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As much as Jud dislikes the German invasion, he can't help admiring Wande. 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.
Number of Pages: 272
Vendor: River North
Publication Date: 2011
|Dimensions: 8.50 X 5.50 (inches)|
Series: Texas Trails
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.
READERS ROUND TABLE August 1, 2011
Lone Star Trail by Darlene Franklin is a captivating story about faith, friendship, family, and ultimately, love. From their first meeting, the Fleischers find their new life in America closely intertwined with the Morgans, a deeply rooted Texas family.
Strong character development brings Lone Star Trail vividly to life. Wande Fleischer is a hard working and cheerful young woman who quickly adjusts to her new life. Texas is a harsh land that exacts a heavy toll on the Fleischer family, but Wandes strong faith guides her through lifes joys and sorrows.
With his fathers untimely death, Jud Morgan was forced to grow up quickly and become the man of the family. Fiercely loyal to the state that has taken so much from him, he distrusts the German immigrants. When misfortune befalls the Fleischer family, Jud begrudgingly offers his assistance. Initially suspicious of the German customs and traditions that Wande introduces, Jud slowly realizes he shares the same values and faith as the Fleischer family and the German community.
Well rounded secondary characters provide depth and tension to this tightly plotted novel. Marion Morgans unconditional friendship eases Wandes transition to her new life. An additional subplot revolving around Marion presents added conflict and interest to Lone Star Trail.
In Lone Star Trail, Darlene Franklin teaches an understated yet powerful lesson about acceptance that transcends time and culture. The underlying message of faith is gently and subtly demonstrated by the actions and thoughts of all of the key characters.Lone Star Trail is a richly drawn and multi-layered novel. Fans of historical inspirational fiction are going to love this first installment of The Texas Trail series.
Rated 4.5 Gold Crowns by Grace!
GENRE GO ROUND
August 4, 2011
In December 1845 The Fleischer German immigrant family arrive in Carlshafen, Texas but while living in the tent city Ulla becomes ill from the pox and dies. While the family grieves their loss and push forward to Victoria, another daughter depressed Wande wonders whether her fiancé Konrad will be in town to greet her. Their wagon breaks down and another driven by Jud Morgan with his mom and sister Marion with him fails to stop over the pleading of the two females.
Wande and Marion become friends over the objection of Jud. He personally loathes the German invasion as an affront to his late dad who died during the war of independence a decade ago. Jud particularly detests the Society for the Protection of German Immigrants in Texas as he believes these newcomers want to establish a New Germany deep in the heart of Texas. However, he also admires and likes Wande, whose fiancé chose someone else.
The first Texas Trails Morgan Family historical romance is a superb timely antebellum thriller that focuses on discrimination against new immigrants. Jud and Wande are a fabulous pairing as he loves her yet hates who she is. Unless he learns tolerance towards German émigrés he has no chance at happiness. Readers will relish this powerful character driven issue dominated tale and will also appreciate the next entry, The Captive Trail by Susan Page Davis.
Ruth StilesCentral NYAge: 25-34Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5March 12, 2014Ruth StilesCentral NYAge: 25-34Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I hemmed and hawed over choosing this book. It appeared to be another one of those sappy-everything-turns-out-all-right-in-the-end-after-some-crazy-misunderstanding type of book. Well I was right that everything turned out all right. However I was wrong when I realized it wasn't sappy. Darlene Franklin did a wonderful job at creating a story set in the heart of Texas in the 1840Ã¢â¬Â²s.
Wande Fleischer and her German family have arrived in Texas - "the land flowing with milk and honey." As soon as they set foot on American soil their future becomes unstable and many trials unfold around them. Wande is supposed to meet her Fiance, Konrad, upon arriving in Texas, but he has jilted her and married another. She is slowly resigning herself to living out her life single. Jud Hudson's family moved to Texas from Vermont when he was little. His father was killed in the Spanish American war and his little sister was supposedly kidnapped by Comanche Indians. He has little respect for German immigrants trying to invade his homeland where family blood has been spilled.
Follow the lives of Wande and Jud as they come to grip with their past and consider facing the future together. The Fleischer and Hudson families quickly form a bond between them that is constantly put to the test. Will this bond be strong enough to hold them together when the many tragedies strike?
I received this book from Moody Publishing and I am not being compensated for my review.
ShannahAge: 25-34Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5What a Wonderful Book!October 20, 2013ShannahAge: 25-34Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5This is a wonderful book. It is the first book I've read by Darlene Franklin, so I didn't know what to expect. I was not disappointed. Jud Morgan is your typical man. He is strong, smart, and stubborn to a fault. He is prejudice against outsiders and doesn't welcome change very easily. That is, until he meets Wande and her family. Wande is an excellent role model for women. She is a happy, strong, and independent woman. The character development in the story was excellent. I felt like I got to know both of the main characters, as well as the secondary characters in the book.
The story is sweet. Jud and Wande meet. Jud, who is completely against the German people settling in his Texas, wants nothing to do with her at first. Wande is the same. She does not want to be around someone who so easily dismisses her people. They are brought together through a series of events and become friends. Then, of course, as the story progresses, they become so much more! The romance of the two is sweet and simple. It is not over the top or overdone. The story line is interesting and the book was very easy to follow.
The message is this: trust in the Lord with all your heart. Lean on Him in hard times. I stated at the beginning of this review that Wande is a great role model for women because this is exactly what she does. Even through all of the trials she faces, she turns to the Lord for comfort and keeps going, even when the going gets tough. There is an old hymn that is referenced several times in this book that sums up the message quite nicely: A Mighty Fortress is Our God. Overall, I am so glad I picked this book to read and can't wait to get the next one!
**I received this book free from the publisher in exchange for my honest review, which I have given.**
Its About Time MamawCleveland, TexasAge: 55-65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Lone Star TrailJanuary 5, 2013Its About Time MamawCleveland, TexasAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5My children's Great Grandparents have roots to the German's that immigrated to Texas. Their has one of the first homesteads registered in Williamson County. It was not easy for anyone during those days.
Darlene Franklin writes about about two families trying to build a life in the new state of Texas. Wande Fleischer along with her siblings and parents have immigrated to Texas in 1845 to start a new life in this promised land of milk and honey. Then there is the Morgan family whom raises Morgan horses on the Running M Ranch near Victoria, Texas.
Jud Morgan is portrayed as somewhat of a bigot not wanting to accept the Germans or the Mexican as landowners on Texas soil. Love thy neighbor as thyself, seems to be the moral of this story. There is so many hardships for not just these two families but the whole community. Franklin shows that with prayer God can reach the hardened heart of a man's soul.
There are six books in this series and they are written by several authors.
I am looking forward to the other stand alone books in this series.
I received a digital copy from Netgalley/Moody Publishers for review. I was in no way compensated for this review. It is my own opinion.
RebecatxAge: 25-34Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Inspiring!December 18, 2012RebecatxAge: 25-34Gender: femaleQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 4It is a shame when people look on the ourside instead of the inside. God made us all and he loves us too. Thanks for the book, it was hard to put down
BethAge: 18-24Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Great work of historical fiction!November 25, 2012BethAge: 18-24Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5The Morgan Family is a proud and patriotic Texan family, and Jud the man of the Morgan household is definitely not enthusiastic about the German immigrants invading the land his father died for.
But when circumstances bring the Fleisher family, who have just arrived from Germany to the Morgans ranch needing their help, Jud finds that he is falling in love with the beautiful, hard working, and selfless Wande Fleischer, but will he let his heart conquer his prejudices?
The Lone Star Trail was an exceptional book!
It was informative and entertaining, I am looking forward to reading the rest of the Texas Trails Series!
This book is great for anyone who likes historical fiction or western fiction!
I received this book to review from Moody Press Publishers, I was not required to write a positive review.