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Adelsverein - The Harvesting [Kindle Edition]

Celia Hayes
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Adelsverein: The Harvesting brings the saga of the Becker and Richter families in the Texas Hill Country to a triumphant conclusion in this final volume of the Adelsverein Trilogy.

The Civil War is over and the soldiers return home, to take up the old lives ... if they can. The end of the Civil War has left Texas and the South broken and defeated. Too many young men have died in the fighting, families have been destroyed, their homes left wrecked and desolate. But there is hope in the ashes.  Hansi Richter has come home determined to build a mercantile empire, with the aid of his strong-minded daughter Anna, and his widowed sister-in-law, Magda Becker. Magda's son Dolph wishes to reclaim the family ranch, confiscated during the war, while his cousin Peter Vining only wishes to forget his service in the Confederate Army, which left him an amputee, and the only survivor of four brothers. Do they have the strength, the heart, and the courage to begin building their lives again ... and to dare to venture the first steps on a new path?

A path of silver and gold, a bold new adventure into the wilderness - taking Texas longhorn cattle on the long trail drive north  to the new transcontinental railroad  may lead to success. But the the malice of an old enemy still haunts Dolph Becker and his family; the man who murdered their father during the war is still alive, and even more driven to seek revenge. The constant terror of raids by Comanche Indians may yet destroy Hansi Richter's family, the sanity of his wife ... and the future of the beautiful Rosalie, newly-wed to the love of her life.

Adelsverein: The Harvesting - It's the story of a family, building a life, a future ... and building America..


Editorial Reviews

From the Author

When I looked around for a project to follow up To Truckee's Trail, I decided that I still wanted to write about the American frontier, but I wanted to do another relatively unknown story. After some weeks of considering some other characters and events, I realised that in living in San Antonio, Texas, I was just right down the road from a fantasic unknown story ... the 8,000 or so German immigrants who were recruited to come to Texas to settle an entrepeneur grant and then essentially thrown on their own devices when the recruiting organization, the Mainzer Adelsverein collapsed. Here they were - straight from Germany, to the wild Texas frontier. I started researching, of course, and found so much good materiel, that I simply had to follow the adventures of the family that I created to tell the story to a second book (about what happened during the Civil War, when they were Unionists in a Confederate state) and then how they picked themselves up afterwards, and very gradually become American.

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Adelsverein - a group of German noblemen founded a society to encourage immigration to 19th century Texas. They offered land, houses, new lives . . . and freedom 7,000 settlers accepted the offer.
 
The war is over and the soldiers return home, to take up their old lives . . . if they can. The end of the Civil War has left the South broken and defeated. Yet there is hope in the ashes for Hansi Richter and his daughter Anna, for the widowed Magda Becker, her son Dolph and his cousin Peter Vining - all who have the strength, the heart, and the courage to build their lives again . . . and dare to venture the first steps on a new path.
 
A path of silver and gold, a bold new adventure into the wilderness . . . yet the malice of an old enemy still haunts Dolph Becker and the constant terror of raids by Comanche Indians may yet destroy Hansi Richter's family and the sanity of his wife Liesel.


... a wonderfully complete picture of an era, and unforgettable memories of the engaging and sturdy families whose type formed the backbone of this nation ... the great strength of the trilogy is that we experience those events not on the battlefield or in distant places, but on the home front  . . . If you don't know the Texas Hill country, you will after you read The Adelsverein Trilogy.
Dr. Al Past - PODBRAM.com

I was amazed with the accuracy of the detail . . .  very much in line with everything that I had ever learned not only in the history books but the legends and lore of the families and their ancestors. Putting meat on the bones of history and describing the effects of persons and their actions on one another completely overwhelmed me.
Kenn Knopp - German Heritage Foundation, Fredericksburg, Texas

Product Details

  • File Size: 868 KB
  • Print Length: 426 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Booklocker; 2 edition (January 21, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B001Q3KVCM
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Third of an Outstanding Historical Trilogy December 12, 2008
By Al Past
Format:Paperback
Is there anything better than a good book? Better than a book that tells an absorbing story, that's peopled with characters you care about, living through exciting times, set among real events, and that leaves you with a better understanding as well as thoroughly entertained?
Of course there is something better: two books like that. And even better still, three. The Adelsverein Trilogy, by Celia Hayes, is such a trilogy. What The Leopard does for Italy and Gone With the Wind does for the American South, The Adelsverein Trilogy does for Texas, and does it in style.
Briefly, book one, The Gathering, recounts the adventures of the Steinmetz family as they and several other families emigrate from Germany in the 1840s to the wilds of Texas. The narrative generally follows one of the daughters, Magda Vogel, a spunky, engaging young woman, as the families endure an arduous sea voyage only to find themselves put ashore at a desolate spot on the Texas coast, to be led to an unprepared, disorganized, and underfunded German settlement area in the hill country (the "Adelsverein" of the title). On the way they happen upon a company of men under Jack Hays (later a renowned Texas Ranger), on their way to the Mexican War. Magda briefly meets one of his men, Carl "Dutch" Becker, one of the few survivors of the Goliad massacre, before her family resumes its trek to to New Braunfels. From there they travel to Friedrichsburg (modern-day Fredericksburg), and struggle to find shelter and make lives for themselves.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Worth the wait! May 3, 2011
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At first I thought the historical start at Goliad was going to be more of a historical non-fiction work which my husband would enjoy. Then the true story kicked in which I truly enjoyed. So it's a book with an entertaining story set in the fascinating history of early Texas. The best of two worlds!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Well-written book July 6, 2009
By Ace
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I have enjoyed all 3 volumes of this series. Hayes has done detailed research for the background of her story, and develops the characters and plot in wonderful progression. I look forward to her future books.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Bravo April 24, 2010
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As I am with all good books, I was very sorry when this one was over. This conclusion of the trilogy really wasn't enough for me. How about a fourth book? Or more? Hayes loves her characters and makes us love them, too, and so we long to learn how the new generations will fare. It helps to be versed in Texas history as she deftly insinuates her people into a lot of it, including in this volume the early cattle drives, the Indianola and Galveston hurricanes, and the tragic readjustment problems of some of the kidnap victims of the murderous Comanches. I am surprised to find so few reviews here. At least the sales rank indicates the books are selling. They deserve a wide audience, particularly in Texas where they will best be appreciated. Bravo.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable read January 15, 2013
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One in a series of books by Celia Hayes that is a historically correct fictional account of the lives of German immigrants in Texas.
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