May 13, 2012

End of the Trail by Vickie McDonough

End of the Trail is part of 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.

Brooks Morgan left home 11 years earlier and is just too stubborn to return home. In 1896 he pulls into the town of Shoofly to take refuge from a storm and befriends John Langston in the local cafe. A high stakes poker game ends with Brooks holding the deed to John's ranch with one condition - Brooks must promise to take care of Keri. Brooks agrees, assuming that Keri is a horse.

Overcome by guilt, Brooks return to the cafe to give back the deed but finds John on the floor dead. Brooks heads off to take care of John's ranch and is ambushed. With a noose around his neck, hands tied behind his back he offers a prayer up to God. A stunning shot is delivered from the rifle of a lady on horseback that breaks the noose and frees Brooks. But could this lady - Keri - be an enemy, too?

VICKIE MCDONOUGH is the author of over twenty books including the Texas Boardinghouse Brides series. Vickie's books have won the Inspirational Reader's Choice Contest, Texas Gold, and the ACFW Noble Theme contest. Vickie lives in Oklahoma and is a wife of 35 years. She has 4 grown sons and one granddaughter. Visit Vickie's website:

Texas Trails, a Morgan Family series is a collection of six books, taking place in the mid to late 1800's in Texas. I have been following this series from the beginning, and it's sad to think this is the last book. 

Throughout the series, we have been introduced to different members of the extended Morgan family, and follow them through their struggles and adventures on the Texas frontier. This final book End of the Trail brings an almost bittersweet resolution to the broken hearts and dreams of the Morgan family. It brings closure and happiness to a mother's persistent yet constant prayers for her family over many long years.

I loved reading about the relationship between Brooks and Keri. Brooks won the Langston family ranch in a poker game, and Keri Langston can't help but feel resentful about losing her home to the handsome stranger, even though she soon finds his smile and sense of humor irresistible.

Brook and Keri are both determined to keep their arrangement purely business, but destiny might just alter their personal plans. Sometimes humorous, often dangerous, and sprinkled with romance, I totally recommend all six books in The Texas Trails series.

Disclosure: Ebook received through Net Galley, courtesy of Moody Publishers in exchange for my honest review.

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