BOOK REVIEW – LOVE’S RECKONING by LAURA FRANTZ
In a Cinderella-esque twist, Eden Lee is the reserved, quiet sister, doing what she is told and bearing more than her share. The elder sister, Elpeth, however, is brash and bold, and will get her way. And she doesn’t care who she has to step on to get it.
When the handsome apprentice arrives, he is unaware of the clause in his contract that the girls’ father, Liege Lee, insists on—that the younger man marry the eldest daughter.
But Silas Ballantyne has his own plans, to go west and stake his claim. Without a bride.
Written brilliantly, Love’s Reckoning draws the reader into the intrigue of the Lee household, Liege’s outbursts of rage, his wife’s distant countenance. What are the secrets this family hides? What are the secrets Silas carries with him? And how can a young couple in love overcome the seeming insurmountable obstacles that come their way?
Ms. Frantz has won a new fan in this reviewer. Her skill and mastery of the verbiage of the day lends credence and authenticity to the story. The twists in the story, the deception, the agony pull the reader in and keeps you there. In a 21st century world, it’s hard to imagine a time when women had no say in their lives, their futures; my heart longed for Eden to be free of her father’s tirades and her sister’s taunts. I felt the yearning as the west pulled Silas ever nearer his dream, and the conflict at leaving love behind. My heart broke, as time and again, young love was thwarted. Does Silas build his dream? Will Eden ever be free her self-imposed prison? Will Elspeth be snared in her own webs of deceit?
I will surely read the others in this series.
Award-winning author Laura Frantz is passionate about all things historical, particularly the 18th-century, and writes her manuscripts in longhand first. Her stories often incorporate Scottish themes that reflect her family heritage. She is a direct descendant of George Hume, Wedderburn Castle, Berwickshire, Scotland, who was exiled to the American colonies for his role in the Jacobite Rebellion of 1715, settled in Virginia, and is credited with teaching George Washington surveying in the years 1748-1750. Frantz lives and writes in a log cabin in the heart of Kentucky.
According to Publishers Weekly, “Frantz has done her historical homework.” With her signature attention to historical detail and emotional depth, she is represented by Janet Kobobel Grant, Literary Agent & Founder, Books & Such Literary Agency of Santa Rosa, California.
Readers can find Laura Frantz at www.laurafrantz.net
Laura Frantz, Love’s Reckoning, Love’s Awakening, Love’s Fortune, The Mistress of Tall Acre