Frontiersman's Daughter, The: A Novel - eBook WR
This is the second novel I have read by Laura Frantz. As before, I was not at all disappointed. She does a marvelous job of describing details pertaining to the times in which the stories take place. Her characters are lovable and the stories gripping. In time I hope to read every novel she has written. I am adding her to my list of favorite authors.
January 15, 2014
The Frontiersman's Daughter
Review originally published on Black n Gold Girl's Book Spot (10/17/09)
I love to read all types of stories featuring different time periods in the history of our country. I can't remember the last time I read a Christian fiction book based around the frontier beyond the Cumberland Gap. Most of the new fiction I've been seeing has been based around the Civil War or later life farther West. The Frontiersman's Daughter is a refreshing change. It's late 18th century!
I really enjoyed this story especially all the fascinating aspects of herbal medicine and the treatment of illnesses in the wilderness. Lael, an independent young woman was taught the curative nature of native plants by her aunt Ma Horn and from there went on to help those at Fort Click until Doctor Ian Justus arrived. Eventually Lael and Ian join forces to help with the treatment of ailments at the fort and the area that surrounds.
There was a bit of a love story but mostly this book was about Lael growing up and finding herself and her faith. A very enjoyable read. The only thing that I had a problem with was Captain Jack! I want to know what happened to him...he was a friend to Lael and her father but after a few brief encounters with Lael he disappeared. I liked him! Oh well, maybe we'll meet him again in a future book!
*I received my complimentary copy from the publisher in exchange for posting my honest review.*
November 15, 2013
Epic shouldn't mean marathon!
This very long (epic=400 pages!) book started off very slowly. It is the story of Lael Click, daughter of one of the first frontiersmen to settle beyond the Appalachians. It starts when Lael is 13 years old, and although they married young in those days, I found it almost impossible to relate to the feelings for men that are attributed to such a young girl. I appreciated the way she honored her father throughout her life, and enjoyed it all much more once she was grown up, growing closer to God, and being courted by a strong Christian doctor. Laura Frantz writes very descriptively, and I enjoyed the way she gave both sides of the white/Indian clash. So it has good points and bad, was a bit long, but all in all an interesting novel.
September 5, 2013
Laura Frantz is a master wordsmith, painting vivid settings, multi-layered characters and spellbinding plots. The research required for this story left me in awe--I'm a Laura Frantz fan for life. Can't wait to get started on her next novel.
~Jocelyn Green, author of Widow of Gettysburg
July 14, 2013