Texas Hope: Sweetgrass Springs Stories: Texas Heroes, Book 16 (Unabridged)
by Jean Brashear
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From New York Times and USA TODAY best-selling Texas romance author Jean Brashear comes another Sweetgrass Springs story in the Texas Heroes series. Secrets divide a family.... 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 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.
Brother, Mother & More For Ian!
Wow this was an emotional storyline to say the least. Ian McLaren wants nothing to do with the mother who abandoned him when he was a child so when Michael Cavanaugh shows up at Ruby’s saying that he is his half brother his hackles go up. He is not prepared for the feelings that assault him and he tells Michael he is not interested in having a brother and sends him away. Michael is conflicted, he is a good man and knows that Ian is as well. He is having a difficult time knowing his mother abandoned her child, a brother he would do anything to get to know. On top of all this, Michael is trying to show Laken that he won’t abandon her like everyone else in her life has. She just needs to learn how to trust. You will need a box of tissues while listening to this story, I certainly did. I think this was one of my favorite Texas Heroes stories. It was emotional, entertaining and very difficult to put down. Once again Eric Dove does an exceptional job with the narration. He has such a talent for bringing all the characters to life and making listening to the story a wonderful experience.