Two families, the Morgan's and the Fleischer, are caught in the expansion pains of Texas. It is around 1845 and settling the land is hard for those moving west. Then, German immigrants are brought to this land that promises a new homeland for them. Struggles increase between the groups of people and anger sometimes runs hot, but there is also the spirit of giving and help that permeates the work. There are many obstacles to overcome - illness, weather, Indian attacks, prejudice, and loss that could bring them to their knees - yet people do survive, some even fall in love, making the story come to life.
This book is the beginning of a series, and I can't wait for more. The characters and their struggles seem real as Ms. Franklin brings history to life. This is a great start to the series, one I think history buffs will enjoy. Thank you to Net Galley for the preview copy I read on my Nook!