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[Book Review] The Mistress of Tall Acre

Hello readers! I would like to apologize for my long absence. I recently gave birth to my first son and my life has been full of preparing for his arrival and now of course spending time with my baby. I still make time to read but haven’t had the chance to read for reviews – mostly when I’m reading, I just try and enjoy it. I do have some old reviews that I need to post though and that is what I will be posting the next couple months. I hope someday that I will get back into blogging for books but for now, I will play “catch up” and make sure to post once or twice a month. Hope you all have read some great books lately!

The Mistress of Tall Acre

by

Laura Frantz

My Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

My review:

I always look forward to any new release from Laura Frantz. She has found her way to the top of my favorite author’s list and I don’t see her leaving that spot any time soon!

The Mistress of Tall Acre was slightly different from Laura Frantz’s previous novels but that didn’t change the fact that it was still beautifully written and entrancing. Her novels have a way of drawing you in and refusing to let go until long after you’ve read the last page. I took my sweet time reading this book because I didn’t want to rush through it and miss the magic. I was glad I did because I was able to savour it more with each page.

I was a little disappointed with the description of this book because I feel like it gives too much of the story away. Especially since part of the description doesn’t even happen until the last quarter of the book! So because of that, I’m only going to give you a small description – though you’ll probably go read the book description anyway because don’t we all?

The Mistress of  Tall Acre is set in the post-American Revolution. Sophie is awaiting news from her brother as her home is on the verge of being taken from her and leaving her homeless. Her neighbor Seamus, a widower with a young daughter, takes a shine to Sophie and they both must decide what is best for their futures.

Laura Frantz created another winning cast of characters. Lily Cate is liable to steal your heart – she is so innocent and sweet, you can’t help but love her.

I’m always disappointed when I finish a Laura Frantz novel because I know I have to wait a while for the next one. But I love that for a short amount of time I can be whisked away to another time and place and be entertained for several hours. Whatever Laura Frantz writes, I will read!

I received a free copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest review. I received no compensation for this review, nor was I required to write a positive review. All opinions stated are my own.

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2014 Favorite Reads

It’s always fun to look back at the end of the year and see what books I read. Sometimes I think, “Wow, that was just this year that I read that?” 2014 was a year of great reads. While I did not read a lot of “5-Stars,” there were still a great number of great books.

In no particular order, here is my list of 2014 Favorite Reads:

1. The Ransom by MaryLu Tyndall

2. Out of the Storm by Jody Hedlund

3. Love Unexpected by Jody Hedlund

4. The Pursuit of Tamsen Littlejohn by Lori Benton

5. Love’s Fortune by Laura Frantz

6. Abandoned Memories by MaryLu Tyndall

7. The Fairest Beauty by Melanie Dickerson

8. Tears of the Sea by MaryLu Tyndall

9. Veronica Mars: The Thousand Dollar Tan Line by Rob Thomas and Jennifer Graham

10. Meant to Be Mine by Becky Wade

 

If you click on the above links you will be brought to my review for the book. If I have not posted a review for the book yet, it will bring up the Goodreads profile for the book. Please note that several of these reviews have not been posted on my blog yet due to my computer acting extremely slow. I am planning on getting a new computer this year and then hopefully I’ll be back on top of my blogging game!

You can probably tell that a few of these authors are my favorite authors since there is more than one book by a couple of them. If I had to choose ONE favorite for the year, it would be Love’s Fortune by Laura Frantz with The Pursuit of Tamsen Littlejohn by Lori Benton coming in a VERY close second.

 

What about you, what are your favorite reads of 2014? Have you read any of the above books?

 

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[Book Review] Love’s Fortune by Laura Frantz

 

Love’s Fortune

by

Laura Frantz

My Rating: 5 out of 5 Stars

My Review:

Ever since I read Love’s Reckoning, I have anxiously awaited each new installment of The Ballantyne Legacy. These characters have become very dear to me and I have loved being a part of their lives and entering their world. I didn’t think any of the books could be as good as Love’s Reckoning by Love’s Fortune blew me away and I think it took it’s place as my favorite book of the series.

 

Love’s Fortune follows the story of Wren Ballantyne, granddaughter of Silas and Eden Ballantyne. Wren has grown up in a sheltered home in Kentucky. She knows little of her family in Pittsburgh other than that her grandfather possesses a great fortune. When her father is called to return home, Wren is swept away into the riches and chaotic world of Pittsburgh.

James Sackett is a steamship pilot for the Ballantyne’s shipping line. He is held in high esteem by all of the Ballantyne family. When Wren rides as a passenger on one of his trips, he can’t help but be intrigued by this silent beauty.

James is chosen to escort Wren through her season in Pittsburgh but will Wren ever find a way to fit in to the high society around her?

 

Wren is such a loveable character and I couldn’t help being drawn to her and sympathizing with her as she entered an unknown world. I loved her sweet nature and innocence.

James was definitely a swoon-worthy hero. I loved his attraction to Wren and kept hoping he would voice it to her, but of course, dear Laura drew the anticipation out.

 

Ms. Frantz, thank you for creating such beloved characters. I look forward to reading these books over and over again. They have most certainly earned a permanent spot on my shelf.

 

I received a free copy of this book from the author and publisher, Revell, in exchange for my honest opinion. I received no compensation for this review, nor was I required to write a positive review. All opinions stated are my own.

 

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[Book Review] Love’s Awakening by Laura Frantz

Love’s Awakening

by

Laura Frantz

My Rating: 5 out of 5 Stars

My Review:

You know those books that you wait around all year for them to come out? This was one of those for me. I read Love’s Reckoning shortly after it came out and absolutely LOVED it. It captivated me and tore at my heart strings so much that I was thinking about it all year. I couldn’t wait for Love’s Awakening to come out so it would answer some of my questions and I could dive back into the lives of Eden and Silas. I am very happy to say that Love’s Awakening was worth the wait and I enjoyed every minute of it.

 

Ellie Ballantyne is the heroine of Love’s Awakening. She is the youngest daughter of Eden and Silas. Ellie is returning to her family in Pittsburg from a finishing school in Philadelphia. When she returns, she finds her parents out of town and her siblings less than happy about her return. Ellie refuses to sit around and do nothing, so she opens up her own day school for some of the young ladies in the area. One of the girls Ellie begins to teach is Chloe Turlock. The Turlock’s and Ballantyne’s have been at ends for quite some time and Jack isn’t sure what he thinks about the beautiful, young Ellie, teaching his little sister. But soon the wall between the Ballantyne’s and Turlock’s begins to crumble. Jack doesn’t think Ellie could ever love a Turlock, but soon he must learn that his identity is not in his name, but in Christ.

 

Oh my, what a sweet and tender story. I loved how taken Jack was of Ellie. He truly admired her but was so afraid to love her because of the feud between the families. I loved the history and details of the underground railroad that Laura Frantz etched into the story. Laura Frantz has truly woven another epic tail and has only captured my heart deeper with the loveable characters. I am waiting in great anticipation for the next book in this series that has climbed to the top of my favorite’s list. I would truly recommend this book, I am sure you won’t be disappointed. Even through the heartbreak and tears, there is hope and restoration found.

 

I bought my own copy of this book and was not required to write a review. All opinions stated are my own.

 

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[Book Review] Love’s Reckoning by Laura Frantz

Love’s Reckoning

by

Laura Frantz

My Rating: 5 out of 5 Stars

My Review:

A Beautiful Story That Will Haunt You Long After You Read the Last Page!

 

The first time I read this book I wanted to cry when it ended. I closed the book and I literally just sat there thinking about what this book just did to me. This book gave me a “book hangover” and I was unable to start reading another book until the weekend had passed because I was still stuck on living in the world of Eden and Silas. This book immediately became a favorite of mine and I thought about it all year until I read it again in preparation for Love’s Awakening, the second in the series.

 

It is the year 1874, and Eden Lee lives in York County, Pennsylvania, in a house laced in secrets. Eden longs to get away from her home where she doesn’t feel she belongs. Eden longs for an escape and continually looks for what that escape could be.

Silas Ballantyne has come to the Lee’s home in order to finish his apprenticeship and move on to Pittsburg where he hears there is plenty of land to be had. He is determined to finish his apprenticeship and not let anything get in the way. But what he doesn’t expect is Liege Lee to insist on Silas honoring the tradition of the apprentice marrying one of his daughters – the high-spirited Elspeth, or the quiet, soft-spoken Eden.

 

There was nothing I didn’t like about this book. It was beautifully written, the descriptions making the scenery come alive and transporting me into the story. The characters were very well developed and I felt myself aching, smiling, crying, and loving along with them.

Silas is such a great hero. A Scotsman, I could just hear his accent and his faith was so attractive in him.

Eden was a very dear heroine. It was so hard to see the pain and trials that she went through and I found myself aching with her. I loved that she was so eager to learn the truth about God and the way she sought out Silas to help her learn.

Elspeth was a very dislikeable character. It blew my mind that a sister could be so cruel. She is constantly trying to make life miserable for Eden and when she sets her sights on Silas, she believes nothing can stop her.

 

This book has found a permanent place on my “favorites” shelf. I am looking forward to reading this book over and over again. I am also looking forward to reading the rest of the books in The Ballantyne Legacy series. Laura Frantz has captured my heart with this book and I can’t express how much I loved it.

 

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“What I’m Reading” Wednesday

Well I haven’t done a “What I’m Reading” Wednesday in a few weeks because it’s been kind of crazy. But here we are again. “What I’m Reading” Wednesday is where I share with you all what I’m reading this week and a few of my thoughts about the book so far.

The first book I am currently reading is:

Love’s Awakening

by

Laura Frantz

Description via Goodreads:

In the spring of 1822, Ellie Ballantyne leaves finishing school and returns to the family home in Pittsburg only to find that her parents are away on a long journey and her siblings don’t seem to want her to stay. Determined to stand her ground and find her place in the world, Ellie fills her time by opening a day school for young ladies.

But when one of her students turns out to be an incorrigible young member of the Turlock family, Ellie knows she must walk a fine line. Slaveholders and whiskey magnates, the Turlocks are envious of the powerful Ballantynes and suspicious of their abolitionist leanings. As Ellie becomes increasingly entangled with the rival clan–particularly the handsome Jack Turlock–she finds herself falling in love with an impossible future. Will she betray her family and side with the enemy?

Masterful storyteller Laura Frantz continues to unfold the stirring saga of the Ballantyne family in this majestic tale of love and loyalty. This is the Ballantyne Legacy.

This is the second book in The Ballantyne Legacy series. I absolutely adored the first book in this series and I am loving the second book as well. I don’t think I like it quite as much as Love’s Reckoning but it has been a lovely addition to the series and I love reading about Ellie.

I am hoping to finish this book by tomorrow!

 

The second book I am reading is:

A Most Peculiar Circumstance

by

Jen Turano

Description via Goodreads:

Miss Arabella Beckett has one driving passion: to help the downtrodden women of America. Naturally, she supports the women’s suffrage movement and eagerly attends rallies and lectures across the country. On her travels, she makes a simple offer of assistance to a young woman in need that goes sadly awry and lands both ladies in more trouble than they can manage. An independent sort, Arabella is loath to admit she needs help and certainly doesn’t need help from an arrogant, narrow-minded knight in shining armor.

Mr. Theodore Wilder, private investigator extraordinaire, is on a mission. A mission that began as a favor to his good friend Hamilton Beckett, but swiftly evolved into a merry chase across the country. By the time he finally tracks down Hamilton’s sister, Arabella, he is in a less than pleasant mood. When the lady turns out to have radical ideas and a fiercely independent streak, he soon finds himself at his wit’s end.

When they return home to New York, circumstances force their paths to continue to cross, but the most peculiar feelings growing between them certainly can’t be love. When the trouble Arabella had accidentally stirred up seems to have followed her to New York and threatens her very life, the unlikely couple must face the possibility that they might have landed in the most peculiar circumstance of all: love.

This is the second book in the Ladies of Distinction series. I was somewhat disappointed in the first book (review coming soon) but I have found myself enjoying this one more than the first book. I am about a quarter of the way through with this book so it will probably take me at least to the end of the week to finish it. I’m reading this one on my Kindle and I tend to take longer with books when I am reading on the Kindle.

Well, that’s what I’m reading this Wednesday. What are you reading this Wednesday?

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Look What Came!!!

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Ever since I read Love’s Reckoning by Laura Frantz, I have been anxiously awaiting the next book in the series, Love’s Awakening. Well, look what finally came in the mail yesterday! I am beyond excited to read this book. Unfortunately, I have review books to read before I can dive into this one (though, I don’t mind because the review books are ones I’ve been wanting to read too!) I just am anxious to slip into the world of Ellie and Jack.

Have you read any of Laura Frantz’s books? If not, I highly suggest you go out and do so! She is definitely in my top 5 favorite authors!

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Favorite Reads of 2012: Part 3

Today’s Favorite Reads is featuring books written by Laura Frantz:

Before I say anything, if you have not read any of Laura Frantz’s books, do yourself a favor and DO SO! I don’t remember how I discovered her at first, but I sure am glad I did! Each of her books have left me breathless and wanting more. Here’s a little recap of each book:

The Colonel’s LadyLaura Frantz

Laura Frantz is another new author I discovered this year and fell in love with her books. The Colonel’s Lady drew me in right from the start and I didn’t want to put it down.

Roxanna Rowan is a spinster from Virginia. She travels to the Kentucky fort that her father works at, only to find that he has died. Colonel Cassius McLinn feels guilty about the death of her father, and he urges her to stay at the fort under his care. Roxie and Cass are fascinated with each other and soon an attraction grows. But the mystery of her father’s death stands as a barrier between them and when secrets are revealed, will love withstand the test?

I loved seeing life at a fort through Roxie’s eyes. Laura Frantz did a great job of transporting us into the life of living at a fort and seeing what went on in those days. The mystery of her father’s death was also a great story line that keeps the reader guessing at what happened.

Courting Morrow LittleLaura Frantz

Courting Morrow Little was another book that swept me in right from the beginning. The story begins with a vicious Shawnee Indian attack on Morrow’s family, and Morrow is left with haunting memories of that dreadful days. Several years later, after Morrow has spent a couple years in Philadelphia, she has returned to Kentucky to help care for her ailing father. In returning to Kentucky, Morrow has caught the eye of several men. But are any of them good enough to catch her heart? Will she marry one of these men and in doing so yearn for the half-breed Indian who seems to have caught her heart? Or will she choose to follow her heart and possibly put herself in danger?

In this book we see Morrow having to make some difficult choices. I also see a theme of forgiveness that is written throughout the book. I greatly enjoyed Courting Morrow Little, and since it is a book I own, I plan on rereading it several times.

Love’s ReckoningLaura Frantz

Love’s Reckoning was by far, my favorite of Laura Frantz’s books. I was heartbroken when the book ended merely because I wanted the story to continue. But I do find solace in the fact that the story will continue in Love’s Awakening when we meet Ellie Ballantyne.

This book was so amazing that I do not want to give any part of it away. Let’s just say you should go and read it for yourself and see what happens in the book. I plan on rereading this book several times so eventually I will be writing a real review on it 🙂

Also available from Laura Frantz:

The Frontiersman’s Daughter

 

Have you read any of Laura Frantz’s books? If so, which ones, and which one was your favorite?

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