End of the Trail, Texas Trails Series #6
End of the Trail is the sixth book in the Texas Trails series. Vickie McDonough weaves the tale of Brooks Morgan and Keri Langston. Brooks has been drifting in life for the past ten years, with no real ambition until he stumbles upon the small town of Shoofly, Texas. Brooks comes to the aid of an old man, and wins the deed to a ranch in a high-stakes poker game. Before the old man dies, he quips to Brooks to "take care of Keri." No problem, he grew up on a ranch and knows how to handle critters.
Except Keri isn't the animal he was anticipating, but a beautiful young woman instead. Brooks doesn't know the first thing about what to do with her, and isn't about to give up his opportunity of a home of his own. Will they be able to solve their differences or will one of them need to go packing? I'm sure you'll enjoy this delightful tale set in 1896.
This book was provided free for review by Moody Publishers and the author.
August 24, 2012
A great series for Christian Western readers!
Brooks Morgan never saw the importance of learning how to run his family's ranch because he had no intention of taking it over when it was time. He also never understood the needs for doing so many chores when there were plenty of other brothers and sisters to do it. He'd rather spend his time fishing, hanging out with his friends or riding his Morgan, Jester. Yet when a confrontation with his father left him feeling less than wanted, he rode off and never looked back.
Yet when opportunity presented itself to Brooks through needs of an elderly but friendly old man, Will Langston who hired him to help him out while he was dying, Brooks knew he couldn't run from this. In time, he actually grew to appreciate and care for Will and when fate dealt him a winning hand in a poker game, he found himself the new owner of Raven Creek Ranch, a 4000 acre cattle ranch owned by Will, with the promise he would care for Keri. When Will returns from town he finds the cabin in a disarray and Will looks to have been murdered. Rather than spend his time searching for revenge, the Marshall tells Brooks to head out to the ranch and leave the investigation to him.
Keri Langston has spent two grueling years at Wesleyan Female College in Georgia and couldn't wait for her final days to be free. Even though she went under duress, she knew her Uncle and the boys on the ranch couldn't help her with knowing what a lady should know even though she didn't want it. They knew if she didn't attend finishing school, the likelihood of her finding a suitable husband would be hard to come by. Now she was looking forward to getting back to her Uncle's ranch and out of corsets and dresses and back into trousers and boots!
When Keri arrives in town, she finds it odd that no one arrives to pick her up from the train station but believes perhaps her Uncle or one of the ranch hands didn't receive her letter informing them of her arrival and decides to head home. Along the way, she comes across a man about to be hanged and she knows that no justice ever comes from vigilante hangings. She is advised by the men to head on out so they can dispense with their task but Keri doesn't like anyone telling her what to do. She warns the men to turn the man loose or risk her wrath with a loaded shotgun. She sends them enough knowledge about her shooting skills when she shots the noose off the man and they leave but with a warning, they are both going to pay for this! What Keri doesn't realize is the man she saved is Brooks Morgan, the new owner of the ranch she still believes is hers and this is where the story gets exciting! But you'll have to pick up the book because that is all in the first couple chapters and there is loads more excitement behind the covers of Vickie McDonough's latest novel, End of the Trail, the six and final book in the Texas Trail Series.
So if you love a great western romance with a little bit of intrigue and laughs tossed in for good measure, you'll want to pick this one up. But with it comes a warning. If you haven't read the other 5 books in the series, you'll want to pick those up as well but you can read this one as a stand alone and still LOVE it!
I received End of the Trail compliments of Moody Publishers and Net Galley for my honest review and have to say being a huge Christian Western Romance lover, this one spoke to my heart and soul. I love the strong female character of Keri Langston and seeing how she handles the men that she meets along the way, doesn't show a girl can't wear a dress and still know how to rope, ride and shot like the best of the men. I give this one a 5 out of 5 stars and just know you'll love it too!
August 11, 2012
End of the Trail - Texas Trails
Brooks Morgan has been heading West working on one ranch after another. As he rides into the little town of Shoofly it comes a downpour that turns into hail and sends him high tailing it up onto the boardwalk and into a cafe. As he entered a tired looking old guy invites to Brooks to sit at his table and offered to buy him a meal. The man introduces himself as John Langston and offers Brooks a job. Brooks was running out of cash so he excepted the job offer. It turned out that John is terminally ill and needs someone to stay with him until he succumbs to the disease. It was a strange request but he needed to earn some cash if he planned to eat and have traveling money to get him further West.
Brooks didn't realize the job came with a renewal of his faith in God. John's friends had planted seeds of faith that took root in his hardened heart.
One day while playing cards with John and some of his friends John and Brooks were the only ones left in the game. John laid down a deed to some property he owned outside of town and asked to see Brooks cards. Brook laid out his cards and John folded. It looked like Brook was the property owner of the Raven Creek Ranch.
After John passed away and all was taken care of Brooks decided it was about time he saw this so called ranch. He wasn't expecting much but it would be his to do with as he chose. As he headed out some angry rough looking men stopped and questioned him about his proof of ownership of the ranch.
Meanwhile back in Shoofly, Keri is just stepping off the train. Since her Uncle wasn't there to pick her up she went to the livery to rent a horse and headed on out to the ranch. As she rode out toward Raven Creek Ranch she noticed some men were in the process of trying to hang a man. Since she was a crack shot she aimed at the rope just above the man's head. No way could she let those scoundrels take the law into their own hands! As soon as the shot rang out and the rope fell the man's horse took off with him and Keri didn't waste anytime either. She was out of there fast. She was totally unaware that the man's hands were still tied and he had something over his face and no way of controlling his horse. Not good! Not good at all!
I could go on and on but that would spoil the book for you. I wouldn't want that to happen. So grab the book and find out what happens to Brooks. What will Keri find or not find when she get's to the ranch? It looks like both of their lives are in for a big change.
This book, just like the others in this series did not disappoint me. It was sad, intriguing and at times down right funny. I really like the story line of this young man running from responsibility for years only to end up in the same life he left. But now he is in a different town with his own ranch and letting God lead the way. I was really sorry for the book to end. I will miss the Morgan family.
Vickie McDonough wrote two of the books in this series. Each books in the Texas Trails series can be read as a standalone book or as a series.
I highly recommend this book along with the other books in the Texas Trails series.
I received a copy of this book from RiverNorth/Netgalley for review. I was in no way compensated for this review. This is my own opinion.
August 11, 2012
A Ranch In Danger And Romance
Vickie McDonough in her new book, Ã¢ÂÂEnd Of The TrailÃ¢ÂÂ Book Six in The Texas Trail Series published by River North Fiction Division of Moody Publishers takes us to Texas in 1865.
From the Back Cover: He enters a poker game and wins a new life
She loses the only home she has ever known
Two hostile adversaries are forced to work together
It didnÃ¢ÂÂt take long for Brooks Morgan to make a name for himself in Shoofly. A high stakes poker game ends with Brooks holding the deed to his new friend WillÃ¢ÂÂs ranch, a vague promise to Ã¢ÂÂtake care of KeriÃ¢ÂÂ and WillÃ¢ÂÂs mysterious demise.
When Brooks finally rides to the Raven Creek Ranch, he is greeted by a rifle pointed straight at his chest. This is the Ã¢ÂÂKeriÃ¢ÂÂ he promised to take care of-WillÃ¢ÂÂs niece-who believes Raven Creek is promised to her. Keri and Brooks have only one thing in common Ã¢ÂÂ they both want to save the ranch. Will their differences make this impossible?
Doubt meets hope, and fear gives way to faith in the Morgan family.
It is with deep emotion I write that with Ã¢ÂÂEnd Of The TrailÃ¢ÂÂ Vickie McDonough brings the Morgan Family series to their end of the trail. It is been a great series of six books that was begun with Darlene Franklin with Ã¢ÂÂLone Star TrailÃ¢ÂÂ. You can read each of them as a stand-alone but it is much better when you read them in order.
Ã¢ÂÂEnd Of The TrailÃ¢ÂÂ is another romance set against the backdrop of Texas. Vickie McDonough takes up the story of the Morgan family that she began in book three, Ã¢ÂÂLong Trail HomeÃ¢ÂÂ as Brooks Morgan is Riley MorganÃ¢ÂÂs oldest son. Me, I really like Westerns. I like what authors can do with them and Vickie McDonough really knows how to write a Western. Anytime that a gambler can win a ranch in a poker game means that an exciting story is brewing and brew it does. Someone else wants the ranch, another wants Keri, Keri and Brooks donÃ¢ÂÂt really get along and they need to if the Raven Creek Ranch will continue to belong to them. Let me assure you that this is an exciting book. In addition to being suspenseful it is also a romance. Then there is the theme of growing up, taking responsibility not only for your own actions but for others welfare and allowing God to mold you. If you enjoy history like I do then this book is for you. Ms. McDonoughÃ¢ÂÂs characters seem to come alive and it is like you are there at the Ranch fighting for it along with Brooks and Keri. Ã¢ÂÂEnd Of The TrailÃ¢ÂÂ concludes the rich tradition of being all about families and relationships. I enjoyed this book a lot and am sorry to see the series end. Perhaps these three talented authors will team up again and bring us another series. I certainly hope so.
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August 1, 2012