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STARTING OVER... Brave. Bold. Brainy. One woman reached for the gold, one for the law, one for the university, and one ran as far from home as possible. But often, the best laid plans fall apart, and Starting Over is the only thing to do. True-Blue Texan, Book 1 -- A fish out of water. University instructor, Katherine Kirby, reluctantly faces a new city and a new job. Ho STARTING OVER... Brave. Bold. Brainy. One woman reached for the gold, one for the law, one for the university, and one ran as far from home as possible. But often, the best laid plans fall apart, and Starting Over is the only thing to do. True-Blue Texan, Book 1 -- A fish out of water. University instructor, Katherine Kirby, reluctantly faces a new city and a new job. How could she, who was used to teaching eager undergraduates at a prestigious college, relate to a class of adult high school dropouts seeking an equivalency diploma? She has no family, no love in her life, and no choice but to jump into her new position and do the best she can. After all, it's only temporary while she gets her career back on track. Her new students, however, begin to touch her heart. Especially the tall, dark Texan in the second row. Nick Martinelli's presence in her class is a secret -- from his parents, his customers and the entire city. But his interest in Katherine is no secret. In his desire to teach the teacher, however, Nick learns a little something himself.


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STARTING OVER... Brave. Bold. Brainy. One woman reached for the gold, one for the law, one for the university, and one ran as far from home as possible. But often, the best laid plans fall apart, and Starting Over is the only thing to do. True-Blue Texan, Book 1 -- A fish out of water. University instructor, Katherine Kirby, reluctantly faces a new city and a new job. Ho STARTING OVER... Brave. Bold. Brainy. One woman reached for the gold, one for the law, one for the university, and one ran as far from home as possible. But often, the best laid plans fall apart, and Starting Over is the only thing to do. True-Blue Texan, Book 1 -- A fish out of water. University instructor, Katherine Kirby, reluctantly faces a new city and a new job. How could she, who was used to teaching eager undergraduates at a prestigious college, relate to a class of adult high school dropouts seeking an equivalency diploma? She has no family, no love in her life, and no choice but to jump into her new position and do the best she can. After all, it's only temporary while she gets her career back on track. Her new students, however, begin to touch her heart. Especially the tall, dark Texan in the second row. Nick Martinelli's presence in her class is a secret -- from his parents, his customers and the entire city. But his interest in Katherine is no secret. In his desire to teach the teacher, however, Nick learns a little something himself.

30 review for True-Blue Texan

  1. 4 out of 5

    Lisa

    I loved this emotional roller coaster when more than I anticipated I absolutely love True-Blue Texan. Broken hearts finding second chances. This book is packed with feels, and drama, and a touch of suspense. All of which made it nearly impossible to put down this engaging story. With the overpowering themes of loss, love, second chances and family you will want a box of tissues as a reading companion. I'm looking forward to reading more in this Starting Over Series. I loved this emotional roller coaster when more than I anticipated I absolutely love True-Blue Texan. Broken hearts finding second chances. This book is packed with feels, and drama, and a touch of suspense. All of which made it nearly impossible to put down this engaging story. With the overpowering themes of loss, love, second chances and family you will want a box of tissues as a reading companion. I'm looking forward to reading more in this Starting Over Series.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Karen J

    What a beautiful beginning to this series... Based on the preview of the next story, I believe you have a winner! As a teacher of 20 years, and the wife of a retired Military man, I certainly appreciate the themes. Children and adults who need love , as well as people frozen in life due to circumstances. Katherine reminded me much of my husband grading 8th grader papers in my honors English class, expecting to much,(His degree was in Archeology, lol but a retired officer.) yet forgetting they were What a beautiful beginning to this series... Based on the preview of the next story, I believe you have a winner! As a teacher of 20 years, and the wife of a retired Military man, I certainly appreciate the themes. Children and adults who need love , as well as people frozen in life due to circumstances. Katherine reminded me much of my husband grading 8th grader papers in my honors English class, expecting to much,(His degree was in Archeology, lol but a retired officer.) yet forgetting they were children who came from every walk of life, some who school was about care and food. I was like Nick, trying to do it all, I gave up my personal goal of a PhD, for my husband's piece of mind and my health, but never did I regret. Teaching became even more important. I loved my kids and never a full moment or expected day occurred. In the meantime, my love for my husband became something more ! Beautiful love story within true life ! Karen

  3. 4 out of 5

    Gabriella

    A good solid romance book in the old style. I enjoyed reading it.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Minga Dotson

    Katrina moved to Texas to be near her best friend and found herself teaching a general equivalency degree class instead of freshman English. She was a bit uneasy about teaching math and science but she decided to give it her best shot. Which was how she met the two men who would become so important to her. There are surprises and adventure, a mystery, a huge new family and a super happy ending in these pages. I would have gone with five stars, except for a bunch of typos, misused words, and other Katrina moved to Texas to be near her best friend and found herself teaching a general equivalency degree class instead of freshman English. She was a bit uneasy about teaching math and science but she decided to give it her best shot. Which was how she met the two men who would become so important to her. There are surprises and adventure, a mystery, a huge new family and a super happy ending in these pages. I would have gone with five stars, except for a bunch of typos, misused words, and other errors that need to be removed.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Christine

    The characters were so awkward in the way they talked, thought, acted, etc. Almost robotic with little emotion, and very odd internal dialogues. The actual speaking dialogues were a bit painful to read, for example saying each other's names every other sentence when they're having a one on one conversation. Also, the exclamation points. So many exclamation points, as if every thought and action was so exciting. The ending of the book was extremely cheesy and felt really off base from reality. The characters were so awkward in the way they talked, thought, acted, etc. Almost robotic with little emotion, and very odd internal dialogues. The actual speaking dialogues were a bit painful to read, for example saying each other's names every other sentence when they're having a one on one conversation. Also, the exclamation points. So many exclamation points, as if every thought and action was so exciting. The ending of the book was extremely cheesy and felt really off base from reality.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Penny Leidecker

    This is the first book I’ve read by Linda Barrett, but it won’t be my last. She has given us a beautifully written story about heartbreak and what we can have when we least expect it. This book centers around Kat and Nick, but it also tells some about his parents and siblings. Never give up on your dreams is a big message in this book. Do yourself a favor and grab this book and get ready to fall in love with the Martinelli family.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Cynthia

    Terrific New beginnings for Katherine. She moves to Houston to stay with her friend and teach. But she ends up with a course for GED. Nick works in his family successful construction business &is working o getting his GED. There is the troubled teen Jeremy.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Jo-Ann Fitzgerald

    This is the first book in the series. When the story first starts our heroine has rushed to the hospital where her parents were taken after a car accident. Her father was killed outright, but her mother waited until she arrived and then she passed away. Then 10 years goes by...Now our heroine is teaching the GED class. Our hero arrives, late, and she takes him to task about it. She doesn't want people late. Her students must show up on time in order to get the most out of the time they have toge This is the first book in the series. When the story first starts our heroine has rushed to the hospital where her parents were taken after a car accident. Her father was killed outright, but her mother waited until she arrived and then she passed away. Then 10 years goes by...Now our heroine is teaching the GED class. Our hero arrives, late, and she takes him to task about it. She doesn't want people late. Her students must show up on time in order to get the most out of the time they have together. She tells her students this but one person, our hero, states its not going to work for him. This angers her and they have their first confrontation. Our heroine had something happen in her old job and in order to be reinstated she must have her students, all of them, pass. Meanwhile she's staying with a friend. Our hero had once started to get his high school equivalent. However, life always seems to get in the way. He's determined now to get it while he still can. He's trying to juggle his company, projects and life in general. What neither of our hero and heroine needs is to be attracted to the other, but they are. They bond over one of the other students needing more and helping him. Then when the heroine needs help finding a new place to live, our hero comes to her aid and they start getting to know each other on a personal level. However, can they find a common ground for a relationship? This puts a new spin on teacher and student story line. You really felt for the heroine from the start with the death of her parents. The hero takes a bit of time to warm up to, but when you do you admired him for everything he tries to do in one day.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Virginia Carroll

    I don’t usually write reviews. This story has everything in it to be a good story. The characters were real, their lives believable. Everything about it it was catching my mind and I had to see the end. What I loved the most about it was that it was a beautiful love story without a lot of graphic sex! I’m no prude, but I am old school, and prefer to let my imagination work for me. And no vulgarity! We need more books like this. I read a lot and find that I am skipping through whole chapters of a I don’t usually write reviews. This story has everything in it to be a good story. The characters were real, their lives believable. Everything about it it was catching my mind and I had to see the end. What I loved the most about it was that it was a beautiful love story without a lot of graphic sex! I’m no prude, but I am old school, and prefer to let my imagination work for me. And no vulgarity! We need more books like this. I read a lot and find that I am skipping through whole chapters of a book because there is just so much emphasis put on sex. I’m pleased to say that I’ve read every page in this book and thoroughly enjoyed it from start to finish. I’ll be looking for more books from this author. Linda Barrett, thank you for the most enjoyable read I’ve had in a long time. Keep up the good work.🥰

  10. 5 out of 5

    Marcy Clay

    True Blue I enjoyed this book very much. Katrin was a fiercely independent woman in her own, looking for a professorship. She figured she'll complete a stint teaching a GED review class. Nick is a wealthy builder who takes the class, because he yearns for that piece of paper saying he finished high school. Jeremy is a troubled youth who is one of Kat's students. I liked the characters and I liked their depth. The story flowed nicely. All three of the characters faced tragedy in their lives, but toge True Blue I enjoyed this book very much. Katrin was a fiercely independent woman in her own, looking for a professorship. She figured she'll complete a stint teaching a GED review class. Nick is a wealthy builder who takes the class, because he yearns for that piece of paper saying he finished high school. Jeremy is a troubled youth who is one of Kat's students. I liked the characters and I liked their depth. The story flowed nicely. All three of the characters faced tragedy in their lives, but together, learned to love again. Recommended.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Pamela

    Katherine Kirby and Nick Martinelli will captivate you with their wit, determination, and strong sense of family. These amazing characters came alive in the text of this endearing narrative. I shared Katherine and Nick's sorrow and joy as they tried to figure a way to be together and still keep their dreams alive. This was a thoughtful, touching story of loss and an opportunity to reclaim a future filled with love and devotion. I'm so glad that I had the opportunity to share their journey. Wonde Katherine Kirby and Nick Martinelli will captivate you with their wit, determination, and strong sense of family. These amazing characters came alive in the text of this endearing narrative. I shared Katherine and Nick's sorrow and joy as they tried to figure a way to be together and still keep their dreams alive. This was a thoughtful, touching story of loss and an opportunity to reclaim a future filled with love and devotion. I'm so glad that I had the opportunity to share their journey. Wonderful Story With Great Characters!!!!!

  12. 5 out of 5

    Angie Hackett

    Mostly good I got this on a whim as it was free at the time I got it. It was well written, the plot was solid and flowed at a good pace. I liked the characters and they had a certain depth to them. The only thing I found with this book was Nick came across as overbearing at times, I found his interactions with the police to be a bit off. He seemed to come across as thinking the police couldn’t do their jobs without him. Otherwise this was a good read.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Roberta Sallee

    A woman who lost her parents at an early age and yearns to be a college professor temporarily teaches a summer GED course and gets involved with two of her students, one who becomes a love interest and the other a teen-ager with a past she can identify with, in terms of being alone. Throw in a loving Texas family, a bit of company espionage and you have the makings of a fast moving, warm hearted romantic novel that is the perfect beach read.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Sharon

    Great story Loved the book from page one and became totally invested in the story of Katrina and Nick with a healthy dose of family. Jeremy plays an important part in the book and is beautifully fleshed out with all the angst and problems of a teenager trying to find himself. Their story runs the gamut of fun, humor, learning and of course love. I highly recommend reading it you will not be sorry! 5 Stars from me well deserved.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Cathy Mccartney

    Starting Over This was an awesome story, as well as a great read! I love the way Linda brings the characters in her novels to life. They elicit real emotion! I have laughed and cried with Nick, Katrin and Jeremy while reading "True-Blue Texan", the first of the "Starting Over" series. I cannot wait for the next one! Starting Over This was an awesome story, as well as a great read! I love the way Linda brings the characters in her novels to life. They elicit real emotion! I have laughed and cried with Nick, Katrin and Jeremy while reading "True-Blue Texan", the first of the "Starting Over" series. I cannot wait for the next one!

  16. 4 out of 5

    Lois Buck

    True-Blue Texan I loved this story! I really liked the way Katrin was open-minded enough to see that her agenda for the future might have to be altered, and it would be okay. I also appreciated that we didn't have to read all the details of their time in bed. Or on the floor, or wherever! Get your tissues ready!! It will have you happy and crying. True-Blue Texan I loved this story! I really liked the way Katrin was open-minded enough to see that her agenda for the future might have to be altered, and it would be okay. I also appreciated that we didn't have to read all the details of their time in bed. Or on the floor, or wherever! Get your tissues ready!! It will have you happy and crying.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Mary Baker

    This book was a free offer on Amazon, but I see that it was originally published several years ago as a Harlequin Super Romance. It is an okay read with little chemistry between the characters and some unexpected events near the end. Frankly, I think it would have been a better short story instead of drawn out novel.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Susan Koches

    Loved it! As someone who often lived vicariously through books, this one was very satisfying. The characters were clearly delineated and their motivation made manifest by their thought process and actions. Ms. Barrett speaks to the simple need in all of us to be accepted, cherished, and for someone to worry about our lives.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Jan Locke

    Hated to get to the end I loved this book! I can recommend it to anyone who enjoys sinking in to be part of the characters & story. A story of loss & love & a picture of how we're made to relate with respect, compassion & love to one another. Sexy, sweet...& something more. Hated to get to the end I loved this book! I can recommend it to anyone who enjoys sinking in to be part of the characters & story. A story of loss & love & a picture of how we're made to relate with respect, compassion & love to one another. Sexy, sweet...& something more.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Murr

    I liked this book more than I thought I would. It is a sort of “old school” romance with the sex scenes left more to the imagination. In these “fifty shades” days that is getting to be a welcome change. The characters were well drawn and realistic. The solutions to problems were real world instead of all neatly tied up with a bow like a fairy tale.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Susan Acevedo

    Katharine was inn a new city with a new job, ten years after her parents had died in a car accident. Katharine wanted to get a teaching job in a university as a professor. That was her life long dream. When she moved to Houston, she didn't know she would be getting more than a job. Could she find true love as well? This Is a sweet love story that will make your heart happy. Katharine was inn a new city with a new job, ten years after her parents had died in a car accident. Katharine wanted to get a teaching job in a university as a professor. That was her life long dream. When she moved to Houston, she didn't know she would be getting more than a job. Could she find true love as well? This Is a sweet love story that will make your heart happy.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Rose

    A Story of Second Chances Katherine takes a job teaching a class of adults studying for their GED until a better university position comes along. Little does she know that her life is going to change forever because of the students in her class. Wonderful story of second chances.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Helen

    Wonderful. I could not put it down! This was a heartwarming book that made me curl up in my chair and stay there until I finished it. It was a good thing I did not have anything planned, because nothing else got done today! I hope the rest of you enjoy it as much as I did!!! ☺☺☺

  24. 5 out of 5

    Caryl

    Definitely worth 5 stars A good wholesome romance with some intrigue. The need for a GED became so apparent ... many, for some reason or another, cannot complete their schooling and it takes great courage to return to the schoolroom. This book is easy to read and has a huge HEA. Loved it.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Kelly

    A wonderful read I loved this book from a new to me author. I smiled, I laughed, I frowned, and I even cried. Kat and Nick are adorable and reading their story was fun. Jeremy just adds to the greatness of the book, his own story definitely tender. I'm sure Ms. Barrett could write a whole series on the Martinelli family. I would read them! I highly recommend this one! A wonderful read I loved this book from a new to me author. I smiled, I laughed, I frowned, and I even cried. Kat and Nick are adorable and reading their story was fun. Jeremy just adds to the greatness of the book, his own story definitely tender. I'm sure Ms. Barrett could write a whole series on the Martinelli family. I would read them! I highly recommend this one!

  26. 5 out of 5

    Lynn Smith

    True - Blue Texan This story touched on a lot. A second chance for a man that had lost all. A women who lost much when younger and lost the ability to live in the moment. A teenager who gets a second chance at a family. Emotional and hard to put down.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Jamie

    Feel good book. Handled many different issues. Showed the heartache through several different circumstances, but you still get the happy ending. Loved the aspects of choices in life and how they effect the future.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Mary

    Searching... A woman, a man, a teenage boy all searching for something. That something was the same thing although they Didn't know it or each other. Some of this story was a little repetitive in thoughts of characters but overall I enjoyed this book. 🙂 Searching... A woman, a man, a teenage boy all searching for something. That something was the same thing although they Didn't know it or each other. Some of this story was a little repetitive in thoughts of characters but overall I enjoyed this book. 🙂

  29. 4 out of 5

    Ellen White

    Katherine excepts her friend’s offer, wanting a new start, with location and a job. Not realizing what all would be her duties, or who would be coming into her life.A good look at three people who have lost a lot and wanting to find life and second chances, well done.

  30. 4 out of 5

    B Langbeen

    Move the heart to believe love heals. I loved this book. Three people, all with heartbreak in their past, unite to better themselves, form a family, face their problems, love prevails. I see myself in these characters, and yes, love prevailed for me, too!

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