Gone To Dallas by Laurie Moore-Moore


GONE TO DALLAS:
THE STOREKEEPER
1856 – 1861

by
LAURIE MOORE – MOORE
Genre: Historical Fiction / Texas Pioneers / Civil War
Publisher: Goat Mountain Press
Date of Publication: October 4, 2021
Number of Pages: 348 pages 
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Sara’s husband was a disappointment in life, but she had to admit he was a handsome corpse.
Climb aboard an 1856 Dallas-bound wagon train and join a plucky female protagonist for the journey of a lifetime in Laurie Moore-Moore’s richly entertaining new book, Gone to Dallas, The Storekeeper 1856-1861. Far from your average historical novel or western, Gone to Dallas is a compelling tale of migration, betrayal, death and dreams—peppered with real people, places, and events. With a cast of interesting characters and more bumps and hazards than a wagon trail, Gone to Dallas tells the unforgettable story of a formidable frontier woman in the context of true Texas history.
It had seemed so romantic when Morgan Darnell courted Sara in Tennessee, finally convincing her they should marry and join an 1856 “Gone to Texas” wagon train traveling along the “Trail of Tears,” through Indian territory, and across the Red River into Texas.
In a twist of fate, Sara arrives in Dallas a 19-year-old widow, armed with plenty of pluck, and determined to open a general store in the tiny settlement of log cabins on the Trinity River. Standing in her way as a young woman alone are a host of challenges. Can Sara (with the help of her friends) pull herself up by the bootstraps and overcome uncertainty, vandalism, threats, and even being shot?
Follow Sara as she strives to create her store while living Dallas’ true history — from the beginnings of La Réunion (the European colony across the Trinity) to a mud and muck circus, a grand ball and the mighty fire that burns Dallas to the ground. Dallas is a challenging place, especially with the Civil War looming.
Even with the friendship of a retired Texas Ranger and Dallas’ most important citizen — another woman — is Sara strong enough to meet the challenge? The risks are high. Failure means being destitute in Dallas!
In Gone to Dallas, The Storekeeper 1856-1861, author Laurie Moore-Moore spins a page-turner of a tale salted with historically accurate Texas events and populated with real characters. It’s Portis’ True Grit meets Texas history.
READER PRAISE FOR GONE TO DALLAS:
“Creative and captivating…five stars!”
“An unforgettable journey…superb writing.”
“I was hooked at the very first sentence.”
“Lovely work of historical fiction…can’t wait for the sequel.”
“Brilliant!”

Review

I am a huge Western fan.  I grew up watching them and as I aged began to love reading them.  I also love history and had planned on teaching it.  The point of all this personal information is to say that when the opportunity to read Gone to Dallas, The Storekeeper 1856-1861 was offered to me, I jumped at the chance!  What a smart move on my part!  Moore-Moore has written a real page-turner with her great western novel about a young, just married woman who leaves her family behind and joins a wagon team headed for Dallas, Texas to start a life as a Mercantile store owner.  

The novel covers the trip to Dallas with all the adventure it brings, getting the store up and running as well as adapting to life in Texas.  Sara, the main character, leaves Tennessee filled with dreams of life in Texas with her handsome husband, working together in their store and raising precious children.  On the journey, she must reconcile her dreams with the sometimes harsh reality of life.  For Sara, facing her fears comes down to the question of does she want to return home having failed in every aspect of her life, or does she want to keep moving forward seeing what she can accomplish.  Moore-Moore has created a terrific protagonist that one can not help but root for, be impressed with, and want to support.  These were not easy times, especially not for women.

Written historically correct for the period and setting, the book highlights the beginning of one of the major cities in Texas.  I loved the information in the story about the La Reunion commune that began in Dallas in the mid-nineteenth century, the role of Sarah Cockrell in the growth of Dallas, and the Buffalo Soldiers.  This is the perfect blend of history and fiction! 

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From the author: “My husband, Roger, and I have been blessed with many adventures in life—from trekking across India’s Thar desert on a camel (and sleeping in the sand on our camel blankets) to repeating marriage vows in a remote Maasi village in Kenya (my dowery was one cow and one goat). My favorite adventure? As a fifth generation Texan, it is discovering more and more Texas history and writing about it!
We live in Dallas, Texas but sneak away when possible, to a mountain-top cabin overlooking a lake in former Indian Territory (the Oklahoma Ozark Mountains) The cabin is unique—there is a nine foot chainsaw bear in our entry hall. The house was built around it. Never thought I’d own a piece of chainsaw art, much less a nine-foot bear. Life is full of surprises. . . just like a good historical novel.”
Laurie Moore-Moore is a retired entrepreneur who has built and sold multiple businesses and served on the Board of Directors of an international corporation.
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One thought on “Gone To Dallas by Laurie Moore-Moore

  1. Hi, Julia,
    Thanks so much for a lovely review of Gone to Dallas, The Storekeeper 1856-1861. So pleased that you liked the main character–Sara Darnell–and rooted for her through all her challenges and successes! As you know, Gone to Dallas is not a typical shoot’em up Western. Instead it is a look at the day-to-day life of early Texas settlers and the struggles they dealt with settling the West. Seems to me that when we learn about the challenges our ancestors faced and how strong and resourceful they had to be, it helps us understand that we can dig deep within ourselves to find and use those same characteristics to deal with our challenges. Thanks again for a super review.
    Laurie Moore-Moore

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