The Frontiersman's Daughter by Laura Frantz is an interesting debut novel, that highlights a young woman's journey to womanhood during the late eighteenth century. Living in the untamed Kentucke frontier, Lael Clickstruggles with her mother's indiscretion and her father's hidden past with the Shawnee Indians. Ma Horn, Captain Jack, Ian Justus, and the inhabitants of a small Kentucke settlement, are an unique blend of secondary characters. Living in the middle of Indian Territory strife with danger, feuds reigniting, and broken hearts, Lael is determined to prove women can survive in the uncivilized region.
The extensive research and historical detailhighlights the harsh realities of living in 1777 Kentucke during the American Revolution. Conflict between white men and Indian tribes like the Shawnee is woven into the plot. Frantz does a remarkable job in portraying both sides of the issue.
The Frontiersman's Daughter is a hard book to review. It immediately captured my attention and I thought the prologue foreshadowedwhat was to come. However, the intricate plot twists kept me hooked from beginning toend. I also loved how each character was given a complex personality that enabled them to stand out. Adventure, Romance, Faith, and Redemption are four key themes that emerge withinthe story.
There were several flaws that caused significant problems. First, the storyfocuses on an eight-year period of Lael's life. On more than one occasion, I was unsure of her age. Second, the heroine lets other characters influence her decisions. Third, not all of the plot lines were completed. There are so many unanswered questions. For example, one potential suitor for Lael abruptly disappears from the story.
Overall, I would recommend The Frontiersman's Daughter to anyone who enjoys historical romances set during the American Revolution.
*I may change the 3-star rating to a 4-star rating at a later date.
This is the second novel I have read by Laura Frantz. As before, I was not at all disappointed. She does a marvelous job of describing details pertaining to the times in which the stories take place. Her characters are lovable and the stories gripping. In time I hope to read every novel she has written. I am adding her to my list of favorite authors.
Review originally published on Black n Gold Girl's Book Spot (10/17/09)
I love to read all types of stories featuring different time periods in the history of our country. I can't remember the last time I read a Christian fiction book based around the frontier beyond the Cumberland Gap. Most of the new fiction I've been seeing has been based around the Civil War or later life farther West. The Frontiersman's Daughter is a refreshing change. It's late 18th century!
I really enjoyed this story especially all the fascinating aspects of herbal medicine and the treatment of illnesses in the wilderness. Lael, an independent young woman was taught the curative nature of native plants by her aunt Ma Horn and from there went on to help those at Fort Click until Doctor Ian Justus arrived. Eventually Lael and Ian join forces to help with the treatment of ailments at the fort and the area that surrounds.
There was a bit of a love story but mostly this book was about Lael growing up and finding herself and her faith. A very enjoyable read. The only thing that I had a problem with was Captain Jack! I want to know what happened to him...he was a friend to Lael and her father but after a few brief encounters with Lael he disappeared. I liked him! Oh well, maybe we'll meet him again in a future book!
*I received my complimentary copy from the publisher in exchange for posting my honest review.*
This very long (epic=400 pages!) book started off very slowly. It is the story of Lael Click, daughter of one of the first frontiersmen to settle beyond the Appalachians. It starts when Lael is 13 years old, and although they married young in those days, I found it almost impossible to relate to the feelings for men that are attributed to such a young girl. I appreciated the way she honored her father throughout her life, and enjoyed it all much more once she was grown up, growing closer to God, and being courted by a strong Christian doctor. Laura Frantz writes very descriptively, and I enjoyed the way she gave both sides of the white/Indian clash. So it has good points and bad, was a bit long, but all in all an interesting novel.
Laura Frantz is a master wordsmith, painting vivid settings, multi-layered characters and spellbinding plots. The research required for this story left me in awe--I'm a Laura Frantz fan for life. Can't wait to get started on her next novel.