I have a new favorite author! The Secret Refuge series is a keeper since I will definitely read it over and over. It is wonderful. The storyline, timing, historical detail telling of the Civil War and the way Lauraine Snelling describes her plots and characters makes you feel like you are really involved in their lives. I caught myself praying for them in some desperate situations as well as I found myself celebrating their victories and happinesses! Excellent series -- there should have been at least 6 books in it!
I was a bit disappointed at first with this book. Normally I LOVE Lauraine's books, but in my opinion, this one had a slow start. Especially compared to her other books. But I have just finished this one, and now I have to have the next one. A good amount of Civil War history. I think I'm spoiled to her North Dakota books! lol
Patty G. (plg) reviewed Daughter of Twin Oaks (Secret Refuge, 1) on
I love Lauraine Snellings books. The characters are rich with personal insight and her descriptions of the settings make you feel like you are really there. Daughter of Twin Oaks was especially enjoyable.
Set in the time of the Civil War, the author writes such descriptions and dialog you could almost be right there. After the death of her parents, Jesselynn takes on the responsibility for her family. She sends her 2 younger sisters to live with an aunt in Richmond, while she tries to save the thoroughbred horses by taking them to her uncle.
Traveling with her baby brother and a few of the freed slaves, she disguises herself as a teenage boy and heads out from Kentucky to Missouri. It's not easy hiding from both the Confederate and Union armies who would take the horses, and also a former overseer who has threatened them all.
There is a second storyline with her sister Louisa who works in the hospital in Richmond tending the Confederate wounded.
This is the first in the series, and I'll have to read the next to see how they manage to keep safe and reach a place of freedom for all of them.
This book is Christian fiction and does refer to scripture and praying quite often, but is not preachy.