Title: Lone Star Trail
Author: Darlene Franklin
Publisher: Moody Publishing
Sub-Genre: Historical Western Romance
Length: 289 pages
Rating: 4 stars
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.
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’ fiancée marries someone else, the young fraulein determines to make 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 German invasion, he can’t help admiring Wande. 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.
Lone Star Trail is not the first book in this historical western series but it is my first delve into the series. It was actually a surprising read! Ms. Franklin swept me off my feet and threw me smack dab into the middle of a western town, full of witty characters, real-to-life scenes and characters that stole my heart instantly.
From start to finish, Ms. Franklin brings the heart of the west to the reader. With a story line of hate for Germans and love for the west, Lone Star Trail will make you smile, bring a tear to your eye and captivate you wholly. Wande and Jud’s characters are two characters that have to overcome troubles and face the reality of their feelings.
If you love romance, history and being swept to a trail of history and wonderful characters, then Ms. Franklin’s book is perfect for you! Definitely worthy of 4 stars and two thumbs, I will forever keep the love story between a rough and tumble Texan and a sweethearted German looking for a happy ending. Don’t wait any longer! Grab this up now! I know I”m going back and grabbing up the others in the series!
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