Having just read the autobiography of America's currently most famous individual from Texas, President George W. Bush's DecisionPoints, I found it a delight to delve into a bit of historical fiction about Texas, President Bush's home state, the Lone Star State in it's early days of statehood.
Author Darlene Franklin's book, Lone Star Trail, begins in November 1845. A family of German immigrants is broken down when the Morgan's wagon passes them by. The Morgans don't stop and lend a hand. Why? It is the age old story of "not in my backyard." Though the Morgans settled only recently in the area that was fighting for its separation from Mexico and becoming an American State. They still felt as though the German immigrants, who were surging into the area, were interlopers with their different language, customs, and foods. Prejudice is not always a matter of skin color but can rouse it's ugly head for a number of reasons.
However, Christian charity begins to win out, and the needs of the Fleischer's from Germany were met by the caring Morgan's. Both families learned that each family had lost loved ones because of the hardships in the land that was Texas. They had much in common.
The characters in this story are well thought out and believable. They follow predictable tendencies, but the story line flow has accurate historical touches and the spiritual convictions the characters exhibit are not overtly contrived
Yes, there is romance, though at times you'll think it just isn't going to develop because the characters don't seem to be able to get beyond the "immigrant" situation for very long at a time.
This is an easy going, relaxed read but substantial enough that you might feel enticed to find a period history and delve into some of the aspects of events in that timeline.
The Texas Trails Series is a 6 book series and Lone Star Trail is book one. I look forward to reading Captive Trail, book two in the series, which I have waiting on my book shelf.
I recommend Lone Star Trail for some good historical fiction. I was given Lone Star Trail by RiverNorth, fiction from Moody Publishers to review and was not required to post a positive review.
- Publisher: Moody Publishers; New Edition edition (August 1, 2011)
- ISBN-10: 0802405835
- ISBN-13: 978-0802405838