Book Review and Blog Tour: Texas Forsaken by Sherry Shindelar

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About the Book

Texas Forsaken

Title: Texas Forsaken
Series: Lone Star Redemption #1
Author: Sherry Shindelar
Publisher: Wild Heart Books
Release Date: May 21, 2024
Genre: Christian Historical Romance

The man who destroyed her life may be the only one who can save it.

Seven years ago, Maggie Logan (Eyes-Like-Sky) lost everything she knew when a raid on a wagon train tore her from her family. As the memories of her past faded to nothing more than vague shadows, Maggie adapted, marrying a Comanche warrior, having a baby, and rebuilding her life. But in one terrible battle, the U.S. Cavalry destroys that life and she is taken captive again, this time by those who call themselves her people. Forced into a world she wants nothing to do with, Eyes-Like-Sky’s only hope at protecting her child may be an engagement to the man who killed her husband.

Enrolled in West Point to escape his overbearing father, Captain Garret Ramsey finds himself assigned to the Texas frontier, witnessing the brutal Indian War in which both sides commit atrocities. Plagued by guilt for his own role, Garret seeks redemption by taking responsibility for the woman he widowed and her baby. Though he is determined to do whatever it takes to protect them, is he willing to risk everything for a woman whose heart is buried in a grave?

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Eyes-Like-Sky is the wife of a Comanche brave, mother to a precious baby girl, Little Star. Any memories of her life before her family’s wagon train was torn apart by a Comanche attack have been buried deep. But violence finds Eyes-Like-Sky again when Dancing Eagle, her husband, is killed in a battle with the U.S. Cavalry. Captain Garret Ramsey, the man responsible for Dancing Eagle’s death, takes Eyes-Like-Sky and Little Star back to the cavalry camp, where the process of tracking down her family begins.

Eyes-Like-Sky – Maggie Logan, in her former life – wants nothing to do with the bewildering and confining ways of “her” people, and she certainly isn’t interested in being “civilized” and “polished” by her overbearing uncle who comes to claim her. When she flees to escape her uncle, Garret goes after her. He promises to protect her and Little Star, and they agree to marry. But a marriage of necessity isn’t the same as a loving relationship. When Garret realizes he’s fallen for Sky, he fears she may never be able to return his love, may never stop mourning Dancing Eagle. And with civil war about to break out, will he truly be able to keep Sky and Little Star safe?

What a marvelously written story! It reminded me a bit of Francine Rivers’ Redeeming Love in the way Eyes-Like-Sky kept drawing near to Garret but fearing that acknowledging her feelings for him meant being unfaithful to Dancing Eagle’s memory and the way Garret kept hoping Sky would learn to return his love, painful though the process of getting there was for him. Sometimes they were so close to really sharing how they felt, and then one or both of them pulled back. They each feel like they’re giving up so much for the marriage, they sometimes lose sight of the sacrifices the other is making.

We see Sky in particular struggling with her faith. The God in whom Sky placed her trust as a child let Dancing Eagle be taken from her. He seems distant, harsh. Sky struggles to trust that He cares about what happens to her and Little Star now. She’s lost one husband in battle, and it’s a challenge for her to keep faith that God will now see Garret safely through the war.

Like the actual history, this story has moments that are difficult to process. We read of the Comanches’ brutal treatment of captives. People are injured and killed in battle. Sky must defend herself against a soldier who assumes that she’s “that kind” of woman. But none of it is gratuitous. It’s a necessary part of the story, and Shindelar handles it deftly.

All told, Texas Forsaken is a beautiful picture of sacrificial love and redemption set against the harsh backdrop of war and the Texas frontier. If you love a well-told story that will make you laugh and weep and cheer, characters who grow in their faith through difficulties, and a happily ever after romance, this book belongs on your summer TBR.

Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from JustRead Book Tours. I was not required to leave a review. All opinions here are mine, and I don’t say nice things about books I don’t actually like.


About the Author

Sherry Shindelar

Originally from Tennessee, Sherry Shindelar loves to take her readers into the past. She is an avid student of the Civil War and the Old West, and she is a romantic at heart. When she is not busy writing, she is an English professor working to pass on her love of writing to her students. Sherry is an award-winning writer: 2023 Genesis finalist, Maggie finalist, and Crown finalist. She currently resides in Minnesota with her husband of thirty-eight years. She has three grown children and three grandchildren.

Connect with Sherry at sherryshindelar.com to follow her on social media and sign up for email updates.


Tour Giveaway

(1) winner will win a $25 Amazon gift card, a signed copy of Texas Forsaken, and a Texas Bluebonnet mug!

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2 Responses to Book Review and Blog Tour: Texas Forsaken by Sherry Shindelar

  1. such a lovely review! Thank you for being on the tour, Lisa 🙂

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