Title: A Place to Call Their Own
Publisher: JMS Books
Author: Dean Pace-Frech
Frank Greerson and Gregory Young have been discharged from the Army and are headed to their childhood homes. They both defied their parents in 1861 when they joined the Army. After battling southern rebels and preserving the Union of the United States of America, the two men set out to battle the Kansas Prairie and build a life together. Once they find their claim, they encounter common obstacles to life on the Kansas Prairie in 1866: Native Americans, tornadoes, wild animals, and weather.
When a prairie fire destroys their crops and takes their neighbor’s lives, Frank and Gregory are instructed to find their young son’s aunt. Faced with leaving a destroyed claim, the railroad coming through their land, and dwindling funds, Frank and Gregory must decide whether to leave the place they have worked hard to make their own or fulfill their friends’ dying wishes.
A Place to Call Their Own is a historical western set after the Civil War. The main characters are two young men who served together fighting on the side of the Union. During that time, the young men see a lot of tragedy, but along the way they fall in love and want a place where they can be themselves.
This story pulls you into the world of Frank and Gregory right from the beginning. The men live in a dangerous time, but do not plan to let that keep them apart. During their time fighting against the south they came up with a plan that they set in motion as soon as they are discharged. I could not believe how brave these two were. First coming together during a time of conflict when being discovered could have gotten them killed, then going home to tell their families their plans – knowing that they could easily be outing themselves in the process. Then you take into account all the things they go through on their way to Kansas and later after they arrived, and I could not help hoping that the author would be giving them the HEA they were searching for. Granted these men are just fictional characters, but the author did such a good job bringing them to life that I could not help wondering how often this really happened and how those real men made out.
By no means do these two men have an easy time of it. They face many hardships on the trail as well as after they stake their claim. There were some moments when I thought the men were a little naïve, yet at the same time could understand why they did the things they did. I was also surprised by the understanding they received from their neighbors as it was not something I was expecting.
The story does not end the way I was hoping, and I am not sure if that’s a good thing or bad. I do hope the author plans on bringing Frank and Gregory back because there are many unanswered questions. While this is the first book by this author I have read, it will not be my last.
Reviewed by: Lydia