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In the Heart of Texas by Sarah Jacobson

Book Blurb

Emily Pearce had many secrets; the biggest one was why she left her home in Texas so suddenly to start a new life in New York City.

Three years later she finds herself engaged to a handsome, successful businessman and bachelor, Joshua Scott. Emily realizes she has no choice but to go back home armed with her best friend for moral support, to confront her family and past to ask her country-boy husband Luke for a divorce.

Will Emily be able to resist the familiar charms of the home and the people she left behind? Can she put the past behind her and move on with her new life? Both drawn to Luke and terrified of him at the same time, Emily must depend on those closest to her as she reconnects with the world and the people she left behind.

You can take the girl out of the country, but can you really ever take the country out of the girl?

Best Book Editors Review

Come on, who doesn’t love a sexy cowboy? And Luke is made-to-measure in all the right places from his Stetson to his boots.

This book is about choices—many of them bad ones. Emily’s marriage has sailed way past the rocks and she’s with her gorgeous new boyfriend Joshua in New York. However, her suitcase is filled with memories and secrets. The city is like living on a different planet for the country girl. She’s set, she has it all, and her new life is a ball. But it isn’t perfect, and the shine isn’t as shiny as the party glitterballs.

The time comes when she has to go back home to talk to Luke about wrapping things up. Emily, Emily, Emily, haven’t you heard of email, girl?

Well, from New Year’s on—that story was only going in one direction, and we were on that train and travelling West.

What I loved about the story is that it is a classic love story—but it’s classic because it’s real. Childhood sweethearts don’t always meet, fall in love, have 2.4 children and a dog—and in this case a beautiful black horse. Sometimes that road map we build for ourselves has a landslide right across the road and you have to reroute. Things can happen to change a person.

The writing is superb. The story is as complex as any marriage breakup tends to be. And we have the twists and surprises to look forward to along the way. It’s gritty in places and not all as sweet as a corn dog at the rodeo. This author writes a spectacular country-girl book. You can almost smell the countryside and the mountains.

Great escapism, and the kind of story you need a comfy sofa and chocolate for. I loved this book.


Josephine Wrightson

Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 4 May 2024

Loved it, it’s heartfelt and genuine. Love that hard ship may have split the two main characters up temporarily, but they found one another again. The side characters (her friends) were integral to the story and I loved that they had a little story of their own going on. Overall it’s a beautiful penned story of life, love family. I thoroughly enjoyed it and would read more by the great Sarah Jacobson. Well worth the 5 star


Karen Inkle

Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 7 June 2024

Emily only felt comfortable in jeans and a shirt, a true Texas gal, but made a valiant effort for the New York Christmas Eve party. Josh’s parents hated her and she felt so out of place in his world. The Christmas party turned into a marriage proposal, he needed to know her past but neither was ready for what was to come.
A fantastic tale of an ideal world that crumbles, then a new found one that isn’t all it’s cracked up to be as Emily battles with her thoughts and feelings to find her happy ever after.
Both enthralling and moving, this heartwarming story is so well written, you feel every one of Emily’s emotions and travel this roller coaster of a journey right there with her. The ending really tugs at the heart strings and I can’t wait to read more from this talented author. Well done Sarah, great job!



Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 4 July 2020

I could not put this book down. It is beautifully written and the author just focuses on the characters and the story telling. This author does not waste time with 2 page descriptions of how a street looks or what someone is wearing just for added content, she is straight to the point giving you enough detail to picture what the characters look like. It is a true romance story in every sense and I can’t wait for the next book. Don’t be put off by the 1 bad review who is only criticising the grammar especially as there is a spelling mistake in her first sentence and who also gives a spoiler for the book. The book was far too good and a must read for any romantic.




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