Riley Morgan is trying to make something of his life. Returning from the Civil War to find his family killed by Commanche Indians, Riley decides to sell the family farm and move on. As he becomes desperate for food and a shelter that doesn't hold millions of miles, he seeks out work at the Wilcox School for Blind Children. Little does he know he will find more than food including a deeply buried secret that will shake his faith.
Annie grew up a pickpocket. Her father demanded that she steal for food. One day she stole a watch, but was unable to find her father because she was hiding. In the morning her father had skipped town and she was left alone. As her stomach growled she convinced Miss Laura at the Wilcox School for Blind Children that she was blind. The school's owner required any child in the home to be actually blind, but Miss Laura took compassion on Annie and too her in.
As Annie struggles with her "blindness" and Riley struggles with thoughts of a married life with a blind girl, the Wilcox School for Blind Children is being sold. The loving kind owner who established this safe haven for blind children has died and his nephew has no desire to keep the school in business.
God begins to work in the heart of Annie, and she is convinced she needs to come clean of her lie about being blind. What will Riley think when she admits to lying to him? Will Miss Laura be able to save the School?
I received this book from Moody Publishing and am not being compensated for my review.
I thought this book was great! Raleigh (aka Riley) Morgan returns from war after 4 years to find his ranch in shambles, his parents dead, and his fiance married. With painful memories from before and during the war haunting him, he needs to find something to do to keep him busy. Annie Sheffield has lived at the Wilcox School for the Blind since coming to Waco seven years earlier, after her father's abandonment. It's the only home she's ever had. However, she has had to deceive everyone in order to stay there. When her and Riley meet, sparks fly. Can they overcome their pasts and accept the future God has for them?
The plot moved pretty quickly. There were no parts that I found lagging. Riley is coming to grips with what has happened over the past four years and learning to trust God again. Annie is fighting to keep the only home she's ever known and learning that the God she's heard about can forgive her for anything she's done. The author did a great job of keeping the story interesting and the romance between Annie and Riley intriguing.
The author also did a great job at weaving the message throughout the book. Doubt and fear must be overcome in order to experience true peace in any Christian's life. It's a lesson that many of us, including myself, still need to learn and experience daily. Overall, this was a really great book and I look foreward to reading the rest of the books in the series!
**I received this book free from Moody Publishers in exchange for my honest review, which I have given.**
I thoroughly enjoyed this book! I have read the first and second books The Texas Trails and liked both, but this is my favorite so far! The action scenes were excellent in description and I felt like I was there in the battles. The moral of telling the truth that the story provided was very inspiring, Annie was faced with the choice to either run away from the town that had become her home or tell the truth and accept what the people thought of her, I loved her choice (!).
Riley was also an inspiring character. I have always liked reading stories about young men and women who served in any war and, although not overly detailed, Riley's slight mentioning of his life during his time serving in the war made the book even better!
Vickie McDonough also held my attention in the book with the subplots throughout the story!
"I received a copy of this book from Moody publishers in return for this review. All of the comments and opinions are my own."
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.
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?