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End of the Trail

By Vickie McDonough


Brooks Morgan left home 11 years earlier and is just too stubborn to return. In 1896 he pulls into the town of Shoofly, Texas, and takes refuge from a storm where he befriends Will Langston in the local cafe. One evening a high stakes poker game ends with Brooks holding the deed to Will's ranch - under one condition - Brooks must promise to take care of Keri. Brooks agrees assuming Keri is Will's horse. Overcome by guilt Brooks returns with the intention of returning the deed to Raven Creek Ranch but finds Will dead from an apparent suicide. After graduating finishing school, Keri Langston can think of nothing better than returning to her home, pulling on a pair of overalls, and riding the range of Raven Creek Ranch. She arrives at Shoofly to discover that the ranch she expected to inherit was lost in a card game by her uncle and that he is now dead. Brooks heads off to the ranch and is ambushed by three men. With a noose around his neck, hands tied behind his back he offers the first prayer up to God that he hasn't spoken to in a very long time. A stunning shot breaks the rope and he is freed by a bullet delivered from the rifle of a lady on horseback. Keri can't believe that she just saved the man she really wants to kill - the scoundrel who stole her uncle's ranch. They exchange words. Brooks says he isn't leaving the ranch. Keri says he can't stay, the property was intended for her. Can they learn to work together to save the ranch or will they pull it apart out of selfish greed?'

Book Takeaway:

Even when things seem to be spiraling out of control, God is there, supporting you and working behind the scenes.


Year Title Description
2013 Oklahoma Writers Federation, Inc Best Fiction Novel

Why the author wrote this book:

I've wanted to write a story about a cocky hero for a while, and Brooks was the perfect fit. He's a guy who hides his real feelings behind his charming smile. Keri is just the woman to disarm him and break through to the real man beneath the joking facade.


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