I 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.
This 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.**
My 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.