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Posted August 30, 2011
Excellent New Series
Lone Star Trail is the beginning of an adventure. If the next five books follow in the same steps this is a series worthwhile reading. It has adventure, romance, danger, heartache and more. The Morgan family horse ranch is on the outskirts of Victoria, Texas. They raise a special breed of horses called Morgan horses. Bill Morgan died in a war nine years before and the previous year Billie, the youngest sister, went missing and they assume the Comanche's killed her. Judson is the eldest and in charge. He hates all the German immigrants taking over his Texas lands and is quite prejudice against them. The Fleischer's have just arrived in America after months on the ship. They had land waiting for them in Neu-Braunfels, a German community in Texas started by Prince Carl of Braunfels. The family arrived in Carlshafen, Texas. Wande Fleischer is planning on marrying her love, Konrad. Things do not go as planned though. Wande starts thinking America is taking too much from her family. Her sister dies shortly after they land, their wagon breaks and her mother gets hurt. They end up staying with the Morgan's who live near where they broke down. She finds out Konrad has married someone else so they decide to stay in Victoria. There are many stories told. Jud is attracted to Wande but struggles with his dislike for immigrants. Tom Cotton works on the ranch and is courting Marion Morgan, Jud's sister. Georg Fleisher and Ertha. A cholera epidemic hits Victoria and another war against Mexico breaks out. It has a lot of real life in this book where not everything is happy ever after. It is well written though and a good story. Book received through NetGalley for review
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Posted October 17, 2011
more than romance
Twenty centuries ago Paul wrote, "Here there is no Gentile or Jew, circumcised or uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave or free, but Christ is all, and is in all." (Colossians 3:11, NIV) To Paul's list Darlene Franklin adds "German or Texan" as she explores the interaction between Texans and German immigrants in the 1840's. Prejudice against different ethnicities is not a lightweight topic, and Lone Star Trail is not a lightweight story. The book is a satisfying romance, as expected, but also successfully transports the reader back over 150 years to everyday life on a ranch and in a small town, including the dangers faced: disease, death, and fire. The author populates the setting with two families of characters worth caring about, and the extras necessary to advance the plot. A great read, Lone Star Trail gives the added values of spiritual insight and a painless history lesson.
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Posted June 2, 2012
Most people in modern society don't remember prejudice between d
Most people in modern society don't remember prejudice between different ethnic groups that immigrated to America. I didn't know the Irish were considered scum in some large cities when the people first came here until I read well-researched historical novels.
In many mining camps, the Chinese were mistreated, as well as others who came here poor, lived in the slums, and earned their living at menial jobs. Germans and Japanese were even jailed during wars because of the atrocities their home country thrust upon the world.
Prejudices were so deep and language barriers so high in one community three Catholic churches rose up in one little neighborhood in order to allow ethnic groups in their midst to worship separately.
So I wasn't surprised when bachelor horse rancher Jud Morgan wouldn't look twice at Wande Fleischer, a beautiful young woman who recently came with her family from Germany. After all, she came to marry someone else, anyhow.
As in real life, however, circumstances often work against what we consider our priorities and good sense. But it could also be Almighty God's way of directing our footsteps.
Wande's path is filled with heartache, danger, wicked people, unending toil, disappointment--but ultimately well-deserved love and romance. I enjoyed Lone Star Trail, the characters, and the way the author unfolded this story. I recommend it.
Note: I was provided a review copy of this book.
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Posted October 20, 2013
What a Wonderful Book!
This is a wonderful book. It is the first book I've read by Darlene Franklin, so I didn't know what to expect. I was not disappointed. Jud Morgan is your typical man. He is strong, smart, and stubborn to a fault. He is prejudice against outsiders and doesn't welcome change very easily. That is, until he meets Wande and her family. Wande is an excellent role model for women. She is a happy, strong, and independent woman. The character development in the story was excellent. I felt like I got to know both of the main characters, as well as the secondary characters in the book.
The story is sweet. Jud and Wande meet. Jud, who is completely against the German people settling in his Texas, wants nothing to do with her at first. Wande is the same. She does not want to be around someone who so easily dismisses her people. They are brought together through a series of events and become friends. Then, of course, as the story progresses, they become so much more! The romance of the two is sweet and simple. It is not over the top or overdone. The story line is interesting and the book was very easy to follow.
The message is this: trust in the Lord with all your heart. Lean on Him in hard times. I stated at the beginning of this review that Wande is a great role model for women because this is exactly what she does. Even through all of the trials she faces, she turns to the Lord for comfort and keeps going, even when the going gets tough. There is an old hymn that is referenced several times in this book that sums up the message quite nicely: A Mighty Fortress is Our God. Overall, I am so glad I picked this book to read and can't wait to get the next one!
**I received this book free from the publisher in exchange for my honest review, which I have given.**
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Posted November 20, 2012
My children's Great Grandparents have roots to the German's that
My children's Great Grandparents have roots to the German's that immigrated to Texas. Their has one of the first homesteads registered in Williamson County. It was not easy for anyone during those days.
Darlene Franklin writes about about two families trying to build a life in the new state of Texas. Wande Fleischer along with her siblings and parents have immigrated to Texas in 1845 to start a new life in this promised land of milk and honey. Then there is the Morgan family whom raises Morgan horses on the Running M Ranch near Victoria, Texas.
Jud Morgan is portrayed as somewhat of a bigot not wanting to accept the Germans or the Mexican as landowners on Texas soil. Love thy neighbor as thyself, seems to be the moral of this story. There is so many hardships for not just these two families but the whole community. Franklin shows that with prayer God can reach the hardened heart of a mans soul.
There are six books in this series and they are written by several authors.
I am looking forward to the other stand alone books in this series.
I highly Recommend this book.
I received a digital copy from Netgalley for review. I was in no way compensated for this review. It is my own opinion.
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Posted November 14, 2012
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Posted November 15, 2013
Wande Fleischer is a German immigrant who has just come to Texas
Wande Fleischer is a German immigrant who has just come to Texas with her family to begin a new life. But instead of the “milk and honey” they were promised and the marriage Wande had planned, her family meets tragedy and disappointment.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
The Morgan family has had their fair share of family tragedy as well, and Jud Morgan is apprehensive of all the recent immigration from Germany. When the paths of the two families cross, mixed emotions ensue. Jud does not trust Germans, but he comes to care for the Fleischers. Soon, more heartbreak hits both families, and as they help each other overcome difficulties, love blossoms.
I enjoyed this book. I recently read the final book in the Texas Trails series, and although they all stand alone as separate stories, I decided I did want to go back and read the others. The series covers stories of different members of the Morgan family. Lone Star Trail is a fairly easy read, and although parts of it were a little predictable, I enjoyed the journey. The characters were well developed, and I found the romance intertwined in the story to be just enough without being sappy. The book in written from a Christian perspective, and the author manages to make that apparent without looking like she is trying to throw occasional statements that qualify it as “Christian fiction.” Overall, Lone Star Trail is well written and enjoyable, and I would recommend it to those who enjoy fiction.
I received this book for free from the publisher through the Moody Publishers blogger review program. I was not required to write a positive review and the opinions and thoughts I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255
Posted March 9, 2013
Posted January 27, 2013
I enjoyed this book very much. I enjoyed the relationship between the families and I would read the rest of the books in the series. This is book #1 and it is written by a Christian author.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted December 27, 2012
Well written clean love story
Jud and Wande are the main character's of many and give us a beautiful Christian love story of acceptance and tollerance. Well written first book about the Morgan family.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted December 10, 2012
I liked the first two in this series I liked that predigests were pointed out and the main characters overcame them. I also liked the way the first two books were connected. I look forward to reading more of this series.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
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