An Uncommon Woman
An Uncommon Woman  -     By: Laura Frantz
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Unflinching and plainspoken, Tessa Swam is not your typical eighteen-century woman. Born and bred on the frontier along with her fice brothers, she is a force to be reckoned with. 

Raised by Lenape Indians and a hero of the French and Indian War, Clay Tygart is not your typical eighteen-century man. He returns to the fort that bears his name to become the new commander. Charged with keeping the peace with local tribes, Clay is determined to avoid any romantic entanglements and purposely give the lovely Tessa a wide berth. But when Tessa is taken captive, Clay's hand-and heart- are forced, leading to a very private and a very public reckoning

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Title: An Uncommon Woman
By: Laura Frantz
Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 377
Vendor: Revell
Publication Date: 2020
Dimensions: 8.50 X 5.50 (inches)
Weight: 12 ounces
ISBN: 0800734955
ISBN-13: 9780800734954
Stock No: WW734952

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Unflinching and plainspoken, Tessa Swan is not your typical 18th-century woman. Born and bred on the western Virginia frontier along with her five brothers, she is a force to be reckoned with.

Quiet and courageous, Clay Tygart is not your typical 18th-century man. Raised by Lenape Indians, he returns a hero from the French and Indian War to the fort that bears his name, bringing with him Tessa's long-lost friend, Keturah, who disappeared from the settlement years earlier.

Determined to avoid any romantic entanglements as fort commander, Clay remains aloof whenever he encounters the lovely Tessa. But when circumstances force Clay's hand--and heart--the stage is set for one very private and one very public reckoning.

Intense, evocative, and laced with intricate historical details that bring the past to life, An Uncommon Woman will transport you to the picturesque and dangerous western Virginia mountains of 1770.

Author Bio

Laura Frantz is a Christy Award winner and the ECPA bestselling author of eleven novels, including The Frontiersman's Daughter, Courting Morrow Little, The Colonel's Lady, The Lacemaker, and A Bound Heart. Learn more at www.laurafrantz.net.

Author Interview

1.Tell us what sparked the idea for your new book, An Uncommon Woman.


I’ve long been fascinated by Indian captivity narratives and thought it would be interesting to create characters who have been shaped by that life-altering circumstance.


2.This book is written after the French and Indian War. How did you become interested in this time period?


This time period is a roiling one, rife with conflict and larger-than-life figures who built America. So much of our founding history has been lost or is unknown, yet it contains such amazing material for novels today.


3.What type of research was required for writing your book?


I read as many Indian captivity stories as I could, both fiction and nonfiction. I delved into the historical records for Jemima Boone, Mary Draper Ingles, and others who survived such events and even thrived in very hostile, heartbreaking situations.


4.One of the main characters, Clay Tygart, was raised by Lenape Indians. Can you tell us a little about his backstory?


Clay is a conundrum of a frontiersman, born to Pennsylvania Quakers (Friends), captured and raised by Lenape/Delaware Indians, then redeemed and returned to white society. He is at war within himself, taking command of a fort named in his honor as a hero of the French and Indian War, yet desiring peace at all costs on a very embittered, embattled frontier.


5.What do you hope readers can learn from An Uncommon Woman?


The dedication page of this novel contains words from the ancient hymn Be Thou My Vision. My hope is that no matter what life hands us, we as believers can stand firm and say:
Heart of my own heart, whate’er befall, Still be my vision, O Ruler of all.
What do you love most about writing historical fiction?
Preserving history is such a privilege and pleasure. Breathing life into actual events and people through fiction in a day when we’ve lost touch with our roots keeps me researching and writing.

 

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