Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Those Stupid Charming Smiles of His

End of the Trail 

      by: Vickie McDonough

He enters a poker game and wins a new life
She loses the only home she has ever known
Two hostile adversaries must work together

     It didn't take long for Brooks Morgan to make a name for himself in Shoofly. A high stakes poker game ends with Brooks holding the deed to his new friend Will's ranch, a vague promise to "take care of Keri," and Will's mysterious demise.

     When Brooks finally rides to the Raven Creek Ranch, he is greeted by a rifle pointed straight at his chest. This is the "Keri" he promised to take care of- Will's niece- who believes Raven Creek is promised to her. Keri and Brooks have only one thing in common, they both want to save the ranch. Will their differences make that impossible?

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

   End of the Trail starts out with a prologue that begins ten years before the start of the book. Brooks Morgan is cocky and spoiled. At sixteen he doesn't want to do any work, and when pressure is applied to do his part, he bolts. The book picks up Brooks Morgans story ten years later, when he has become a drifter. During this period of time you would expect that Brooks would have matured, as drifting is such a hard life, but you find that he didn't really change. I was slightly disappointed in the lack of change, because I feel that you would expect changes to happen over ten years, instead of the few months over which the book took place.

    The book is completely appropriate, not mentioning any untoward things. The book also incorporates well weaved verses into their complete turn around. I loved how the book showed how God can mend all things, if you will just give him the reins. The book is totally worth the reading. 

     It was a quick read, that left you guessing at most every new plot twist. I didn't have to guess, as I picked it up and read it in one sitting. I was also impressed at the author's switching point of views. Sometimes you find that when author's switch the point of view as often as every other chapter, you find yourself lost or having to repeat scenes. However, in this book it was done so beautifully that there was no confusion during the transition at all. 

     I didn't read the other books in the series. I was surprised by how easy it was to get into the flow of the book without having to read the others first.  I was so wowed by this story and the author's style that I think the other books are definitely worth checking out. 

     I was given a copy of this book by Moody Publishers in exchange for a review, either good or bad.