I have actually read this a few times now, and it gets better each time I read it. I think I love this series so much, as it is so like real life, and what happens in the book, you could quite well imagine happening in your own house (well except the horse parts, as I don't live on a ranch!).
This story is told from Jack and Riley's point of view, so you really get an insight into their emotions of everything that happens, and you are in for a real roller coaster ride. I was laughing at some things that happened, and then pages later I would be reading with tears in my eyes.
Over the course of the book, you travel over 10 years, and see each child come into their own - never influenced to do something by Jack or Riley, they allowed all their children to grow into their own person. That is not to say that Riley had to be held back by Jack a time or too, who is the voice of reason at times.
What is totally clear in the book, is the love between Jack and Riley, which only seems to get stronger the more years they are together. Add into this the love they have for their children, and this is one family that just keeps growing and growing.
The Texas series is one that I would highly recommend as a must buy. Once you start reading, you will not want to stop, so find a nice quiet place and be taken away into the land of Jack and Riley, and the rest of their family on the D.