Saturday, December 8, 2012

Review: Lone Star Trail by: Darlene Franklin

ISBN 978-0-8024-0583-8

About the Book:

The six-book series about four generations of the Morgan family living, fighting, and thriving amidst a turbulent Texas history spanning from 1845 to 1896 begins with Lone Star Trail.
Judson (Jud) Morgan's father died for Texas' freedom during the war for independence.  So when the Society for the Protection of German Immigrants in Texas (the Verein) attempts to colonize a New Germany in his country, he takes a stand against them.
After Wande Fleischers' fiance marries someone else, the young fraulein determines to make a new life for herself in Texas.  With the help of Jud's sister Marion, Wande learns English and becomes a trusted friend to the entire Morgan family.
As much as Jud dislikes the German invasion, he can't help admiring Wande.  She is sweet and cheerful as she serves the Lord and all those around her.  Can the rancher put aside his prejudice to forge a new future? Through Jud and Wande, we learn the powerful lessons of forgiveness and reconciliation among a diverse community of believers.


About the Author:
 DARLENE FRANKLIN is the author of fourteen contracted books and novellas as well as several hundred short pieces. Two of her books have been finalists in ACFW's Book of the year contest: Dressed in Scarlet and A String of Murders. Darlene lives in Oklahoma near her son's family. Visit her website www.darlenefranklinwrites.blogspot.com for information on upcoming titles.


My Review:
 The book begins with Jud's sister, Billie being taken by Comanche Indians. They have unsuccessfully tried locating her but have failed to do so. So they begin to think she has died. Meanwhile switching over to the Fleischer's, they arrive in Texas from Germany to begin there new life in America. Wande's sister, Ulla, catches the fever and passes away not soon after. After burying her, they pack their belongings and head to Victoria so they can continue on to where they will settle. Along the way their wagon breaks down and the mother gets hurt. With all their belongings scattered around they quickly try to gather everything in the rain.
 After getting into town and realizes that this family needs help that they had just rode past and done absolutely nothing for. Jud and his family ride back to help them. And then the world stops turning in Jud's world because he sets his eyes on the feisty Wande and he falls head over heels.So Jud's family takes the newly arrived Fleischer's to their home to figure things out, after finding out that their journey to the New World has been in vain. So soon Christmas is due to make its arrival. The Morgans decide to trim the Christmas tree and send out four family members to cut down one and bring it back home.
 After Christmas the German family is able to take up roots in Victoria instead of where they had originally planned and life is moving along pretty well until several life changing events puts them once again out of their home. This book was a very entertaining read. The fire and chemistry between the two main characters keeps you on your toes. The author did an excellent job of keeping me interested. I never wanted to put the book down. If you are interested in learning more about this book you can check it out here.

**Disclaimer** This book was provided to me for free through the MP Newsroom Blogger Program for my honest review.