About the book:
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. Although a series, each book can be read on its own.
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' fiancé marries someone else, the young fraulein determines to make a 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 immigrant invasion, he can't help admiring Wande's character. 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.
I wanted to like this one. Really I did. It sounded interesting, and the fact that it was the first of what sounded like a great series really drew me in, but it was more just meh. It was historically fascinating, but I just never cared about the characters. I know it's the first in a series, but I often felt like I'd walked into the middle of something and should have known more. Not a bad read, just a disappointing one.
Thanks to River North Publishing for the opportunity to review this book. You can learn more about Darlene Franklin here. You can purchase your own copy here.