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The Desires of Her Heart by Lyn Cote

Reviewed by Vickie McDonough

"...takes readers to a fascinating time when Texas was not part of America, and the Spanish were leaving while the Mexicans were claiming the land."

Dorritt Mott grew up among the wealthy of New Orleans, but everything changed the day her step-father announced they were broke and were losing their home. Though Mr. Kilbride blames Dorritt’s bookkeeping as the problem, she knows it was his lust for gambling that brought them to this dire place. Dorritt packs up her family, leaving behind her home and everything she’s ever known, and they head for the wilds of Texas, which is transitioning from Spanish rule to Mexican.

Quinn recognizes the portly Mr. Kilbride as the man who cheated him out of a dozen head of livestock. His irritation burns as the lazy Kilbride leaves control of his family and numerous slaves to the woman called Dorritt. Quinn can’t help his attraction to the lovely blond woman with the palest skin he’s ever seen, but he knows she wouldn’t be interested in a half-breed like him. He agrees to hire on as guide to lead the family to Stephen Austin, who is starting a settlement for Americans in Texas, mainly because he wants to watch out for Dorritt.

Dorritt is fascinated with Mr. Quinn. Though a half-breed he’s more manly and in control than any man she’s ever met. Her feelings for him quickly grow and he seems equally interested in her. She never planned to marry, but Quinn has her rethinking those ideas. He’s trustworthy, highly skilled, and honest. But even in Texas, it would be unthinkable for a white woman to marry a half-breed. She’d be shunned from polite society. As things go from bad to worse, Dorritt and Quinn work to keep the family safe. But will their hearts endure the journey? Will Dorritt risk being ostracized to have the only man she’s ever cared for?

The Desires of Her Heart is the first book in an engaging new series by Lyn Cote called Texas Star of Destiny. She takes readers to a fascinating time when Texas was not part of America, and the Spanish were leaving while the Mexicans were claiming the land. It was a rough wilderness, with few amenities or communities. There were Comanches, Spanish and Mexican soldiers, and the harshness of the elements to deal with on a daily basis. For Dorritt, things are even more difficult because she is the one responsible for her family, their slaves, and all their belongings, but at the same time she has to make it look as if Mr. Kilbride is in charge.

Dorritt is a great heroine. Though she’s constantly berated by Mr. Kilbride and her step-sister, Dorritt tends to the duties that must be done while trying to protect their slaves from Mr. Kilbride’s vile temper. She feels alone and unloved, except by her mother and God, but she never gives in and does what must be done, because she’s the only one who will. She finds Mr. Quinn a surprising supporter, and realizes that there are men in the world who are good and trustworthy. While her heart is drawn closer to him, her mind continually tells her they could never be together. When forces pull them apart, Dorritt must search her heart for the truth and for her future.

The Desires of Her Heart is a riveting historical romance that takes you to a time and a place not often written about. Ms. Cote’s characters are unique and each one takes on a personality of its own. I’ll be looking forward to reading future books in this fascinating series.

Vickie McDonough is an award-winning inspirational romance author. She has written four Heartsong novels and five novellas. Her stories have placed first in several prestigious contests, such as the ACFW Noble Theme, the Inspirational Readers Choice Contest, and the Texas Gold contest. She has also written books reviews for nearly five years and enjoys mentoring new writers. Vickie is a wife of thirty-one years, mother to four sons, and a new grandma. When she’s not writing, Vickie enjoys reading, gardening, watching movies, and traveling. Vickie loves hearing from her readers via e-mail.