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The Tangled Trail
by Shirley D. Meier
Publisher: Outskirts Press
Werner Baumann, a widower, looks for his rebellious run-away son, Otto. The trail leads him from Germany to St. Louis, Missouri and then to Dakota Territory. Along the way, he is helped by a newspaper man and is captivated by his niece, the spirited Elizabeth Frank. But their paths separate as Werner’s adventurous search takes him into the far wilderness and lonely Elizabeth, hearing he perished, marries and they join her ambitious father starting a cattle ranch. However, Werner unexpectedly returns and their secret entangled love engulfs them all in a struggle between loyalty and passion. With a rich backdrop of the area’s historical events, their hardy pioneer life mixes with the issues of infidelity, guilt and family responsibility until a surprising resolution emerges.
* courtesy of Amazon.com
Featured Review: “This book covers a much-neglected era of our Western history…,”
This book covers a much-neglected era of our Western history…..the settling of the Dakotas by early German immigrants. We follow their stories from ‘the old country’ through their introduction to life in the new world, and the family tribulations they endured. The author, Shirley D. Meier, is herself part of of one of those families, and writes tellingly of their experiences. While much of our literature has dealt with Eastern and urban immigration, this book brings to life another facet of the development of our country, and the strengths which were brought to it by these early families. This is a fascinating read for anyone interested in our early history, and particularly of the high plains of the Dakotas.
– reviewed on Amazon
I love family drama and the early family situation of this book pulled me in. The compelling story of why the son Otto, left for America is shocking and begs the reader to ponder what will happen next as his a-bit-too-perfect father Werner, searches for him. This book is fitting for anyone who likes historical fiction, has Euro roots, and understands the vibe and complexity of the early west.
– reviewed on Amazon by TMC
I found the The Tangled Trail an interesting saga of one man’s search for his son in a new country. He travels across the ocean, across the land of America all the while meeting people who have heard of his son or who have met him. I thought the characters were real and interesting and the historical events accurate. I hope there is a sequel to this book.
– reviewed on Amazon by Shetland Pony
I thoroughly enjoyed “The Tangled Web” and would highly recommend it. It kept your interest through the entire story with its twists and turns of an immigrant journey from Germany across to the mid-western United States when a father attempts to find his estranged son. The author’s knowledge of mid-western life and history is to be commended.
– reviewed on Amazon by James H. Allison