Friday, August 17, 2012

Book Review Friday

Recently I read the book Long Trail Home by Vickie McDonough. It is part of the Morgan family Texas Trails series. I have reviewed other books in this series here before and stated that there are six books all together, but they can be read separately. Here is a brief book description taken from the back of the book to give you an idea of what it is about.

"A weary soldier returns from the War Between the States to Discover his parents dead, his family farm in shambles, and his fiancée married.

Riley Morgan takes a job at the Wilcox School for Blind Children in an attempt for a new life after the Civil War. By helping the children and the pretty blind woman, Annie, he begins to find renewed hope. But everyone's future at Wilcox School is disrupted when the owner dies suddenly and the school is in jeopardy of being closed by the man who stands to inherit it. Riley's remaining confidence in the future is shaken when Annie's secret is revealed and Riley attempts to make peace with God.

Doubt meets hope, and fear gives way to faith in the Morgan family."

Okay, here is what I thought about it. I liked this book as I liked most of the others I have read in this series. Annie went to a school for the blind when she was about eleven years old, pretending to be blind so she could be taken in. Before that, she pick-pocketed the streets with her father. When her father abandoned her, she was left to either continue pick-pocketing or die. The woman at the school, Laura, realizes that Annie is obviously not blind but takes her in anyway, encouraging her to not inform anyone that she is not blind because her landlord has a rule that only blind children may live or be taught there. 
Riley Morgan went to fight in the war after his dear younger brother, Timothy, died from a rattlesnake attack when he was younger. He comes home from the war to discover that his fiancee has married and did not even notify him. He then takes a job at the Wilcox School for Blind Children. 
Trouble ensues when the owner of the school dies and his cruel nephew demands they leave.
I really enjoyed this book and all of the characters were well-written. I liked Annie's struggle with how to tell everyone she had been lying to them the whole time she had known them because she was not really blind.
I would recommend this book and I will continue reading this Texas Trails series.

So, what do you think of this book? Would you read it? Does it sound interesting? What are you currently reading?


  1. This book sounds interesting. I will have to read this series sometime when I have time. Are the authors planning on writing more books for the series, or are they stopping at 6?

    1. Thanks, Cortney, it is interesting. No, the authors are stopping at six books. For some reason, my nearest library has every book in the series but book number two...don't ask me why. I have no idea. So I have to track that book down somehow now. :D


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