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End of the Trail (The Texas Trail Series) [Kindle Edition]

Vickie McDonough
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Book Description

End of the Trail is part of a six-book series about four generations
of the Morgan family living, fighting, and thriving amidst a turbulent Texas history
spanning from 1845 to 1896. 

Brooks Morgan left home 11 years earlier
and is just too stubborn to return home.  In 1896 he pulls into the town of
Shoofly to take refuge from a storm and befriends John Langston in the local cafe.
A high stakes poker game ends with Brooks holding the deed to John's ranch with
one condition - Brooks must promise to take care of Keri. Brooks agrees, assuming
that Keri is a horse.

Overcome by guilt, Brooks return to the cafe to give
back the deed but finds John on the floor dead. Brooks heads off to take care of
John's ranch and is ambushed. With a noose around his neck, hands tied behind his
back he offers a prayer up to God.  A stunning shot is delivered from
the rifle of a lady on horseback that breaks the noose and frees Brooks. But
could this lady - Keri - be an enemy, too?



Editorial Reviews

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"What a truly wonderful book! Brooks Morgan is the ultimate slightly-flawed hero with a cocky grin that's bound to make any female reader fall in love. After a decade of drifting and learning life's lessons the hard way, Brooks wins a ranch in a poker game. Trouble is, feisty Keri Langston thinks Raven Creek Ranch belongs to her. If she'd known Brooks Morgan held the deed to her property, she might have left him hanging on the end of the rope she found him on, instead of shooting him free and saving his sorry life.But she didn't know. She did shoot him free. And now he's a way-too-happy, far-too-handsome thorn in her side.The End of the Trail is a hilarious, heart-rending, soul-searching rollercoaster ride. I loved it, and didn't want the ride to end. But then, I always love McDonough's work. This author presents stellar writing; wonderful, unexpected humorous moments; touching, heart-wrenching situations that make it hard to know who to root for; and consistently riveting storylines.I dare you to read this book and not smile! Thing is, you will smile...and get a little weepy...and gasp in surprise a few times, as well. End of the Trail really is that good." -- Review by Vickie McDonough

"Because the Morgan Family Series has several authors, there is a great deal of difference in the quality of the various reads even though characters remain consistent. In End of the Trail writer Vickie McDonough does a better than average job of producing a work that is readable, entertaining, and consistent with the feel of the series as a whole. Her research is woven naturally into the plot and character details without the excessive insertion of archaic terms or extraneous facts that seem to plague other historical novels.

I would recommend End of the Trail to anyone looking for a light summer read. It's a good book to take on vacation or trip to the beach and has the rare quality of incorporating Christian culture and views without giving the impression they were tacked on to please the publisher." -- Review by Elizabeth Baker, www.ElizabethBakerBooks.com

"Vickie McDonough is a favorite local author (I have lots of favorite authors), and her humor shines through in spite of some serious subjects. I doubt that anyone will be surprised when the boy finally gets the girl. If you like historical novels, especially set in West Texas, or are already a fan of Vickie McDonough, you should enjoy this book." -- Review by Cathy Bickerstaff, Tulsa Beacon, 8/1/12

 

From the Back Cover

He enters a poker game and wins a new life

She loses the only home she has ever known

Two hostile adversaries are forced to work together


In 1896 Brooks Morgan pulls into the town of Shoofly, Texas, to take refuge from a storm. He befriends Will Langston in the local café and agrees to help him out in exchange for room and board. A high stakes poker game ends in Brooks holding the deed to Will's ranch with a promise to "take care of Keri." His joy is short-lived, for when he returns home he finds Will dead - murdered.

When Brooks finally rides to Raven Creek Ranch, he is greeted by a rifle pointed straight at his chest. The same woman who came to his rescue earlier is now ready to shoot him. This is the "Keri" he promised to take care of-Will's niece-who believes Raven Creek is her inheritance.  Keri and Brooks have only one thing in common - they both want to protect the ranch. Is this really God's plan to save Raven Creek Ranch? Or did Will stage the whole fiasco?


Product Details

  • File Size: 819 KB
  • Print Length: 256 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1451763247
  • Publisher: River North; New Edition edition (May 25, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007VO7NGM
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Western romance from the heart June 26, 2012
Format:Paperback
It took me a little while to warm up to this hero, but when I did, I fell as hard as heroine Keri Langston. Brooks Morgan runs away from home as a young man, and drifts for ten years until the end of his trail brings him stumbling into Shoofly, Texas during a hail storm with empty pockets. A dying rancher, Will, befriends Brooks and gives him a meal and a job. Will's unexpected kindness lands Brooks toe to toe with Will's niece, Keri. Both Keri and Brooks stake a claim on Will's ranch and the romantic sparks fly. These rivals quickly band together when a dangerous man puts the ranch in his cross hairs.

Both hero and heroine have past scars that they must overcome. Both must make peace with estranged family. And both will steal your heart as they face hardship, setback, threats and heartbreak with grit and genuine character. You'll root for them against all odds and cheer as they stake their claim on love, reconciliation, and a very happily ever after.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars superb finish to a strong historical saga June 1, 2012
Format:Paperback
In 1886 in Waco, his mom and older sister deride sixteen year old Brooks Morgan for not doing his fair share of the chores. His dad lectures him further. Upset, he becomes angry when his dad says he will sell Brooks' horse jester. Brooks leaves.

In 1896 Brooks meets elderly ailing Will Langston. They play cards and Brooks wins the man's Raven Creek Ranch; Will asks him to take care of Keri. Feeling guilty, Brooks decides to return the spread to Will, but instead his new friend is dead. At the same time, Keri Langston looks forward to leaving Wesleyan Female College in Georgia to return to her beloved Uncle Will's ranch. Brooks arrives at the ranch only to be strung up with a rope around his neck. Keri rescues him, but believes in spite of the deed Brooks possesses that her Uncle Will would want her to own Raven Creek Ranch. As they fall in love, someone has plans for the ranch, which exclude the niece and the deed holder.

The sixth Texas Trails Morgan Family nineteenth century western romance is a superb finish to a strong historical saga. The story line is fast-paced and filled with action while bringing to life Texas in the last decade of the twentieth century. Written by three authors romance (see Darlene Franklin's Ranger's Trail and The Lone Star Trail; Cowgirl Trail and The Captive Trail by Susan Page Davis; and Long Trail Home by Vickie McDonough), this is a fitting End of the Trail for a great epic.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent summer read June 21, 2012
Format:Paperback
End of the Trail, the most recent offering from Moody Publishers in the Morgan Family Series, is the story of Brooks Morgan as he struggles to grow from rebellious adolescent to manhood. He left home in anger at age sixteen and drifted for ten years before stumbling into Shoofly, Texas, during a rainstorm. Broke and hungry, he takes a job caring for an ageing rancher, Will Langston.

Nursemaid to a sick, old man is not Brooks usual occupation, yet he grows to deeply care for Will who reminds him of the father he left behind in Waco. When he wins the deed to Will's ranch in a friendly game of poker, Brooks tries to give it back but the dying man insists it was won fairly. His only request is that Brooks care for Keri after he is gone. Thinking "Keri" must be the family dog, Brooks agrees.

In truth, Keri is an attractive niece that Will raised and sent to finishing school two years earlier. When she returns to Shoofly on the same day that Will is riding out to claim the ranch, misunderstandings and angers flare. These are complicated by the fact that her first encounter of Brooks is when she saves him from being lynched by shooting the rope around his neck loose from a tree limb.

The author develops a touching and believable romance between Keri and Brooks that forms a delightful subplot to their joint efforts to defend the ranch from a land-hungry baron and a crooked banker. There is plenty of action to move the plot along and well developed characters without the predictability and shallowness too often found in Christian romance.

Because the Morgan Family Series has several authors, there is a great deal of difference in the quality of the various reads even though characters remain consistent.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars End of the Trail July 24, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
I really enjoyed reading this book. The main character is Brooks Morgan,a man who ran away from home at a young age. Ten years later, having never returned home, he meets an old, ailing man named Will who he takes care of. The man gives him his ranch Raven Creek in a game of cards. Brooks tries to return it to him, but the man insists, and also asks that when he is gone, Brooks takes care of Keri. Brooks assumes she is a beloved dog or horse.
Meanwhile, Keri Langston looks forward to leaving her female college and returning home to her uncle's Raven Creek Ranch. On her way home, she discovers a man being strung up with a noose around his neck. She rescues him, then continues home on her own. Later she finds out that the man she rescued is Brooks, who now owns what she thought would be her ranch. He lets her remain in what she still believes is her home and the two begin to fall in love. However, a man who wants to marry Keri also wants her land and will stop at nothing to get what he wants.
I did not read the other books in this series about the Morgan family, but I plan to now after reading this book that I loved reading. The other books are written by several different authors and are called: Captive Trail, Cowgirl Trail, Ranger's Trail, The Lone Star's Trail and The Long Trail Home. I did not think that I missed anything important by not reading these because it could probably stand alone. Nonetheless, I will make sure that I read the others in the series.
Thanks to the publishers and netgalley for a free ebook in exchange for my honest opinion in a review.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
good read
Published 29 days ago by Ron Hindman
5.0 out of 5 stars Must read
Very interesting stoy, great writing, but short. I need to get the full length book.
Published 1 month ago by CaroleS
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Read
Vickie McDonough's novel End of the Trail is set in Texas. Brooks Morgan is a teenager who thinks he has it all figured out and that his parents push him too hard. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Alia Hood
4.0 out of 5 stars Satisfying conclusion to a great series!
I really enjoy Vickie McDonough's writing style. Her stories flow effortlessly and always leave me satisfied. This one is no different. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Shannah
5.0 out of 5 stars loved this book
I loved this book, couldn't put it down. It kept me interested til the end. I am always looking for new books from this author.
Published 6 months ago by believe
1.0 out of 5 stars Seems like author is a drunk writer
I rarely post on Amazon, but I feel so strongly that you would be wasting your money I must post on here also.

The book started out OK. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Fawnlet
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome ending to this series!
MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK

This is the sixth and last book in The Texas Trail Series, and I have really enjoyed all six of them! Read more
Published 7 months ago by ibjoy1953
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Story, Overall, But I Wish More of the Book Was Like My Favorite...
I would like to thank Moody Publishers for my review copy of this book.

This book is part of the Morgan Family Series, which is also called Texas Trails. Read more
Published 7 months ago by James B. Pate
4.0 out of 5 stars End of the Trail has a great story to tell and Ms McDonough tells it...
Ms McDonough appears to have a good understanding of what it was like to live in a rural area. The ups and downs of living away from other people and services, in times when... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars I loved it!
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He won a ranch in a card game. She claims the ranch is her inheritance. He's not leaving--and neither is she. Read more
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Best selling author Vickie McDonough grew up wanting to marry a rancher but instead, she married a computer geek who is scared of horses. She lives out her childhood dream by penning romances set in the Old West. Vickie is an award-winning author of more than 30 books and novellas. Her books have won the Booksellers Best Award, OWFI Best Fiction Book Award, Inspirational Reader's Choice Contest, Texas Gold, and the ACFW Noble Theme contest, and she has been a finalist in ACFW's BOTY/Carol Awards contest eight times and also the Holt Medallion Contest. Vickie is the author of the Texas Boardinghouse Brides series and is a co-author of Texas Trails: A Morgan Family series. Her newest series called Pioneer Promises features a family that runs a stage stop in 1870s Kansas. Whispers on the Prairie, book 1 in this new series, was a Romantic Times Recommended Inspirational Book for July 2013. Coming next year is an exciting series set during the Oklahoma land run days. The first book, Gabriel's Atonement, releases January 1st.

Vickie and her husband live in Oklahoma. They have been married thirty-nine years and have four grown sons and a feisty eight-year-old granddaughter. When she's not writing, Vickie enjoys reading, gardening, watching movies, traveling, and collecting antiques and doing stained glass projects. To learn more about Vickie's books, visit her website: www.vickiemcdonough.com

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