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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 really enjoyed Darlene Franklin’s Lone Star Trail, the start to her Texas Trails series. Franklin fills her storyline with a lot of great Texas history (with some aspects completely new to me), as several cultures come together with adventure and romance. Overall, Lone Star Trail is wholesome and pleasant to read and I think fans of inspirational historical fiction will enjoy it. I would recommend it for readers looking for a quick and fun historical read – but beware that it may hook you, since now, I’m interested to see where the series will go in the following novels and can’t wait to read more of Darlene Franklin’s Texas Trails.
Thanks to Moody Publishers, I received a copy of Lone Star Trail and the opportunity to provide an honest review. I was not required to write a positive review, and all the opinions I have expressed are my own.