"A Ranger's Trail" by Darlene Franklin is the fourth book in the Texas Trails series. I've enjoyed each of the books leading up to this one and "A Ranger's Trail" did not disappoint. The series takes place in late 1800s Texas, a turbulent time period filled with adventure and turmoil. Franklin's descriptive writing style transports the reader onto the Texas prairie, almost to the point that you start to feel overheated and dusty. :) The emotions of the characters feel very realistic and raw and although we live in very different times, I felt and identified with the characters' angst as I read. Here is a short summary from the publisher:
In 1875 Buck Morgan rode into Mason County with the Texas Rangers to quell the violence stirred up by the actions a vigilante mob. The Hoo Doo (or bad luck) War erupted as suspected cattle rustlers were murdered by an angry mob. Former ranger, Scott Cooley, gathers a gang to seek vengeance for the murders. Suspected of cattle rustling, Leta Derrick's husband was murdered by the mob a year earlier. Now she is siding with the rogue ranger, Scott Cooley and refuses to help Buck Morgan stem the tide of violence. Will their actions fuel the fire of vengeance? Or will Buck and Leta strike an accord that leads to more than just peace?
I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys Christian historical fiction. Many of the characters and events in the book are based on reality, so in a sense you are getting a history lesson along with an entertaining read. The plot includes all of the facets of a good Wild West story, complete with horses, cowboys and cattle rustlers. Although the plot does have a slightly predictable ending, I still thoroughly enjoyed it and look forward to reading the next installment in the Texas Trails series.
Disclaimer: I received this book for free from Moody Publishers in exchange for an honest review.
I really enjoyed this book. This is my second book by Darlene Franklin, so I had few expectations for this book. Of course, I wanted it to be as enjoyable as the rest of the series, and I was not disappointed on that account. The first chapter of the book pulls you in. The action is not fast paced, but it's fast enough to keep you interested. The Mason County War reflects the society at the time, and unfortunately, the society of today (to an extent).
The main characters, and even the secondary characters are pretty well developed throughout the story. Leta Denning's journey from revenge to trusting God's vengeance is natural and Buck Morgan's character undergoes a similar journey. The secondary characters, Andy and Henry, take a more dramatic journey towards the end of the book. Stella is a character I would love to read more about and hope to catch up with her in a later book!
My only complaint is the romance aspect of the book. I agree that Leta and Buck are a good match. However, their romance seemed kind of down played. I almost couldn't detect the point that Buck stopped viewing Leta as a widow that God commands his people to provide for and care for, to someone he wants to spend the rest of his life with.
Over all, the book was very enjoyable and I would recommend it to all my reading friends!
**I received this book free from Moody Publishers in exchange for my honest review, which I have given.**
Texas Ranger Buck Morgan has been assigned to calm the ranchers after Leta Dennings husband is murdered at the start of the Mason County or Hoo Doo, War. Leta wants to see the person or persons responsible for the death of her husband to pay with their life. Buck is there to make sure there is no more blood shed. While he is there he might as well do the right thing for the widow and help her with the ranch when possible. If Leta finds out that he is related to German family that he suspects in the murder of her husband she will not trust him or allow him anywhere near her or her ranch. Searching for the truth is never easy especially if your heart is involved.
The author has added another great book to this series. It is full of intrigue, deceit and vengeance. Also reconciliation, forgiveness, love and trust that all is in God's hands for peace and harmony among the ranchers. This book was just a hard to put down as the others I have read in this series. So glad there were six books in this series.
I highly recommend this book.
I rated this book a 5 out of 5.
Disclosure: I received a free copy of this book from Wynn-Wynn Media for review. I was in no way compensated for this review. It is my honest opinion.
Darlene Franklin in her new book, “A Ranger’s Trail” Book Four in The Texas Trail Series published by River North Fiction Division of Moody Publishers takes us back to Texas in 1875.
From the Back Cover: A widow vows to seek vengeance
A Texas Ranger swears to uphold the law
A blood feud splits Mason County in half
When Leta Denning’s husband is murdered at the beginning of the Mason County War, she wants one thing: revenge. Buck Morgan, a Texas Ranger called in to investigate, has ties to a German family involved in Denning’s death.
Buck’s ability to remain impartial and bring the murderer to justice has Leta anxious. As she struggles to keep her ranch afloat, Buck offers to help – all the while searching for the truth. A tentative trail emerges … one forged by respect and bound by vengeance and forgiveness.
Doubt meets faith, and fear gives way to faith in the Morgan family.
Get ready for excitement! A Texas Ranger, a widow rancher who is having trouble running her ranch, a rogue Texas Ranger and Range Wars; what a combination. Ms. Franklin expertly weaves in history at the beginning of each chapter to give us a better idea of what is going on. And once again “A Ranger’s Trail” is a romance set against the backdrop of Texas. This story deals with dealing with past trauma that is causing bad decisions and running away from who you really are. “A Ranger’s Trail” is all about families and relationships and that is what makes this book a winner. I enjoyed this book a lot and am looking forward to the next one.
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A Ranger's Trail by Darlene Franklin Book 4: Texas Trails: A Morgan Family Series I have enjoyed all the books in this series so far. They all do have romance but that is more of a background to the historical part of the book. This book has The Mason County range war or “Hoo Doo” war. When some Anglos were acquitted of cattle rustling the German's took it into their own hands to meter out justice. When they kill Anglo Tim Williamson though, Scott Cooley resigns from the Texas Ranger begins taking revenge on the men who killed his friend.
In the midst of this battle we meet up with Buck Morgan, son of Jud and Wande. Buck is the oldest son and his father would like him to take over the ranch but Buck has wanderlust and it's let him to become a Texas Ranger. His latest assignment is to find the group of men responsible for the hanging of Derrick Denning. Buck goes to the widow, Leta Denning, to find more information and soon feels God's call to help her out. She was left with her six year old son and teenage brother. Buck finds himself caught between a woman he is starting to care for and that his own relatives may have been involved in the war.
Leta Denning don't want to trust anyone but she finds herself depending on Buck more and more. He has helped around the ranch and trained a horse for her son. Leta is full of hatred and unforgiveness towards the Germans who took her husbands life. She does not realize how her hate has been planted into Ricky and Andy until it's too late.
There are so many side stories as in all the books and lots of adventure. There are storms and cattle rustling but most of all is the strength of how much hate prejudice can drive into people hearts until they just don't see the truth.
These books are stand alone but if you enjoy series and want the whole picture I would suggest reading the series from book one. 1- Lone Star Trail by Darlene Franklin 2- Captive Trail by Susan Page Davis 3- The Long Trail Home by Vickie McDonough Two more books follow this one; A Cowgirl's Trail and End of the Trail (April & June releases) **Received from NetGalley for review.
I must say I have become a fan of Darlene Franklin's books. She incorporates real life happenings, which takes a lot of research, with a great imagination. This story is a great example of that.
Buck and Leta have baggage. Lots of baggage. Buck is half German; Leta hates the Germans, blaming them for her husband's death. They want the same thing, but their way of getting there is far different. With the typical ups and downs of frontier life, we see their love take root and grow, but only in their hearts, and against their wills.
Can they overcome the doubts and fears to find their faith, both in God and in each other?
I can't say enough good things about Ms. Franklin's writing. It pulls you in and won't let go until the story is told. You want to sit back and bask in the beauty of her words, as pictures are created in your mind.
***I received the above book free for review. The above is my honest opinion.
I won't go through and retell the story because I think that has been done enough. What I will say is I really enjoyed A Ranger's Trail, and had already read Long Trail Home. But I liked these two so well, I hope to go back and read the two that I missed. I did like the real life clips at the top of each chapter. It really gave you a real sense of how terrible these range wars were. And the way that Darlene worked the articles into her story was wonderful. Darelene's story flowed well, it was well paced and kept my interest from page one. I was invested in the hero and heroine which is a must for me. I've read stories that are good stories but I can't connect with the characters and just can't keep reading the book. That isn't so with A Ranger's Trail. The characters find a way into your heart and you cheer for them the whole way through.
Darlene Franklin’s skillful storytelling in A Ranger’s Trail makes it difficult to determine where history ends and fiction begins. While Leta and Buck, her main characters, come from her imagination, they interact with historical figures from Mason County, Texas in the 1870s. At the beginning of each chapter, the author even quotes period newspapers and letters, a bold move that works. Leta and Buck struggle through this dangerous period in Texas’s history, where justice is not as common as cattle rustling, and injured parties take the law into their own hands. After Leta’s husband is hanged by vigilantes, she must keep the ranch operating and raise her young son alone, all the while dealing with her own desire for revenge. (Ms. Franklin paints a bleak picture of life for a widow in an era without “safety nets.”) Buck’s involvement complicates the situation: not only is he a Texas Ranger, but also a relative of the Germans in this ethnic conflict. Leta is Anglo, and Buck and Leta are attracted to each other. While A Ranger’s Trail is part of the Texas Trails series, it easily stands alone. Though the details are specific to an historical setting, the theme of forgiveness is universal. Christians agree that we need to forgive those who have harmed us, but how does it work? The author doesn’t sugarcoat the difficult process, but invites us to work through it with Leta.