Dobyns Chronicles by Shirley McClain

I really liked this book.  This is a historical account of one family in the late 19th century and into the 20th century.  I rode the emotions of Charley as he lost crops, animals and especially family members.  I cried, laughed and cried again throughout the book.  If you want a book that is factual about ranching and the west, this is book for you.   

The author’s abbreviated exert tells it the best:

Dobyns Chronicles is a captivating celebration of the life of Charlie Dobyns. His life began in northeast Texas near Bonham, on the Red River. His Cherokee mother and cowboy father strove to survive on their river valley ranch. Tragedy ended this way of life for Charlie in 1888. Follow him through Chickasaw Territory and on to McAlester in eastern Oklahoma.

This is a story of a changing way of life and adaptations made to survive. Charlie's strong passion for life and dignity equipped him for survival as he raised his siblings with, likeability and dignity. It’s a story of loss, misfortune, hard times and heartbreak, but also love, determination, kindness, joy and spirituality.
Follow Charlie’s life through the adventures that shaped the man he became, and that of his family for generations.

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