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Book 1 of 6 in the Texas Trail Series

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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!


GENRE GO ROUND

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!

www.darlenefranklinwrites.blogspot.com

for information on upcoming titles, visit RiverNorthFiction.com

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Product Details

  • Series: The Texas Trail Series (Book 1)
  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Moody Publishers; 1 edition (September 1, 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 (72 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,119,632 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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Lone Star Trail by Darlene Franklin is the first in the Texas Trails saga following the Morgan family. Jud Morgan has his hands full trying to keep up with his father's ranch. His father died defending Texas freedom and he isn't too excited about a bunch of Germans who are coming to his state to colonize a New Germany in Texas.

Wande Fleischer comes to America with her family, and to meet her fiance who has gone on to Texas before her. However, when she arrives she is faced with heartbreak and the fact that her fiance found somebody else to marry. Will she be able to find a new life in a foreign land? Will Jud be able to overcome his dislike of the Germans and see what Wande has to offer?

I found the first book of the Texas Trails series to be a delightful read. It was of particular interest to me since I too have some German heritage.

This book was provided free for review by the author and Moody Publishers.
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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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