Beneath the Texas Sky by Jodi Thomas
Beneath the Texas Sky by Jodi Thomas is an overwhelming and angst-filled western romance about love lost and found again. Thomas fans may want to prepare themselves for something a little different than her normal fare.
This book was truly an emotional, heartbreaking journey for me. One that I found very difficult to continue reading. On one hand, it was a beautifully written and thoughtful story. Yet on the other, it was devastatingly tragic for a while. This is the first time I’ve been thoroughly tempted to abandon her novel or at least skip all the way to the end to discover the ending. By the end, I was glad I finished it, but it was certainly not the easiest journey.
This novel is written in two parts. Part one deals with focuses mainly on Bethanie’s disasters, and triumphs, in love. The second part follows her daughter Mariah thirty years later. There is no other way to describe the first part of Beneath the Texas Sky except that it was painful to read. It may have been a depiction “more honest to the time” but I just didn’t get that carefree escape that I find with most of my novels. It certainly wasn’t your typical and straightforward romance novel.
When I first started this novel, I felt the romance was a little rushed, which scared me into believing a big problem was around the corner to separate these two lovers and I was right. Every decision Bethanie made in this book upset me to no end. Plenty of them I did not understand, but I still continued on. By the end of the first part, we did have a happily ever after, but at a drastic cost. I didn’t know whether to be happy about it or depressed.
Part two was a great deal shorter than the first, but a big improvement. The time period is thirty years later and featuring Bethanie’s daughter Mariah. She has a big heart and a ‘give ‘em hell’ attitude that made her quiet the charmer. Again, her love story felt a bit rushed, but it was still quiet enjoyable. Her hero, Dusty, was featured in the first part as a minor character and I was thrilled to see him have a larger role in this book. Both Dusty and Mariah were stubborn to a fault which made them butt heads plenty of times, but that kind of fighting only made the sparks fly between them.
Overall, I was glad I stuck with the novel. It’s certainly not my favorite Jodi Thomas novel, but still worth reading. The writing style was the typical Thomas and contained all the breathtaking beauty of the wild west. While I did not agree with all the aspects that pushed the characters to their happily ever after, it still was a novel I enjoyed. Be prepared to shed a few tears over this story and it’s dramatic elements. Readers looking for an angst-filled western drama will most likely appreciate the path Jodi Thomas’ characters take and adore Beneath the Texas Sky.