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Posted June 20, 2010
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Courting Morrow Little was, in a word- BREATHTAKING! Breathtaking landscapes, breathtaking characters, breathtaking forgiveness, breathtaking LOVE- all conveyed through the breathtaking prose of the brilliant, ridiculously talented Laura Frantz! She turns black ink into rich, vibrant color, creating love and life like few authors are able to claim. With each turn of the page her characters become permanently engraved upon your heart. Laura employs all five of your senses to transport you into a scene- you're not just "reading" her books, your "experiencing" them! She has an unparalleled skill of making you identify with her characters on a deep and personal level, while only giving you the POV of one of them. Their emotions are conveyed so perfectly and their hearts are revealed so completely through Morrow's eyes, and yet there is an air of mystery about them that brings even more depth and richness to the story.
"LOVE beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things." (1Corinthians 13:7). This scripture wasn't just quoted in this book, it was its essence! I knew I was in for an incredible journey when I got chills just two pages into it. I felt an instant connection with Morrow. Her pain, her hurt, her fear became so real to me, a part of me. Her reactions are so authentic and identifiable. She grows so strong in the grace of God throughout the story that you can't help but grow right along with her. To watch the beautiful transformation as she allows the Lord to break the chains of fear and unforgiveness that hold her heart and soul captive was so powerful and inspiring.
And our handsome hero, Red Shirt, *swoon* is EVERYTHING a heroine dreams of in her hero. He's strong, courageous and powerful, yet humble, gentle, and patient, a warrior, a protector, a leader. Their love, fragile at first then strengthening over time, enduring in the midst of great trials and hardships was so incredibly beautiful to watch unfold.
Laura keeps you on the edge of your seat, the twists and turns are simply brilliant! Her love of writing and her love for God shines so radiantly through every word. Coming to the last page was bittersweet for me, overjoyed to see where the story took them yet hating to let them go. This book was truly one of my favorites of all time, one I will definitely reread again and again!! I'm not even going to put it on the shelf because that just seems blasphemous somehow. Nope, it's staying out on my desk for easy access, adding such beauty and giving such inspiration- it's the kind of book that puts a smile on your face just looking at it!!
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Posted December 30, 2011
This book has now become one of my most favorite of all time! I was sort of skeptical going into it, because I had read reviews on it, and was like "She falls in love with an Indian?" Yet it was so refreshing and out of the box. I loved it! Laura Frantz has alwways had the power in her books to make the characters come alive, and make you relate to them with real emotion. I felt so fiercely attached to Morrow and Red Shirt, and all that they'd gone through. I will definitely be reading this book again!
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Posted April 15, 2013
I absolutely loved this book. I wanted to read a historical fiction novel, as this one is, but it is so much more than that. I loved seeing the way Morrow Little transformed in this book. She started out as a very weak woman who many men liked but they all believed she could not handle the life where they live. So many people told her she was not built for that life and to move East where it would be easier and she could marry a British officer: which Morrow did not want in the slightest. She used to hate the Shawnee natives for what they did to her family, yet she learns the skill of forgiveness as her father taught her. My favorite aspect of this book was her relationship with Red Shirt. They are perfect together in so many ways. I also loved that Morrow becomes stronger as the book goes on and is not afraid of anything anymore. Morrow stands up for herself and her beliefs. This book is somewhat of a sequel to The Frontiersman's Daughter, which I am actually going to read next, since this novel involves Lael Clicks father quite a bit and Lael was referenced in a line where Morrow said everyone knew who Lael Click was. This book was wonderful. It was exquisitely written and made me feel a varying array of emotions throughout. I recommend this book whole heartedly.
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This is the first Laura Frantz book I have read. She has a rare gift. Her writing is poetic and beautifully descriptive. The characters and story line were perfectly developed. The love between Red Shirt and Morrow was so touching. This book is a true treasure to read and enjoy.
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Laura Frantz is a very gifted writer and this is her second book, the first one being "The Frontiersman's Daughter". She has an unparalleled skill of making you identify with her characters on a deep and personal level.
From back of book: Morrow Little is haunted by the memory of the day her family was torn apart by raiding Shawnee warriors. Now that she is nearly a grown woman and her father is ailing, she must make difficult choices about the future. Several men-ranging from the undesired to the unthinkable-view for her attentions, but she finds herself inexplicably drawn to a forbidden love that both terrifies and intrigues her. Can she betray the memory of her lost loved ones-and garner suspicion from her friends -by pursuing a life with him? Or should she seal her own misery by marring a man she doesn't love?
LOVE beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things." (1Corinthians 13:7). This scripture is quoted a lot in this story. The plot starts in Red River Kentucke, July 1765. Morrow was only five when she and her brother Jess were in the river playing in the water, there was a lot of racket that Jess heard but she was just having fun and didn't pay any attention to it. Jess told her to sit in the water and not to move as he ran toward the house. She sit and sit and no one came back to find her, so she went to the house and had to step over her baby sister laying on the steps, no one was around and then she found her mama stumped over her loom with an arrow through her, she started to scream.
Morrow lived with her dad and they didn't know what happened to Jess, but he was prayed for everyday. Two Shawnee would come to their house and just walk in, Morrow's dad accepted them as friends. She could never understand how her dad could be friends with the people that killed her family.
As time goes on and she begins to grow up she becomes friend with the Indian boy that comes to their home with his father. Will she have to marry someone she doesn't love or will she wait until she can marry the love of her life. There really is not a place to even stop in this review but I can't give everything away.
If you are looking for an exceptional and special historical romance to read, this is the book for you. You will not want it to end as there is really not a place to stop, you must go to the next page. I loved it!
This book was sent to me by the author and Baker Publishing to review.
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I enjoed this book. I felt for young Morrow with loss of her mother, little sister and her brother. I'm so glad that she followed her father's example and asked God to gibe her strength.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted October 5, 2014
Courting Morrow Little is an immersive experience full of nuance and feeling. Written with historical integrity, this book shows conflict between the French, Indians, British, and Americans without painting any one side as completely villainous, or any one side as completely above reproach. I love this about Laura Frantz's writing. She isn't afraid to explore the complexities of her characters' worlds. Her settings are reach-out-and-touch-it vivid, her characters well-developed, her prose lyrical, and her storyline compelling and unique. Courting Morrow Little's theme of forgiveness is relevant to all of us today. Highly recommended.
~Jocelyn Green, author of Yankee in Atlanta
Posted September 16, 2014
Laura Frantz weaves an amazing tale of forgiveness and love in the wilds of Kentucky. As the story unfolds you are eager to continue Morrow's journey and are completely satisfied and heart warmed by the finish of this book. Great read!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
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