Al and JoAnna Lacy’s historical novel, Web of Destiny, opens with a bloody flashback of a battle raging at the Alamo. Bodies of both Texan and Mexican soldiers lay across the walls as the fight for control continues to bring death. Set in Texas, 1836, right at the beginning of the Mexican-American war, this sequel to A Line in the Sand, finds Alan “Alamo” Kane grieving the death of his brother, Adam. Adam died at the battle of the Alamo, leaving behind three bothers, Alan, Alex and Abel, one sister, Angela, and his pregnant wife Julia. Together they live on and take care of the Diamond K Ranch that was left to them, as explained in the previous book. The story also follows General Sam Houston and his campaign against Mexican General Santa Anna, with whom he shares an epic rivalry. This novel covers a decade in the life of the Kanes as they try to survive war and grief, while keeping their family together.
This novel has a huge Christian influence throughout. Nearly all the characters are Christians and uphold strong Christian values. The family theme is strong and, even in their deep grief, the Kanes and most other characters turn to the Lord. In one scene, Alan is having a particularly bad nightmare about the death of his brother, and his sister Angela comes in to comfort him with Psalms 147:3-5: “He heals the broken heart, and binds up their wounds. He tells the number of the stars; He calls them all by their names. Great is our Lord, and of great power: his understanding is infinite.” That verse drapes the entire novel, offering solace to the grieving people within. This story also has well researched war scenes and battles that are very descriptive. A few times I could feel myself tensing up with the threat of oncoming war along with the Kanes.
The book does have some weaknesses, however. The dialogue is often stilted, repetitive and unrealistic. There are pages of dialogue that didn't seem to have any direct bearing on the story at all, and scenes that make you wonder why they are even there. Most of this story is based on Alan Kane and his love for his dead brother’s wife. This is handled, in my opinion, somewhat awkwardly. Alan changes from sobbing with grief one moment to sighing dreamily over the lovely Julia the next. The characters were not well rounded, and the names were very confusing (Alan, Adam, Alex, Abel).
However, if you are looking for a clean, family based piece of writing, this book will not let you down. -- Stephanie Thomas, www.ChristianBookPreviews.com
The Kane Legacy: faith, love, courage, and strength. In nineteenth-century Texas, they’re going to need it.
Alan Kane lost a beloved brother at the Alamo and grieves terribly. His one consolation is that he will be reunited with Adam someday in heaven. Meanwhile the United States seems to be caught in a web of destiny to fight Mexico. When General Sam Houston prepares to face off against General Santa Anna, the three remaining Kane brothers volunteer once again, leaving their heavy-hearted wives on the Diamond K Ranch. Who will return this time when the guns are silent and the dust has settled?
Can Alan let go of his brother Adam and freely love the woman he left behind? Can the Kane men make a difference in the war that threatens to destroy all they’ve worked to build? And will peace ever be theirs amid the rages of war?
Spanning a decade in the lives of the Kane family, Web of Destiny follows a loving Christian family through victory, loss, guilt, tears, and valor. It will stir the heart of anyone who has ever loved, lost, or sacrificed for a cause.