Seldom have I been so immersed in a story world. I am so thankful this was not a quick read for me. It was long, luxuriant, and utterly consuming.
My pool deck, my bedroom, the doctor's office, and every spare minute in the car turned into the Kentucky wilderness this summer. I experienced Roxanna Rowan's vulnerability to heartache, imminent Indian attack, a Spartan existence within the stockade walls of a military fort, but most alarming of all, the dangerous charms of Colonel Cassius Clayton McLinn.
McLinn is a man among men, redoubtable in stature, in reputation, in authority, and in making Roxie's sensible heart betray her. The daughter of a soldier, she proves herself as determined and formidable as he in a contest of wills and of romance.
What I found most appealing was the way the author crafts relationships. Believable and sympathetic supporting cast, such as Bella the freed slave woman who befriends Roxie, almost steal scenes with their pithy humor and poignant roles. The setting itself assumes a character-like quality. The harsh frontier winter slowly yields to the change of seasons, mirroring a theme throughout the story of redemption
from darkness and despairing circumstance.
This is s book that almost defies genre, because it is so much more than a romance, though the romance itself pulled at my heart so relentlessly I could never go long without turning another page. Heart-achingly beautiful and sorrowful and so full of longing, the hero and heroine move beyond sympathetic to saturating, engaging the reader's highest hopes and deepest longings.
And yet, this is a story of the power of hope itself. Hope in God. Hope in the future. Hope in the better angels of our nature. And for me, hope that more novels of this caliber will continue to flow from a master storyteller like Ms. Frantz.
The Colonel's Lady... Alright, what a satisfying ending to this story!
There's no doubt about it, Laura Frantz brings something unique and worth discovering in Christian Fiction. From the very first page of this novel, it is undeniable that she knows how to craft not only a well-researched story, but also a superbly well-written one.
Make know mistake, this author knows how to tell a tale.
However, I will be honest and admit that there were some parts in this book that I was tempted to give up on. I guess I was looking for more and at times, things were moving too fast and many outcomes were very predictable. There were some passages that could have had more depth and more flow. BUT that does not change the fact that this is a suspenseful story, with enough romantic sizzles (amen, ladies?) a happy ending and a powerful biblical reminder about our great Lord of Hosts backing us up in battle.
To anyone else interested in it, well, why not give it a try and see? :-)
One of my great pleasures is finding a new author. I found one in Laura Franz! I decided to give this book a try after reading great reviews. They were right. What a FANTASTIC book! I can't say enough about how much I enjoyed it. Set in 1779 when the early American settlers are battling England, we meet our heroine, Roxanna, a genteel woman of Virginia. At that time in history, someone of her age is considered to be somewhat of a spinster. She has lost everyone but her father, who is a scrivener for the army at a fort in Kentucky. She makes the life-threatening and difficult journey to the fort, only to discover that her father has recently died. She has nowhere else to go, and stays on as scrivener to the handsome but intimidating Colonel Cassius McLinn. Before long, we find the two attracted to one another. But each hold deep, painful secrets which play havoc with their lives and their relationship to one another.
This is a sweeping, beautiful saga rich with history and exquisite prose. I loved reading about life on the fort from the different perspectives, as well as getting a vision of the fight for our country's freedom. The detail was just breathtaking. The relationship between Cass and Roxy was heart pounding yet poignant. The issues they faced were deep and profound. There were twists and turns along with joy and loss. There was love and betrayal, bitterness and forgiveness. A story rich in humanity, buoyed with divine hope. No gimmicks, no games. Just beautiful, brilliant writing that was as informative as it was enjoyable. This book had it all. A not-to-be-missed, perfect book. Yes, perfect. It was that good. I absolutely, positively recommend this book.
Laura Frantz book not only give entertainment but history lessons as well. You can not put this book down once started. She paints a time long gone and characters that are so real, that you will forget they are fictional. Can wait till fall for her next book!!
I've been impatiently waiting for the release of The Colonel's Lady. As I became to love Laura's previous books I was sure that I would not be disappointed with this book!
Roxanna Rowan is traveling from Virginia to Kentucke to visit her father who serves as an officer under Colonel McLinn. When she arrives at Fort Endeavor she learns that her father was recently killed. She can't return and has no other options than to stay in her father's cabin.
Colonel Cassius McLinn was with Roxanna's father when he died and promised him to take care of Roxie.
While reading how their lives come together I imagined living in the Fort with them. I could smell the odors, hear the people talking and shouting, hear the bullets whistling, feel the winter cold and... feel the chemistry between the colonel and his lady *sigh*. I was really there and witnessed it all. Few authors can make me feel like I'm actually in the story.