Love's Awakening, Ballantyne Legacy Series #2
I love words that take you by the hand and lead you deeper into the story-what reader doesnÃ¢ÂÂt? Ã¢ÂÂLoveÃ¢ÂÂs AwakeningÃ¢ÂÂ is one such title I have been hording until just the right reading moment and that moment presented itself to meÃ¢ÂÂ¦and it was so worth the wait.
I didnÃ¢ÂÂt expect anything less than what I received between the gorgeous covers of this historical romance. Characters that brim with spice and spunk and a determination to do what is right in the eyes of God. History is rich in filling between the cracks of the characterÃ¢ÂÂs lives, but in a way that does that detract from the story at all but only adds to the fullness of every minute spent within the story.
Ellie and JackÃ¢ÂÂs love story is no conventional oneÃ¢ÂÂ¦fall in love with your fatherÃ¢ÂÂs enemy? The townÃ¢ÂÂs professed villain? And yet their attraction is so pureÃ¢ÂÂ¦and so passionate. Jack is such a noble hero with the burden of the world on his shoulders which I wanted desperately to see released. And for Ellie to come truly into all her characterÃ¢ÂÂs potential.
There is never just one layer to a story like this. Too many between characters, story world and secondary contributors to mention in one simple review and I canÃ¢ÂÂt begin to do the book justice. I can promise it is fully worth the read.
December 3, 2013
Lyrical, Rich in Historical Detail
Lyrical, breathlessly romantic, and flawless in historical detail are a few of the descriptives that match Laura Frantz's wonderful novels. She has mastered a unique style of writing that is both beautiful, old-fashioned and full of enough conflict to keep the plot moving. Ellie Ballantyne's family are dyed-in-the-wool abolitionists who live out their faith by helping runaways escape in industrial Pittsburgh, Pennslyvania. Jack Turlock's father is a philanderer who makes his living selling liquor and will do anything in his pursuit of the almighty dollar. When Jack's sister becomes a student at Ellie's day school, Ellie finds herself falling hard for Jack, yet can she side with someone whose values and beliefs seem to conflict with all her family holds dear? It is easy to see why Laura Frantz has been a contender for several recent awards and I have no doubt many are in her future. With strong messages of faith and characters I grow to love, I will continue to pick up her novels again and again.
November 21, 2013
A Beautiful Addition to The Ballantyne Legacy!
A beautiful addition to The Ballantyne Legacy, LoveÃ¢ÂÂs Awakening is full of intrigue and forbidden love. Ellie and Jack captivated me from the very start. The possibility of a future together just seems so impossible. Their families have been enemies for a few decades by this point and the futility of either Jack or Ellie pursuing what is in their heart just tugged at me.
Jack is part of the dreaded Turlock clan, a powerful family with powerfully dangerous secrets. He just knows that the upstanding Ballantyne family would never allow Ellie to be his. Ellie feels pressured to marry. As she begins to realize that Jack has taken up residence in her heart, will she be brave enough to admit to her family where her true feelings lie, or feel forced to wed a man she does not love?
LoveÃ¢ÂÂs Awakening is a powerful tale combining a beautiful love story with rich historical detail and interesting information regarding the fight to transport slaves to freedom as they crossed Pennsylvania.
I received a complimentary copy of this book through NetGalley in exchange for my honest opinion. I look forward to purchasing a copy of this novel to add to my personal collection.
November 19, 2013
Oh how I wish I could give this wonderful story more than 5 stars! Laura Frantz has penned a beautiful sequel to Love's Reckoning. Love's Awakening is Book #2 in the Ballantyne Legacy, and is the story of Ellie Ballantyne, the youngest daughter of Eden and Silas Ballantyne. I was hoping to read more of Silas and Eden, and let me just say, I was not disappointed. And let's not forget the oh so handsome Jack Turlock.....wow!! I won't say much more except he is one dreamy hero... This story, with its many twists and turns, has so much depth and takes you on a journey you will not soon forget. If you love Laura Frantz and her exquisite writing, you will not be disappointed either.
November 16, 2013