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Reviewed by Chris Fischer for Readers' Favorite
A richly drawn Western with beautiful descriptions of stark landscapes and situations is how I would describe Texas Yankee: Homecoming by Jerry P. Orange. Our story begins after the conclusion of the Civil War when Joshua Granger, a Yankee cavalryman, returns to Texas, ready to marry beautiful Sarah Lynn Smith. Despite the fact that Sarah’s brother, a soldier for the Confederacy, tried to kill him, Joshua is certain of his decision, and he and Sarah refuse to let anything get in the way of their love and their plans. When Joshua finally makes it home to Georgetown, he doesn’t quite find the homecoming he was hoping for, and in fact realizes that he is unwelcome in his own hometown.
Texas Yankee: Homecoming was a great little Western. The view of the strife of early settlement after the war, from homesteading to skirmishes with Native Americans, was vividly drawn. I enjoyed the character development of Sarah and Joshua, and also enjoyed their sweet love story, even though I am certainly not a fan of romance novels. There was enough action to keep the story moving, enough history to make me feel like I learned something, and enough excitement to keep my attention. All in all, I am happy to recommend Jerry P. Orange’s book without question. His work will appeal to any lover of a classic Western story, anyone interested in the Civil War time period, and any lover of a great read in general. I understand that Mr. Orange has already written his second book in this series and I, for one, am very much looking forward to reading it.