Long Trail Home by Vickie McDonough
When Riley Morgan returns home after fighting in the War Between the States, he is excited to see his parents and fiancee again. But he soon learns that his parents are dead and the woman he loved is married. He takes a job at the Wilcox School for the blind just to get by. He keeps his heart closed off but a pretty blind woman, Annie, threatens to steal it. When a greedy man tries to close the school, Riley and Annie band together to fight him and fall in love. But when Riley learns the truth about Annie, he packs and prepares to leave the school that has become his home and the woman who has thawed his heart. Will he change his mind and find the love he craves’ Or will stubbornness deprive him from the woman he needs. Through painful circumstances, Riley and Annie learn that the loving and sovereign hand of God cannot be thwarted.
I have not read the first two books in this series but they weren’t necessary to enjoying this one. At least one of the other books was referenced and makes me want to look up the other two ;).
Riley is faced with a number of challenges as soon as he makes it home – the death of his parents, the destruction of his home and the marriage of his fiancé.
Annie hasn’t had an easy life – from the loss of her mother at a very young age to her father forcing her into a life of crime and eventually abandoning her.
They meet at a school for the blind where Annie has lived for a number of years and where Riley finds work after his life falls apart. When the benefactor for the school dies, the new owner threatens to close the school forcing them to try to find alternative funding or another location for the school.
I loved the characters – Annie, Riley, the rest of the children and staff at the school, the townspeople, the preacher traveling through who helps Riley and Annie both see the truth. All of them have to overcome difficulties to find the path God has for them and the happiness in store.
I look forward to reading the other books in this series, including another one by Ms. McDonough.
Overall rating: 8.5 out of 10 stars