Daughter of Twin Oaks (Secret Refuge Series #1)

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Seeking to fulfill the promise she made to her dying father, eighteen-year-old Jesselynn Highwood determines to take her little brother and the family's remaining Thoroughbreds from Twin Oaks plantation in Kentucky to her uncle's farm in Missouri, where they will be safe for the remainder of the Civil War.

Dodging Confederate and Union troops, they ride at night and hide during the day. Finally, after encountering hunger, sickness, and the devastation of war, they arrive in ...

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Overview

Seeking to fulfill the promise she made to her dying father, eighteen-year-old Jesselynn Highwood determines to take her little brother and the family's remaining Thoroughbreds from Twin Oaks plantation in Kentucky to her uncle's farm in Missouri, where they will be safe for the remainder of the Civil War.

Dodging Confederate and Union troops, they ride at night and hide during the day. Finally, after encountering hunger, sickness, and the devastation of war, they arrive in Missouri only to discover the situation there puts them in even greater danger.

But Jesselynn will stop at nothing to save her family, the horses, and whatever remains of Twin Oaks.

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Jesselynn Highwood always has been a tomboy--not easy for a girl in the 1860s--and horses have been her way of life on her family's Kentucky horse farm. During the Civil War, both armies are desperate for good horses, and with her brothers and father away at war, Jesselynn's responsibility is to keep the horses hidden. When her seriously wounded father comes home, he makes Jesselynn promise to take the remaining horses to safety on his brother's farm in Missouri. After her father dies, Jesselynn frees all her family's slaves, cuts her hair, puts on trousers, and sets off with the horses. She travels with her baby brother and three of the freed slaves. Along the way, they are joined by three children, also orphans of the war, and a soldier whose life the children saved. While Jesselynn travels west, her sister Louisa is with their aunt in Richmond, Virginia, volunteering in a hospital. Because of all the carnage she sees, Jesselynn loses her faith in God, whereas Louisa, who daily nurses desperately wounded soldiers, finds her faith is a solace to both her and the soldiers in her care. Snelling writes an affecting story that does not gloss over the horrors of war. Jesselynn and Louisa are strong women who go against the grain of society to do what they believe is right. The issues of faith are woven smoothly into the story rather than being imposed upon it. This book should appeal to readers of historical romance as well as to readers of inspirational fiction who will welcome the next installment in the Secret Refuge series. VOYA CODES: 3Q 3P J S (Readable without serious defects; Will appeal with pushing; Junior High, defined as grades 7 to 9; Senior High, defined as grades 10 to12). 2000, Bethany House, Ages 13 to 18, 282p, $10.99 Trade pb. Reviewer: Ann Bouricius
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781556618390
  • Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 4/1/2000
  • Series: Secret Refuge Series , #1
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Lauraine Snelling

Lauraine Snelling is the award-winning author of over 60 books, fiction and nonfiction, for adults and young adults. Her books have sold over 2 million copies. Besides writing books and articles, she teaches at writers' conferences across the country. She and her husband make their home in Tehachapi, California.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 16, 2007

    Not Bad...

    Daughter of Twin Oaks was not the best book I have ever read, but it was okay. I really am becoming somewhat partial to war stories, especially those about the Civil War. When I picked the book up, I have to admit I wasn't expecting a masterpeice due to a bad experience with another Civil War novel that involved a female main character that dressed as a man. (Forgive me for being bias) However, as the story picked up I was pleasently surprised. The only problem I had with this book, apart from the usual plot issues, was that there were parts in it that didn't seemed to be explained. The author would say something, then never quite finish the thought or would jump ahead to something else. I don't know...it was weird. Other than that, it was a decent book. I would recomend it if you like war stories that don't focus too much on the war, but instead on how it affects the women left behind.

    8 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 13, 2013

    I love Lauraine Snelling's books because she puts herself and fe

    I love Lauraine Snelling's books because she puts herself and felling in her characters. She stops to think how would I feel in this situation. I have never read one of her books that I did not like.Jesselynn was angry at God because so many bad things had happened to her family yet she had times of reaching out to him. Her faith was a little weak but who of us in the same situation would have been much different. I have read some Civil War history and it was a very bad time especially for the South. I could hardly wait to read the next chapter and am waiting for the next book. I like historical Christian books very much...

    6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 25, 2013

    Highly Reccomended

    This is one of the best books I've read in a long time... Kept me ready almost from beginning to end in one sitting... I wish book 2 was ready to buy because I would have jumped right into it...

    This book is about the civil war time and this woman Jesselynn trying to save both her slaves *by setting them free) and their top dollar horse.. Trial she goes thru Etc.

    5 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 26, 2003

    Great Civil War Era Romance

    This is Book 1 in a series of historical romances set during the Civil War. Jocelyn is a strong heroine who has to cope with the responsibility of protecting her remaining family and servants from both Union and Confederate soldiers. She decides to save the family farm by taking the remaining four thoroughbred race horses from Kentucky to her uncle's ranch in Missouri. Full of adventure and accurate details of day to day life in the 1860's, this book also has humourous moments.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 30, 2013

    Not to disappoint!

    Excellent, heartwaring, very human series! I was so happy to find out tis was a series. I like the rest of the readers, couldn't put it down! These books you can letvyoir grandaughters read & not have to explain filth to them!!
    Granny

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 28, 2013

    Enjoyable

    I did not put this down unless I absolutely had no choice and finished the book within 24 hrs. I loved the characters and storyline. The author did a great job, and I don't think you would be disappointed.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 13, 2014

    A wonderful read!

    I am an avid reader and enjoy historical fiction. I found this book to be overall well written and historically sound. The book did leave me with a few questions but as it is the first in a series I am sure those questions will be answered upon my reading the rest of the books.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 26, 2013

    ?.......

    This is a book

    2 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 14, 2011

    War romance

    I love this book. Because it has all my favorites in it action, romamce, and despetion. Great book I reccommend.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 12, 2014

    Good Story

    I like this story. Sometimes the events were a bit hard to imagine or follow and contrived but overall interesting plot.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 25, 2014

    recommended

    a good story of faith and courage and adventure.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 29, 2014

    A MUST READ

    I enjoyed this series very much. I read all three and enjoyed them all. The story lines are good and the author keeps you interested all the way through. This author has become one of my favorites. I will use this one review for all three books. That gives me more time to read. LOL

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 17, 2014

    would recommend

    would recommend o hose who don't mind books in a series

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 2, 2013

    Loved it

    Very good .. great take on the war and its brutality ... liked the characters

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 20, 2014

    more from this reviewer

    I enjoyed this book very much.  Although I wish it was a bit lon

    I enjoyed this book very much.  Although I wish it was a bit longer.  I would like to know the   ages of Luisa and Carrie Mae, since they are younger but close in age I assume hey are fifteen and sixteen. They cant be much younger than that.  I think fifteen is a bit young to marry though, however those were different times. I didn't  catch the ages of Jane Ellen and her brother John Mark either . I'm not sure if they are white or black, I'll have to re-read that chapter to see if I missed something.  I don't normally miss details.  Details are very important so you can get a clear picture in your mind. I found it hard to get that picture with this missing information.  I will be starting the next book today. Even though I wasn't clear on some details I think this is a worth while story to read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 31, 2014

    Great

    Not excellamt, yet close

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 16, 2014

    War .the south. The NOrth.

    I didn.t really like the story.killi ng .traveling by horse and buggy.I like Romancs books the best.

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  • Posted May 12, 2014

    Great read - just wish to hear what happened back at Twin Oaks a

    Great read - just wish to hear what happened back at Twin Oaks after she left

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 3, 2014

    Loved it!

    Can't wait to read #2 to see what happens.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 24, 2014

    Twin oaks

    Very compelling story. Only wish for more

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