On the day that she was twelve years old, Margaret Becker came to Texas with her parents and her younger brothers. The witch-woman looked at her hands, and foretold her future; two husbands, a large house, many friends, joy, sorrow and love.
The witch woman would not say what she saw for Margaret's younger brothers, Rudi and Carl - for Texas was a Mexican colony. Before the Becker children were full-grown, the war for Texas independence would come upon them all and show no mercy.
During her life, she would observe and participate in great events. She would meet and pass her own judgment on great men and lesser men as well; a loyal friend, able political hostess ... and at the end, a survivor and witness. But in all of her life, there would be one man who would ever hold - and break - her heart!
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History buffs will like Daughter of Texas! The book is a history lesson on the settling of Texas from before the time of the Alamo! Margaret is a twelve year old girl in the beginning of the book and grows into a strong pioneer woman who I admired. The book moved very slowly for me with much narrative and little dialogue until nearer the end. The last chapters of the book held several shocking surprises (not history) and left me wondering what happens next in the life of Margaret. I won Daughter of Texas in a giveaway. This is my honest opinion.
Celia Hayes's Daughter of Texas is a fine piece of historical fiction that covers the early days of Anglo settlement in Texas, told from the point of view of the strong women who accompanied their husbands and families to that new country on the dangerous frontier. Anyone who has read Hayes's previous novels set in early Texas, the Adelsverein Trilogy, will recognize many of the characters in this latest work. However, Daughter of Texas stands on its own, and readers who are unfamiliar with the earlier works will enjoy it just as much as those who are long term fans of the author. History is too often "His Story", told from the perspective of the men who more often than not carried the guns and made the laws. Hayes reminds us that behind these powerful men were equally strong and wise women. Thus, we find Margaret Becker Vining, a young girl on the cusp of adolescence who immigrates to Texas with her family in the 1820's. We follow Margaret as she matures into womanhood in the company of men such as Stephen F. Austin and Sam Houston. She not only witnesses the history that these fascinating men made, she is herself a part of that history. The history that Hayes relates is meticulously researched. While her central character is fictional, one easily discerns that the events of her life are based on documented events that actually occurred to individuals who lived in that time and place. Students of Texas history will recognize many of the novel's secondary characters, such as Deaf Smith, a confidant of Sam Houston who participated in the Battle of San Jacinto; and Susanna Dickenson, who accompanied her husband to the Alamo, and who was one of the few allowed to leave that doomed fort after her husband and over 200 others were killed by Santa Ana's forces. Hayes's tale is riveting. The history behind the tale is equally dramatic. Daughter of Texas is a terrific read for the fan of historical fiction, the student of history, or for anyone who simply delights in an exciting story well told.