The Colonel's Lady

The Colonel's Lady

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by Laura Frantz
     
 

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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

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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.

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Publishers Weekly
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.)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781410441508
Publisher:
Gale Cengage Learning
Publication date:
11/02/2011
Edition description:
Large Print
Pages:
685
Product dimensions:
5.80(w) x 8.50(h) x 1.30(d)

Meet the Author

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.

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Colonel's Lady 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 66 reviews.
Justpeachy1 More than 1 year ago
Known in Christian fiction circles for her frontier writing, Laura Frantz once again thrills fans with her latest release, The Colonel's Lady. Set in 1779 in the wilds of Kentucky, this novel takes on facets of several different genres. Historical romance, inspirational fiction and suspense fill the pages, as readers are transported back in time to the Colonial frontier. A great inspirational read for the summer! Laura Frantz once again brings readers a novel set in Kentucky. Frantz has a connection to Kentucky through her own family history and it becomes evident in her writing. She treats the area and her subject matter with reverence and esteem. She doesn't shy away from the harsher side of frontier life, not does she forget about the significance of this time in history. I thought she did a remarkable job of describing the sights and sounds for the reader, but also the emotions involved in being in a fort that was literally under siege. Frantz has a knack for creating characters that the reader will become interested in. Roxie is a woman of some influence in Virginia, but she is willing to give all that up to join her father on the frontier. Life is very different from what she is used to at Fort Endeavor and she is forced to re-think her prior life and what was important to her. Her is a young woman, who is considered all but a spinster, who is given another chance at finding love in the most unlikely of places. I think readers will fall in love with Roxie and find themselves rooting for her and Cass. Cass is a man who has many facets. There's a lot to him. He is an Irishman in a foreign land, so to speak. He takes his duty seriously and he treats every life under his command with diligence and care, including Roxie. He feels responsible for situations that leave the people in the fort at the mercy of the redcoats and Indians. He takes a lot on himself and it is clear that it weighs him down to an extent. I think readers will find him gracious, accepting and yet solid. He has great character and a loving heart, but he seems to sabotage himself when it comes to love. As if he doesn't feel worthy. I liked the idea that Frantz uses to bring these characters together. I thought it was fresh and original. The inspirational or Christian aspect of the book is well written and doesn't overpower the story. It flows into the book naturally and doesn't seem forced. The biblical references and the ideas of redemption and faith are treated with respect and come across as a part of the novel and not just inserted to make the book inspirational. It is obvious that the author has a deep faith of her own and knows how to express it and how it plays out in everyday life. I liked how Frantz weaved faith into the fabric of the novel along with history, romance, and some suspense. The overall result is Christian fiction at it's best! Readers who love history and romance will certainly get their monies worth with this book, as well as readers who love the frontier and Western writing. Suspense fans will also get what they want as Cass and Roxie try to weed out the spy, and try to survive the every day hardships of the frontier. Whats more suspenseful than life or death on a day to day basis? I think there is something for everyone with this book and Frantz has written a well crafted inspirational novel. I recommend it to all my readers. If you haven't tried inspirational fiction, this is definitely a good place to start!
Jocelyn_Green More than 1 year ago
With both bold and intricate strokes, master storyteller Laura Frantz has painted a breathtakingly beautiful tale in The Colonel's Lady. With equal amounts of history and romance, this literary gem will immerse you into another time and place and keep you turning the pages until the satisfying conclusion. The hero is among my favorites I've ever read. ~Jocelyn Green, author of Yankee in Atlanta
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Frantz is one of my favorite writers. the colonel's lady is written for the historical readers. I believe I enjoyed the book just for the plot and the enjoyment. It could be good for book club discussions as it touches on historical facts.
Shay14 More than 1 year ago
I have been waiting for a chance to read this book since I received in for Christmas two years ago. I have heard so many good things about this author's books, and I wasn't disappointed. Let me start off by saying I generally tend to stay away from books so closely related to war and war-like times for personal reasons, so I was a little hesitant when I started reading this book and realized it was set in the middle of a war. However, as I got further into the book, the war faded from my mind because the author does such a wonderful job of bringing her characters to life. The plot is set in Kentucky at Fort Endeavor. The author gives such a rich description of life on the remote Kentucky fort that I felt like I was living in that time! The picture she painted was bleak and depressing at times, as I'm sure it was for some of the soldiers who were sent to the remote forts with no settlements near. The main characters, Roxanna Rowan and Colonel Cassius McLinn, were very well developed in my opinion. Because the author does not focus too much on the secondary characters, even though they were important to the story, I feel like I really got to know Roxie and Cass and could feel their emotions and love, as they did. There were times when I could have shaken both of them silly because of their stubbornness and hard-headed ways. I loved watching their lives unfold individually and together. For a Christian novel, I was surprised as the amount of drinking that was done in the book. However, it was vitally important to the story. For one, the remoteness of the fort caused soldier morale to slip very easily. Giving the soldiers something to numb their pain was probably one of the only ways to keep their morale up. Second, it allowed the reader to really connect with the changes in Cass throughout the book. The author, by no means, glamorized the drunken state of things. Instead, she effectively showed the reader that drinking does nothing but numb the pain for a short time. The only thing that Cass could rely on to take the pain away and ease his guilt was God. The author does a fantastic job of showing both Cass' and Roxie's spiritual development. Overall, I really enjoyed this book. I would love to read more by this author!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good writing and story. Didn't get bored.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My only wish is that i could give it more stars. This book was beautiful, romantic, exciting, nerve biting, and suspenseful. There were times when Roxanna truly made me want to fling the book across the room. But i kept returning because the relationship between her and Cass was that special. I loved the women that she traveled with and the energy that they bought to a dying fort in the middle of no where. I especially, loved the fact that they had an african american character that was a central character. Bellas character was very powerful and important important in the story. She spoke her mind and for that i loved her as much as the main characters. Buy the book and read it twice.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Laura Frantz is a great author. I have read 3 of her books so far and have LOVED every one of them.   The author does a brilliant job of keeping the book exciting and full of suspense.  I was hooked by the first chapter. I highly recommend this book and all of the authors books.
ForThisMoment More than 1 year ago
This is the third book I've read from Laura Frantz and I was hooked by the very first chapter. It starts off at a very suspenseful and dangerous scene and retained that quality till the end of the book. I loved Roxie and her relationship with the Coronel. She was always very strong and took charge easily. Its easy to see how she could win over the Coronel as well as the whole Fort so easily. This book is worth the read: the historical aspects are up to par and I loved seeing the slight allusion of Fort Click to the first novel she wrote.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wonderful book set in the Revolutionary War on the frontier that stays true to the times and keeps the reader interested.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book blew me away! Although the story didn't seem to pick up until 70-100 pages into the story, once it did pick up I couldn't put the book down. I found myself staying up until the wee hours of the morning just to find out what would tranpire next. This book was well written and the emotions of what the character's were feeling were so well described, you will feel as though you can relate to these charaters on a deeper level. I will surely recommend this book to everyone I know. I can't wait to read more books by this author.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The Colonel's Lady is so far my favorite book by Laura Frantz. I've never read a book that made me feel so many things. It's like I was there in the book, and the characters were so real. Absolutely loved it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Another great book from Frantz! Her history in the book was "right on target" and I so much like a great novel with not smut!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
We need more clean romance novels!
ForstRose More than 1 year ago
As usual I was drawn into the people and places of Frantz's novel as I opened the covers of this book. Roxie and the residents of the fort each in their own ways won over readers hearts. Of course there is also little mute Abby who wheedles her way into everyone's lives she touches with just a look. Abby and everyone else assume she belongs to the Colonel because looks can't lie but twins can. Frantz has woven a number of mysteries into the plot of this novel that all seem to be somehow connected to the Colonel but their true link both to him and one another proves to be a twist no one is quite ready for when it is finally revealed. Frantz keeps readers turning pages wondering what is really going on at the periphery of things that is not ever truly explained but you know things aren't "right" as the story progresses. You have to pick up a copy of this book to see what I mean.
Anonymous 8 months ago
I loved this work of historical fiction. The characters were well thought out and very believable. I highly recommend this book.
mackenzie_carol More than 1 year ago
Laura Frantz is a relatively new author to me—The Colonel’s Lady is the first book I have read by her—but I must say she quickly has become one of my favorites. Laura does a wonderful job of weaving mystery, intrigue, and romance together in this Revolutionary War historical, making it nearly impossible to put down. She draws you in with bits of tragedy and hidden truths before rooting you to your spot with heart-melting scenes that renew your faith in love and compassion. After reading such a sweet, well-written story, I can assure you that I will most definitely be reading more of her books in the future. With nowhere else to go and no one else to turn to, Roxanna Rowan puts aside her fears of danger and ventures into the frontier in an attempt to get to her father, who is serving as an officer in a fort in the Kentucke territory. After receiving the devastating news that her father was killed on a campaign, Roxanna has no choice but to remain on the fort until she can find a way back to civilization. She begins to settle in to her life on the fort, and before much time has passed, she finds herself becoming closer and closer to Cassius McLinn—the colonel in charge of the fort. But Cass’s heart remains a mystery, and she cannot help but wonder if she can truly trust a man who holds so many secrets, even though he is also the man who holds her heart. Will Roxanna ever be able to put aside old—and new—hurts and forgive the Colonel? Will she ever find the love she’s been longing for? So let me just say, I absolutely love Cass. Yes, I know, he’s Mr. Gruff-and-Tough, and he holds more secrets than any man ever should, but I could not help falling for him. On the inside he is such a sweet, gentle man, and you see that time and again as he cares for Roxanna and Abby (who you’ll meet later). When he lets his guard down and stops trying to hold the weight of the whole fort on his shoulders, Cass becomes the most compassionate, kind, gentle-hearted soul you can imagine. And honestly, I like men who can be a little gruff sometimes. They have to be able to protect you, right (ha ha)? Anyway, Cass quickly became one of my favorite heroes, especially as I watched him struggle with his secrets, the possibility of a spy, the British soldiers (and all the things they threatened which I cannot tell you), and his own humanness (like illness and such, also things I cannot tell you). Add all of that together, throw in some breathtakingly romantic scenes, and you’ve got a story—and a hero—you’re not likely to forget. Since this book was so completely chock full of extremely interesting Revolutionary Period facts, intrigue—this was one mystery I couldn’t figure out, until it was obvious of course—and romance, I cannot help but give it all five bookshelves. Laura weaved an unforgettable tale of humility, love, and forgiveness that I am sure I will be reading again. I cannot wait to read more of her novels, because I am sure each one will be a treat, just like this one. (This review is from my blog, spreadinghisgrace.blogspot.com)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Excellent book! All of Laura Frantz's books are outstanding. Wish she could write them faster!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great reading.  Loved the time period and that it had no bad language or sex.
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BookReviewerNicole More than 1 year ago
*Book Description*   Roxanna Rowan no longer has any patience to wait for her dear father to return to her as he fights as a Patriot in the war. Determined, Roxanna sets out...only to find that her dear father has been killed. Now, with no money and no safe way to get home, Roxanna sets to work and agrees to stay until spring. When handsome Colonel Cassius McLinn arrives on his white steed, coattails flying, the heart of the Virginian Spinster soars along with it. When Roxanna begins to fall for a soldier, something she promised her mother she would not do, will his secret rip them apart? And when danger is just on the border, will the British prevail over them? Will anyone be safe, will Cass? And what of the secret of dear little Abby? Colonel Cass McLinn feels dread, attraction and a million other things every time he looks at his dear friend's sweet Roxie. With growing respect and admiration for his new found scrivener, Cass does his best to keep his feelings under wraps. Unfortunately, to his undoing Roxie's feelings are similar and frightening to her. Trying to comfort the sweet young woman, keep himself in control, and worry about attacks, Cass is overwhelmed. Then when there's a chance that lives are lost, what will they do to protect one another? Will they live to see another day? Together?  *What I liked* I love this book for many reasons but the first is the setting. I've read so few books set in the Revolutionary war time period (actually this was a first!) that it made it so worth it to read the history in this one. The cover was fabulous and don't get me started on the descriptions. Normally, I'm not too enthralled with red haired characters but Cass...he really had me. My favorite part was the nicknames. Not one but TWO nicknames, girl and guy nicknames!!! LOVE!!     *What I didn't like*  I didn't like the ending...don't get me wrong, I loved it but it was sooo sad when I reached the last page!! My sole issue with stand alone novels. ;)  *My Rating* I give The Colonels Lady... 5 stars!!   *My Overall Opinion* My overall opinion on The Colonels Lady is five stars. I find it to be a wonderful book with faith, heroism, strength, and so many wonderful values in it without surrendering any passion or romance anyone may be worrying about. Into my favorites it goes!
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