Lone Star Ranger by Renae Brumbaugh Green: Book Review
About the Book
Book: Lone Star Ranger
Author: Renae Brumbaugh Green
Genre: Christian Historical Fiction
Release Date: January 21, 2020
Elizabeth Covington will get her man.
And she has just a week to prove her brother isn’t the murderer Texas Ranger Rett Smith accuses him of being. She’ll show the good-looking lawman he’s wrong, even if it means setting out on a risky race across Texas to catch the real killer.
Rett doesn’t want to convict an innocent man. But he can’t let the Boston beauty sway his senses to set a guilty man free. When Elizabeth follows him on a dangerous trek, the Ranger vows to keep her safe. But who will protect him from the woman whose conviction and courage leave him doubting everything—even his heart?
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What a read. Nothing seems to go right for Elizabeth, and her sense of justice is violated by Rett’s insistence that her brother is a murderer. When she’s not even allowed to defend him because of her gender, I could see the steam erupting from her ears.
I was set to dislike Rett from the get go. He seemed rude and hard-hearted. I know he had to be because of his job, and he truly believed he had the right man, but boy, I couldn’t wait for him to be proven wrong.
The author does a marvelous job of packing a full story into small package. The pacing is quick, almost frantic at times, and everything concludes with a bang that almost felt too rushed.
Although the Christian element seemed a bit thin, with the characters offering a prayer here or there toward the end, it did feel genuine.
I enjoyed this fast-paced western adventure. With an unlikely couple at the helm of what started out as the capture of an outlaw and turned into a rescue mission, you’ll be hard pressed not to see the story through to the end.
I requested a copy of this book from Celebrate Lit. I was not required to leave a positive review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
About the Author
Renae Brumbaugh Green is a city-girl-turned-country-diva. She’s married to a handsome country boy named Rick, and she’s mom to four nearly-perfect, nearly-grown children, two rowdy dogs, and some ducks. They live in rural Texas where Renae wears overalls, western boots, and bubblegum pink nail polish. She’s a bestselling author of over 30 books, an award-winning humor columnist, and an online English teacher. In her free time, she can be found leaping tall buildings and rescuing kittens from trees. Or, she’d like to do those things, if she had free time.
More from Renae
I’ve been a fan of historical romance from the moment I graduated from The Babysitter’s Club. A friend of mind introduced me to the Love Comes Softly series by Janette Oke, and I was hooked. In college, between exams and extracurricular stuff, I read those books like they were M&Ms. That’s why, when I started writing grown-up fiction, I knew historical was my genre.
But there’s another reason—perhaps a more compelling reason—why I had to write The Texas Rangers series. See, my granddaddy was a Texas Ranger. Not the baseball player kind. The gun-toting, cowboy-hat-and-badge-wearing kind. As far as I know, he was not a master of any kinds of martial arts, so if you’re a fan of Walker, Texas Ranger, I’m sorry to disappoint.
And he was not alive during the late 1800s, as are the characters are in this series. Grandaddy died in 1980 when I was 12 years old. He was a good man, known for rescuing puppies and bringing small gifts and toys to children in stressful situations—i.e. when their parents were arrested. My favorite memory of him is sitting on his lap, falling asleep to the sound of his big, round pocket watch ticking. I have a picture of myself, age three, sitting on his knee while he typed up his reports. I love that typewriter picture, and find it significant since I’m now a writer.
Grandaddy was Robert Everett Smith, and Grandmother (yes, I called her that—she was very formal, but also very sweet) was Ellie Marie (Edgar) Smith. The two lead characters in Lone Star Ranger are named Rett (Everett) and Elizabeth, in their honor.
Like Grandmother, Elizabeth is refined and formal, yet strong headed, with her own lady-like brand of spunk. She hails from Boston, and is a little overwhelmed at the grit and gravel of Texas lawmen. But she’s not intimidated—not even by handsome Texas Ranger Rett Smith.
Thanks so much for sharing in my cherished family memories. I hope you enjoy the story as much as I enjoyed writing it!
—Renae Brumbaugh Green