Review: The Frontiersman’s Daughter by Laura Frantz

frontiersmansdaughterBook Blurb:

One woman searches for love—and herself—in a wild land.

LOVELY AND HIGH-SPIRITED, Lael Click is the daughter of a celebrated frontiersman.  Haunted by her father’s ties to the Shawnee Indians and her family’s past, Lael comes of age in the fragile Kentucky settlement her father founded.  As she faces the many trials of life on the frontier, Lael draws strength from the rugged land.  But the arrival of a handsome doctor threatens her view of her world, her God, and herself.  Can the power of grace and redemption break through in this tumultuous place?

This epic novel gives you a glimpse into the simple yet daring lives of the pioneers who first crossed the Appalachians, all through the courageous eyes of a determined young woman who would not be defeated.

Little Miss Bookworm’s Review:

The Frontiersman’s Daughter by Laura Frantz is an interesting debut novel, that highlights a young woman’s journey to womanhood during the late eighteenth century.  Living in the untamed Kentucke frontier, Lael Click struggles with her mother’s indiscretion and her father’s hidden past with the Shawnee Indians.  Ma Horn, Captain Jack, Ian Justus, and the inhabitants of a small Kentucke settlement, are an unique blend of secondary characters.  Living in the middle of Indian Territory strife with danger, feuds reigniting, and broken hearts, Lael is determined to prove women can survive in the uncivilized region.

The extensive research and historical detail highlights the harsh realities of living in 1777 Kentucke during the American Revolution.  Conflict between white men and Indian tribes like the Shawnee is woven into the plot.  Frantz does a remarkable job in portraying both sides of the issue.

The Frontiersman’s Daughter is a hard book to review.  It immediately captured my attention and I thought the prologue foreshadowed what was to come.  However, the intricate plot twists kept me hooked from beginning to end.  I also loved how each character was given a complex personality that enabled them to stand out.  Adventure, Romance, Faith, and Redemption are four key themes that emerge within the story.

There were several flaws that caused significant problems.  First, the story focuses on an eight-year period of Lael’s life.  On more than one occasion, I was unsure of her age.  Second, the heroine lets other characters influence her decisions.  Third, not all of the plot lines were completed, leaving the reader with unanswered questions.  Finally, I was unsure if the chemistry was there between Lael and the man she ultimately ends up with.

Overall, I would recommend The Frontiersman’s Daughter to anyone who enjoys historical romances set during the American Revolution.

 

I give The Frontiersman’s Daughter by Laura Frantz . . . 4 Stars.

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Autumn “To Be Read” Pile

 

 

Hello Bookworms!  It’s that time to post a new batch of books of the To Be Read Pile.  I’ve been in a massive reading slump all year.  Autumn is my favorite season, so I’m hoping it will inspire me to read more.  I’ve set a goal of reading seven books between now and December 20th (end of Fall).  It’s a little light, but hopefully I’ll have a productive two months and read past my projected goal.

 

 

One woman searches for love—and herself—in a wild land.

LOVELY AND HIGH-SPIRITED, Lael Click is the daughter of a celebrated frontiersman.  Haunted by her father’s ties to the Shawnee Indians and her family’s past, Lael comes of age in the fragile Kentucky settlement her father founded.  As she faces the many trials of life on the frontier, Lael draws strength from the rugged land.  But the arrival of a handsome doctor threatens her view of her world, her God, and herself.  Can the power of grace and redemption break through in this tumultuous place?

This epic novel gives you a glimpse into the simple yet daring lives of the pioneers who first crossed the Appalachians, all through the courageous eyes of a determined young woman who would not be defeated.

 

 

Will a chance meeting in a time of war change her life forever?

Never pretty enough to please her gorgeous mother, Allie will do anything to gain her approval—even marry a man she doesn’t love.  While Allie has nearly resigned herself to that fate, Lt. Walter Novak—fearless in the cockpit but hopeless with women—takes his last furlough at home in California before being shipped overseas.

Walt and Allie meet and begin a correspondence that will change their lives.  As letters fly between Walt’s muddy bomber base in England and Allie’s mansion in an orange grove, their friendship binds them together.  But can they untangle the secrets, commitments, and expectations that keep them apart?

Book I in the Wings of Glory series, A Distant Melody is an exciting and tender story of love, courage, and sacrifice during World War II.

 

 

At a different time, in a different place, under different circumstances . . . could two people fall in love all over again?

Ten years ago Kathryn Jennings made a vow.  For better or worse.  And that promise still holds true, even though her marriage has not turned out as she expected.  When her husband fails to return home one stormy winter night, she struggles to keep their ranch, but her efforts are blocked at every turn.  After a shocking glimpse into her husband’s past, Kathryn uncovers a hidden truth.  What she wouldn’t give to turn back time and be able to love her husband for the man that he was, not for the man she always wanted him to be.

Larson Jennings has spent his entire life running from a broken past, unable to trust, reluctant to try again.  One fateful night, his life takes an unexpected twist, and soon he is forced to make a choice.  Whatever he chooses, his decision may cost him his life.

 


 

EVEN A PROPER VICAR’S DAUGHTER CAN MAKE A MISTAKE . . . and now Charlotte Lamb must pay a high price for her fall.  To avoid the prying eyes of all who know her, she hides herself away in London’s forbidding “Milkweed Manor,” a place of mystery and lore, of old secrets and new birth.

But once there, she comes face-to-face with a suitor from her past—a man who now hides secrets of his own.  Both are determined, with God’s help, to protect those they love.  But neither can imagine the depth of sacrifice that will be required.

Sprinkled with fascinating details about the lives of women in Regency England, Lady of Milkweed Manor is a moving romantic drama about the redemption of past failings and the beauty of sacrificial love.

 

 

IN 1783 PEACE HAS BEEN DECLARED, BUT WAR STILL RAGES IN THE HEART OF LARK BENTON.  Never did Lark think she’d want to escape Emerson Fielding, the man she’s loved all her life.  But when he betrays her, she flees to Annapolis, Maryland, the country’s capital.  There Lark throws herself into a new circle of friends who force her to examine all she believes.  Emerson follows, determined to reclaim his betrothed.  Surprised when she refuses to return with him, he realizes that in this new nation he has come to call his own, duty is no longer enough.  He must learn to open his heart and soul to something greater—before he loses all he should have been fighting to hold.

 

 

When Clara Endicott and Daniel Tremain’s worlds collide after twelve years apart, the spark that was once between them immediately reignites into a romance neither of them thought possible.

But time has changed them both.

Daniel is an industrial titan with powerful enemies.  Clara is an idealistic journalist determined to defend underprivileged workers.

CAN THEY WITHSTAND THE COST OF THEIR CONVICTIONS WHILE THEIR HEARTS — AND LIVES — HANG IN THE BALANCE?

 

 

In 1944, Hadassah Benjamin feels abandoned by God when she is saved from a firing squad only to be handed over to a new enemy.  Pressed into service by SS Kommandant Colonel Aric von Schmidt at the transit camp of Theresienstadt in Czechoslovakia, her Aryan-like looks allow her to hide behind the false identity of Stella Muller.  However, to maintain her cover as von Schmidt’s secretary, she is forced to stand by as her own people are sent to Auschwitz.

Suspecting her employer is a man of hidden depths, Stella appeals to him on behalf of those in the camp.  Aric’s indulgence gives her hope even as she risks discovery with every attempt to help the prisoners.  When her bravery brings her to the point of ultimate sacrifice, she faces an excruciating choice.  God may have brought her to the camp for such a time as this, but how can she save her people when she cannot save herself?

 

What’s in your Autumn TBR pile?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Blogging For Books . . .

I’m really excited to rejoin the blogging world. What better way than to start fresh with a new blog for the Fall?  I’ve decided to make a switch from Blogger to WordPress. I LOVE the concept of receiving books from publishers or authors and posting a review in exchange. I’ve been accepted into a couple of Blogger programs and I can’t wait to get started. There are so many books that I would like to read and share my reviews with you. The one genre that stands out to me the most right now is historical romance. I love stories that transport me back to another place and time.

*With the new blog, I also plan on refreshing my older book reviews.

Until next time,

– Cait