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Daughter of Twin Oaks (A Secret Refuge Series #1) [PDF] ❤ Daughter of Twin Oaks (A Secret Refuge Series #1) ⚣ Lauraine Snelling – Buyprobolan50.co.uk Seeking to fulfill the promise she made to her dying father eighteen year old Jesselynn Highwood determines to take her little brother and the family's Thoroughbreds from Twin Oaks plantation in Kentu Seeking to fulfill the promise she made to her dying father eighteen year old Jesselynn Highwood determines to take her little brother and the family's Thoroughbreds from Twin Oaks plantation in Kentucky to her uncle's farm in Missouri to protect them from the ravages of the War between the StatesThey Daughter of Kindle - embark on a perilous journey riding at night hiding during the day dodging both Confederate and Union troops along the way After narrowly escaping discovery they finally arrive in Missouri only to find that the situation there puts them in greater danger.

  • Paperback
  • 288 pages
  • Daughter of Twin Oaks (A Secret Refuge Series #1)
  • Lauraine Snelling
  • English
  • 10 November 2016
  • 9781556618390

About the Author: Lauraine Snelling

Award winning and bestselling author Lauraine Snelling has over books published with sales of over million Her original dream was to write horse books for children Today she writes adult novels about real issues centered on forgiveness loss domestic violence and cancer in her inspirational contemporary women’s fiction Daughter of Kindle - titles and historical series including the favorite Blessing books.

10 thoughts on “Daughter of Twin Oaks (A Secret Refuge Series #1)

  1. Susan Lower Susan Lower says:

    This book had good characterization It felt real and I loved following the main character Jesselynn on her adventure from her home in Kentucky to Missouri during the civil war Just when I felt the book was picking up pace and getting really interesting I found myself on the last page Since I was using my kindle app to read this I thought maybe my app messed up and it was stuck but no the book ends and leaves you hanging I was like What?? No ending I don't like being forced to have to read the next book I want to come to an end and then decide if I go on to the next book in the series The next book in the series is called Confederate Sisters if the book doesn't being with Jesselynn in the first chapter I'll probably won't finish reading it as I don't want to start out with one of the sisters as the main character when I haven't finished finding out about Jesselynn and her journey isn't over We'll see the second book awaits

  2. Lisa C. Lisa C. says:

    Until the end I found this to be a captivating story The characters were realistic it had great Civil War depictions and the heroine was a decent person and could stand on her own two feet Some of the parts I found a little unbelievable or predictable but nothing crazyThen I got to the end Oh wait There was no ending The book stopped Two things that drive me to not read an author again are ridiculous grammarspelling issues and forcing a reader to get another book to finish a story I enjoy series books but don't want to have to purchase another book to know how the story ends Individual books should be stand alone or at least it should be clearly indicated you have to buy subseuent books in the series to see how things endI typically enjoy Ms Snelling's books and writing style but this one didn't do it for me

  3. Linda Linda says:

    The genre of this book is historical fiction and it is a well written Civil War dram that actually describes the lives of several daughters of the Twin Oaks Plantation Twin Oaks is well known for their excellent horses BEFORE the war and before the Armies conscripted horses for their uses Daughter Jesselynn is left in charge of the few uality horses left and charged with the task of moving them to Springfield MO TO HER uncle Hiram's Plantation for help in saving the bloodline Figuring out the logistics of how a young woman in the mid nineteenth century could safely travel with a number of blacks AND several high uality horses has Jesselynn flummoxed until she decides to pose as a young man She does not have a very curvy figure so she believes that if she cuts and dies her hair that will will be a sufficient disguise She also shortens he name to Jesse Another huge liability Jesse has in taking this trip is her two year old brother Thaddy but she will not consider leaving him behind for enemies to get ahold of The trip to MO is perilous yet rewarding Jesse ends up with the added responsibility of mouths to feed along the way but she and her people manage nicely Unfortunately they find that her Uncle Hiram is deceased when they reach Springfield and that the farm had been burned down NOW WHAT WILL JESSE DO? First she found her Aunt then unfortunately someone from the past found her and almost ruined all of her plans for her future lifeAs Jesse's story is told the story of her sisters Louisa and Carrie Mae is interwoven Instead of been titled daughter of Twin Oaks a appropriate title would have been DAUGHTERS OF TWIN OAKS as all of the girls are covered in the story plus a Confederate soldier sonWhile I did like most of this book I thought that it ended rather abruptly Now that I am starting the next book in the series I see that it takes off at exactly the point that book one left off I just felt that Ms Snelling went through so much detail everywhere else in the book that the ending was as if she had written a long novel and simply cut it into sectionI anticipate enjoying parts 2 3 of the series as much as I enjoyed book 1

  4. Marlana Sanders Marlana Sanders says:

    GoodGood book Obviously trying to set up for next in the series Disappointing that there were no conclusions to any of the story lines If there had been a better conclusion would have rated it better You enjoy each of the characters so you want to keep reading

  5. Frances Chrisman Frances Chrisman says:

    An interesting bookI really enjoyed the book The tragedies of the Civil War is difficult to visualize but it is part of our country's history This story showed you how some of the most prosperous people had to adapt

  6. Jennah Jennah says:

    I REALLY wanted to love this book but it was so boring and very hard to read when the characters spoke southern I love reading books that focus on the civil war but I was just not into this story at all It was a type of story that I knew what would happen next and being right

  7. Cheri Cheri says:

    The way this book ended it could have ended at any given chapter It's as if the author decided to just stop writing This is author manipulation at its best

  8. Mary Ellen Mary Ellen says:

    Enjoyed the book on the whole The disappointment came at the end There was no end Nothing is resolved in the first book It just stops and leaves you hanging

  9. ρυηүα [Punya Reviews...] ρυηүα [Punya Reviews...] says:

    This book is aptly named Daughter of Twin Oaks as it goes to narrate the arduous journey of Jesselyn the oldest Highwood daughter from her home Twin Oaks to Missouri in search of a safer ground in the Civil war torn America The Highwoods plantation was thriving before war Joshua Highwood never had to worry over feeding his big family or his slaves whom he dreamed of freeing as soon as the opportunity arrivedBut the wretched war changed everything for them Joshua went to war his wife Miriam died giving birth to their last child Thaddeus or Thaddy His oldest son Adam also died in war the next Zachary gone missing Joshua came home 2 yrs later to die of his wounds Jesselyn next to Zach was only 18 at that time She had to grow up so fast that it might've spun my own head She had to take the responsibly of not only a plantation full of slaves but also of 2 yrs old Thaddy and her sisters Louisa and Carrie Mae She sends Louisa and Carrie Mae to Richmond to live with their maternal aunt for safety purposes She then takes measures to free her slaves Afterwards Jesselyn plans on journeying because she'd promised her father one thing before his passing; to take their prized thoroughbreds to her uncle Hiram's to hide away from the soldiers After all Highwoods have always been known for their stud farm and splendid horses They needed to hold onto some hope; that once Zach returned and the war ended they can start over rebuildingWhat Jesselyn who masuerades as a boy to save herself from danger in this tumultuous time in her inexperience didn't even begin to comprehend how difficult it would be for her to cross one side of America to the other With only 4 freed slaves whom she considered family than anything else to take care of her and Thaddy Jesselyn headed out and on the way she saw and experienced so much negativity that it changed her forever The deaths misery and sufferings of war everywhere even shook her faith in God On the way she takes on people in her little band of misfits not knowing how can she feed so many mouths Yet her only beacon of hope was uncle Hiram's farm where she planned to stay put for Winter then return to Twin Oaks in SpringSimultaneously Louisa and Carrie Mae's stories are also told Even though the girly girl Carrie Mae has already found herself a suitor and is getting married soon Louisa wants to be helpful She has the need and drive to become a healer And though she lacked the experience in becoming a doctor or a trained nurse Louisa finds a way to contribute She's now working as a volunteer in the nearest hospital fabricating her marital status since unmarried women are totally discouraged from even going there let alone help But no matter both sisters are very worried over Twin Oaks and their siblings they miss so much Letters don't arrive that easily so they learn uite late about Jesselyn's journeyEven in the midst of war loves comes to Louisa but she doesn't get her happy ending I was so hoping for her and Gilbert to be together that it broke my heart into pieces I really wish the the news she got from Zachary who turned out to be alive by some miracle isn't true Jesselyn also finds someone along the way Barbanas was a soldier she saved from near death Even though Jesselyn was still masuerading as a boy he knew she wasn't The attraction was instant Unfortunately he had to leave her when a missive arrives from home There is that unspoken promise but will they ever make it through? It seems that both Highwood sisters are fated to be heartbroken though thankfully Carrie Mae gets to marry her sweetheart JonathanThere is no conventional hero or heroine in this story because Daughter of Twin Oaks is as much Jesselyn's story as Louisa and Carrie Mae's Even Zachary's Meshach's and Ophelia's While reading I couldn't help notice that most of the male protagonists all the love interests of the sisters' and Zachary himself of this story aren't whole and hearty Much like the country itself they are ravaged by war missing one limb or the other I wish I could say there was light at the end of the tunnel for Jesselyn or Louisa While Louisa devotes herself in the healing process of Zachary and a few other soldiers she was responsible for Jesselyn learns some very heartbreaking news when after 2 months of grueling journey they finally arrive in Missouri For one Uncle Hiram's farm no longer existed he being one of the earliest casualties Then to top it off there's bad news about Twin Oaks I was simply heartbroken yet once again at the despair vibrating off of Jesselyn It was just inexplicable As Jesselyn would think over and over again would this war ever end? Would they make it through? Most importantly would the siblings ever get to see each other again?But our Jesse isn't the type to give up so she plans to forge on come what may She'll find a way think of something When the good news of Zachary reaches her her hopes are revived once again Maybe all is not lost for Twin Oaks as their horses are now in a safer place too She only hoped she can hold on until Spring Until all of them can return to Twin OaksFor me the best scenes among all the misery were the scenes with Thaddy I loved LOVED him he was such a cute little thing Daughter of Twin Oaks book 1 in A Secret Refuge series was my very first book by Lauraine Snelling and it won't be my last It was told in third person POVs from both Louisa and Jesselyn's; done very well too I must admit it's a winner because I've already come to love this saga of the Highwood family so far The saga continues in book 2 Sisters of the Confederacy which I can't wait to dig in I need to know where the siblings are headed to This story is also what you'd call a clean cut Christian themed romance so don't expect any steamy moments I'm crossing out 05 because of the typos probably from the scan that was done to prepare the ebook edition I maybe wrong but I wasn't expecting those This is my only complaint so 4 stars and recommendedJust fyi that this book is currently a kindle freebie

  10. Karen & Gerard Karen & Gerard says:

    Daughter of Twin Oaks by Lauraine Snelling is the first book in her Secret Refuge Series that I enjoyed It is at the time of the Civil War and Jesselynn is the daughter left to run the family's tobacco plantation called Twin Oaks Her brother is off at war her parents are both dead and her two sisters are living with an Aunt in Virginia Twin Oakes is in Kentucky and she is trying to keep her few horses from being taken for use in the war After giving all her slaves their freedom they decide to stay and keep working at Twin Oaks anyhow She proceeds to take the horses to her Uncle's farm in Missouri until the war is over thinking they will be safe there She takes a few of her former slaves along a wagon a mule and her little brother Thaddeus Dressing like man she and her group start their trek trying to keep from soldiers seeing them along the way The other story line was about Jesselynn's sister in Virginia who volunteered at the wounded soldiers hospital The faith of the daughters is challenged by all the bad things that happenThis book is full of action and adventure I was beginning to wonder if they ever would make it It is a uick read and left me wanting Interesting characters and it made me aware of the obstacles families in the south had to deal with during the Civil War I look forward to reading the next book in this seriesKaren's review

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