Lone Star Trail is the first of six books in the 'Texas Trails - A Morgan Family Series' written by 3 different authors (Darlene Franklin, Vickie McDonough, and Susan Page Davis).
Book Summary provided by publisher: 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.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Being of German descent, I found the references to German customs very interesting. I can easily side with both Jud for wanting the 'foreigners' to learn the ways/language of their new land and with Wande for trying to blend her family traditions with those she is learning from her new friend Marion. There is a great inner battle for both characters even though the reader can easily see what is coming for them. There is also the blossoming love with Marion and her beau Tom, or so she thinks. This book has romance and mystery that blend together with strong morals for a great story! I can't wait to read more about these wonderfully different and similar families as they blossom in the heart of Texas.
I received this book from Moody Publishers in exchange for my honest review.