Long Trail Home
Waco, Texas, 1865. Riley Morgan returns home after four years of war to find his parents dead and his fiancée married to another. He takes a job as handyman at a school for the blind, where he is soon attracted to Annie Sheffield, a blind girl with an unfortunate past and a huge secret. Annie and Riley fall in love while struggling with their personal issues and trying to help keep the school afloat. Riley in particular has suffered staggering losses that will have readers cheering for him as he tries to rebuild his life. Some may find Annie’s way of coping somewhat less endearing, but she eventually finds redemption, happiness, and stability.
Readers of tender, American-set Christian romance will like this story, although they may find the villain somewhat one-dimensional, and Riley’s acceptance of Annie’s secret a little too pat. There is a cast of appealing secondary characters, including the charming blind students and their teacher. Violence is alluded to, but is kept offstage. A pleasant read, with enough suspense to keep the pages turning.