The second book in the Land of the Lone Star series, Touching the Sky tells the story of 2 very different sisters living in a post Civil war town of Corpus Christi, Texas. The Marquardt family is made up of strong Union supporters but much of their community does not share their conviction. Additionally, Captain Brandon Reid captures the heart of Laura Marquardt and is in command of the "colored Union troop" that resides in the town to keep the peace. Laura's sister, Carissa, is engaged to marry a former Confederate soldier who has somehow managed to say all the right things to gain her father's approval.
But Carissa's carefree attitude and absorption with wedding preparations has not blinded Laura to the danger that could be in her sister's future. Secretly meeting with former slaves to teach them to read, getting caught up in a dangerous plot, and then even being unsure of her own relationship with Brandon, Laura's life is far from the gentle and peaceful life she could have enjoyed.
The story was intriguing and I love the author's ability to bring you right into the Southern culture. I look forward to reading the next book in this series.
5 out of 5 stars.
I received a free copy of this book from Bethany House Publishers in exchange for a fair and honest review.