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Laurie Moore-Moore

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Gone To Dallas author Laurie Moore-Moore.

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Gone to Dallas

The Storekeeper

Sara’s husband was a disappointment in life, but she had to admit
he was a handsome corpse

It 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.

Sara arrives in Dallas a nineteen-year-old widow—armed with plenty of pluck—determined to open a general store in the tiny settlement of log cabins on the Trinity River. But Dallas is an untamed world of cattle chasers, buffalo hunters, freighters, lawyers, and a bordello madame set on taking over the town. Can Sara overcome her own uncertainty, vandalism, threats, and being gun shot?

In this tale of migration, betrayal, dreams, and determination, Sara strives to create her general store while living Dallas’ true history—from the beginnings of Le Reunion (the European colony across the Trinity) to a frozen river, 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 former Texas Ranger and Dallas’ most important citizen—another woman—is Sara strong enough to meet the challenge? Failure means being destitute in Dallas.

It’s Portis’ True Grit meets Harrigan’s One Great Thing, A History of Texas.
Book One, The Texas Brave and Strong Series by Laurie Moore-Moore.


Watch for the sequel of GONE TO DALLAS, coming in 2023

Working Title: The Queen of Cotton’s Texas Camel Caravan

My hope was having Book Two of the Texas Brave and Strong Series ready in 2022, but life intervened. With a major move from Dallas to our mountain-top in Oklahoma and all that involved, the building of a “barndominium” (which includes a writing office for me- Yay!) a trip to British Columbia to prepare our condo there for sale, a visit from COVID and lovely visits from friends and family, my schedule has fallen behind. My goal is to focus after the New Year and finish the sequel- no more excuses! The working title above will give you a hint about the new book. Another story that’s great fun to write. I’m hoping you’ll enjoy reading it! Stay tuned. 

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