eagerly waiting for THE CATTLEMAN. Anna did not disappoint readers with this book.

Unlike his older brother Drake, Pic Lockhart is a rancher. After a failed early marriage that cost his family big bucks, Pic is hesitant to marry again. Not that he’s unable to commit. He and Amanda Breckinridge love one another and are a long-standing item. But only in the privacy of her home or an evening drive to another town.

Amanda is the award-winning swimming coach and English teacher whose private life is overlooked by the school board, probably because the Lockhart family makes large contributions to the school and community. Although she longs for more than their current situation allows, she hesitates to press Pic for fear of losing him. But he’s more likely to lose her.

In the first book, we learned of the senior Lockhats’ tumultuous marriage and separation. That situation continues, but Pic’s mom occasionally visits the Double-Barrel Ranch to interfere in the lives of her children and the cheating ex-husband who still loves her. Mama can’t stand the fact that Pic is seeing “a nobody” of whom she disapproves and arranges for him to meet the daughter of a friend. Zochi, that friend’s sexy daughter, tests Pic’s self-control.

In the meantime more mischief is being orchestrated against the Lockharts on several levels. Although readers won’t learn who is behind the problems (I have my suspicions) until the next book, THE CATTLEMAN ends with Pic’s life firmly set to rights in a way that satisfied this reader.  Now I can hardly wait to read the third book when it’s released.

I give this book 5 out of 5 stars. If you enjoy Linda Lael Miller and Joan Johnston, you’re sure to enjoy THE TYCOON and THE CATTLEMAN.

THE TYCOON Amazon link:

THE CATTLEMAN Amazon buy link:

About the Author

Anna Jeffrey, Author

Anna Jeffrey is an award-winning author of romance novels as well as romantic comedy/mystery. She has written 9 romance novels and co-authored 7 as USA Today Bestselling author, Dixie Cash. 

Her Anna Jeffrey’s books have won the Write Touch Readers’ Award, the Aspen Gold, and the More Than Magic awards. Her books have been finalists in the Colorado Romance Writers award, the Golden Quill and Southern Magic as well as the Write Touch Readers’ Award, the Aspen Gold and the More than Magic awards. She is a member of Romance Writers of America, Dallas Area Romance Authors and PASIC.

Anna is a fifth generation Texan. She was born and grew up in West Texas, where most of her family members were farmers and ranchers or worked in the oil fields. She left Texas for many years and lived in four of the western states, a rich experience she’ll never forget.

She loves most things western, from the customs and culture to the philosophy of life. She enjoys many hobbies, i.e., reading, painting and drawing, crafting, needlework and beading.

These days, she’s back home in Texas. She and her husband currently live in Granbury, Texas, a small town not far from the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex. 

Find her website at


  1. I love Anna Jeffrey's books. Thank you for your very interesting blog, Caroline. And thank you for sharing Anna with us. I really enjoyed reading about her. We met in person a few years back but I doubt she remembers me. No matter - I remember her and her great reads.

  2. Caroline, I'm glad your tooting Anna's horn because she deserves attention. Love her Dixie Cash books. Thanks for shining a spotlight on her.

  3. As usual, I'm late to the party, but I want to thank Caroline for her flattering comments and wonderful review of THE CATTLEMAN. I know it's kind of an atypical romance. ... I'm already at work plotting the 3rd book in the series, entitled THE HORSEMAN. The series is the story of the 3 Lockhart brothers, with sort of a family saga overarching. In the 3rd book, I'm going to try to tie all of the loose ends together. Thank you again, Caroline, and thank you, smart girls, for your remarks.


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