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Posted August 20, 2011
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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!
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Posted February 27, 2014
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!
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Posted June 26, 2014
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
Posted May 23, 2014
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.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
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Posted July 23, 2013
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.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted July 1, 2013
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.
Posted April 25, 2013
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.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted March 12, 2012
I've been impatiently waiting for the release of The Colonel's Lady. As I became to love Laura's previous books I was sure that I would not be disappointed with this book!
Roxanna Rowan is traveling from Virginia to Kentucke to visit her father who serves as an officer under Colonel McLinn. When she arrives at Fort Endeavor she learns that her father was recently killed. She can't return and has no other options than to stay in her father's cabin.
Colonel Cassius McLinn was with Roxanna's father when he died and promised him to take care of Roxie.
While reading how their lives come together I imagined living in the Fort with them. I could smell the odors, hear the people talking and shouting, hear the bullets whistling, feel the winter cold and... feel the chemistry between the colonel and his lady *sigh*. I was really there and witnessed it all. Few authors can make me feel like I'm actually in the story.
This was a great read! Very well done, Laura!
Posted January 16, 2012
Posted January 3, 2012
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.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted November 29, 2011
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!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
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Posted August 23, 2011
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.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted August 22, 2011
This is my first book by Laura Frantz. I saw someone reading this book and I was attracted to the cover and title. (I love period romance books) This book is a clean romance novel that doesn't go past kissing,good kissing that is, but don't let that bore you if your the type of reader that wants more out of a romance book; this book is hot and the lead up to the romance is nail-biting! You will get butterflies from reading it. I can't wait to read another of her books! Laura Frantz is a great author, I highly recommend her to teenagers, her books contain a lot about God and scriptures entwined with her characters, again its clean.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted August 21, 2011
This is my first book by Laura Frantz, and though it took me a while to get into the book, it turned out to be a wonderful read. And I am looking forward to reading more books from this author.
Roxanna Rowan makes a dangerous journey from Virginia to the Kentucky frontier to suprise her father, serving under Colonel McLinn. Upon arriving, she sadly finds out that her dad died in battle not long before her arrival. Just before his death, her father ask the Colonel to take care of his daughter Roxanna, but he has no idea he would have to face her upon returning to their fort, nor did he expect to be attracted to her. What will happen to Roxanna and Cass? Will they decide to live their lives together or will circumstances take them to situations so unforgiveable they can't stand to look at each other?
As this wonderful historical war story unfolds, join Roxanna, Colonel McLinn and his men, Bella, Abby and all of the rest as the author takes us on a unique journey of a lifetime to experience love and hate, peace and war, betrayal, fear, mystery, brother hating a brother, and a spy thought to be a friend, with a little bit of romance thrown in for pleasure.
I enjoyed the lovely Kentucky setting of this story, and the family together of Bella, Roxanna, Olivia and Abby. I appreciate the faith of the characters spoken of throughout the book, not in a preaching way, but the grace and forgiveness of the Lord through the everyday lives of the characters.
"Available August 2011 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group."
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Posted August 20, 2011
Laura Frantz has written another beautiful, heartrending novel set on the colonial frontier.
Following the death of her mother, Roxanna Rowen travels to a remote fort on the Kentucky frontier to be with her father. She can't know that a terrible tragedy will claim her father's life the very day she arrives, or that Colonel Cassius McLinn, in charge of the fort and overseeing Roxanna's protection, blames himself for her father's death. While Cass struggles to lead the fort despite his guilt, a British spy lurks within the outpost's serene walls. Each day the British creep closer to Fort Endeavor, slowly strangling the fort and cutting them off from supplies and further help. Together Cass and Roxie must face secrets, overcome fears, and learn to trust if they will survive the British threats from within and without.
Just as in her previous books, Frantz transports readers into another world. I felt like I was there, in Fort Endeavor, suffering from the lack of sugar and meat, and aching each time the British captured a shipment of supplies or troops intended for the outpost. This is a book well worth it's price, and one you'll want to keep on your shelf for future reads. You won't soon forget the story of Roxie and Cass.
Posted August 19, 2011
Laura Frantz is an author who weaves together stories of full of history, mystery and God's loving grace. Having read her previous novel, Courting Morrow Little, I knew that I would be a fan for life. I was right! I dove at the chance to review this newest novel by this fabulous lady, and was instantly captured into the whirlwind of fun.
The Colonel's Lady is beyond breathtaking. The exquisite detail that Frantz put forth in this new novel, is absolutely stunning. I could instantly feel myself become a part of another place in history, among the colonial period. One of my fascinations is with Colonial Williamsburg in Virginia, and while this isn't in Virginia, this novel surely made me feel a part of that colonial atmosphere.
Roxanna and Cassius are two incredibly chiseled characters. I fell in love with both of them instantly, as Roxanna, taking her father's place after he was killed , and Cassius, who was made to promise Roxanna's father, as a dying wish, that he would care for Roxanna and protect her. Both of these tender characters experienced a heart ache, and were scared to move forward. And one of them harbors a secret so deep, that it could forever change the other's life.
With those amazing characters, and those heartaches and secrets, Laura Frantz brings to light the amazing power of God's redeeming, and unending love. Only through Him can lives be changed and strengthened. Added to that is all the historical aspects, and the romance, making this by far, the best 5-Book worthy Christian fiction Historical novel that I've read so far this year. I highly recommend it to all who love a wonderfully written, inspiring and engaging novel. I can't wait for the next Laura Frantz novel!
Posted August 18, 2011
THE COLONEL'S LADY by Laura Frants is an exciting inspriational historical romance set in 1779 Kentucke Territory.This is an exciting and engaging story of an Irish American Colonel,Cassius McLinn and a genteel,brave Virginia woman,Roxanna ,whose father served under the Colonel. It has everything you would want in a historcial romance. It has romance,love,faith,deception,secrets,intrigue,forgiveness,a spy,healing,danger,hardships,the Kentucky wilderness,Indian raids,and the tumultuous frontier of 1779. "The Colonel's Lady is written with vivid details and the wild beauty of the frontier of old. Roxanna Rowan and Colonel McLinn,have a lot in common athough they try to hide their attraction it becomes fact of all who know them. Colonel McLinn killed Roxanna's father during a campaign,or so he believes.He is truly an Irishman with a twin who is reeking havoc on the Colonel's life. Roxanna has come to Fort Endeavor unbeknown that her father has been killed, to be with her father,she has no money and no where else to go,most of her family are dead.This is a fast paced,action packed,adventure with love,a bit of romance,a lot of danger,and a touch of faith.Love can truly conquer all with the help of prayer and our Lord. A must read,a keeper. This author has truly found the inside turmoil,struggles,dangers,in this vast Kentucky frontier and its people. "The Colonel's Lady" is a story you won't want to miss. It will appear to historical, romance, inspirational, and anyone who would like to get lost in another time and place. This book was received for the purpose of review from the publisher. Details can be found at Revell,a division of Baker Publishing Group and My Book Addiction Reviews.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.