Raised on Jesus, John Wayne, and Louis L' Amour, Jerry Orange has been a preacher, a soldier, a Civil War Cavalry Re-enactor, and an amateur rodeo cowboy among other things. Today Jerry is happily married to Tracye. They have five wonderful children, and three dogs in the great state of Texas. At this writing, Jerry has traveled to twenty-eight states, nine foreign countries and works in Afghanistan supporting the American Armed Forces.
Texas Yankee: Homecomingby Jerry P Orange
Texas Yankee: Homecoming is an adventurous love story set in Central Texas during the turbulent years following the Civil War. After fighting in the Yankee Cavalry, Joshua Granger returns to Texas to marry beautiful Sarah Lynn Smith in spite of the fact that one of her Confederate brothers has tried to kill him. Joshua and Sarah refuse to let anything stop them from becoming man and wife in this dramatic tale of triumph.
A hopeful love letter from Sarah sets Joshua on an unusual journey from Kentucky to Texas in early 1866. With a couple of good horses and some big ideas he leaves the security of family and inheritance behind for the love of a strong woman on the Texas frontier. In Arkansas, Joshua takes on the responsibility of a mentally challenged orphan and is saddled with two wagons full of prostitutes who need a guide to Dallas.
In the meantime Sarah is planning their wedding in spite of her mother's protests while she waits anxiously for Joshua's return.
Upon arrival in Georgetown, Texas Joshua finds that he is unwelcome in the community and marrying Sarah is not the foregone conclusion he expected it to be. The next year is filled with the humor and hardship of homesteading a ranch, fighting Comanche and outlaws, breaking wild horses, catching and branding wild cattle, and hunting buffalo. In between the work, Joshua tries to fulfill the obligations of courtship as required by Sarah's family before they will bless her marriage to the Yankee.
The gritty realism, the heartache, and the laughter that goes into making this frontier family brings Reconstruction Era Texas to life.
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In the United States Civil War, it pitted brother against brother in a scar that shaped our nation to what it is today. Those men made decision that shaped their lives and family well beyond the war and they had to suffer the consequences of standing behind their convictions. Joshua decided to fight against the confederacy and stand up for his believes. After the war when he returns home to Texas to marry his beloved he doesn’t receive the welcome he hoped for. Texas Yankee: Homecoming, tells of his journey home and his journey to build a life in Texas. It shows the life he has and is building and the people that come in to his life that can only be named as family. Joshua’s story was excellent. It was engaging and full of action and romance. There was death and survival but also love and hope. It was really written well and was a great read from start to finish. I absolutely loved the ending. It was a great way to end this book. I would love to read more about this amazing family!...Stormi
What a phenomenal book from Mr. Jerry P. Orange! This book has a bit of everything in it. It is a true western adventure. I would even go so far as to say that this is the start of the grown up version of the "Little House on the Prairie" series! Everyone interested in what it was like living in Texas in the late eighteen-sixties would absolutely love this book! And, it continues on with the second book "Texas Yankee Honeymoon". When we first meet our protagonist, Joshua Granger, he had been a boy having lived half of his life in Texas, after fleeing his brother's farm in Kentucky. When war breaks out, he follows his instincts and does what he feels is the right thing and fights for the union. However, the war is over and he is rereading a letter from his sweetheart back home in Texas, who wants to marry him. Next, he has to get there, even if it means getting past ex-confederates, bandits, and Comanche Indians. The same goes for living on the land. And, we mustn't forget Mr. and Mrs. Smith, his sweetheart's parents plus her brothers, who both fought for the Confederate side. This book takes you through a lot of places, people, and things. If you have ever been interested in the old West and what homesteading comprised of, you will be in for a surprise! The plot is solid, the setting is spectacular. You will love the characters. And be begging for more at the book's end. Thank you Mr. Jerry P. Orange and Word Slinger for giving me a free copy of this book to read and give my honest review.
Reviewed by Chris Fischer for Readers' Favorite A richly drawn Western with beautiful descriptions of stark landscapes and situations is how I would describe Texas Yankee: Homecoming by Jerry P. Orange. Our story begins after the conclusion of the Civil War when Joshua Granger, a Yankee cavalryman, returns to Texas, ready to marry beautiful Sarah Lynn Smith. Despite the fact that Sarah’s brother, a soldier for the Confederacy, tried to kill him, Joshua is certain of his decision, and he and Sarah refuse to let anything get in the way of their love and their plans. When Joshua finally makes it home to Georgetown, he doesn’t quite find the homecoming he was hoping for, and in fact realizes that he is unwelcome in his own hometown. Texas Yankee: Homecoming was a great little Western. The view of the strife of early settlement after the war, from homesteading to skirmishes with Native Americans, was vividly drawn. I enjoyed the character development of Sarah and Joshua, and also enjoyed their sweet love story, even though I am certainly not a fan of romance novels. There was enough action to keep the story moving, enough history to make me feel like I learned something, and enough excitement to keep my attention. All in all, I am happy to recommend Jerry P. Orange’s book without question. His work will appeal to any lover of a classic Western story, anyone interested in the Civil War time period, and any lover of a great read in general. I understand that Mr. Orange has already written his second book in this series and I, for one, am very much looking forward to reading it.