An Uncommon Woman by Laura Frantz

Synopsis:

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.

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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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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!

 

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Buckhannon River, Western Virginia
Spring 1770

          Why could she not quit pondering that flounced petticoat?

 

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Now it’s your turn!

Grab the book nearest to you and leave a comment with the first line. To see what First Lines others are sharing this week head over to Hoarding Books.

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First Line Fridays: A Bound Heart

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

Today I’m excited to be featuring A Bound Heart by Laura Frantz. With descriptive beauty and vivid detail, this epic story is one that you will want on your keeper shelf to pull out and enjoy again and again! CLICK HERE to read my full review!

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Isle of Kerrera, Scotland, 1752

As the sun slid from the sky, Lark pressed her back into the pockmarked cliff on the island’s west shore.

Snag your copy today!

    A Bound Heart

Before you run off to check out the other first lines, do be sure to enter the Giveaway running this week for Amber Lynn Perry’s new book So Bright A Hope. CLICK HERE

 

Now it’s your turn!

Grab the book nearest to you and leave a comment with the first line. To see what First Lines others are sharing this week head over to Hoarding Books.

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A Bound Heart by Laura Frantz

Synopsis:

Though Magnus MacLeish and Lark MacDougall grew up on the same castle grounds, Magnus is now laird of the great house and the Isle of Kerrera. Lark is but the keeper of his bees and the woman he is hoping will provide a tincture that might help his ailing wife conceive and bear him an heir. But when his wife dies suddenly, Magnus and Lark find themselves caught up in a whirlwind of accusations, expelled from their beloved island, and sold as indentured servants across the Atlantic. Yet even when all hope seems dashed against the rocky coastline of the Virginia colony, it may be that in this New World the two of them could make a new beginning–together.

Laura Frantz’s prose sparkles with authenticity and deep feeling as she digs into her own family history to share this breathless tale of love, exile, and courage in Colonial America.

    A Bound Heart

My Thoughts:

Oh, my heart! This story wove is delicate, threads around my heart and wouldn’t let go! Come along for a journey from the brooding, wind-swept western isles of Scotland to a growing plantation in colonial Virginia. These vibrant characters came alive and strolled through my imagination with such vivid detail that it was as if they were there in person.

I loved the history and the characters. Lark is my current favorite heroine. Lark faces some very difficult choices as well as heart-wrenching separation from all she knows and holds dear. Her strength and poise in the face of unknown hardship and difficulty, along with her faith in God sustain her. Yes, she worries for a time. Yes, she faces internal battles with her fear. But she always turns to God and leans on scripture and prayer. Lark is a shining example of how to face both hardship and the unknown. A gentle reminder that we can trust a known God with our unknown because nothing is unknown to God!

With descriptive beauty and vivid detail, this epic story is one that you will want on your keeper shelf to pull out and enjoy again and again! I give this book 5 enthusiastic stars and encourage you to pick up a copy for yourself as soon as possible!

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

Favorite Quote:

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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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Snag your copy today!

    A Bound Heart

 

 

 

January 2018 – Review

Can you believe it? Here we are at the end of January! Wow, that went fast! Let us take a brief pause and take a look back at the bookish fun we enjoyed this month.

Clicking on the link will take you to the blog post for that book, interview or reveal.

Books Reviewed:

Across the Blue Across The Blue

TheLacemaker.cover The Lacemaker

TheMayflowerBride The Mayflower Bride

GuiltByAssociation  Guilt by Association

ASongUnheard  A Song Unheard

HeartsEntwined  Hearts Entwined

 

Author Interview:

AmandaBarratt Amanda Barratt

 

Character Spotlight:

Three Words and a Kiss spotlight Cam Cameron Wallace from Three Words and A Kiss

 

New Logo Reveal:

JOR-Color Logo Reveal

 

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The Lacemaker by Laura Frantz

Synopsis:

When colonial Williamsburg explodes like a powder keg on the eve of the American Revolution, Lady Elisabeth “Liberty” Lawson is abandoned by her fiance and suspected of being a spy for the hated British. No one comes to her aid save the Patriot Noble Rynallt, a man with formidable enemies of his own. Liberty is left with a terrible choice. Will the Virginia belle turned lacemaker side with the radical revolutionaries, or stay true to her English roots? And at what cost?

Historical romance favorite Laura Frantz is back with a suspenseful story of love, betrayal, and new beginnings. With her meticulous eye for detail and her knack for creating living, breathing characters, Frantz continues to enchant historical fiction readers who long to feel they are a part of the story.

My Thoughts:

From the very first chapter, I felt transported back in time. I enjoyed a fancy ball in colonial America with a handsome gentleman who spun me around the dance floor in a kaleidoscope of beautiful colors. I rubbed shoulders with those who were on a first name basis with George Washington, Patrick Henry, and other patriots. I felt like I had an intimate, behind the scenes look at what the history books only hint at.

I loved every moment of this book, and I really didn’t want it to end. I felt the emotional turmoil with Elizabeth, as her family fell apart. My heart ached as she lost the only life she knew. I cheered for her as she learned to stand on her own two feet and make a new life for herself out of the ashes that remained.

I felt so many feelings and emotions; even two days after having finished reading the story. The euphoria of words leaves me speechless. This story is simply stunning and one that you will want to own for your collection!

If you enjoy historical fiction, then do yourself a favor, and pick up a copy of this book! I give The Lacemaker 5 stars and I eagerly look forward to reading more from Laura in the future.

(I receive complimentary books for review from publishers, publicists, and/or authors, including Netgalley. I am not required to write positive reviews. The opinions I have expressed are my own.)

Bonus:

Click here to learn more about the dress featured on the cover

Favorite Quote:

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About the Author:

laura-frantz-2016I 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.”

Web Page // Goodreads // Facebook // Twitter // Pinterest //

 

 The Lacemaker

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First Line Fridays: The Lacemaker by Laura Frantz

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

Please be sure to enter the giveaway that is running this week. I am unveiling my logo for Joy of Reading and giving away a book. Click Here!

This week I’m excited to share with you the first line from Laura Frantz’s newest book The Lacemaker. I’m loving this story, and I hope that you pick up a copy to enjoy as well! My full review will be coming soon, so keep watching.

 

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May 1775

          Elizabeth took a breath, breaking an intense hour of concentration.

 

Hmmm… It begs to question, what had Elizabeth been doing that she was so deep in concentration?

 

Now it’s your turn!

Grab the book nearest to you and leave a comment with the first line. To see what First Lines others are sharing this week head over to Hoarding Books.

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First Line Fridays – A Moonbow Night

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

This week I’m featuring A Moonbow Night by Laura Frantz. This wonderful, page-turning historical novel is sure to not only entertain you, but to give you a glimpse into what life was like on the early American frontier. To read my review (click here)
To visit Laura’s Pinterest board (click here)

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April 1777

What cannot be cured must be endured.

 

 

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Grab the book nearest to you and leave a comment with the first line. To see what First Lines others are sharing this week head over to Hoarding Books.

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My Favorites (January-July) 2017

The hot-topic question of July that I have seen floating around is:

“What is your favorite book (or series) that you have read this year?”

Now, I don’t know about you, but I couldn’t possibly pick only one favorite when I’ve read so many amazing books. Thus far I have read 57 books. Now, I know for at least one or two of my awesome blogging friends, this is not a jaw-dropping number. However, as I have been told, “It’s not the number that’s important.” (Major props to my friend Carrie who is well on her way to reading 300 this year)

With that said, I will share with you, my loyal reading friends, the books I have read so far this year that has continued to stick with me long past my finishing of the story. I’ve enjoyed reading others, but these seem to stick with me the longest. Without further adieu, and in no particular order…

Many Sparrows by: Lori Benton
All of You  by: Sarah Monzon
Just the Way You Are by: Pepper Basham
 A Moonbow Night by: Laura Frantz
 In His Eyes by: Stephenia H. McGee
 My Heart Belongs in Ruby City, Idaho by: Susanne Dietze
 The Butterfly and the Violin by: Kristy Cambron
  Name Unknown  by: Roseanna M. White
 The Road to Paradise by: Karen Barnett
 So Pure A Heart  by: Amber Lynn Perry

Clicking on the title of the book will take you to Amazon where you can read more about the book. Clicking on the name of the author will take you to the author web page.

I would love to hear from you.

What are a few of your favorite books so far this year? Do you have any that have lingered with you weeks/months after you have read the last page?

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