• A Texan's Promise

  • The Heart of a Hero Series, Book 1
  • By: Shelley Gray
  • Narrated by: Mia Gaskin
  • Length: 10 hrs and 5 mins
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (741 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Past promises will be tested as new ones are given....

When Clayton Proffitt, foreman of the Circle Z Ranch in Texas, discovers Vanessa Grant is the victim of her stepfather's advances, Clayton knows he must protect her honor and move her far away from the ranch - and from the man she fears. As they make their way west, an unexpected, deep bond develops between Vanessa and Clayton - far more powerful than a mere friendship or his sense of duty to her. But Vanessa's stepfather won't let her go so easily. As Clayton and Vanessa place their faith in God and their trust in each other, will they find healing and hope for the future together?

©2011 Shelley Sabga (P)2015 Audible, Inc.

Critic Reviews

"Shelley Gray’s fans will enjoy riding along with her characters down a new trail of romance in A Texan’s Promise, the first in The Heart of a Hero series. Readers will be rooting for Clayton and Vanessa to find their way to a true and lasting love." (Ann H. Gabhart, author of The Outsider, Summer of Joy, and Angel Sister)
"Shelley Gray is a wonderful storyteller, and A Texan’s Promise captured me from the first page. This endearing love story is so rich with detail, I felt like I was traveling alongside Vanessa and Clayton throughout their incredible journey. Clayton is the hero every woman dreams of, and I loved watching Vanessa grow from a scared girl into a strong woman. This is a wonderful start to this new series. Highly recommended." (Beth Wiseman, best-selling author of the Daughters of the Promise series)

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Wrong book under this title. This is book 3

Very confused, at the beginning the narrator clearly states "A Texan's Choice, book 3 of The Heart of A Hero Book Series." Me being me, I looked it up and A Texan's Choice is actually book 2. But no matter what order this is clearly not book 1 of the series.

So I just gave up. Maybe when things are labeled correctly, and in correct order I'll give it another try.

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Wonderful Page Turner!

This is a wonderful romantic, Christian novel. It's got just the right amount of adventure and drama. I especially love the endearments of the main character, Darling, Sweetheart, Precious, Sweetie. Recommended!

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Life in the west post-civil war

I appreciated the author’s ability to set the scene of the story, post civil war TX and then CO and Nebraska. She also aptly handled the truth of domestic abuse and the lack of women’s rights in that era that now seems very hard to believe and will make you angry. Characters were developed well, the main ones—Vanessa & Clayton, as well as the villain, her stepfather, and also siblings. Good production, & would recommend it if you enjoy romances in this era.

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A breath of fresh air!

It was so refreshing learning about Clayton and all that he faced and prayed and fought for. Vanessa’s horrible situation and her growth through it all as she and Clayton struggled to find healing and this man that watched her grow from a funny young girl full of laughter to a woman that he cherished and loved with his whole heart.

Sometimes Christian stories of romance and adventure lack something. They can be bland and one runs to another and then another seeming the same. We as readers long to be swept up into the story and feel what they feel and it is true to life. Thank you for this adventure and allowing me to be right there where they were.

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very good story of a hero

A great storyline, keep your interest. There are Interesting turns in the story to hold your interest. Great rescue and romance. Good characters

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not a bad story

i enjoyed the narrator and the story as a whole but i found myself tired of the main characters constant reflections. i enjoy knowing what the characters are thinking usually but this got to be a bit much for me. i just wanted to scream at them "talk to each other" and "listen." the hero has unrelenting and unrealistic expections of himself and the heroine kept desparetely seeking his apprival and everytime he told her what to do, she did something else. it got tiring. i did enjoy the character developement and the dynamic between friends. It was a clean read which is always nice and i appreciated that the characters worked hard to be God fearing but sometimes the scripture usage seemed a bit forced. although i don't fault anybody for doing their best to keep Gods word foremost in their lives, not even characters in a book. :) Overall, I did not love it but is wasn't a bad read.

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With God, all things are made possible

Ms. Gray, I shall enjoy this aaga of good versus evil for many more times! God's love never fails and will rise victorious every single time. Thank you ever so much for sharing these children of God and their battles toward a better life provides by God's agape love! Tremendous story brought to life by the performance of Ms. Gaskin. Two extremely talented ladies, indeed. May God continue to richley bless you both as you show how we should rely on our LORD & savior, Jesus Christ!

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Not up to regular standards

I typically enjoy this author but this book is not cutting it. It could be the narrator and I have adjusted the narration speed but it made no difference. I am not even going to finish it.

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Disappointed

I was disappointed n the story line
Felt as if the object of story was for the hero to bed the girl
No real story
The narrator had a ding song voice and that may be the real reason I was disappointed n this
I start the first book n this series and did not like it either

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This book should be listed as a Christian book.

Too churchy, would be good for a religious nut but it will turn many people off. The author just went over board with it, and obviously there it no hot spicy moments. It's Pretty much PG. Good story line for those who enjoy clean romance but this book should be listed as religious.

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Good, but not great

The narrator wasn’t great at the male voices, & she made the female voices sound a bit ditsy. It started out really well, but got a bit slower & tad dull in the last half. Good ending, though. Diverting, but I probably wouldn’t listen to it again.