"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.