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Number of Pages: 416
Publication Date: 2009
|Dimensions: 8.50 X 5.50 (inches)|
This epic novel gives readers a glimpse into the simple yet daring lives of the pioneers who first crossed the Appalachians, all through the courageous eyes of a determined young woman. Laura Frantz's debut novel offers a feast for readers of historical fiction and romance lovers alike.
Little Miss Bookworm3 Stars Out Of 5A captivating historical romance set in the untamed frontier . . .February 21, 2017Little Miss BookwormQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5The 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.
Cathy Lynn Bryant AuthorBangor,MaineAge: 45-54Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Wonderful Read!!!!January 15, 2014Cathy Lynn Bryant AuthorBangor,MaineAge: 45-54Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5This 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.
Renee CPAAge: 25-34Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5The Frontiersman's DaughterNovember 15, 2013Renee CPAAge: 25-34Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Review 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.*
MargotSouth AustraliaAge: 45-54Gender: female3 Stars Out Of 5Epic shouldn't mean marathon!September 5, 2013MargotSouth AustraliaAge: 45-54Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 3This 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.
Jocelyn Green, author of Faith DeployedCedar Falls, IAAge: 35-44Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Trustworthy fictionJuly 14, 2013Jocelyn Green, author of Faith DeployedCedar Falls, IAAge: 35-44Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Laura 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.
~Jocelyn Green, author of Widow of Gettysburg
Author: Laura Frantz
Located in: Port Angeles, WA
Submitted: March 13, 2009
Tell us a little about yourself. I was born and raised in Kentucky but am currently living in Washington state with my husband, Randy, and our two sons, Wyatt and Paul. I've felt called to write since age 7 - this must sound strange as what little kid even knows what an author is or does?! Still, I loved books even at that tender age and my first story was about ships. At 13 I wrote my first novel about a colonial girl in Old Sturbridge Village after vacationing with my family there. I've been writing ever since!
What was your motivation behind this project? The Frontiersman's Daughter is really a composite of my Kentucky childhood - a medley of family lore, the history of the region, and my own imaginings growing up a Kentuckian. The lead character, Lael, is really the girl I dreamed of being though she lived 200 plus years ago.
What do you hope folks will gain from this project? I hope that readers will feel pursued by the Saviour as Lael was in the novel. God's hand was on her life even before she knew Him - blessing her, protecting her, guiding her. It would be a huge blessing if readers could know how much more God loves them than a fictional character.
How were you personally impacted by working on this project? I realized how much my childhood was woven into this book - my love for Kentucky where I was born and raised. I think writing this book healed some of the broken places in my life.
Who are your influences, sources of inspiration or favorite authors / artists? There are so many gifted writers out there but I believe my favorite is James Alexander Thom. If you've ever read "Follow the River" you know what I mean. I recently wrote him and told him how much his work has impacted me. He was gracious enough to write back and spoke very candidly about his life and work. I treasure this letter and have all his books. I think Liz Curtis Higgs and Francine Rivers are masters. Jane Eyre was the only book I've ever read twice, other than the best book of all time, the Bible.
Anything else you'd like readers / listeners to know: I feel blessed beyond measure to write books. I hope readers are doubly blessed reading them.