This title & the lovely cover drew me to this book over & over, but I hadn't "met" Laura yet. Thus, I didn't end up reading it until after "Courting Morrow Little" & "The Frontiersman's Daughter" - when I knew all of Laura's books would be "must read" for me. In fact, "The Colonel's Lady" absolutely reinforced that declaration! It was one of those stories that I literally could not put down. Roxanna's beauty was so much more than just how she looked. She showered nurturing love on little Abby, extended grace to fallen women even when they disappointed her, blessed an entire fort every time she lost herself in the kitchen, & radiated such peace in Christ that she comforted those around her. Roxanna had no expectations from others or from the Lord, but she was such a kind person that everyone wanted to care of her. I got so caught up in Roxanna's point of view that I was surprised right along with her when "we" jumped to the wrong conclusion more than once! The Colonel was exactly the kind of roguish hero that every damsel in distress dreams of finding. It's hard to remember that this vibrant & beautiful book was primarily set in a Kentucky frontier fort during a dismal winter in 1779. Laura filled not just the pages, but also my heart with a desire for something more - that bud of hope that can only blossom under the Sonshine of Jesus Christ.
I just finished this book, my second Laura Frantz novel, and let me just say that I am hooked. She creates a world that captivates and enraptures you so tightly that you don't want to leave. The characters are real, and I found myself yelling at them once or twice... :)
Great story, but I think I preferred her other book, The Frontiersman's Daughter. The storyline was a little stronger in that one...
All in all, a highly recommended book to all lovers of colonial historical romance. I suppose I could tell you that there is a super handsome man in it, *spoiler*and you will be frustrated at the female for refusing him so many times! What is wrong with some woman?! :)
In October, I discovered a fall scavenger hunt (The Fall Christian Fiction Scavenger Hunt). Y'all, best.idea.ever. It was a scavenger hunt through the web that involved 31 authors. Each one linked to the next author/blog, with a clue and introduction to another author. Not only did each blog have a giveaway, but the grand prize was a Kindle Fire and signed copies of 31 books. Not only was it fun, but I enjoyed "meeting" new authors and added about 3,000 books to my must read list. Thank the heavens for the public library.
And one of those was this one! The Colonel's Lady sounded interesting, it takes place in a different era of historical fiction than I normally read (it was also my first book of Laura Franz) and I was hoping it would be a good read. I suck at writing bad reviews of books because I feel like its mean (even though that's totally not true, because there's going to be some books you just don't like). But the good news is that I don't have to with this one. It was a great read!
I enjoyed the time period, the descriptions and of course the characters! I thought Franz did a honest job, where everything wasn't peachy keen, but life as it was. Where loved ones got sick, were killed and people betrayed. But there was also hope and love in the midst of our nation's beginnings. A very entertaining read I fully recommend!
On a random sidenote, if you don't follow publishers and authors on Facebook and/or Twitter, you should! I get all the notices of free kindle books and so I got another one of Franz's books for free! Woot! I look forward to reading Courting Morrow Little: A Novel.
After reading Courting Morrow Little by Laura Frantz, I wasn't expecting a whole lot. However, I was greatly surprised. I absolutely loved this book. What made this book so great? One word - Cass. He made this book stand out. I felt sorry for him every time the heroine, Roxanne, would think wrongly about him. The romance was wonderful and I loved that Frantz included the verse from 2 Kings about Elisha. That is a favorite of mine. I highly recommend this book for anyone who loves historical time periods with a great romance. Thanks, Laura Frantz, for a great book!