Saturday, December 18, 2021

Gone To Dallas: The Storekeeper 1856-1861 by Laurie Moore-Moore


Gone To Dallas: The Storekeeper 1856-1861 by Laurie Moore-Moore from Goat Mountain Press. It seemed so romantic when Morgan Darnell courted Sara in Tennessee, finally convincing her they should marry and join an 1856 “Gone to Texas” wagon train traveling along the “Trail of Tears,” through Indian territory, and across the Red River into Texas.

Sara arrives in Dallas a nineteen-year-old widow armed with plenty of pluck determined to open a general store in the tiny settlement of log cabins on the Trinity River. But Dallas is an untamed world of cattle chasers, buffalo hunters, freighters, lawyers, and a bordello madame set on taking over the town. Can Sara overcome her own uncertainty, vandalism, threats, and being gun shot?


In this tale of migration, betrayal, dreams, and determination, Sara strives to create her general store while living Dallas’ true history from the beginnings of Le Reunion (the European colony across the Trinity) to a frozen river, a grand ball, and the mighty fire that burns Dallas to the ground. Dallas is a challenging place, especially with the Civil War looming.  Even with the friendship of a former Texas Ranger and Dallas’ most important citizen another woman is Sara strong enough to meet the challenge? Failure means being destitute in Dallas.

My Opinion: Reading love stories set back when things were simpler or imagining what it looked like was the reason I read books.  Her resourcefulness and determination served her well as she worked to establish a general store despite the many challenges. Some of those challenges were her own doubts about whether she could do this without Morgan, and her train of thought as she talked herself out of giving up was very realistic.


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