by T. K. Lukas
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An epic saga of adventure and grit on the edge of the western frontier, Orphan Moon demonstrates the power of a courageous human spirit in the face of tragedy, loss, and the struggle to survive.
1860 - Palo Pinto, Texas. Under the spectacular glow of a Comanche moon, a family is slaughtered, their homestead torched. Nineteen-year-old Barleigh Flanders survives the terrifying midnight raid. Fiercely determined to rebuild, she seizes an opportunity meant for another. Desperate, near penniless, her foolhardy scheme could prove calamitous, yet it's her only hope.
Her grueling physical journey stretches from Texas to Missouri, and into the rugged Utah Territory. However, it's her emotional journey that takes her to places of uncharted darkness, discovery, and redemption when old family secrets are revealed. What she accepted as her past turns out to be an elaborate lie that reaches across generations, reshaping her memories of the Grandfather she despised, the father she adored, and the mother she never knew.
Along her journey, she encounters a mysterious stranger. In Hughes Levesque, Barleigh gains an unsought ally with dark secrets of his own. A Texas Ranger turned hired gun, Hughes makes it his personal mission to keep Barleigh safe. Doing so may cost him his life, his job, and his heart, none of which he's keen to lose.
Kindle Book Reviews and Book Awards Semi-Finalist - Literary Fiction - 2016
Readers' Favorite Bronze Medal Winner - Western Fiction - 2016
Writers' League of Texas Top Five Finalist - Historical Fiction - 2015
The Wishing Shelf Independent Book Award Finalist - Adult Fiction - 2015
"It's no surprise this book gained acclamation in several book awards. As I read along, this novel had me cheering, crying, and white-knuckling my Kindle. The book flows with themes of romance, dark family secrets, past family conflicts, hope and dreams, and the primal instinct of survival!"
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Length: 317 Pages (2,180 KB)Lending: EnabledAdded: Mar 27th, 2020