A WOMAN OF TEXAS by R. T. Stevens


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Welcome to frontier Texas, where English Jason Rawlings and his ""finely drawn"" features have arrived to curl the toes of Isabella Cordova, landowner by Spanish deed. Isabella's eyes are ""warm and glowing as chestnuts newly sprung from their husks,"" and her extraordinary peepers will indeed glow with gratitude as Jason becomes her lawyer and friend, helping her to outwit ruthless U.S. Colonel Hendriks, who's not only out to take rights away from Negroes and Indians, but also to do the Cordovas out of their holdings. Acting on behalf of Isabella and an Indian tenant, Jason stalls the Colonel in his plan to ""open up"" Texas; and after some varmint gun play followed by the burning of both the Hendriks and Cordova houses, the Colonel bites the dust courtesy of a cuckolded husband. Meanwhile, however, unbeknownst to Isabella, dear Jason has been harboring a secret motive: he's waiting for papa Cordova to come home so Jason can slice him to Spanish slaw for running off with Jason's wife and selling her to a procurer in New Orleans (where she died). Jason does exactly that, then whisks off to Maryland to pick up his wife's daughter by Cordova. . . plus Antoinette, a beautiful octoroon. Then everybody heads for England, where three miserably single women will eventually tee off: Antoinette, Jason's nice sister Constance, and raging Isabella--who's on a revenge trip. It all sorts out neatly, leaving Isabella ""swamped by recurring tides of bliss."" Over-written frontier soap from the author of such as My Enemy, My Love.

Pub Date: March 14th, 1980
Publisher: Doubleday