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A Moonbow Night by Laura Frantz

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Publication Date:  January 3, 2017

Publisher: Baker Publishing Group

ARC Copy from Netgalley.com and Baker Publishing

 

 

Let me begin by saying that Laura Frantz is one of those amazing authors who can actually pull the reader right back in time. Maybe it’s because I hear her characters speaking or maybe it’s because the setting places me right in the middle of the story.

I loved reading this frontier drama-romance. I especially enjoyed the historical detail that is vital to a novel of this genre. The inclusion of historical characters that are an integral part of this area’s past adds to the intriguing tale.

Temperance Grace Tucker and Sion Morgan are spirited characters that come to life in the pages of this story set in the territory of Kentucke in April of 1777, a volatile and violent time in our nation’s history. Traveling through minimally charted territory during a time when the colonists fought for their freedom in the East and brutal Indian attacks occurred on a regular basis in the West, Sion does the unexpected and hires Tempe, an outstanding marksman familiar with the land, to guide his surveying crew through the remote wilderness.

Tempe and Sion’s travels through the wilds of Kentucke are filled with action, adventure, heart break, a bit of romance, and faith. This story touched my heart with its very real characters and its sense of the time period. A wonderful story for lovers of historical fiction, inspirational fiction, romance, and adventure!

This ARC copy was received from Baker Publishing and Netgalley.com in exchange for an honest review. The above thoughts and opinions are wholly my own.

 

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The Mistress of Tall Acre by Laura Frantz

Frantz, Laura The Mistress of Tall Acre

Publication Date: September 2015

Publisher: Baker Publishing Group

ARC Copy from Netgalley.com and Baker Publishing

 

 

 

Once again Laura Frantz does an amazing job at telling a compelling story. The Mistress of Tall Acre begins on 8 August 1778 when a baby girl is born to Anne and Seamus Ogilvy of the Tall Acres estate in Virginia. Delivered with the help of the neighbor, Mistress Menzies and her daughter, Sophie, baby Lily Cate will bind three of these four people in an intricate relationship over the next few years.

The core of the storyline begins in the fall of 1783 after the Revolutionary War has ended. General Seamus Ogilvy has returned home to raise his young daughter by himself after the death of his wife while he was away fighting. The young girl struggles to accept the changes in her life and by chance, she meets Sophie Menzies, a quiet, dignified young woman, in the woods one afternoon. Thus begins a bond between Sophie and Lily Cate, which will eventually draw the General into their circle.

The book encompasses the struggles that went on after the Revolutionary War for many families and their members that had questionable ties to Britain. The historical detail covers the fragile politics of the new government, the British laws that remained as a part of the new government, and everyday life after the war. Along with the historical detail, some suspense comes in to play with the discovery of a diary, the strange sightings of a bearded man, and a mysterious disappearance and reappearance.

The characters have personalities and qualities that really appeal to this reader. Sophie is a genuinely nice, decent person; Seamus is a man of integrity and deep strength; Lily Cate is a totally vivacious six-year-old; and Anne Ogilvy plays her part convincingly. Great characters! I very much enjoyed this book. Ms. Frantz writes with such depth of emotion and real characters that the reader cannot help but be drawn into the story. Terrific read!

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Love’s Fortune by Laura Frantz

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Series: The Ballantyne Legacy, Book Three

Publication Date: Sept 2014

Revell Books

ARC copy compliments of Laura Frantz and Revell

 

The Ballantyne family once again draws the reader into their inner family circle in Pennsylvania. The journey through the novel begins in Cane Run, Kentucky in August of 1850 with the introduction of Rowena “Wren” Ballantyne, only daughter of Ansel Ballantyne. Wren, a lovely young woman in her mid-twenties, has spent her life running free in the hills of primitive Kentucky involved in a life of music and simplicity. Now, totally unschooled in the ways of high society, she is forced to join its ranks in Pittsburg.

The engaging family story unfolds as Wren struggles to “come out” in society without the support of her much-loved father, who has left Pennsylvania on family business. We meet the entire Ballantyne family in this novel, all living around the area and involved in family life. The family dynamics pull the reader deep into the plot as Cousin Bennett tries to manipulate Wren to his advantage.

James Sackett, an exemplary steamship pilot for the Ballantyne line and close family friend, makes Wren’s acquaintance early in the book. James and Wren begin a complicated dance of emotions as he squires her about to social functions at the same time his good friend, Malachi Cameron, tries to court her.

The historical details of the story encompass a variety of interesting issues. First, the story encompasses the struggles with slavery and the abolitionist movement as early as the 1850’s. Secondly, the historical aspect of society and arranged marriage are covered through detailing of tragic circumstance. Another fascinating historical element exposed is the changing landscape of the transportation industry at that time. The historical components blend and tie the storyline together very well.

The story weaves romance and history throughout its pages. The characters exhibit genuine emotions, the occasional character flaw, and moral strength all the way through the novel. Read this book to find out whether James, Malachi, and Wren can resolve their conflicts and find a resolution to their lives!

Wonderful job, Laura Frantz! An amazing author and truly inspiring person!

*****

This ARC copy was received from Laura Frantz and Revell in exchange for an honest review. The above thoughts and opinions are wholly my own.

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