Saturday, September 8, 2012

Blog Tour: Love's Reckoning (Review)

Eden is trapped. 

She wants to follow her dreams - and the ideas of a better life, serving God and children. But her father has other plans. One of his daughters will marry his apprentice.

She struggles with this decision. What is her destiny - to fall in love, or to serve God. How does she move past the choices handed to her (some by virtue of family history, others by the actions of others)?

A mix of post-Revolutionary history provides the setting for Laura Frantz's newest work - Love's Reckoning, and the first book in the Ballantyne Legacy. I'll be honest. This book surprised me.

This is the third book I've read, written by Frantz. In her earlier books, I said they weren't necessarily on my "re-read" pile, but were enough to keep me reading her new releases.

This book may land on my "read again" pile. It definitely merits a second read - as a way to unpack some of the nuances found within the dialogue.

I found the storyline surprising - there were a few twists and turns, that well, kept me guessing the until thee end..

This was more than a boy meets girl and falls in love story. Through her words, Frantz has crafted a story that shows how the "legacy" of choices (good and bad) can literally shape a family - and impact generations of individuals.

While the book isn't all "rainbows and ponies" (aka - it's not all happy at times), it is a good, solid historical novel. I think fans of period fiction will find it a good read.

On a scale of one to five, I give it a solid four. Frantz is a skilled author. The book ends on a note that definitely left me wanting more.  

More About The Book
(From The Publisher)

On a bitter December day in 1784, Silas Ballantyne arrives at the door of blacksmith Liege Lee in York County, Pennsylvania. 

Silas is determined to finish his apprenticeship quickly and move west. But because he is a fast worker and a superb craftsman, Liege endeavors to keep him in York by appealing to an old tradition: the apprentice shall marry one of his master's beautiful daughters.

Eden is as gentle and fresh as Elspeth is high-spirited and cunning. But are they truly who they appear to be? In a house laced with secrets, each sister seeks to secure her future. Which one will claim Silas's heart--and will he agree to Liege's arrangement?

In this sweeping family saga, one man's choices in love and work, in friends and enemies, set the stage for generations to come. This is the Ballantyne Legacy.

More About The Author
Laura Frantz is a lover of history, is the author of The Frontiersman's Daughter, Courting Morrow Little, and The Colonel's Lady, and currently lives in the misty woods of Washington with her husband and two sons.

Online Resources
Read and excerpt here.
Find it on Amazon
My review of Courting Morrow Little
My review of The Colonel's Lady

Note: As a freelance journalist, I was provided a copy of this book by Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group. This review was not influenced by a free book - just in case you (or the FTC) were worried about this detail.


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