- File Size: 2180 KB
- Print Length: 317 pages
- Publisher: Chevalier Publishing (April 3, 2015)
- Publication Date: April 3, 2015
- Sold by: Amazon.com Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00VNA61WW
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #416,663 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Orphan Moon: The Orphan Moon Trilogy, Volume 1 is a historical coming of age story written by T.K. Lukas. Lukas' Orphan Moon is well-plotted, meticulously researched and very entertaining. Barleigh is a marvelous character who is strong, independent and convinced that she can overcome the obstacles to her plans for her sister's and her future. I was spellbound reading about her solitary horseback trip to apply for the job in Missouri, and loved reading about the tryouts for the jobs. Lukas carefully weaves historical data about the cultural limitations and challenges women and slaves faced in the late 1800s into her story. She also covers the role of secessionists in fomenting violence that would be blamed on Indian tribes, as well as detailing their attempts to block the mail from reaching the west coast. The real high points of this book for me, however, were found in Lukas' masterful and exciting descriptions of the Pony Express rides undertaken by Bar and her friend, Stoney Wooten, as they race to get the post through the roughest territories in the west, battling the weather and natural obstacles that made it even more challenging. Orphan Moon is a literate and beautifully written novel that's filled with action and adventure, and stars a most impressive role model in the strong and resourceful Barleigh Flanders. It's most highly recommended.
From the Author
After his interview, I did two things. First, I read Mr. Corbett's book, which, by the way, is a fascinating and funny revisionist history of the nineteen-month-long run of the ill-fated enterprise. And second, I started thinking... If I was a young girl living in the 1860's, I'd want to be a Pony Express rider! But, dang it, the ad clearly said "Young, skinny, wiry FELLOWS..."
So I started thinking some more...
And one thought led to another, and another, and before I knew it, I had an outline, then a draft, then a finished manuscript for Orphan Moon.
Turns out, what we know about the Pony Express is actually very little, and the stories, while rooted in fact, are layered in fiction. So, I decided to toss my hat in the ring and throw one more tall tale onto the pile of perpetual myths that keep the little Pony running. One-hundred fifty-five years later, and we're still writing and reading stories about the romantic western icon, the beloved image of Americana, the brave lone rider of the Pony Express.
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The story begins with Barleigh losing pretty much everything that she's ever known. She takes off on an adventure to gain the money to rebuild her life for the sake of her and her baby sister. To do this she has to learn to be someone she is not. But she is up to the task and pulls it off beautifully.
Then there is Hughes... He is a rough and tumble Texas Ranger that has a friend he owes his life to. This friend, Leighselle, asks him for a favor which takes him on his own adventure.
In Saint Joseph Barleigh and Hughes meet.
This story is almost like three stories that intersect then finally join together around the middle of the book. I like that you really get to know Hughes and Barleigh separate first before their lives become intermingled. You can see that it is going to happen, but there really is two stories (three is pared down to two) going on until that point.
Orphan Moon is a great read that I would recommend to anyone who likes westerns, adventures, or romance (though I would say it is more adventure than romance for much of the story).
With easy to follow flashbacks we learn about Leighselle and how she weaves into the story via Hughes, a Texas Ranger, and a dear friend of Leighselle. Hughes is a tough character, capable of many things but loaded with his own problems, too. Barleigh is/and becomes intrinsically linked to them both. With her fierce grittiness she’s a character that quickly gets under your skin.
I thoroughly enjoyed this story, the easy mix of determined personalities and fascinating
historical details of western life in the 1830s-1860s was captivating. Lukas knows about horses and the Pony Express, which I thoroughly enjoyed learning about through the dramas of characters that were so real; with a back drop so finely painted – I felt I was there. She also knows the minds of young woman and how people have to make difficult choices.
I quickly came to care about the characters, some enduring great hardship. This is a great story; Lukas has an easy writing style that’s pleasant and easy to become immersed within.
Whether you like western or cowboy stories or not, if you enjoy a good yarn with strong characters, you will love this book.
As a Texas resident, living not far from where the story takes place, I was happy to read this book. I really wanted to like it. However, I had some problems getting through it.
I didn’t care for the alternating POV and time period… far too much back and forth. I also thought the story dragged on in too many places - too much chitchat that didn’t do much to advance the storyline. I became bored several times and almost gave up, but decided to continue to the end so I could give it a fair review.
One of the biggest issues I had was Leighselle’s decision to open a brothel, of all things, with her “hush money”. I understand that brothels were common in those days, but after the horrific assault Leighselle suffered as a young girl wouldn’t she have thought that making money off girls in the sex trade was morally wrong. I found that entire part of the story terribly off-putting, especially since there was one particularly gruesome attack on one of Leighselle’s girls. To me, it made every penny of Leighselle’s (and hence Barleigh’s) accumulated fortune tainted.
Like other reviewers have mentioned there was some harsh language that I feel could have been toned down, but the subject matter was also harsh at times… not exactly a feel good romance novel in my opinion. I honestly can’t see myself reading more in the series.
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The style of writing was good, well written prose. I did have trouble believing that a young woman, 19 years old, could carry off masquerading as a young boy for as long as she did. Descriptions of the hardships endured, relationships made and tragedies make up this particular novel and kept me reading to the end.
Full off surprise take time to read it all