Heart of Texas, Volume 1 is a reprint combining two of Macomber’s previous romance titles: Lonesome Cowboy and Texas Two-Step. In Lonesome Cowboy, Savannah is content with her life growing heirloom roses and helping her brother Grady run the family ranch. Love just isn’t in the cards for her and she is at peace with this until Laredo Smith comes along. He has a past and lots of secrets, but is that enough to keep them apart? In Texas Two-Step, Ellie is beginning a new life in Promise after the death of her father. Her best friend for years, Glen Patterson, has always been there for her but is it possible there is something more?
I realize that I sounded just like the back cover of the book with my summary, but it makes my point. Both of these titles are very representative of a gentle romance. The classic romance formula beats loud and clear throughout both novels. What readers enjoy about a Macomber romance is the simplicity of everything. The town is usually small, cozy and everyone knows everybody. The characters are recognizable and comfortable in the ease it takes to get to know them and care about them. And, above all, she tells a nice, gentle story that wraps around the reader. Is it possible to say that Debbie Macomber excels in literary warm fuzzies? I think so. 2007, 440 pages.