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Number of Pages: 432
Publication Date: 2014
Dimensions: 8.50 X 5.50 (inches)
Availability: In Stock
Series: Ballantyne Legacy
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With her signature attention to historical detail, Laura Frantz brings 1850s Pennsylvania alive with a tender story of loss, love, and loyalty. Fans will cheer for this final installment of the Ballatyne saga.
DonnaGeorgiaAge: Over 65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Historical christian romanceMay 6, 2016DonnaGeorgiaAge: Over 65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Laura Frantz has given us an amazing historical romance story. Her vivid details of the history of this time period put you in the story with the characters. Even though this is the third and final book in the Ballantyne Legacy series it was easy to read as a stand alone book. Laura's talent and style of writing are outstanding. She create's flawless and believable characters. Wren and James will capture you from the beginning. The story begins in Cane Run, Kentucky, August 1850, Wren's home town.
Wren (Rowena) Balalntyne has lead a simple and sheltered life since birth. Her father fled his home years ago but due to a letter he received from his grandfather asking him to come to New Hope he is returning with Wren.. Once there she has struggles trying to fit in with society there and her extended and powerful family.
She has a gentle and sweet nature, a honest heart and passion for life.
James Sackett works for for Silas Ballantyne. He is a steamboat pilot and secretly takes slaves to freedom on the boat from Ballantyne's shipping line. He is a gentleman, honorable, loyal to his employer and a hero.
When Wren meets James there is chemistry between them but the road is bumpy due to a lack of communication and misunderstandings.
A beautifully written and inspirational christian romance story that you won't want to miss. I loved this story and highly recommend this book to everyone.
I received a copy of this book from bookfun.org for my honest opinion and review.
Rebecca ManeyGastonia, North CarolinaAge: 55-65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5A Crowning Glory to the Ballantyne Series!July 1, 2015Rebecca ManeyGastonia, North CarolinaAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5The crowning glory of Laura Frantz's Ballantyne series, "Love's Fortune" is a literary legacy in its own right. Flawless characterizations, compelling romantic tension, tender conversations, gripping family expectations and an inspirational thread that leaves no doubt that a loving God can mastermind His intentions in spite of thoroughly tangled human complications.
Rowena "Wren" Ballantyne has never met her Pennsylvania family until her father Ansel receives a letter urging him to return home in order to assist his now aged father with their vast Ballantyne business holdings. Upon boarding the steam vessel bearing her name, she meets the famed steamboat pilot, James Sackett, whose stoic personality both intrigues and annoys her. Having been raised in the back woods of Kentucky since early childhood, Wren is totally unprepared to be the granddaughter of a vast fortune, and when her father leaves town to manage business affairs farther north, Wren's socially elite aunt and uncle persuade Wren into making a Pittsburgh debut, accompanied by none other than the enigmatic, handsome James Sackett.
There is much more to James Sackett than meets the eye and as Wren navigates polite, and not-so-polite society, he becomes a treasured confident. Sensing that her beautiful cousin Ellie is in love with James, Wren navigates the treacherous waters of expectations, arrangements and disappointments. In climatic final chapters, James and Wren discover that it will take desperate measures and a miracle from God above to knit their broken hearts back together.
In retrospect, five stars seem a bit dim for this outstanding addition to Laura Frantz's titles.
MarbieThe NetherlandsAge: 35-44Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5MarvelousFebruary 24, 2015MarbieThe NetherlandsAge: 35-44Gender: femaleLaura Frantz has done it again! She has written a tale full of valuable lifes lessons to be remembered for days to come. The characters were so real, I felt like I was there with Wren and the others. The past came to life in the pages of this book. Miss Frantz has an amazing gift for storytelling and revisiting the days gone by. A fine read highly recommended!
CarolLebanon, PAAge: Over 65Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5Laura Frantz's Love's FortuneFebruary 23, 2015CarolLebanon, PAAge: Over 65Gender: femaleQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 4Loves Fortune is the third book in The Ballantyne Legacy. It
can be read as a stand alone. This is the first book of the series,
I read and I had no problem understanding or following the story.
We are riding on a steamboat leaving the dangerous but carefree
life lived in the Kentucky woods by Rowena Wren Ballantyne
and her father, Ansel. They are headed for the city of Pittsburgh,
PA which is a booming industrial city filled with excitement but
still dangerous. It will be a totally different style life for Wren.
The Ballantyne family is an important icon of the social life style
in Pittsburgh. Wren finds her life transformed by her Aunt Andra.
The characters are very realistic and engaging. Each one added
his/her own touch of flavor to the story.
The story takes place in 1850s in Pennsylvania and it is very
interesting learning about the steamboats, industry in
Pittsburgh, the current and future prospect of the railroad, slave
running, the coming out in society protocols and a wee glimpse
of Scotland and its traditions.
Loved the chemistry between the main characters plus the
chemistry between two of the secondary characters.
If you want a book with vivid characters, plenty of mysteries,
drama, suspense, romance, historical facts, utterly unpredictable
plots, captivating writing, loss, loyalty and friendship, this is the
one to read. There are many elements of faith presented for
reader to ponder.
The beginning of each chapter captives the reader with a verse
of poetic prose to set the tone,
Thank you to book fun.org for this Book. My opinion is my own.
beemama5 Stars Out Of 5what happens when your life is turned upside down?December 12, 2014beemamaQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Loves Fortune
By Laura Frantz
Publ: Revell c. 2014
Setting: Cane Run, Kentucky; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Rowena Ballantyne, Wren, has happily lived her life in Cane Run, Kentucky, as the daughter of a luthier known far and wide for his skill and the beautiful music his violins make. Suddenly a letter from her father Ansels family in Pittsburgh cast her into a world she is unfamiliar with, and none too happy to be a part of. Not only is she confronted with family she knows nothing about but she also faces a whole set of expectations placed on her as the granddaughter of one of Pittsburghs most influential families. Just as she is learning her way around the family her father is sent away on business for her grandfather. Now she must negotiate her way through a world that doesnt know what to do with this passionate, vivacious young woman.
Watch as Wren, her family, society, and the turbulent times create a drama that unfolds and enfolds you in a panorama of American history as its best and worst. This book will in turn make you laugh and cry. It will lull you with peace and send you to the edge of your chair. The characters will make you want to hug them one moment and give them a good shake the next.
If you have read the other books in this series you will renew old friendships as you make new ones. If you have not read the other books in this series you will still enjoy a wonderful read.
Pick up this book for an escape into history that will leave you wanting to read more.
I received this book through The Book Club Network for my unbiased review.
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