Book Review: “The Desires of Her Heart” by Lyn Cote

August 13, 2009 at 3:49 am | Posted in Books | 1 Comment
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I have read Lyn Cote’s new novel:  “The Desires of Her Heart” the first book in her new series, Texas Star of Destiny published by Avon Inspire.  Dorritt Mott is a step-daughter of Mr. Kilbride who married her mother and they produced a sister for her named Jewell.  The half-sisters don’t get along at all and Mr. Kilbride has no affection for his step-daughter.  suffering gambling loses Mr. Kilbride loses the family plantation and decides to start a new life in Texas.  Stephen Austin has an agreement with the Mexican Government that will allow the Americans to come and have land in Texas as long as they are doing it for Mexico.  The one in charge of everything is Dorritt as she is highly intelligent and organized; everything her step-father is not.  However as good as she is they are all ill prepared for the journey and find themselves in need of the services of a guide:  Quinn.

This book is a tale of adventure as they encounter a hurricane, a flooded river to cross, Indians, soldiers and kidnappings.  Lyn Cote has written a story that is a lot of fun to read, filled with lots of action for the men and tender romance for the women.  The characters are well drawn, believable and become very real.  Each scene logically flows from the one before it and beautifully sets up the next one.

This book, however, is more than a romance or adventure it is a book of many deep themes.  First is the exploration of prejudice and bigotry.  Even though he is almost penniless Mr. Kilbride still feels that he is better than the half-breed Quinn, the black people and the Mexicans simply because he is white.

Another theme is how we see ourselves.  Although Quinn is exactly the same as Carlos in that they are both half-breeds Quinn sees himself as inferior and it takes both Dorritt and his friend, Ash, to help him see otherwise.

Finally the grand theme is small-mindedness.  Dorritt thinks as she did when she left New Orleans that the best she can do is teach school.  It is only when she is in Texas that she feels she hgas to think like Texas which is big.  She has to alter her thinking from being small to being big because of the land that she is now living in.  That is the way we must feel about Heaven.  We are now citizens of Heaven even though we still live here.  We must think big like Heaven so that we may accomplish great things for our Big God.

Book two of the series will be out this month and all the primary characters will be back but the focus will be on the sister of Don Carlos who grows up to have her story.  It will be good to spend time with these characters again.  Lyn Cote is a very good writer and I am looking forward to seeing what themes she develops in the second book of this trilogy.


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  1. Thanks, Vic, for such an indepth review. I appreciate that you GOT IT. GRIN

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