Tuesday, August 16, 2011
Title: The Colonel's Lady
Author: Laura Frantz
Genre: Historical romance/ Christian fiction
Stars(1-5): **** 1/2
Age rating: PG-13
I think young teens would enjoy this book with content that wouldn't be likely to concern parents, although when I was 13 yrs. old I wouldn't have liked reading historical fiction, just because its too much like studying.
Can love survive the secrets kept buried within a tormented heart?
Roxanna Rowan may be a genteel Virginia woman, but she is determined to brave the wilds of the untamed frontier to reach a remote Kentucky fort. Eager to reunite with her father, who serves under Colonel Cassius McLinn, Roxanna is devastated to find that her father has been killed on a campaign.
Penniless and out of options, Roxanna is forced to remain at the fort. As she spends more and more time with the fiery Colonel McLinn, the fort is abuzz with intrigue and innuendo. Can Roxanna truly know who the colonel is--and what he's done?
Immerse yourself in this powerful story of love, faith, and forgiveness set in the tumultuous world of the frontier in 1779.
Well, I'm not sure how many times you can use the word "winsome" before it gets annoying, but Laura Frantz once again shows what a talented writer she truly is. All of her books I've read have been fantastic, and I loved this one as well, but probably not as much for but one reason: kissing. I know it sounds as if I'm just picky, but I have a 5 kiss minimum I hold to all the romance books I read. Not really, but I do love a few good kisses in novels and I just wish Ms. Frantz would have treated us to a few more of them in this book. As I mentioned before, the winsome showed up probably more than 10X in TCL, but I think that the word pretty much describes the main character, Roxie. She is winsome and beautiful, but she is sure she will be a spinster her the rest of her life...if she can survive the winter at Fort Endeavor, that is. The message of forgiveness was laced throughout the book: brothers forgiving each other, spurned lovers forgiving the each other and the like. However, I didn't feel like the spiritual message stood out that much from the other major themes of the book, but that is just me. The writing was top notch and the character's practically breathed air. The twist at the end was such a surprise I had to re-read it a few times just to make sure I wasn't seeing things. And the best part was the epilogue, but if I say anymore you wouldn't need to read the book, which I would recommend everyone to do.
*I have been so blessed by Donna Hausler @Revell Books, for sending me a review copy of The Colonel's Lady in exchange for my honest opinion*
Available Auguste 2011 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.
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