Set in the turn-of-the-century Texas Millicent Holloway
has just given birth to twins after nine hours of exhausting
labor. She selfishly insisted that she be cleaned up and
her hair brushed but has not yet seen her babies. Her
husband, Leon, has been with her during their births softly
asks, "Do you want to see and nurse them?" She replies,
"Only one. I can only handle one. Give the other to Mrs.
Mahoney, the mid-wife. She can give it to the do-gooder
doctor who delivered them. If you don't do as I ask, I will
drown them both." Knowing she will not change her mind,
he knows he will have to obey her wishes. Going down to
tell Mrs. Mahoney their decision, he tells her he will
pick one to keep. Turning his back, he points his finger
at one of the babies and then turns, picks up the other to
take to meet its mother. So begins the epic story of
twins parted at birth and their journey to discover their
fates. Oh, what a special journey!
Samantha Gordon, his daughter, was given to Neal and Estelle
Gordon who own the sprawling Las Tres Lomas Cattle ranch.
Neal Gordon is rich but his dream is to become a titan. He
explains to Sam that according to Greek Mythology, a mortal who
is very powerful in a certain field is a Titan and that is
his dream. Samantha is heiress to the successful ranch and
loves everything about her life there, She has no
knowledge she is adopted. Samantha has grown up with Sloan
Singleton, the owner of the Triple S. the adjoining ranch.
She has been in love with him for 20 years. and her dream is
to marry him. Lately though, he is always with Anne, the
daughter of the local bank owner. Sam is not happy!
The other twin, a boy, Nathan Halloway, remains on the farm
with his birth mother and father in North Texas. The farm
belongs to his mother. At 20, Nathan is a sweet boy who
loves working with his father on the farm. Close to his
father, his mother has always been distant to him. Nathan
does not have dreams other than his farm life. That all
changes when a visitor arrives and changes his life forever.
Nathan is a delight and my favorite character.
Leila Meacham knows Texas and knows how to tell a story
that will sweep you up from page one to the finale. Whether
she is writing about ranching, food choices, colorful
characters, the dawn of the oil boom, automobiles and
telephones, her research is excellent and her story telling
is sterling. TITANS is a historical family saga, about
hopes, dreams and their dark and tightly held secrets.
Lives become intertwined and surprises are around every
Oil is discovered on Tres Lomas and financial fortune smile
on the owners. Interesting to see the prized Herefords
grazing on green pastures studded with derricks looking for
the next "gusher" As the decade comes to a close, THE
FORUM, a respected magazine in America featured an article
under the title The TITANS. Neal Gordon is listed among
them. In the end many dreams come true. I loved every page
of TITANS, you did it again, Ms. Meacham, I am a loyal fan!
A sweeping new drama from the beloved, bestselling
author of Roses.
Texas in the early 1900s, its inhabitants still traveling by
horseback and barely familiar with the telephone, was on the
cusp of an oil boom that, unbeknownst to its residents,
would spark a period of dramatic changes and economic growth.
In the midst of this trans-formative time in Southern
history, two unforgettable characters emerge and find their
fates irrevocably intertwined: Samantha Gordon, the
privileged heiress to the sprawling Las Tres Lomas cattle
ranch near Fort Worth, and Nathan Holloway, a sweet-natured
and charming farm boy from far north Texas. As changes sweep
the rustic countryside, Samantha and Nathan's connection
drives this narrative compulsively forward as they love,
lose, and betray.
In this grand yet intimate novel, Meacham once again
delivers a heartfelt, big-canvas story full of surprising
twists and deep emotional resonance.