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Except Keri isn't the animal he was anticipating, but a beautiful young woman instead. Brooks doesn't know the first thing about what to do with her, and isn't about to give up his opportunity of a home of his own. Will they be able to solve their differences or will one of them need to go packing? I'm sure you'll enjoy this delightful tale set in 1896.
This book was provided free for review by Moody Publishers and the author.
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This review is for the SAMPLER only. Don't bother. The descri
posted by JoyK1 on July 25, 2012Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted June 21, 2012
End of the Trail, the most recent offering from Moody Publishers
End of the Trail, the most recent offering from Moody Publishers in the Morgan Family Series, is the story of Brooks Morgan as he struggles to grow from rebellious adolescent to manhood. He left home in anger at age sixteen and drifted for ten years before stumbling into Shoofly, Texas, during a rainstorm. Broke and hungry, he takes a job caring for an ageing rancher, Will Langston.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Nursemaid to a sick, old man is not Brooks usual occupation, yet he grows to deeply care for Will who reminds him of the father he left behind in Waco. When he wins the deed to Will’s ranch in a friendly game of poker, Brooks tries to give it back but the dying man insists it was won fairly. His only request is that Brooks care for Keri after he is gone. Thinking “Keri” must be the family dog, Brooks agrees.
In truth, Keri is an attractive niece that Will raised and sent to finishing school two years earlier. When she returns to Shoofly on the same day that Will is riding out to claim the ranch, misunderstandings and angers flare. These are complicated by the fact that her first encounter of Brooks is when she saves him from being lynched by shooting the rope around his neck loose from a tree limb.
The author develops a touching and believable romance between Keri and Brooks that forms a delightful subplot to their joint efforts to defend the ranch from a land-hungry baron and a crooked banker. There is plenty of action to move the plot along and well developed characters without the predictability and shallowness too often found in Christian romance.
Because the Morgan Family Series has several authors, there is a great deal of difference in the quality of the various reads even though characters remain consistent. In End of the Trail writer Vickie McDonough does a better than average job of producing a work that is readable, entertaining, and consistent with the feel of the series as a whole. Her research is woven naturally into the plot and character details without the excessive insertion of archaic terms or extraneous facts that seem to plague other historical novels.
I would recommend End of the Trail to anyone looking for a light summer read. It’s a good book to take on vacation or trip to the beach and has the rare quality of incorporating Christian culture and views without giving the impression they were tacked on to please the publisher.
Posted June 16, 2012
Up front I need to admit that I have not read the other books in
Up front I need to admit that I have not read the other books in the Texas Trails series. However, End of the Trail stands fabulously on its own. Never once did I feel I was missing something for not having read the previous books. Although, I must admit to being curious about some of the Morgan Family predecessors. Might just have to go pick up some of the other books. *grin*Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Vickie McDonough crafted a lovely story of two flawed characters. Both Brooks and Keri have been estranged from their families and have dealt with it in different ways. Brooks by charming his way through life and drifting from town to town. Keri by proving herself "man" enough to work a ranch despite having to suffer through two years of finishing school torture. When their lives intermesh, the sparks fly, but along the way, the need for family that they both harbor leads them to each other, to the ones they left behind, and to God.
There is a bit of "Taming of the Shrew" in this story to liven up the interactions, although at times Keri's petulance got a bit old. However, I loved her spunk, her dead-eye aim with a rifle, and her dedication to the ranch. There is plenty of action and drama with a land-grabbing neighbor and a spurned suitor to keep the pages turning. And the powerful message of family reconciliation is one that will stay with me.
End of the Trail is a fun, quick read that I thoroughly enjoyed. Readers who love western inspirational romance, will enjoy Ms. McDonoughs fast-paced tale.
Posted November 26, 2012
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