Series: The Ballantyne Legacy, Book 2
Publication Date: Sept 2013
Book purchased from Amazon.com
The compelling Ballantyne family saga continues many years after the first book ended. Book two narrates the story of Ellie Ballantyne, daughter of Silas and Eden Ballantyne, and Jack Turlock, son of Silas’s ex-fiancée, Isabel O’Hara Turlock, and Henry Turlock. The tale is woven among the continuing chronicle of the Ballantyne family, which at this time consists of Andra, Peyton, Ansel, and Ellie, in addition to their parents, Silas and Eden.
The story grasps the reader’s interest right from the beginning with the opening lines:
“Elinor Louise Ballantyne is an agreeable young lady with a fortune upward of twenty thousand pounds . . .
Nearly wincing at the words, Ellie fisted the latest bulletin from the Matrimonial Society of Philadelphia, hiding the paper beneath the generous folds of her pelisse.”
The tale continues Elinor’s (better know to us as Ellie) story as she manages to get home through the “storm of the century” that wreaks havoc upon Pittsburgh and the Ballantyne estate, New Hope. She manages this feat with the assistance of Jack Turlock, whom she hasn’t seen in many years. However, it is relatively obvious that the family feud is alive and well between all members of the Turlock and Ballantyne clans.
In spite of their differences, Ellie begins to recognize something different in Jack than in the rest of the Turlock clan. As Ellie settles into her life at home, she decides to school some of the local young women in the arts of finishing school. She takes on Jack’s young sister, Chloe, who is in desperate need of a loving, firm hand to guide her. Ellie opens her heart to Chloe and a loving, much needed friendship is developed between the two. Chloe has set her heart on fixing up Jack and Ellie. She loves her brother and wants to find him a good woman. Her attempts at throwing Jack and Ellie together are a little obvious, but well meaning. Jack and Ellie’s love story unfolds as the their worlds change and evolve around them.
A wonderful read! Book two was every bit as good as book one. I thoroughly enjoy Laura Frantz. She has become one of my favorite authors. I have finished all but one of her novels. She is truly an inspiring lady. Thanks for the great work, Laura!