Fans of historical inspirational fiction—especially stories with western settings—are in for a treat.
Lone Star Trail by Darlene Franklin is a sweet story of faith, fortitude, and forgiveness set during a fascinating period of Texas history.
German immigrant Wande Fleischer is not as enthusiastic as her family is to start a new life in Texas, but with a fiancé waiting for her, the future looks bright. Tragedy strikes almost the minute the family reaches Texas, however and Wande then learns her fiancé has abandoned her. Nevertheless, she works hard to create a life in her new home, bolstered by her strong faith.
Rancher Jud Morgan’s father died fighting for Texas’ independence. Since then, he’s devoted himself to making his parents’ dream of running a successful horse ranch a reality while he works to keep his family together—something he feels he failed at, considering his sister Billie was taken by the Comanche. Now change challenges Jud. Texas is joining the United States, and the land his father died defending has become home to a swarm of untrustworthy German immigrants.
When the Fleischer family’s wagon breaks down near his ranch, he offers assistance, and is at once attracted to Wande as much as he wants nothing to do with her strange customs. Could they share more in common than he realizes?
The secondary characters are memorable and well-rounded. Subplots involving Jud’s sister Marion and the persecution of the Fleischer family add conflict and serve to develop the growing relationships between the Morgans and Fleischers. While intolerance and faith are major themes, both are treated gently by the author.
Lone Star Trail is the first installment of The Texas Trail series, which will feature additional authors. The next story, Captive Trail, is by Susan Page Davis and centers on Jud’s sister, Billie.
I recommend Lone Star Trail to fans of inspirational historical fiction, and I look forward to more books in the series and from Darlene Franklin.
I received this book from the author for purposes of review. A positive review was not requested or promised.