This story, much like every book I’ve read by Laura Frantz, will stick with me. I was immediately drawn into the characters’ world and I didn’t want to leave. I wanted to settle in their wilderness alongside them to see their lives continue to unfold.

I couldn’t have admired Tessa or Clay more. Both are heroic, strong and kindhearted. I enjoyed every minute I spent with them. Their relationship bloomed so naturally throughout the tale, I was smiling through many scenes. It was romantic and realistic at the same time, creating the perfect blend of real life with real love.

The author’s beautiful prose colors every page, as well as her heart for vivid historical detail. This particular era was overflowing with dangers and hardships for those who lived it and I felt their nerves, their hopes, and their fears as I kept turning the pages. I appreciated the delicate balance and respectful storytelling of such history that contains both beauty and pain.

An Uncommon Woman delivered everything I look for—and love—in fiction. I highly recommend it!


About the Book

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, a redeemed Indian captive like himself.

Determined to avoid any romantic entanglements as fort commander, Clay remains aloof whenever he encounters the lovely Tessa. But when she is taken captive by the tribe Clay left, his hand–and heart–are forced, leading to 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.

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About the Author

Award-winning, bestselling author Laura Frantz is passionate about all things historical, particularly the 18th-century, and writes her manuscripts in longhand first. Her stories often incorporate Scottish themes that reflect her family heritage. She is a direct descendant of George Hume, Wedderburn Castle, Berwickshire, Scotland, who was exiled to the American colonies for his role in the Jacobite Rebellion of 1715, settled in Virginia, and is credited with teaching George Washington surveying in the years 1748-1750. Frantz lives and writes in a log cabin in the heart of Kentucky.

According to Publishers Weekly, “Frantz has done her historical homework.” With her signature attention to historical detail and emotional depth, she is represented by Janet Kobobel Grant, Literary Agent & Founder, Books & Such Literary Agency of Santa Rosa, California. Visit her at