Monday, July 14, 2014

Long Trail Home

Author: Vickie McDonough
Publishers: Moody Publishers
October 2011
ISBN: 978-0-8024-0585-2
Genre: Historical

The Long Trail Home is third in a six-book series about four generations of the Morgan family living, fighting, and thriving amidst a turbulent Texas history spanning from 1845 to 1896.  Although a series, each book can be read on its own.

When Riley Morgan returns home after fighting in the War Between the States, he is excited to see his parents and fiancĂ©e again. But he soon learns that his parents are dead and the woman he loved is married.  He takes a job at the Wilcox School for the blind just to get by.  He keeps his heart closed off but a pretty blind woman, Annie, threatens to steal it.  When a greedy man tries to close the school, Riley and Annie band together to fight him and fall in love.

But when Riley learns the truth about Annie, he packs and prepares to leave the school that has become his home and the woman who has melted his heart.  Will he change his mind and find the love he craves?  Or will stubbornness deprive him from the woman he needs? Through painful circumstances, Riley and Annie learn that the loving and sovereign hand of God cannot be thwarted.

LONG TRAIL HOME is the third book in the Texas Trails - A Morgan Family series (written by three different authors), but it easily stands alone. In fact, I read the series completely out of order, and it didn't seem to make a difference.

I felt really sorry for Riley, going through the horrors of the war, and then coming home to discover his whole family is dead and his future destroyed. I also felt for Annie who believed she had to lie in order to live at the school of the blind and deceive people. I wished she'd tell Riley the truth early on... I don't like it when relationships are based on a lie. The black moment felt rather contrived to me, but it worked out pretty much the way I figured it would early on, so in that way it was predictable. In another way, there was an unexpected twist at the end that worked it out even better than my initial predictions.

If you like historical fiction, you won't want to miss LONG TRAIL HOME or any of the other books in this series: A Rangers Trail, Captive Trail, Cowgirl Trail, Lone Star Trail, and End of the Trail (not necessarily written in the right order.) $14.99. 272 pages. 

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