16 May 2012
Book review 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?
Thanks to Netgalley for my review copy.
This is the sixth book and at this stage final book the Morgan Family Series. This book features Brook who leaves home after an issue with his father. He drifts from job to job and ends up in the town of Shoofly and ends up with a Ranch on the condition he looks after Keri who he assumes is a dog or a horse.
Keri is the former owners niece and a crack shot. There meeting is quite interesting.
I enjoyed the interaction between the different characters. There is danger from a fellow rancher who wants to buy up all the land around and will stop at nothing to make them sell out. I loved the tension and drama that happens in this book. The book also deals with forgiveness both from child and parents, dealing with issues of abandonment and self worth, and understanding different reasons something happened. I am sad the series is over as I have loved getting to know the families and also learning Texan history at the same time.