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READERS ROUND TABLE - August 1, 2011

Lone Star Trail by Darlene Franklin is a captivating story about faith, friendship, family, and ultimately, love. From their first meeting, the Fleischers find their new life in America closely intertwined with the Morgans, a deeply rooted Texas family.

Strong character development brings Lone Star Trail vividly to life. Wande Fleischer is a hard working and cheerful young woman who quickly adjusts to her new life. Texas is a harsh land that exacts a heavy toll on the Fleischer family, but Wande's strong faith guides her through life's joys and sorrows.

With his father's untimely death, Jud Morgan was forced to grow up quickly and become the man of the family. Fiercely loyal to the state that has taken so much from him, he distrusts the German immigrants. When misfortune befalls the Fleischer family, Jud begrudgingly offers his assistance. Initially suspicious of the German customs and traditions that Wande introduces, Jud slowly realizes he shares the same values and faith as the Fleischer family and the German community.

Well rounded secondary characters provide depth and tension to this tightly plotted novel. Marion Morgan's unconditional friendship eases Wande's transition to her new life. An additional subplot revolving around Marion presents added conflict and interest to Lone Star Trail.

In Lone Star Trail, Darlene Franklin teaches an understated yet powerful lesson about acceptance that transcends time and culture. The underlying message of faith is gently and subtly demonstrated by the actions and thoughts of all of the key characters.Lone Star Trail is a richly drawn and multi-layered novel. Fans of historical inspirational fiction are going to love this first installment of The Texas Trail series.

Rated 4.5 Gold Crowns by Grace!


Harriet Klausner

August 4, 2011


In December 1845 The Fleischer German immigrant family arrive in Carlshafen, Texas but while living in the tent city Ulla becomes ill from the pox and dies. While the family grieves their loss and push forward to Victoria, another daughter depressed Wande wonders whether her fiancé Konrad will be in town to greet her. Their wagon breaks down and another driven by Jud Morgan with his mom and sister Marion with him fails to stop over the pleading of the two females.

Wande and Marion become friends over the objection of Jud. He personally loathes the German invasion as an affront to his late dad who died during the war of independence a decade ago. Jud particularly detests the Society for the Protection of German Immigrants in Texas as he believes these newcomers want to establish a New Germany deep in the heart of Texas. However, he also admires and likes Wande, whose fiancé chose someone else.

The first Texas Trails Morgan Family historical romance is a superb timely antebellum thriller that focuses on discrimination against new immigrants. Jud and Wande are a fabulous pairing as he loves her yet hates who she is. Unless he learns tolerance towards German émigrés he has no chance at happiness. Readers will relish this powerful character driven issue dominated tale and will also appreciate the next entry, The Captive Trail by Susan Page Davis.


From the Back Cover

Texas Trails

Morgan Family Series

Lone Star Trail

A man faced with losing what he's sworn to protect

An immigrant defrauded

The Texas Republic poised to become the Lone Star State

 Jud Morgan's father died for Texas's freedom, so when German immigrants try to colonize a New Germany in Texas, he takes a stand against them.

After Wande Fleischer's fiancé abandons her, the young fraulein determines to make a new life for herself in Texas. As much as Jud dislikes the German invasion, he can't help admiring Wande. Will vengeance burn and destroy more than Wande's home, or will the rancher put aside his prejudice and forge a new future?

Doubt meets hope, and fear gives way to faith in the Morgan family.

DARLENE FRANKLIN is an award-winning author of fourteen books and novellas, two of which have been finalists in American Christian Fiction Writers' Book of the Year contest. Darlene recently returned to cowboy country - Oklahoma!


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Product Details

  • Series: The Texas Trail Series (Book 1)
  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Moody Publishers; New Edition edition (August 19, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0802405835
  • ISBN-13: 978-0802405838
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.8 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (69 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #586,705 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Award-winning author and speaker Darlene Franklin has recently returned to cowboy (and cowgirl) country--Oklahoma. The move was prompted by her desire to be close to her son Jaran, daughter-in-law Shelley, three beautiful granddaughters, and a long-awaited baby boy.. Her daughter Jolene has preceded her into glory.

Darlene loves music, needlework, reading and reality tv. Talia, a Lynx point Siamese cat, proudly claims Darlene as her person.

In the two years since Darlene has been writing full time, her writing career has exploded to where now she has seventeen books published/under contract. Several of those will also be repacked (Maple Notch Brides), reprinted (Beacon of Love with Thorndike Press), and put into e-book format (Lone Star Trail).

Dressed in Scarlet (from Snowbound Colorado Christmas) and A String of Murders both finaled in the Book of the Year contest sponsored by American Christian Fiction Writers.

Now that Darlene has moved away from Colorado, several books set in Colorado are coming out this year (a fact she finds amusing). All three are contemporary romances. Plainsong and Knight Music continue the story begun in her first book, Romanian Rhapsody; and First Christmas (from Christmas at Barncastle Inn) takes places in a Vermont B&B that specializes in recreating Christmases of the past.

Lone Star Trail is the first book in the Texas Trails series, written with Susan Page Davis and Vickie McDonough. Darlene is pleased to have her first "trade book" come out with Moody Publishers.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Lollipops on April 17, 2012
Format: Paperback
Wande Fleischer has come to America, and Texas, specifically, to marry her intended, but tragedy befall the family almost immediately upon their arrival in the states. The Fleischer do make it to Texas, but close to Christmas finds themselves stranded in a muddy rut with a broken ankle, and the mother incapacitated. A wagon does come by, the people onboard continue on past without stopping to help, so Wande's father has no choice but to walk to town to try to find help.

While taking his mother and sister Christmas shopping in town, rancher Jud Morgan purposely passes a broken down wagon because it carried Germans. His family is upset at him for refusing to help, but Jud is resolute. He hates the German settlers, convinced they are stealing jobs and land from those who fought to free Texas from Mexico.

However, as fate has it, Jud runs into Wande's father in town and due to his mom's insistence takes the family home with them, while the mother recovers from her injuries. Jud is attracted to the lovely, Wande, but can he overcome his prejudices and let himself love her?

LONE STAR TRAIL is the first book in the Texas Trails series. The series itself will be written by different authors, but this debut book in the series is penned by Darlene Franklin. I can honestly say this is the best book by Ms. Franklin I've ever read. Her shorter books had been rather ho-hum, but this one was good. She excellently portrayed the history of the area with the German settlers, something that has been usually overlooked in history books.

I enjoyed getting to know both Wande and Jud and the differences in their cultures. I liked that it took Jud some effort to learn to appreciate Germans instead of just immediately seeing the lovely Wande and that ending his prejudices right there. This is a book that historical romance readers will want to read. I'm looking forward to reading the next book in this series.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Trinity Rose on July 27, 2012
Format: Paperback
This is the first book I've read by Darlene Franklin. The Lone Star Trail is book one in the Texas Trails Morgan Family series. I wanted to start at the beginning to see if I should read the rest of the series. I wasn't that happy with Lone Star Trail. It is a fine story, but for me just lacked excitement until the very end where it got really good. I just didn't think the story flowed together well enough. I love western books and the hardships that came with being some of the first people in the West, but this book just didn't get it for me.
What I did like about the book is the character that played the mother Mrs. Morgan. She was a strong woman who did the right thing and told her children just what she believed. I liked the settings and description of the area and homes also.
I don't think I will read anymore of Darlene Franklin's books unless she has a super good one. This is an O.K. book and you may love it.

Thank you to Moody Publishers for providing this book for review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Erin Davies on August 28, 2012
Format: Paperback
I confess I did not intend on reading this particular book. It was the second book of the Texas Trail series, Captive Trail, that caught my attention but alas, I am something of a compulsive reader. I find it incredibly difficult to start a series anywhere but the beginning. So, naturally, I set about locating a copy of Lone Star Trail for my literary enjoyment.

I love the amount of Texas history in this book. I went to school in CA which afforded me a wonderful education with regards to Father Serra and the forty-niners but not a whole lot else. I'm not joking, we skipped Lewis and Clark and most of western expansion with two notable exceptions: Little Big Horn and the Alamo. Funny when you think about it as the United States lost both but I digress. My point here is that Franklin exposed me to a chapter of American history that I didn't even know existed and, I hope I don't sound arrogant when I say this, that is really saying something.

Franklin's story revolves around Jud, an American horse rancher and Wande, a young immigrant. In the mid eighteen hundreds, thousands of Germans left Europe to establish themselves in rural Texas. Many of these individuals were unprepared for what awaited them across the sea and few were welcomed when they reached our shores. In my humble opinion, Franklin competently recreated the challenges faced by the new arrivals but it was her exceptional handling of the xenophobic sentiments of the Americans that made her work so fascinating.

Lone Star Trail is a wholesome and enjoyable story but I am not without criticism. Creating a believable cast is difficult but a multilingual collection of individuals presents a unique set challenges for both the author and the reader.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on April 17, 2012
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Lone Star Trail is the first of six books in the 'Texas Trails - A Morgan Family Series' written by 3 different authors (Darlene Franklin, Vickie McDonough, and Susan Page Davis).

Book Summary provided by publisher: The six-book series about four generations of the Morgan family living, fighting, and thriving amidst a turbulent Texas history spanning from 1845 to 1896 begins with Lone Star Trail. Although a series, each book can be read on its own.

Judson "Jud" Morgan's father died for Texas' freedom during the war for independence. So when the Society for the Protection of German Immigrants in Texas (the Verein) attempts to colonize a New Germany in his country, he takes a stand against them.
After Wande Fleischers' fiancé marries someone else, the young fraulein determines to make a new life for herself in Texas. With the help of Jud's sister Marion, Wande learns English and becomes a trusted friend to the entire Morgan family.
As much as Jud dislikes the immigrant invasion, he can't help admiring Wande's character. She is sweet and cheerful as she serves the Lord and all those around her. Can the rancher put aside his prejudice to forge a new future? Through Jud and Wande, we learn the powerful lessons of forgiveness and reconciliation among a diverse community of believers.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Being of German descent, I found the references to German customs very interesting. I can easily side with both Jud for wanting the 'foreigners' to learn the ways/language of their new land and with Wande for trying to blend her family traditions with those she is learning from her new friend Marion. There is a great inner battle for both characters even though the reader can easily see what is coming for them.
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