In 1779, when genteel Virginia spinster Roxanna Rowan arrives at the Kentucky fort commanded by Colonel Cassius McLinn, she finds that her officer father has died. Penniless and destitute, Roxanna is forced to take her father's place as scrivener. Before long, it's clear that the colonel himself is attracted to her. But she soon realizes the colonel has grave secrets of his own--some of which have to do with her father's sudden death. Can she ever truly love him?
Readers will be enchanted by this powerful story of love, faith, and forgiveness from reader favorite Laura Frantz. Her solid research and deft writing immerse readers in the world of the early frontier while her realistic characters become intimate friends.
Laura Frantz credits her grandmother as being the catalyst for her fascination with Kentucky history. Frantz's family followed Daniel Boone into Kentucky in the late eighteenth century and settled in Madison County, where her family still resides. Frantz is the author of The Frontiersman's Daughter and Courting Morrow Little and currently lives in the misty woods of Washington with her husband and two sons.
In 1779, Roxanna Rowan is aging into spinsterhood, having been jilted by her betrothed. She bravely, and desperately, seeks to join her father at a remote fort on the western frontier in Kentucky. What she'll soon learn is that her father is dead, and she'll take his place as the scrivener--secretary--of the fort commander, Col. Cassius Clayton McLinn. What she'll later learn is that McLinn, with whom she slowly falls in love, keeps a secret about how her father died. Frantz (The Frontiersman's Daughter) manages to neatly tie and untie a tough plot knot, and Roxie and Cass are both well-characterized. The message is Christian and redemptive, but it's not piled on with piety, and the romance is sensual enough within Christian fiction constraints. Frantz has also done her historical homework, building a setting that shows how the times were not easy. Some of the minor characters are less well-drawn (the mute child Abby is more plot device than character), and the pace can plod as the clouds of battle gather But these flaws don't detract much from a satisfying and surprisingly subtle read. (Aug.) Copyright 2011 Reed Business Information.