Texas Hope: Sweetgrass Springs Stories

Texas Hope: Sweetgrass Springs Stories

by Jean Brashear


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For Michael Cavanaugh’s entire life, his mother has kept a shocking secret: that she was married once before she married his father, and she gave birth to that man’s child. Stunned that the mother who’d loved him so would abandon a child and furious with his mother’s deceit, he sets out to find the older brother he has always wanted.

Ian McLaren, the favorite son of Sweetgrass Springs, has a full plate: a wife he adores, a baby on the way, a ranch to run and a town that depends on him. When a stranger arrives in their small town with the staggering news that he and Ian share a mother—the woman he’ll never forgive for abandoning him and his dad—his world tilts off its axis.

Gordon McLaren has had years to regret the path he chose that parted him from the only woman he’s ever loved. Now he is torn between his longing to see her again and the anguish doing so would cause the son he’s worked so hard to protect all these years.

Walking away from the child she cherished and the man she loved was far from easy for Sophia Bancroft McLaren Cavanaugh. Facing them again would be the single most terrifying step she’s undertaken since the day she left to save her sanity—and Gordon forbade her to return.

Secrets divide the four of them, and the anguish of the past makes it impossible to hope they could ever overcome the years of heartache­­

Until the threat of an even more unbearable loss gives them one last chance to unite.

"Jean Brashear's distinctive storytelling voice instantly draws in the reader. She writes with warmth and emotional truth.” ~ #1 NY Times bestselling author Debbie Macomber

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781942653141
Publisher: Jean Brashear
Publication date: 10/07/2018
Series: Texas Heroes , #16
Pages: 258
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.58(d)

About the Author

New York Times and USAToday bestselling Texas romance author of over 50 novels, including the popular TEXAS HEROES series, a five-time RITA finalist and RT BOOKReviews Career Achievement Award winner, Jean Brashear knows a lot about taking crazy chances. A lifelong avid reader, at the age of forty-five with no experience and no training, she decided to see if she could write a book. It was a wild leap that turned her whole life upside down, but she would tell you that though she's never been more terrified, she's never felt more exhilarated or more alive. She's an ardent proponent of not putting off your dreams until that elusive 'someday'-take that leap now.

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Texas Hope: Sweetgrass Springs Stories 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
JigsawGirl 5 months ago
***UPDATE - Includes Audiobook review**** I both read and listened to this book. The narrator only enhances all the emotions you feel. It was a really good story, and Eric G. Dove makes you forget that HE is all of Sweetgrass Springs. The book was great, but the narration took me on a journey. I will add my review of the book to this review. I voluntarily listened to and reviewed the Audiobook provided by the author. ****Ebook review**** Wow! There was a lot going on in this story. It can be read as a standalone because the writer gives you a bit of background on each character and relationship. If you have read the Book Babes Trilogy, that will help even more. This book takes you back to Sweetgrass Springs and you get to revisit most of the characters in town. There are so many secrets, hurt feelings, and pain for Michael, Ian, Sophia, Gordon, and Laken. I liked the way Michael and Ian are portrayed as strong, independent, loving , and forgiving men. I guess you can put Ian's father Gordon in that same category. The way the writer described Sophia's struggle with the decision she made was well done. Even if a person could never personally understand walking away from a child, what was going through Sophia's head clarified what SHE was going through and what SHE thought was best. The sad thing was that she didn't think much of herself. Laken's struggle with who she was and what she wanted made an abrupt turn once she hit Sweetgrass Springs. She and Michael had great chemistry. They also had some rather harsh conversations. Actually, there were a number of very direct, difficult conversations in this book. But, overwhelmingly, there was the strong sense of love, loyalty, friendship and support that is in every Sweetgrass Springs book. Let's not forget the funny moments or the steamy moments either. There was so much more that happened, you really need to read this one yourself.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book.
CHP More than 1 year ago
Once again Jean Brashear has drawn us into her Texas world of loveable characters in Sweetgrass Springs! Michael Cavenaugh returns as Ian's half brother and the turmoil begins. Lots of hurt feelings surface and it's interesting to see how the extended family deals with these issues---they love Ian but also want to include Michael in this new life. Love and forgiveness! Also fun to hear what Jean's other characters are up too! A good read!
Renae_D More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed reading Texas Hope and the dynamics on Michael and Ian's family. I did feel slightly lost by not having read some of the previous novels. It was nice to see Laken came around and Scarlett's strong feelings on family. The beginning felt a little repetiative when Ian and Michael first met and Michael repeating the same thing over and over.
Lit_Litehosue More than 1 year ago
The gang is back and better than ever. Over the years we have come to know and love the Sweetgrass Springs family and now Ian's half brother has shown up. After years on not hearing anything from the mother that left him Ian is surprised when Michael show up and announces that he is the brother Ian never knew he had and how does he tell his dad Gordon who lost the love of his life when Ian's mom walked away. Michael only found out he had a brother when his father passed away, now as a traveling veterinarian he has the ability to relocate his life to be closer to his brother and get to know him. Michael also is in love with a woman who is a high powered attorney who may never fit into his life and he is hoping to change her mind. Laken's career is heading exactly where she wants it to go. She is building a name for herself in her field, but she Michael even though the man is all wrong for her, and her puppy that he took with him when her left. When she decides to go after them things get interesting. I love this story, it if full of twists and turns that will tear at the heart and make you want to be a part of this town. Michael and Laken have a connection that will have you rooting for them and cheering them on and at the same time wanting to shake some sense into them. Ian and Scarlett and Gordon and Sophia play a big part in this story and you won't want to miss all the action and the wonderful story that Ms. Brashear weaves in this wonderful book
Tarri More than 1 year ago
Jean Brashears has written a great series with likable, yet imperfect, characters. In this installment she introduces Michael, Ian McLaren's half brother, you know the one you never knew existed but shows up on your doorstep wanting to meet you. Ian is not happy because he is still angry at the mother he thought abandoned him and his father when Ian was five. This is Michael's story, but more than that it is a "where are they now" for all the characters from the earlier books. However, you don't need to read all the other books to read this one. They are all stand alone stories. I would recommend reading Ian and Scarlett's story first, because it is a good set up for why Ian is so angry.
Bette313 More than 1 year ago
I loved this latest installment of the Texas Heroes series. It's always fun to read a new book in this series and catch up on all the characters from the past books as well as meet the new characters coming to town. There is so much going on in this story it's hard to summarize but one thing is for sure. Sweetgrass Springs, Texas and the residents seem to have a way of soothing batter souls and helping people who are a bit lost find a home. That's exactly what it does for Michael and Laken. When Michael shows up in Sweetgrass to meet the brother he never knew he had, he knows for certain he's found home. Getting past the hurts and pains of the past might prove to be too much to let him stay though. I highly recommend this one!