From the Back Cover
A woman with many friends - but few would ever know her heart!
Two husbands, a large house, many friends - that was predicted for Margaret Becker Vining. That she would be a widow, left to raise her four sons in a tiny frontier town was not mentioned in the old conjure-woman's prophecy. Austin, the makeshift capitol city of the Republic of Texas, was threatened and besieged from all sides. Peace did not come with Sam Houston's victory over the Mexican Army at San Jacinto. Between old and bitter enemies and the inconstancy of unreliable friends, Margaret Becker Vining, her family and her friends must fight to maintain their independence and security
. . .
while Margaret herself despairs of ever finding happiness again.
About the Author
Celia Hayes is passionately interested in the history of the American frontier. She was brought up in an eccentric, baby-boom family which formed the basis of her memoir Our Grandpa Was an Alien.
She earned a degree in English and served for 20 years in the US Air Force. In 2002 she became a regular contributor to the military oriented weblog The Daily Brief
Her first novel, To Truckee's Trail
grew out of a fascination with the California emigrant trail. The Adelsverein Trilogy
, and its' companion novels, Daughter of Texas
and Deep in the Heart
drew upon an interest in the German settlements in the Texas Hill Country and the dramatic sweep of history in the Lone Star State.