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  • Hardcover: 1050 pages
  • Publisher: Watercress Press (September 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0934955840
  • ISBN-13: 978-0934955843
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.3 x 2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,525,233 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Author

Because so many readers and fans were purchasing all three books in paperback - which is not so durable when it comes to being read over and over - we decided to bring out a hard-bound version, of all three volumes of the Trilogy.

Yes, it does make a very hefty book: think of it as not only a ripping-good yarn about the German settlers in the Hill Country of Texas ... but a good arm and upper-body workout.

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The Adelsverein Trilogy - The Gathering, The Sowing, and The Harvesting - is a saga of family and community loyalties, and the challenge of building a new life on the hostile frontier, spanning half a century of eventful history.


More than 7,000 German settlers came to Texas in 1847, under the auspices of the "Mainzer Adelsverein" - the society of noblemen of Mainz, who planned to fill a land-grant on the Texas frontier with German farmers and craftsmen.


Among those hopeful settlers was the family of Christian "Vati" Steinmetz, the clockmaker of Ulm in Bavaria, who brought his sons and daughters to settle in a new land. There Vati's descendants would make their mark. They would survive and ultimately triumph.


Once established in the beautiful Hill Country of central Texas, his oldest daughter, Magda - passionate and courageous - is courted by Carl Becker, a young frontiersman with a dangerous past. Her younger sister Liesel dreaded the journey away from the only home she had ever known, but she loved and trusted her husband Hansi more than she hated the wild lands where they settled - even as Hansi was transformed from a stolid and practical farmer into a wealthy cattle baron in the boom years of the great cattle ranches.  Magda and Liesel's younger brothers, Friedrich and Johann, were always as close as twins could be. In the Civil War, one wore Union blue, the other Confederate grey homespun, but never forgot they were brothers. And finally there was Vati's beloved adopted daughter Rosalie, whose life ended as it began - in tragedy.


Based on historical events, the Adelsverein Trilogy is about love and loss, joy and grief . . . and the sometimes wrenching process of becoming American. The complete text of the originally separate volumes of the Trilogy
, with historical notes by the author is combined into a single volume.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mike Weatherford on August 1, 2013
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I just finished the trilogy last night - actually, about 2:30 this morning. It's that kind of book - one that you don't want to put down. When you finish, you know three German immigrant families better than you know your neighbors - and probably hold them in higher esteem. The characters are highly believable, the plot is historically accurate, and the settings described in exquisite detail. The reader comes away with a much clearer view of the history and development of the settlement of the Texas Hill Country than could ever be learned in most history texts. I highly recommend this book to anyone who wants to learn more about Texas, or who just wants to read an enjoyable and fascinating novel with real-life characters. Five stars isn't enough.

Full Disclosure: I've known the author for more than ten years now, and consider her a friend (and fellow Air Force retiree). That didn't color my enjoyment of the book, nor this review. Every word I've written is richly deserved.
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This was a wonderful story. Loved the characters and felt close to them. Was set in the area of Texas where we live
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By RivRider on October 30, 2013
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The Adelsverein trilogy is the story of a family of German immigrants who settle in Texas in the 1840's. They arrive with almost nothing and endure hardships and tragedies over the next thirty years. But, by hard work, determination, love and intelligence, they prosper and thrive. While it is a western, it's not your typical shootemup.

The central characters here are fictional. But, many others who appear in the books were real. Also, many of the episodes depicted are based on or inspired by actual events.

The trilogy is filled with well-written, strong characters. These are folks that I would be happy to have as friends or relatives(I had a great-grandfather named Steinmetz, so I am claiming these folks as my fictional ancestors).
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