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Lone Star Trail Unknown Binding – 2011
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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
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
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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This was a difficult book for me to rate. It was interesting and clean, but something seemed to be missing. I've thought hard to try to figure out what, and I'm still not sure. For one thing, the structure of most of the sentences seem to be similar, and there's not many clauses or much variety. This tended to make the characters and sometimes the dialogue seem more simplistic, unnatural, and, at places, immature. It was also harder for me, as the reader, to become totally immersed in the story or the characters. Neither did there really seem to be much of a mystery. The who-done-it was obvious. The ending seemed rushed. There should have been lead-ups to the concluding moment. The relationship was never solidly built from the rockiness caused by prejudice and old hurts to the point where none of this mattered. The story went from one to suddenly the other. Still, this was a good, Christian romance, where the faith was an integral part of the story. In the end, I rated it a 4.25. It is better than a four, but not quite a five.
The German Fleischer family has just emigrated to Texas along with other German families to follow their dream of a new life. Jud Morgan dislikes the invasion of the Germans and feels like Texas belongs to Americans and not foreigners.
I found this book very interesting as I enjoyed seeing the relationships develop between the American settlers and the arriving German immigrants. As they learned to help one another, they begin to discover that they have more commonalities than differences. Prejudices began to dissolve and each learned to appreciate the other's culture.
Each member of both the Morgan family and the Fleischer family was unique and interesting and added a piece to this developing story. Jud and Wande were delightful and their slowly developing love story was sweet. Jud's developing interest in Wande helped him realize that his prejudice against the immigrating Germans was wrong. Wande's parents and siblings helped Jud in this realization and Franklin's characterization of them showed the hard working attitude of this group of immigrants. Tom played the part of the villain in this saga, and it was easy to see from the beginning that he was going to play this role.
A very good historical fiction romance filled with Christian forgiveness and reconciliation that I would recommend to those who like this genre.
FAVORITE QUOTES: "It's not can or can't. The Lord can do it even if you can't by yourself."
"We need to follow the Word of God and not lean on our own understanding."
"I have learned that God goes with me everywhere I go. And that is enough."
"You've taught me things about God I didn't think I needed to learn."
*I received a complimentary copy to facilitate this review. Opinions are mine alone. I was not compensated for this review.
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.