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A Ranger's Trail, Texas Trails Series #4
River North / 2012 / Paperback
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Mason County, Texas, is a violent place in 1875! While ranger Buck Morgan wants to stop the bloody war among rustlers, ranchers, and outlaws, Leta Derrick seeks vengeance on the men who killed her husband, a suspected cattle thief. Can Buck and Leta strike an accord that leads to more than just peace? 272 pages, softcover from Moody.
Format: Paperback Number of Pages: 272 Vendor: River North Publication Date: 2012 Dimensions: 8.50 X 5.50 (inches) ISBN: 0802405878 ISBN-13: 9780802405876 Availability: In Stock Series: Texas Trails Related Products
This is the fourth book in a six-book series about four generations of the Morgan family living, fighting, and thriving amidst a turbulent Texas history spanning from 1845 to 1896. Although a series, each book can be read on its own.
In 1875 Buck Morgan rode into Mason County with the Texas Rangers to quell the violence stirred up by the actions a vigilantly mob. The Hoo Doo (or bad luck) War erupted as suspected cattle rustlers were murdered by an angry mob. Former ranger, Scott Cooley, gathers a gang to seek vengeance for the murders.
Suspected of cattle rustling, Leta Derrick's husband was murdered by the mob a year earlier. Now she is siding with the rogue ranger, Scott Cooley and refuses to help Buck Morgan stem the tide of violence. Will their actions fuel the fire of vengeance? Or will Buck and Leta strike an accord that leads to more than just peace?
is the author of fourteen contracted books and novellas as well as several hundred short pieces. Two of her books have been finalists in ACFW's Book of the year contest:
Dressed in Scarlet
A String of Murders
. Darlene lives in Oklahoma near her son's family. Visit her website
for information on upcoming titles.
A Ranger's Trail, Texas Trails Series #4
A Ranger's Trail
Texas Ranger Buck Morgan has been assigned to calm the ranchers after Leta Dennings husband is murdered at the start of the Mason County or Hoo Doo, War. Leta wants to see the person or persons responsible for the death of her husband to pay with their life. Buck is there to make sure there is no more blood shed. While he is there he might as well do the right thing for the widow and help her with the ranch when possible. If Leta finds out that he is related to German family that he suspects in the murder of her husband she will not trust him or allow him anywhere near her or her ranch. Searching for the truth is never easy especially if your heart is involved.
The author has added another great book to this series. It is full of intrigue, deceit and vengeance. Also reconciliation, forgiveness, love and trust that all is in God's hands for peace and harmony among the ranchers. This book was just a hard to put down as the others I have read in this series. So glad there were six books in this series.
I highly recommend this book.
I rated this book a 5 out of 5.
Disclosure: I received a free copy of this book from Wynn-Wynn Media for review. I was in no way compensated for this review. It is my honest opinion.
January 27, 2013
A Widow Rancher, Texas Rangers and Range Wars
Darlene Franklin in her new book, Ã¢ÂÂA RangerÃ¢ÂÂs TrailÃ¢ÂÂ Book Four in The Texas Trail Series published by River North Fiction Division of Moody Publishers takes us back to Texas in 1875.
From the Back Cover: A widow vows to seek vengeance
A Texas Ranger swears to uphold the law
A blood feud splits Mason County in half
When Leta DenningÃ¢ÂÂs husband is murdered at the beginning of the Mason County War, she wants one thing: revenge. Buck Morgan, a Texas Ranger called in to investigate, has ties to a German family involved in DenningÃ¢ÂÂs death.
BuckÃ¢ÂÂs ability to remain impartial and bring the murderer to justice has Leta anxious. As she struggles to keep her ranch afloat, Buck offers to help Ã¢ÂÂ all the while searching for the truth. A tentative trail emerges Ã¢ÂÂ¦ one forged by respect and bound by vengeance and forgiveness.
Doubt meets faith, and fear gives way to faith in the Morgan family.
Get ready for excitement! A Texas Ranger, a widow rancher who is having trouble running her ranch, a rogue Texas Ranger and Range Wars; what a combination. Ms. Franklin expertly weaves in history at the beginning of each chapter to give us a better idea of what is going on. And once again Ã¢ÂÂA RangerÃ¢ÂÂs TrailÃ¢ÂÂ is a romance set against the backdrop of Texas. This story deals with dealing with past trauma that is causing bad decisions and running away from who you really are. Ã¢ÂÂA RangerÃ¢ÂÂs TrailÃ¢ÂÂ is all about families and relationships and that is what makes this book a winner. I enjoyed this book a lot and am looking forward to the next one.
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July 28, 2012
Texas Trails: A Morgan Family Series Book 4
A Ranger's Trail by Darlene Franklin
Book 4: Texas Trails: A Morgan Family Series
I have enjoyed all the books in this series so far. They all do have romance but that is more of a background to the historical part of the book. This book has The Mason County range war or Ã¢ÂÂHoo DooÃ¢ÂÂ war. When some Anglos were acquitted of cattle rustling the German's took it into their own hands to meter out justice. When they kill Anglo Tim Williamson though, Scott Cooley resigns from the Texas Ranger begins taking revenge on the men who killed his friend.
In the midst of this battle we meet up with Buck Morgan, son of Jud and Wande. Buck is the oldest son and his father would like him to take over the ranch but Buck has wanderlust and it's let him to become a Texas Ranger. His latest assignment is to find the group of men responsible for the hanging of Derrick Denning. Buck goes to the widow, Leta Denning, to find more information and soon feels God's call to help her out. She was left with her six year old son and teenage brother. Buck finds himself caught between a woman he is starting to care for and that his own relatives may have been involved in the war.
Leta Denning don't want to trust anyone but she finds herself depending on Buck more and more. He has helped around the ranch and trained a horse for her son. Leta is full of hatred and unforgiveness towards the Germans who took her husbands life. She does not realize how her hate has been planted into Ricky and Andy until it's too late.
There are so many side stories as in all the books and lots of adventure. There are storms and cattle rustling but most of all is the strength of how much hate prejudice can drive into people hearts until they just don't see the truth.
These books are stand alone but if you enjoy series and want the whole picture I would suggest reading the series from book one.
1- Lone Star Trail by Darlene Franklin
2- Captive Trail by Susan Page Davis
3- The Long Trail Home by Vickie McDonough
Two more books follow this one; A Cowgirl's Trail and End of the Trail (April & June releases)
**Received from NetGalley for review.
March 10, 2012
Wonderful combination of reality and fiction
I must say I have become a fan of Darlene Franklin's books. She incorporates real life happenings, which takes a lot of research, with a great imagination. This story is a great example of that.
Buck and Leta have baggage. Lots of baggage. Buck is half German; Leta hates the Germans, blaming them for her husband's death. They want the same thing, but their way of getting there is far different. With the typical ups and downs of frontier life, we see their love take root and grow, but only in their hearts, and against their wills.
Can they overcome the doubts and fears to find their faith, both in God and in each other?
I can't say enough good things about Ms. Franklin's writing. It pulls you in and won't let go until the story is told. You want to sit back and bask in the beauty of her words, as pictures are created in your mind.
***I received the above book free for review. The above is my honest opinion.
February 29, 2012
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