Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Long Trail Home :: Book Review

Long Trail Home
Vickie McDonough
Texas Trails Series

Book Summary:
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 fiancee 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 thawed 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.

My Review:
I fell in love with this book and it's characters!  I'm a huge fan of historical fiction and this book was just that and wonderful! Filled with much drama, love, forgiveness.  I actually didn't realize this was the 3rd book in this series until now (I thought it was the first but I guess I was confused) - it flowed beautifully and perfect all by it's self, though like all good books it ended too soon.  I can't wait to read the others in this series.

Annie is a abandoned young girl who pretended to be blind so she would be excepted in at the School for Blind children in town.  Everyone in the town thinks shes blind except for the 2 main caretakers for the blind children.  When Annie is an adult and the Lord pricks her heart about honesty she knows she has to let everyone know that she lied and that she actually never was blind.

She falls in love with Riley and wants to tell him so many times that she actually isn't blind but every time she started something else came up and she would put it off until some other convenient time. It wasn't until there was a big storm and some of the blind children were missing that she ended up having to tell him, no so gently, that she's been able to see all these years.

Riley & Annie along with the townspeople learn the importance of telling the truth and forgiveness.  Riley & Annie marry and are able to adopt one of the blind boys from the school where Annie had been living and working all these years. They move back onto Riley's family farm after repairing the damage & start their family together... 

And I won't share more before I ruin the entire story.......

I received this book free from Moody Publishers as part of their Blogger Review Program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

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