I hardly know where to begin with this book. I almost feel unfit to review it. It was a pure treasure to read. Every word to be pondered. Every curve of the story to be enjoyed.
Readers can’t help falling for the Ballantyne family. Upon entering their home, you quickly realize you’ve been welcomed into a real family and made witness to their strengths, weaknesses, victories, and failures. I appreciated each character for being real and imperfect.
The setting, the dialogue, and the historical detail grabbed me, while intriguing dangers lurk in the page shadows. The author’s craft and vision is articulately subtle and entirely captivating. This series is quite an inspiration to my own aspirations as an author.
Can I just say I loved Wren and James? I enjoyed getting to know them and cheer for them as they worked their way through the highs and lows of their relationship, their hidden feelings, and misunderstandings. It’s complicated, yes. You’ll love it! 😉
The beautiful, epic journey over land – and in Wren’s heart – was mesmerizing and memorable. I was eager to reach the last page. Yet it was a bittersweet reward. I may have closed the book, but I’m still there in Wren’s world in my heart. Thank you, Laura. That’s all I can say.
This review is my honest opinion. Thanks to the publisher for my copy.
ABOUT THE BOOK:
With two very different horizons stretched out before her, one young woman stands on the cusp of an unknown future.
Sheltered since birth at her Kentucky home, Rowena Ballantyne has heard only whispered rumors of her grandfather Silas’s vast fortune and grand manor in Pennsylvania. Then her father, Silas’s long-estranged son, Ansel, receives a rare letter summoning him to New Hope. Rowena makes the journey with him and quickly finds herself in a whole new world— filled with family members she’s never met, dances she’s never learned, and a new side to the father she thought she knew. As she struggles to fit in during their extended stay, she finds a friend in James Sackett, the most valued steamship pilot of the Ballantyne’s shipping line. Even with his help, Rowena feels she may never be comfortable in high society. Will she go her own way . . . to her own peril?
With her signature attention to historical detail and emotional depth, Laura Frantz brings 1850s Pennsylvania alive with a tender story of loss, love, and loyalty in this final installment of the Ballatyne saga.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Laura Frantz is a Christy Award finalist and the author of several books, including The Frontiersman’s Daughter, Love’s Reckoning, and Love’s Awakening. She currently lives in the misty woods of Washington with her husband and two sons.
Learn more at http://laurafrantz.net/