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Long Trail Home (The Texas Trail Series Book 3) Kindle Edition

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"e;I have thoroughly enjoyed each book in this series, and this one didn’t disappoint. Vickie McDonough brings her expert writing skills to the series with a story that will capture your being and keep you instilled into the pages until the very end. The characters are truly believable and realistic, giving you the feeling that you’ve known them for a very long time! I really encourage you to visit River North, the fiction division of Moody Publishers, and check out the Six books in this series. I will assure you, if you read one, you will have to read them all!"e; -- Joy,, 5/17/12

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Long Trail Home

A weary soldier returns from the War Between the States to Discover his parents dead, his family farm in shambles, and his fiancée married.

Riley Morgan takes a job at the Wilcox School for Blind Children in an attempt for a new life after the Civil War. By helping the children and the pretty blind woman, Annie, he begins to find renewed hope. But everyone’s future at Wilcox School is disrupted when the owner dies suddenly and the school is in jeopardy of being closed by the man who stands to inherit it. Riley’s remaining confidence in the future is shaken when Annie’s secret is revealed and Riley attempts to make peace with God.

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

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  • File Size: 745 KB
  • Print Length: 292 pages
  • Publisher: River North; New Edition edition (November 1, 2011)
  • Publication Date: November 1, 2011
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005SJCJA2
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #553,673 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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 35 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 an Award of Merit winner in 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 Pioneer Promises series features a family that runs a stage stop in 1870s Kansas. Whispers on the Prairie, book 1 in this series, was a Romantic Times Recommended Inspirational Book for July 2013. Vickie's latest series, Land Rush Dreams, is set during the Oklahoma land run days. The first book, Gabriel's Atonement, released on January 1st received 4 1/2 stars from Romantic Times. The second book, Joline's Redemption, comes out this fall, followed by Sarah's Surrender next year.

Vickie and her husband live in Oklahoma. They have been married forty years and have four grown sons, one daughter-in-law, and a feisty granddaughter. When she's not writing, Vickie enjoys reading, gardening, watching movies, traveling, collecting antiques and doing stained glass projects. To learn more about Vickie's books, visit her website:

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Debbie Lynne Costello on November 9, 2011
Format: Paperback
In her usual style of fine writing, Vickie McDonough once again comes out with another winner. I love Vickie's style of writing. The characters are well developed and she delves deep into what makes them tick. She touches on sensitive issues and handles them with the grace. It's a moving story that keeps you pulling for both the hero and heroine to be able to overcome the obstacles in their lives and the issues that keep them apart. I highly recommend Long Trail Home.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By SandrasKitchenNook on March 29, 2013
Format: Paperback
As a young girl, Annie is forced by her father to steal becoming an expert pickpocket. When her father finally abandons her in Waco, TX, she comes across a school for the blind and decides to pretend to be blind to have the safety and love the children there know.

Fast forwarding a few years, Riley Morgan returns from the war to find his parents dead and his fiance married. Taking a job at the Wilcox School for the blind, he finds himself becoming more and more interested in the pretty, blind young woman that works there.

This is book #3 in the Morgan Family Series, a series which I am thoroughly enjoying reading. I like the characters and the story lines. However, this one dropped a star for trying to convince you that for all of these years, Annie has been able to fool everyone in town except the two women who work at the school. Incident after incident should have completely given it away, especially to Riley. That was just unbelievable. Over all, though, it was a good story that I enjoyed reading.

I received a copy of this book from the publisher for the purpose of this review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mikeylynn on May 24, 2013
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I have almost read this entire series (out of order) but I enjoy reading about the Morgan family. This book is no exception and I think it is another winner! While Annie is pretending to be blind, Riley is healing from recent news since coming back from the war. Of course the author adds a twist and includes an enemy that threatens to destroy everything they hold dear. I really liked the background story to Annie's character and how she changes throughout the book. God becomes an important person in her life even while she is in the middle of a lie that changes her life forever. The ending is not surprising but it is a fun western type of read.

I highly recommend this book and the rest of the series to anyone who likes Old West family stories.

Also, not all of the books are by the same author which makes this a unique set of books!

"I received this book from Moody Publishers in exchange for an honest review."
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By turbobirdo on December 25, 2012
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A young man returns from the Civil War to find his parents dead and his fiance married to another man. The local blind school allows him to board on their premises, and soon he begins to fall for one of the blind students. But Annie carries a secret that could make him hate her if she tells him. This story tells of the power of love and forgiveness, and that the truth does indeed set you free. I really enjoyed this book, but not as much as the first two. It focuses almost entirely on the romance in the story, and I did not think it contained nearly as much historical detail as the others did. It was interesting and held my attention well, but I am not fond of stories that have no other plot other than somebody falling in love. Still, it was a good book, and if you like Christian romance novels, you will probably like this one.I received a free copy of this book from Moody Press Publishers in exchange for my honest review."[...]"
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By AudOneinAK on December 24, 2012
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My daughter (12) and I are loving this series! Even though we are reading them all out of order so it is taking some figuring out, but I get them when and where I can.
This book stood strong right along with the others. It has a troubled hero running from God and a confused, beautiful, young woman who bowls him over and helps bring him back to God even though she was the one searching.
I gave this book only 4 stars because I found it too big of a stretch that a girl could fool a whole town AND the man she's falling in love with, into believing that she's blind for so many years. If she wore dark glasses...maybe. But she would look right at things, even his eyes once in a while and with a school full of blind kids he couldn't tell the difference?
Other than that...4 thumbs up!!

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By James B. Pate on February 27, 2014
Format: Paperback
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. I have read the sixth book of this series, End of the Trail, which is about Brooks Morgan, who left his family and was reunited with his parents and siblings near the book’s end. Long Trail Home is about Brooks’ parents, Riley and Annie: how they met and fell in love, and how they found faith. Both books were written by Vickie McDonough.

Except for the background narrative, Long Trail Home is set in Texas soon after the Civil War. Riley is returning from the war, only to find that the family that he left has been slaughtered by renegade Comanche, and that his fiancee has married another man. Riley is saddened that he cannot reconcile with his parents, whom he left years earlier after his little brother had been bitten by a rattlesnake and died. After his return, Riley finds work at a local blind school, and there he meets Annie, a young woman who is pretending to be blind. Years before, Annie sought refuge at the blind school after her father abandoned her, yet the donor to the school required that the school only admit children who are blind. As a result, Annie pretended to be blind in order to stay at the school, and she kept up the act after reaching adulthood. The only other person who knows the truth is the school’s headmistress, Laura.

Annie is initially upset that Riley will be working at the school, for she will have to be more diligent in feigning her blindness, lest her secret become known. Riley loves her and is protective of her, but he is reluctant to be in another relationship after his finance married another man.
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