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Daughter of Twin Oaks (A Secret Refuge #1)

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Seeking to fulfill the promise she made to her dying father, eighteen-year-old Jesselynn Highwood determines to take her little brother and the family's Thoroughbreds from Twin Oaks plantation in Kentucky to her uncle's farm in Missouri to protect them from the ravages of the War between the States.
They embark on a perilous journey, riding at night, hiding during the day,
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Published (first published January 1st 2000)
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Susan Lower
This book had good characterization. It felt real and I loved following the main character Jesselynn on her adventure from her home in Kentucky to Missouri during the civil war. Just when I felt the book was picking up pace and getting really interesting, I found myself on the last page. Since I was using my kindle app to read this I thought maybe my app messed up and it was stuck, but no... the book ends and leaves you hanging. I was like "What?!? No ending!"

I don't like being forced to have t
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Linda
The genre of this book is historical fiction and it is a well written Civil War dram that actually describes the lives of several daughters of the Twin Oaks Plantation. Twin Oaks is well known for their excellent horses - BEFORE the war and before the Armies conscripted horses for their uses. Daughter Jesselynn is left in charge of the few quality horses left and charged with the task of moving them to Springfield. MO TO HER uncle Hiram's Plantation for help in saving the bloodline. Figuring out ...more
Lisa C.
Until the end, I found this to be a captivating story. The characters were realistic, it had great Civil War depictions and the heroine was a decent person and could stand on her own two feet. Some of the parts I found a little unbelievable or predictable, but nothing crazy.

Then I got to the end. Oh, wait. There was no ending. The book stopped. Two things that drive me to not read an author again are ridiculous grammar/spelling issues and forcing a reader to get another book to finish a story. I
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Alicia
I've been slowly dragging along in this book over the last few days and I finally decided to call it quits. A good book draws me in. It's world becomes my world to the point where I almost forget I'm even reading. This book just didn't do it for me.

The story line was a bit obvious and awkward. I didn't feel like the relationships were authentic. The characters and story line were not developed well. Instead of leading the reader along so they could see who everyone is and how they fit in to the
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Karen
Daughter of Twin Oaks by Lauraine Snelling is the first book in her Secret Refuge Series that I enjoyed. It is at the time of the Civil War and Jesselynn is the daughter left to run the family's tobacco plantation called Twin Oaks. Her brother is off at war, her parents are both dead and her two sisters are living with an Aunt in Virginia. Twin Oakes is in Kentucky and she is trying to keep her few horses from being taken for use in the war. After giving all her slaves their freedom, they decide ...more
Katie
I read this book a while back and loved it then. So when I saw that it was getting reprinted, I knew I had to get them to add to my library of books. After finishing this first book in the Secret Refuge series, it still remains one of my favorite historicals of all time. I am a BIG lover of history and, more specifically, the War Between the States, and for such a controversy war, Lauraine handles it well.

While both the main characters in Daughter of Twin Oaks -- Jesselynn and Louisa -- have th
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Christy
I hate having to say that I did not care for another one of Lauraine Snelling's books. There were some things I just did not understand. She gives freedom papers to her slaves in the beginning; but the whole story she still treats them like slaves, and even calls them "her people". In all honesty my least favorite historical books are the ones where servants are waiting on other people. I tend to lean more towards the pioneer; poverty level book; I relate more to those. They seem more down to ea ...more
Elisa
As much as I wanted to like this book I just could not. There were some good parts but it seem to me that the went on and on with no ending.
Faith Cummings
Daughter of Twin Oaks: A story of love and loss

Daughter of Twin Oaks: A story of love and loss

This is a riveting story of the south in 1862. It tells of love and loss, as a family strives to hold on to their lives as they were before the war broke them and changed them, almost beyond recognition. Old traditions are swept aside, as they attempt to salvage what they can and move forward to a new life even as the old one shatters around them. This is a story from a great storyteller, and it kept me
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Rosa Cline
This story gives the reader a different outlook on the Civil War; one I never thought about. A family torn apart due to having to be sent away to fight some members killed, some missing and the women all wondering about them. All the while the oldest daughter has to do what she has promised her dieing father she'd save the Thoroughbred horses that has made their ranch. So after the war they can start over. She has sent her two younger sisters to live in a different town to be protected from the ...more
Molly Cline
This story gives the reader a different outlook on the Civil War; one I never thought about. A family torn apart due to having to be sent away to fight some members killed, some missing and the women all wondering about them. All the while the oldest daughter has to do what she has promised her dieing father she'd save the Thoroughbred horses that has made their ranch. So after the war they can start over. She has sent her two younger sisters to live in a different town to be protected from the ...more
Tasha
Daughter of Twin Oaks was excellent. I'm not much for reading Civil War books but this one was great. Jesselynn Highwood was a well-bred gentlewoman with a tendency to do things her way. She loved her fathers Thoroughbred's like she loved life and farming was just an added bonus. Then the War hit and her father and brother's go off to fight leaving Jesselynn and her sibling at home to work the farm. Well, one of her brother's dies and her father gets injured and returns home with a severe injury ...more
Christine Meunier
The first in the Secret Refuge series, this book leaves you wanting to know more! Another great read by Lauraine Snelling, Daughter of Twin Oaks follows the lives of eighteen year old Jesselynn Highwood and her two younger sisters who are battling to enjoy life in the midst of the civil war... more at http://equus-blog.com/daughter-of-twi...
Dorene
It was a good book about the Civil war and all the trouble a horse farm had in Kentucky...and I would add more to my review...BUT there was no ending...and books like that don't deserve to have anything else said. I turned the pages and read on...and on....and on...about this family...BUT there was NO ENDING.....
Jennah
I REALLY wanted to love this book, but it was so boring and very hard to read when the characters talk southern. I love reading books that focus on the civil war, but I was just not into this story at all. It was a type of story that I knew what would happen next and being right.
Marlana Sanders
Good

Good book. Obviously trying to set up for next in the series. Disappointing that there were no conclusions to any of the story lines. If there had been a better conclusion would have rated it better. You enjoy each of the characters so you want to keep reading.
Elizabeth
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Frances Chrisman
An interesting book

I really enjoyed the book. The tragedies of the Civil War is difficult to visualize but it is part of our country's history. This story showed you how some of the most prosperous people had to adapt.
Amanda Potter
Great book!

This book was good from the first page on. I can't wait to read the next one!! I love finding out what happens with my favorite characters from the story!
Mary Ellen
Enjoyed the book on the whole. The disappointment came at the end. There was no end! Nothing is resolved in the first book. It just stops and leaves you hanging.
Judy Tuck
Not happy with ending

Great book until the ending which just leaves you hanging. I like multiple books but they should not be dependent on other books.
Linda Wellborn
Daughter of twin oaks

such a good story but just ends too abruptly. I wondered what happened to others in the
story. it leaves you hanging.
Cheri Jarvis
The way this book ended, it could have ended at any given chapter. It's as if the author decided to just stop writing. This is author manipulation at its best!
Lisa Taylor
Awesome Read

I could not put this book down. When I turned the last page, I was disappointed that there wasn't another chapter.
Stephanie
I have read this author's later works and it's good to see how her talent developed since this earlier work. A good story.
Patt
Very interesting story of the Civil War. Focus is mainly on one sister from Kentucky who is trying to get what's left of her racing stock to a relative's house on Missouri before they are conscripted into the army. She dresses as a boy and takes her little brother and 3 of her freed slaves with her. They travel at night and sleep in secluded woodsy areas during the day. They have quite an adventure and add people to their group along the way. One of the other sister's story is also interesting. ...more
Lydia
This book was ok, though I didn't enjoy several things. For example, the dialogue seemed forced and unlike how actual dialogue would be spoken. The accents came out all wrong and were rather inconsistent. I felt like the main character was Jessie, but I didn't find myself really liking her. Louisa was much easier for me to connect to. There was absolutely no plot resolution, so unless you plan on reading more of the series, I would suggest holding off on this one. Something just felt a bit off a ...more
Pat Langhelt
Disappointed at the ending oh no it didn't end!!!
Rosa Cline
This story gives the reader a different outlook on the Civil War; one I never thought about. A family torn apart due to having to be sent away to fight some members killed, some missing and the women all wondering about them. All the while the oldest daughter has to do what she has promised her dieing father she'd save the Thoroughbred horses that has made their ranch. So after the war they can start over. She has sent her two younger sisters to live in a different town to be protected from the ...more
Fv
I would have loved to rate this five stars. But the cave scene with the scorpions was too much.

If anyone had so much go wrong in the time span Jessie and her parade has had gone wrong, they would be mentally gone.

The tragedies never stop. Enough already and I haven't even finished the book.

All this time and her sisters and brother, while not sipping tea in Virginia, have the life of relative ease.

Three weeks, start with her pa dying, she has to sneak out of her plantation at night, more and more
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Lauraine Snelling is the award-winning author of over seventy books, with sales of more than 2 million copies.

She also writes for a wide range of magazines, and helps others reach their writing dreams by teaching at writers’ conferences across the country.

Lauraine and her husband, Wayne, have two grown sons, and live in the Tehachapi Mountains with a watchdog Basset named Winston.

They love to tra
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