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Lone Star Trail (Texas Trails #1)

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The six-book series about four generations of the Morgan family living, fighting, and thriving amidst a turbulent Texas history spanning from 1845 to1896 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 Immig
Paperback, 288 pages
Published August 19th 2011 by Moody Publishers (first published August 1st 2011)
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I confess I did not intend on reading this particular book. It was the second book of the Texas Trail series, Captive Trail, that caught my attention but alas, I am something of a compulsive reader. I find it incredibly difficult to start a series anywhere but the beginning. So, naturally, I set about locating a copy of Lone Star Trail for my literary enjoyment.

I love the amount of Texas history in th
Very clean, very moral, and sweet story. Even still, I tried to like it, but the writing just didn't cut it for me. Too many little unimportant mini-stories within the book seemed to be page fillers. If the author had taken more time to further develop fewer stories, with a bit more reader engagement it would have been much more interesting.
The plot and settings were fairly believable and actually could have been great. However, some of the relationships between the characters were not well writ
Rachel Dixon
What happens when two families, who have experienced tragedy and loss, and are from very different backgrounds are thrown together?

It is 1845, the Morgans are Texans through and through. They raise the famous Morgan Horses on their ranch, the Running M Ranch and have fought hard and sacrificed much to be the successful ranchers that they are. The Fleischer family have traveled from Germany and just arrived in Texas. This foreign land has taken much from them in the short time they have been he
Lauraelisabeth (fashion-by-the-book)
I received a copy of this book in exchanged for a honest review. In no way did the author or publishing company influence my review. For all my reviews, see my blog

Jud Mogan's father died fighting for Texas independence, so when Germans begin to move in his beloved state, Jud fears that they will try to take over. Wande and her family move into Texas, with troubles following them all the way from Germany. When an accident throw the two families together, Jud must
Holly (2 Kids and Tired)
I wanted to like this one. Really I did. It sounded interesting, and the fact that it was the first of what sounded like a great series really drew me in, but it was more just meh. It was historically fascinating, but I just never cared about the characters. I know it's the first in a series, but I often felt like I'd walked into the middle of something and should have known more. Not a bad read, just a disappointing one.
Elizabeth Marie
I hate to call this your typical prairie romance, but in a way it is, in that not much makes it stand out from the rest. Nonetheless, I enjoyed the story line. It was sweet and romantic. One of the things that drew me into this novel was the fact that it takes place in Texas a bit after the Alamo, and Texas at that time period always fascinated me. Jud was a strong character, which I liked. He had a head-on-straight, no nonsense nature to him, and yet Wande found a place in his heart even if he ...more
Leah R
This book had too many purposes. trying to be a romance, a not-very-subtle preachy religious tract, and historical fiction, all at once. For all his supposed irrational hatred of Germans, Judd seemed to get over it very quickly when it was convenient.

And oh Lord the characters could not stop quoting random verses and spouting shallow Christian platitudes at every opportunity.

As you have probably guessed, the religious element meant that the romance was super mild. (And compared to how religiou
Erin Cataldi
Sometimes inspirational romance can be a little heavy handed or "over the top" (i.e. the spirit of the Lord told me to forgive my rapist and offer him supper, etc.), but this managed to be inspirational without scaring away the non or mildly religious crowd.

This historical romance follows a family of German immigrants as they settle in Texas, the newest state in the Union. Things begin badly when one of the children, Ulla, dies upon arrival. As they try to move inland their wagon breaks and the
Hallie Szott
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I really enjoyed Darlene Franklin’s Lone Star Trail, the start to her Texas Trails series. Franklin fills her storyline with a lot of great Texas history (with some aspects completely new to me), as several cultures come together with adventure and romance. Overall, Lone Star Trail is wholesome and pleasant to read and I think fans of inspirational historical fiction will enjoy it. I would recommend it for readers looking for a quick and fun historical
This book is the first in a historical Christian romance series, set in the mid-1800s in Texas. The central issue is prejudice. Jud is a transplanted but American born Texas horse rancher who, with his parents and sister, meets a newly arriving German immigrant family, the Fleishers, whose wagon has broken and left the mother with an injured foot. Jud's family offers hospitality to the German family and the opportunity to grapple with his issues of prejudice arises as he becomes increasingly awa ...more
Lone Star Trail by Darlene Franklin Texas Trails- A Morgan Family Series ISBN-978-0-8024-0583-8

Lone Star Trail is the beginning of an adventure. If the next five books follow in the same steps this is a series worthwhile reading. It has adventure, romance, danger, heartache and more.

The Morgan family horse ranch is on the outskirts of Victoria, Texas. They raise a special breed of horses called Morgan horses. Bill Morgan died in a war nine years before a
Author: Darlene Franklin
Publisher: Moody Press
September 2011
ISBN: 978-0802405838
Genre: Inspirational/historical romance

Wande Fleischer has come to America, and Texas, specifically, to marry her intended, but tragedy befall the family almost immediately upon their arrival in the states. The Fleischer do make it to Texas, but close to Christmas finds themselves stranded in a muddy rut with a broken ankle, and the mother incapacitated. A wagon does come by, the people onboard
Beverly Frisby
Oct 30, 2011 Beverly Frisby rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: everyone
WOW! Such an awesome book! I started reading, did not want to put it down until the very end, and was left wanting more - what more can you ask from a book?

"Lone Star Trail" is book one of the "Texas Trails ~ A Morgan Family Series" set during a tumultuous time in Texas' history. Darlene's descriptive writing paints a vivid word picture in the reader's mind, making them feel as thought they are a part of the dusty heat of Texas. The characters are well developed and it's easy to imagine them as
Ada Brownell
Most people in modern society don't remember prejudice between different ethnic groups that immigrated to America. I didn't know the Irish were considered scum in some large cities when the people first came here until I read well-researched historical novels.

In many mining camps, the Chinese were mistreated, as well as others who came here poor, lived in the slums, and earned their living at menial jobs. Germans and Japanese were even jailed during wars because of the atrocities their home coun
Kate (Too Read or Not Too Read)
Lone Star Trail caught my attention for two reasons. One, it is based in Texas...can't go wrong there! Second, it's based on German immigrants. As a Texan who descended from Germans, it seemed like the right book to read.

I have mixed feelings about this book.I really enjoyed reading about Wande and her strength. She was an enjoyable character. Even though she has had one tragedy after another, she stays strong and tries to make the best of things. After traveling for so long on a ship, Wande and
Trinity Rose
This is the first book I’ve read by Darlene Franklin. The Lone Star Trail is book one in the Texas Trails Morgan Family series. I wanted to start at the beginning to see if I should read the rest of the series. I wasn’t that happy with Lone Star Trail. It is a fine story, but for me just lacked excitement until the very end where it got really good. I just didn’t think the story flowed together well enough. I love western books and the hardships that came with being some of the first people in t ...more
Tammy Doherty
This is a thoroughly enjoyable book. Especially refreshing in that the hero, Judson, isn't "Mr. Perfect" - he has faults and his character stays true to those flaws. Okay, that doesn't sound heroic so let me explain without giving away spoilers.

Judson Morgan resents the German immigrants who are flooding into Texas. They want to make a "New Germany" and in Jud's eyes Texas should be for Texans. His family faught for Texas freedom and now these Johnny Come Lately's want to waltz in and take advan
Elizabeth Baker
Lone Star Trail by Darlene Franklin

Both romance readers and history buffs will appreciate the opening book of the Morgan Family series recently released by Moody. Author Darlene Franklin has done a commendable job of keeping true to Texas history while also adding touches of romance.
The book is a light read with clear plot and short sentence structure making it applicable for teen readers as well as adult. I plan to donate my copy to the library of our Christian school and I am sure nothing in t
Vera Godley
"Lone Star Trail" - Book 1 of Texas Trails series: Book Review
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 p
Why oh Why oh Why can't Goodreads let us do half stars? This one is more of a 3.5 star for me, it was good, almost great, but not quite mind-blowing so 3.5 stars is a good rating for it, at least in my opinion.
I like reading about new parts of history, I had no idea that the Germans started immigrating to Texas and it was fun to learn about that and the new German words as well, I have been developing an interest in that language and so this was really fun to read.

I liked Jud, I could understa
Sandra Lassiter
Jud Morgan's father died for Texas' freedom so when German immigrants try to colonize a New Germany in Texas, he takes a stand against them.

After Wande Fleischer's fiance abandons her, the young fraulein determines to make a new life for herself in Texas. As much as Jud dislikes the German invasion, he can't help admiring Wande. Will vengeance burn and destroy more than Wande's home, or will the rancher put aside his prejudice and forge a new future?

I thoroughly enjoyed reading Wande's story. Wh
Another great book. This looks like a really good series and I cant wait to read more of this series. In this book we learn about how immigrants from Germany came to settle in Texas. I didn't know about this part of history and its one thing I love about historical fiction. Right from the start I could see Wande was a strong character who I came to love. She has to deal with learning her fiance has married someone else and the way she copes this is endears her to the reader. We also meet Jud who ...more
Patricia Kemp Blackmon
My family has strong ties to Germans immigrating to Texas. They had one of the first homesteads in Williamson County. It was not easy for anyone during those days.

Darlene Franklin writes about about two families trying to build a life in the new state of Texas.

Wande Fleischer along with her siblings and parents have immigrated to Texas in 1845 to start a new life in this promised land of milk and honey. Then there is the Morgan family whom raises Morgan horses on the Running M Ranch near Victor
It sounded like an interesting story and I really wanted to like this book, but try as I might, I just never got into it and really didn't enjoy it. I couldn't get into the characters though it is hard to pin down why. There was something missing; they were so stereotypical, flat, bloodless, and lifeless without enough personality and humanity to hold my interest. When one of them died or got their feelings hurt, I didn't feel anything more than if someone swatted a fly, and I certainly couldn't ...more
Two families, the Morgan's and the Fleischer, are caught in the expansion pains of Texas. It is around 1845 and settling the land is hard for those moving west. Then, German immigrants are brought to this land that promises a new homeland for them. Struggles increase between the groups of people and anger sometimes runs hot, but there is also the spirit of giving and help that permeates the work. There are many obstacles to overcome - illness, weather, Indian attacks, prejudice, and loss that co ...more
Angie ~aka Reading Machine~
Wande Fleischer dreams about her future with Konrad while traveling to Texas. She finds Texas to be very different from her previous home in Germany. She faces many trials good and bad in coming to Texas. Wande's family eventually comes to Victoria, Texas where they are tested in many ways. Judson (Jud) Morgan doesn't really like the Germans that have been moving to Texas in droves. He runs Running M Ranch since his father's death. He's trying to cope with the loss of his sister Billie the year ...more
Lisa M.
I would give it 4 1/2 stars. It was very very well done and took a different look at Texas during this time period than other authors have done. It led me to look up the German immigration to Texas during this time period for more research.

I loved the characters and felt that they had good depth. I look forward to meeting the next round of them (BILLIE!!) in the next book.
Susan Baganz
The Lone Star Trail by Darlene Franklin was a bit of a revelation to me. I had heard of the challenges that immegrants had coming to this land but had never considered what it had been like for Germans coming to settle in Texas as citizens of the United States.

Darlene Franklin does a lovely job of weaving together two distinct cultures and the very realistic challenges immigrants must have faced in learning not only the language of a new land, but also the climate and culture of a new nation, a
Descriptions of Texas, circa 1840’s are vivid as are many of the cultural situations the author has researched and woven into her story. The daily life descriptions even include foods prepared, daily chores, and church gatherings and their oft-times diversity due to the variety of settlers.
Characters are well-developed; Jud thinks he has overcome his prejudice to find that it raises its ugly head at the slightest provocation. Prejudice against German immigrants is portrayed in ways which help us
This is the touching story of how early Texas settlers struggled to overcome their prejudices against German immigrants. I liked how the author included German phrases throughout the story. It added a bit of realism, and it wasn't really all that hard to understand since a lot of the words seemed a bit similar to English. Texas Trails is an exceptional series. I really appreciate how the writers honor God, and the characters in the story do the same.
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Award-winning author and speaker Darlene Franklin lives in cowboy country—Oklahoma and loves writing about the American West. Oklahoma also has the benefit of being the home to her son, his wife, and their four beautiful children. Darlene loves music, needlework, reading and reality tv. Talia, a Lynx point Siamese cat, proudly claims Darlene as her person. Darlene is the author of seventeen contra ...more
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