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Monday, June 8, 2015


By Mary Adair

Matelyn And The Texas Ranger: A Brides of Texas Code Series, Book 2
by Carra Copelin

I give Matelyn and the Texas Ranger 5 Stars!

This is a story of love and loss and the strength of the human spirit to overcome. I love that this story is grounded in the time of an actual event. In 1875 a Hurricane hit the Texas gulf. This story, though it is a fictional account, casts a realistic light on the devastation of such a tragic event. It also cast a light on the resilience of the human spirit and the kindness of others in a time of need.

The backdrop of the Hurricane provides a powerful visual, but it is not the whole story.
 Ian Benning, rancher and Texas Ranger, lost his wife to a tragic accident. He leaves his home and travels to Houston where he takes over a case involving an international embezzler for the local authorities.

Hurricane's destruction 1875

Matelyn O'Donnell is in the employment of Gerard de Marceau as companion to his wife, Veronique de Marceau. Matelyn is fond of the younger Veronique, but looks forward to the end of their journey to Texas. Once they arrive at Houston after traveling by ship from New Orleans she plans to travel on to Dallas where she can start a new life near her cousin Katie McTierman.

We all know what happens to well laid plans. Bound by fate, mystery, deception, and a hurricane, life will play out for the two couples in a way that will keep you intrigued to the end.

I have a new favorite author. This story is well written, plotted to keep you guessing, and filled with the strength of human spirit. If you enjoy a story that is not afraid to address the emotion of tragedy and the ability of the heart to find love after loss, you will be glad you found Matelyn And The Texas Ranger.


  1. Carra, being one of my favorite authors, I am so looking forward to reading your new book. I am so thankful to Caroline for introducing us!

    1. I hope you enjoy Matelyn and Ian's story, Karren!

  2. Great review, Mary. I enjoyed this book also.

  3. Sounds like another fascinating story from Carra. I'm looking forward to reading it.

  4. Congrats on another great book, Carra!

    1. I appreciate it, Paty. Thanks for stopping by and saying hi!

  5. Mary, Thank you so much for reading and reviewing Matelyn and the Texas Ranger. I'm happy you enjoyed Matelyn and Ian's story, and your words touched my heart.

  6. Glowing review for a great book! Your research and writing style shine, Carra, as always. I loved the story! Even though set against such a tragic event, it gave me a feeling of warmth and love. Keep it up!


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