With both bold and intricate strokes, master storyteller Laura Frantz has painted a breathtakingly beautiful tale in The Colonel's Lady. With equal amounts of history and romance, this literary gem will immerse you into another time and place and keep you turning the pages until the satisfying conclusion. The hero is among my favorites I've ever read.
Kentucke Territory 1779. This book takes place during the war with the French. Dangerous Indians lurk about. Colonel Cassius McLinn has lost his home in Ireland, and has been ordered to protect the area, far away from General Washington, and his own traitorous twin brother. Serving under Col McLinn is Roxanna Rowan's beloved father, whom she hopes to surprise at the isolated fort. Her father serves as Scrivener to the Colonel and is well respected there. Roxanna barely makes it to the fort alive, and must wait many months before it is safe to even consider leaving. In the beginning, that seems unthinkable, but she develops bonds with the people within its walls.
While I did enjoy much of the details about the war, what grew tiresome, by about page 300 of 406, was Roxanna's mistrust and lack of insight, and woe-is-me attitude. It dragged on and on and on.
Usually, I am excited to write a review, but not so much in this case.
I have been waiting for a chance to read this book since I received in for Christmas two years ago. I have heard so many good things about this author's books, and I wasn't disappointed. Let me start off by saying I generally tend to stay away from books so closely related to war and war-like times for personal reasons, so I was a little hesitant when I started reading this book and realized it was set in the middle of a war. However, as I got further into the book, the war faded from my mind because the author does such a wonderful job of bringing her characters to life. The plot is set in Kentucky at Fort Endeavor. The author gives such a rich description of life on the remote Kentucky fort that I felt like I was living in that time! The picture she painted was bleak and depressing at times, as I'm sure it was for some of the soldiers who were sent to the remote forts with no settlements near.
The main characters, Roxanna Rowan and Colonel Cassius McLinn, were very well developed in my opinion. Because the author does not focus too much on the secondary characters, even though they were important to the story, I feel like I really got to know Roxie and Cass and could feel their emotions and love, as they did. There were times when I could have shaken both of them silly because of their stubbornness and hard-headed ways. I loved watching their lives unfold individually and together.
For a Christian novel, I was surprised as the amount of drinking that was done in the book. However, it was vitally important to the story. For one, the remoteness of the fort caused soldier morale to slip very easily. Giving the soldiers something to numb their pain was probably one of the only ways to keep their morale up. Second, it allowed the reader to really connect with the changes in Cass throughout the book. The author, by no means, glamorized the drunken state of things. Instead, she effectively showed the reader that drinking does nothing but numb the pain for a short time. The only thing that Cass could rely on to take the pain away and ease his guilt was God. The author does a fantastic job of showing both Cass' and Roxie's spiritual development.
Overall, I really enjoyed this book. I would love to read more by this author!
This is the first book I've read by Laura Frantz. In viewing sites on books to read I kept seeing Laura's name and great reviews. I finally found one of her books (the big bookstores are on the other side of town). This takes place during the American Revolution in Kentucke (yep-that's the way the spelled it back then-I used to live in Kentucky). Roxanna travels from Virginia to a remote fort in Kentucke. Only when she arrives she finds out that her father was killed while on patrol. She also arrives at the fort, via ferry, with "ladies of the evening" and a small girl.
This is well paced, you have romance, Indians, traitors, war, hardships, faith, forgiveness, and learning to accept that God does know best, whether we can see it or not.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book and have already started her book "Courting Morrow Little" Its even faster paced than this book. I have found another author to add to my "favorites" list. The reviews I read on Laura Frantz's writing were astute and I agree with them. No one asked me to read or leave a review on this book. I try to leave reviews on books that I truly enjoyed. I liked her books enough that I went and bought another one.