Yet another beautiful story by Laura Frantz. You would think a wonderful book would be easy to review, but sometimes they prove to be the hardest for me. I find it hard to narrow down what I loved most about this story. How much time do you have? 😉
The Mistress of Tall Acre had everything in it I was hoping for and more. The historical setting was rich and colorful. I felt like I was walking the fields and halls of Tall Acre right alongside the characters. I shared in their surprises, their fears, and their affections for one another. This intriguing romance will sweep many readers off their feet.
I liked Sophie from the start and appreciated her strength and kind heart. I was so touched by the warm relationship between her and the widower’s daughter. What a sweet little girl! And the General? Readers’ hearts will undoubtedly fall for him just as mine did. He’s a wounded hero, emotionally and physically, and his road to healing isn’t an easy one. I loved seeing his friendship with Sophie develop and watching those feelings grow. Their “marriage of convenience” was unique from anything I’d read before.
Just as you’ll find in other books by Laura Frantz, her delicate phrasing is picturesque as always and worthy of underlining. 😉 Her heart for history shines through and the themes of hope and healing fill the pages from start to finish.
There were some really surprising twists I did not see coming. I couldn’t read fast enough to find out what happened next! The Mistress of Tall Acre is one of my favorite stories of the year by one of my favorite authors. Read and savor it… and then read it again. I know I plan to! 😉
This review is my honest opinion. Thanks to Revell for my copy.
ABOUT THE BOOK:
The American Revolution is finally over, and Sophie Menzies is starved for good news. When her nearest neighbor, General Seamus Ogilvy, finally comes home to Tall Acre, she hopes it is a sign of better days to come. But the general is now a widower with a small daughter in desperate need of a mother. Nearly destitute, Sophie agrees to marry Seamus and become the mistress of Tall Acre in what seems a safe, sensible arrangement. But when a woman from the general’s past returns without warning, the ties that bind this fledgling family together will be strained to the utmost. When all is said and done, who will be the rightful mistress of Tall Acre?
Triumph and tragedy, loyalty and betrayal–readers find it all in the rich pages of this newest historical novel from the talented pen of Laura Frantz. Her careful historical details immerse the reader in the story world, and her emotional writing and finely tuned characters never cease to enchant fans both old and new.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Award-winning 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.
Readers can find Laura Frantz at www.laurafrantz.net