The Long Trail Home, Texas Trails Series #3
Good addition to the series
As a young girl, Annie is forced by her father to steal becoming an expert pickpocket. When her father finally abandons her in Waco, TX, she comes across a school for the blind and decides to pretend to be blind to have the safety and love the children there know.
Fast forwarding a few years, Riley Morgan returns from the war to find his parents dead and his fiance married. Taking a job at the Wilcox School for the blind, he finds himself becoming more and more interested in the pretty, blind young woman that works there.
This is book #3 in the Morgan Family Series, a series which I am thoroughly enjoying reading. I like the characters and the story lines. However, this one dropped a star for trying to convince you that for all of these years, Annie has been able to fool everyone in town except the two women who work at the school. Incident after incident should have completely given it away, especially to Riley. That was just unbelievable. Over all, though, it was a good story that I enjoyed reading.
I received a copy of this book from the publisher for the purpose of this review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
March 29, 2013
Long Trail Home ~ 4 Stars
My daughter (12) and I are loving this series! Even though we are reading them all out of order so it is taking some figuring out, but I get them when and where I can.
This book stood strong right along with the others. It has a troubled hero running from God and a confused, beautiful, young woman who bowls him over and helps bring him back to God even though she was the one searching.
I gave this book only 4 stars because I found it too big of a stretch that a girl could fool a whole town AND the man she's falling in love with, into believing that she's blind for so many years. If she wore dark glasses...maybe. But she would look right at things, even his eyes once in a while and with a school full of blind kids he couldn't tell the difference?
Other than that...4 thumbs up!!
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Posted by Audrey Grant
December 24, 2012
Romance, A School For The Blind And Suspense
Vickie McDonough in her new book, Ã¢ÂÂLong Trail HomeÃ¢ÂÂ Book Three in The Texas Trail Series published by River North Fiction Division of Moody Publishers takes us to Texas in 1865.
From the Back Cover: A weary soldier returns from the War Between the States to Discover his parents dead, his family farm in shambles, and his fiancÃÂ©e married.
Riley Morgan takes a job at the Wilcox School for Blind Children in an attempt for a new life after the Civil War. By helping the children and the pretty blind woman, Annie, he begins to find renewed hope. But everyoneÃ¢ÂÂs future at Wilcox School is disrupted when the owner dies suddenly and the school is in jeopardy of being closed by the man who stands to inherit it. RileyÃ¢ÂÂs remaining confidence in the future is shaken when AnnieÃ¢ÂÂs secret is revealed and Riley attempts to make peace with God.
Doubt meets hope, and fear gives way to faith in the Morgan family.
Ã¢ÂÂLong Trail HomeÃ¢ÂÂ is another romance set against the backdrop of Texas. Vickie McDonough takes up the story of the Morgan family that was begun in the first book, Ã¢ÂÂLone Star TrailÃ¢ÂÂ and continued in Ã¢ÂÂCaptive TrailÃ¢ÂÂ (though you do not have to read those books to enjoy this one, but it helps). Me, I really like Westerns. I like what authors can do with them and Vickie McDonough really knows how to write a Western. A School For The Blind That Annie and Riley work at is going to be sold unless these two can do something. DoesnÃ¢ÂÂt seem to sound like much but let me tell you this is an exciting book. In addition to being suspenseful it is also a romance. Then there is the theme of starting over and putting the past behind you which isnÃ¢ÂÂt always easy, as in the case with Annie. There is also the theme of defending those that need defending. If you enjoy history like I do then this book is for you. Ms. McDonough really makes you feel the heat and the dust and the danger. Every one of her characters seem to come alive and it is like you are there at the School fighting for it along with Annie and Riley. Ã¢ÂÂLong Trail HomeÃ¢ÂÂ continues being 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 26, 2012
Blind and bitter
Third in a series of Texas Trails stories of the early days in the State of Texas, "Long Trail Home" is the story of Riley Morgan returning from the War Between the States to his home only to find it devastated by an Indian raid and his family all dead and buried. Enter the scene a lovely blind young lady working in a home for blind children.
The story-line deals with the desperation of a young destitute and abandoned girl who finds what she needs in the home of a kind lady who schools and tends to the needs of a house full of blind children. The story-line also deals with the bitterness of a young man who has gone through the horrors of war only to come home to complete loss - family, home, and fiance.
The redemption of souls is always a beautiful story and in this book it takes on the beauty of redeeming grace and the grace of forgiveness.
Series connectivity: In Long Trail Home, book 3, Riley Morgan is a nephew of Jud Morgan and Billie Morgan from books 1 and 2 of the Texas Trails Series. Each of these books has a different author and yet the flow of the story or stories and styles merge so it would seem as though one author was writing. Character development is great in each of the books. Three more books in this series are on the horizon for 2012 release.
Author: Vickie McDonough - ISBN: 978-0-8024-0585-2
Publisher: Moody Publishers - Publish date: October, 2011
I was provided a complimentary copy of this book for review purposes by RiverNorthFiction, Moody Publishers. I was under no obligation to render a positive review and all comments are my own opinion. This review is also on my blog: http:ChatWithVera.blogspot.com and http://GoodReads.com
December 26, 2011