The Adelsverein settlers came to the far Texas frontier. They brought their hopes and their children … and a will to survive!
Adelsverein: The Gathering is Volume 1 of the Adelsverein Trilogy, a saga of family and community loyalties, and the challenge of building a new life on the hostile frontier. They have come from Germany to Texas in 1847, under the auspices of the “Mainzer Adelsverein” - the society of noblemen of Mainz, who seek to fill a settlement in Texas with German farmers and craftsmen.
Among them is a family who will survive and endure, making their mark in Texas, their new land. Christian “Vati” Steinmetz, the clockmaker of Ulm in Bavaria, has brought his many sons and daughters: Magda - passionate and courageous, courted by Carl Becker, a young frontiersman with a dangerous past. Her sister Liesel wants nothing more than to be a good wife to her husband Hansi, a stolid and practical farmer called by circumstances to be something greater. Their brothers Friedrich and Johann, who have always been close—in the Civil War, one will wear Union blue, the other Confederate grey homespun … but never forget that they are brothers.
Adelsverein: the Gathering—It’s about love and loss, joy and grief… and the sometimes wrenching process of becoming American.