An Uncommon Woman by Laura Frantz


Unflinching and plainspoken, Tessa Swan is not your typical 18th-century woman. Born and bred on the western Virginia frontier along with her five brothers, she is a force to be reckoned with.

Quiet and courageous, Clay Tygart is not your typical 18th-century man. Raised by Lenape Indians, he returns a hero from the French and Indian War to the fort that bears his name, bringing with him Tessa’s long-lost friend, Keturah, a redeemed Indian captive like himself.

Determined to avoid any romantic entanglements as fort commander, Clay remains aloof whenever he encounters the lovely Tessa. But when she is taken captive by the tribe Clay left, his hand–and heart–are forced, leading to one very private and one very public reckoning.

Intense, evocative, and laced with intricate historical details that bring the past to life, An Uncommon Woman will transport you to the picturesque and dangerous western Virginia mountains of 1770.

 An Uncommon Woman

My Thoughts:

I didn’t want this story to end, but like all good things, end it did. I instantly wanted to hug the book, and then flip back to the beginning and start it all over again! I laughed, I cried, I held my breath in anticipation and sighed with contentment. Vivid, realistic, and filled with drama this story is everything I could have asked for and more!

Occasionally a book will come along that so envelops my imagination that not only am I feeling what the characters are going through but I hear the soundtrack of the story playing in my imagination as I read. This story played like a movie in my head as I walked in the very footprints of the characters. Sometimes those prints were boot prints, sometimes barefoot prints and other times moccasin prints, but I was right there in the thick of it, and loving every moment!

Pick up your copy today and take an exceptional journey back in time with Tessa Swan, Clay Tygart, Keturah and a full cast of delightful characters that are sure to steal your heart and imagination!  You, like me, may just find a new favorite book for your “keeper shelf”!

(I received a copy of this book from the author/publisher. I am not required to write a  review. My thoughts and opinions are my own.)

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About the Author:

laura-frantz-2016  I was born and raised in Kentucky, living first in Ashland, Mammoth Cave, Bowling Green, and then Lexington. But my heart has always been in Berea, Madison County, the place my family has resided since the 18th-century. I came to know Christ there at the age of 12, was baptized, and spent my childhood roaming through the woods and swimming in the rivers of my books.

My earliest memories are of the public library, standing in front of shelves filled with those little biographies of famous historical figures like Daniel Boone and George Washington and Sacajawea. I began scribbling stories at age 7 and thankfully never stopped. My passion then and now is history and all the wonders of past centuries.

I attended college at Denison University in Ohio and also in England, living in a manor/castle and studying the American Revolution from the British perspective. Shakespeare and 18th-century literature form the backbone of my English degree. Strangely enough, I only took one creative writing class.

It was never a desire of mine to be published. I simply love to write for the sheer joy of writing – and that was enough. But as Proverbs 16:9 says, “The heart of a man plans his way, but the Lord establishes his steps.”

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An Uncommon Woman



Happy Book Release Day!

There are several books releasing today, however, I’m featuring 3 fantastic books that I especially wanted to share with you! Clicking on the title below will take you to that book. Clicking on the Author’s name will take you to the author’s web page.

 The Thief of Lanwyn Manor (Cornwall #2)  by Sarah E. Ladd

In Regency England an advantageous match could set up a lady for life. Julia knows Matthew Blake, copper mine owner and very eligible bachelor, is the gentleman she should set her eyes upon. But why can’t she steal her gaze away from his younger brother, Isaac?


 An Uncommon Woman by Laura Frantz

Intense, evocative, and laced with intricate historical details that bring the past to life, An Uncommon Woman will transport you to the picturesque and dangerous western Virginia mountains of 1770.


On Wings of Devotion (The Codebreakers #2) by Roseanna M. White

All of England thinks Phillip Camden a monster for the deaths of his squadron. As Nurse Arabelle Denler watches him every day, though, she sees something far different: a hurting man desperate for mercy. But when an old acquaintance shows up and seems set on using him in a plot that has the codebreakers of Room 40 in a frenzy, new affections are put to the test.

I’d love to hear from you:

What book are you looking forward to reading next?


First Line Friday: An Uncommon Woman

Welcome to First Line Friday’s hosted by Hoarding Books.

Today I am excited to be featuring An Uncommon Woman by Laura Frantz.  I’m currently reading and loving this newest book by Laura Frantz. It officially hits the shelves next week, but you can preorder your copy today! Be sure to come back to check out my review soon!



Buckhannon River, Western Virginia
Spring 1770

          Why could she not quit pondering that flounced petticoat?


 An Uncommon Woman


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