With a stunning voice, ''Courting Morrow Little '' tenderly sings a melody of grace and perseverance. Creating beautiful images with her unique prose, Laura Frantz breathes life into Kentucky at colonial times and into characters that grab hold of a reader and don't let go! It's absolutely fascinating how the story draws in till one becomes part of it. The description of the setting is careful and thorough but even more dazzling is the character development.
Morrow's tender soul is very endearing while the sheer power and elegance of Red Shirt's is nothing but jaw dropping. What an astoundingly beautiful hero â€• few can hold a candle to him. His very character combined with Morrow's creates a romance so delicious; it leaves you breathless for more. I couldn't help but re-experience the beauty of their relationship over and over again. Time teaches their bond to mature and with maturity comes endurance as they face their share of trials. Danger constantly surrounds them but from the ashes of their fears, God knits two hearts that eventually learn to live and love, withholding nothing back.
There were a few things that I remarked about the story and thought could have been better (more closure on certain situations, a faster pace for some parts) but in the end, I just had to marvel at the loveliness Frantz has created with her words. â€˜â€˜Courting Morrow Little '' delights and infuses with hope like few works are able to do. Talent like this is simply undeniable.
The title of this book may mislead you. It is not just a little sweet romance novel, but a very deep and engaging story, which deals with a lot of heartbreak from a past tragedy. But a beautiful love story it is with lots of surprises. Laura Frantz has become one of my top favorite authors and I can't praise her ability to engage the reader enough. You won't be disappointed and oh....it has a beautiful ending.
Upon deciding to read Laura Frantz's novels, I was hesitant to read this one; when a plot is entirely about various men pursuing a girl who can't make up her mind, I get annoyed. However, that is not how the novel played out at all! There is comparatively little courting going on, though a number of men would do so if she would let them. Rather, it is the story of a young woman returning to the wilderness after several years in the colonies, and how she overcomes the ghosts of the past and learns to live in a harsh land. Morrow grows considerably through the book - from a shy, wilting Philadelphia belle afraid of her own shadow to a strong frontier woman.
Unlike many novels about the American Revolution, which typically center on the fight between colonists and Redcoats, Frantz looks closer at the war between the Blue Coats (Americans) and native tribes, who were largely allied with the British, and how the Americans broke many treaties without punishment in order to destroy as many of the Native Americans as possible. As experienced through Morrow Little's eyes, this novel shows the unfairness to the Indians by many of the Americans in their war to take control of the country, and the unfairness to any white person who would live with them (for they surely must be either a traitor or a captive held against their will).
Overall, it was so much better than I expected - the story of life and war, not just a romance that is wrapped up at love's first kiss. Yes, there are the magical moments as she goes from distrust to falling in love, but it continues past the wedding ceremony to learning about each other as a married couple amidst a land fraught with danger. It is a novel of great depth reminiscent of "The Last of the Mohicans" and "Ghost Fox". 5 stars.
I've just started to read some of this authors books and I am truly enjoying the style and content. This story takes place in the 1700's and I enjoyed learning of the trials of blending two cultures. Native Americans and the new Americans. The author has you captivated and throws many surprises in the story and of course the Christian content always refreshing. I would recommend Courting Morrow Little . A very enjoyable book.