Love's Reckoning (Ballantyne Legacy Series #1)

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"Stunning. Heart-wrenching. Breathless. Not since Gone with the Wind have I read an epic novel that has stolen my heart, my breath, my sleep to such a jolting degree. Love's Reckoning marks Laura Frantz not only as a shining star in Christian fiction today but as a shooting star who soars skyward to the glittering heights of Rivers and Higgs."--Julie Lessman, award-winning author of the Daughters of Boston and Winds of Change series

On a bitter December day in 1784, Silas ...

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Overview

"Stunning. Heart-wrenching. Breathless. Not since Gone with the Wind have I read an epic novel that has stolen my heart, my breath, my sleep to such a jolting degree. Love's Reckoning marks Laura Frantz not only as a shining star in Christian fiction today but as a shooting star who soars skyward to the glittering heights of Rivers and Higgs."--Julie Lessman, award-winning author of the Daughters of Boston and Winds of Change series

On a bitter December day in 1784, Silas Ballantyne arrives at the door of blacksmith Liege Lee in York County, Pennsylvania. Silas is determined to finish his apprenticeship quickly and move west. But because he is a fast worker and a superb craftsman, Liege endeavors to keep him in York by appealing to an old tradition: the apprentice shall marry one of his master's beautiful daughters.

Eden is as gentle and fresh as Elspeth is high-spirited and cunning. But are they truly who they appear to be? In a house laced with secrets, each sister seeks to secure her future. Which one will claim Silas's heart--and will he agree to Liege's arrangement?

In this sweeping family saga, one man's choices in love and work, in friends and enemies, set the stage for generations to come. This is the Ballantyne Legacy.

Laura Frantz is the author of The Frontiersman's Daughter, Courting Morrow Little, and The Colonel's Lady. A two-time Carol Award finalist, she is a Kentuckian living in the misty woods of Washington with her husband and two sons. She enjoys connecting with readers at LauraFrantz.net.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780800720414
  • Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 9/1/2012
  • Series: Ballantyne Legacy Series , #1
  • Pages: 432
  • Sales rank: 271,584
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Laura Frantz is a lover of history, is the author of The Frontiersman's Daughter, Courting Morrow Little, and The Colonel's Lady, and currently lives in the misty woods of Washington with her husband and two sons.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 22, 2013

    Couldn't put it down

    Laura Frantz never writes books that are completely predictable, and Love's Reckoning is no exception. I couldn't put the book down once I started. She is definitely one of the best authors of Christian fiction right now.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 25, 2014

    Very captivating and well written. It held my attention from the

    Very captivating and well written. It held my attention from the moment I started and kept me reading it every moment I had.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 4, 2013

    A good read

    This is a beautiful love story. I can't wait to read the next book in the series.

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  • Posted October 1, 2013

    What an amazing novel! A word of warning before you pick up this

    What an amazing novel! A word of warning before you pick up this book…there will come a time as you are reading this story that you will be unable to put it down. You will find yourself completely unable to part yourself from the happenings of Eden Lee and Silas Ballantyne. Or, should I say, this is what happened to me.

    The story gripped me right from the start and at a little more than halfway through the book, I simply couldn’t put it down and devoured the rest of the story in one sitting!

    Laura Frantz has crafted a beautiful love story that is full of glorious highs and heart wrenching lows. I set the book down at the end and felt as if I had lived another’s lifetime. I was truly, emotionally exhausted! But, at the same time, I am now invigorated and craving the next story in The Ballantyne Legacy, Love’s Awakening (especially with the teaser chapter at the end of this book).

    The characters in Love’s Reckoning are so well done. I truly loved Eden and Silas and thoroughly despised Elspeth and Liege. A beautifully written story that I recommend to those who love historical romance.

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  • Posted October 1, 2013

    Very good

    It is a book well worth reading. I have just gotten the second book of this series and I am looking forward to reading it. I have enjoyed all of Laura Frantz's books.

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  • Posted August 25, 2013

    This book is the first in a series of the Ballantyne Legacy. The

    This book is the first in a series of the Ballantyne Legacy. The story is mostly set in Pennsylvania and the way the author describes every detail of what a woman had to do every day to keep a house running, or the workings of what is expected of an apprentice, a blacksmith apprentice to be exact, is so real you can feel like you are right there working beside them. In fact, the apprentice is expected to marry the owner’s daughter, and he has two. Which one shall it be?
    Eden is a young girl with a very soft heart. She hurts no one and feels everyone’s pain. Eden has a dream that she has only shared with some close friends who live nearby in a place with lots of money. Silas is an apprentice, with not much time left on his contract. Silas has a dream also and is working very hard to make it a reality.
    Silas is a man of faith, you can see it lived out every day of his life. Eden can see it and can’t help but wonder is this something that she wants. Eden’s father has always banned his family from attending church. You know there’s a story behind that?
    I love this story from the first page to the last. It captured my attention so much I read it through in two days, couldn’t put it down. The love and the hurts became a part of me as I read, I could feel each characters feelings of hurt, pain, abandonment, longing, and joy.
    I can’t wait to read the second book now. I would recommend this to ones who like historical fiction, love and romance, secrets and longings, and joy.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 7, 2013

    Excellent!

    Excellent!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 26, 2013

    Decent

    Good writing and story.

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  • Posted January 10, 2013

    Summary: Love¿s Reckoning begins in 1784 when Silas Ballantyne a

    Summary:
    Love’s Reckoning begins in 1784 when Silas Ballantyne arrives in York County, Pennsylvania, to finish his apprenticeship with Liege Lee.  Silas is a strong, driven, God-fearing man who plans to go west after his apprenticeship.  Little does he know, Liege intends for Silas to marry one of his daughters: Elspeth, the cruel elder sister,or Eden, the gentle and loving sister.
    My Thoughts:
    This book had a slow pace, yet it was appropriate for the progression of the storyline.  Eden and Silas gradually get to know one another and come to care for each other. Neither of them intended for this to happen, for they each have their own plans for the future.  This changes things for the both of them.
    I enjoyed watching Silas and Eden’s relationship develop and how their love for one another grew.  My favorite scene was of them dancing alone in the barn.  Silas was practicing his fiddle in preparation for the upcoming ball, and Eden showed him the dances.  Then, he stops playing his fiddle to dance with her, and whispers in her ear, “You need no music, Eden. You need only me- and I you” (128).
    Isn’t that just lovely?




    Now, brace yourselves.
    In the last 140 pages or so, so many things happened.  I was completely surprised at the turn of events.  At one point I was even talking to the book, unable to hold in my shock.
    In all honesty, these plot twists really upset me in the beginning.  I didn’t understand why the author was doing this to my beloved characters.  I had so many emotions! I was unhappy that the book took this turn.  BUT, with that said, I could not stop reading.  I had to know what was going to happen!  This is the sign of a good author- even though they may frustrate you, it makes you read faster because you have to know what happened.  Also, I realize that there has to be conflict in order for a book to move forward and be interesting.  That said, I think I can accept what happened because it advanced the plot.
    As these events unfold, shocking secrets are revealed and new ones are kept hidden.  Will the secret left untold tear Silas and Eden apart forever?  How can they move forward after all that has happened?
    Overall, I enjoyed this book, but I did feel there were a few things that either didn’t get resolved or are in need of further explanation.  I won’t go into detail, for I don’t want to give away too much.  However, this is the first book in the series, so I assume Ms. Frantz will be shedding light on things that are still shrouded in mystery.  I can’t wait to read the next installment of The Ballantyne Legacy!

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  • Posted September 19, 2012

    Set on the Pennsylvania frontier of post-Revolution America as t

    Set on the Pennsylvania frontier of post-Revolution America as the fledgling nation expands rapidly westward, Love’s Reckoning is a haunting story of innocence lost, unfailing love, and forgiveness that leads to redemption. In Eden Lee and Silas Ballantyne, as well as in the cast of secondary characters, Laura Frantz has created complex characters that will stay in readers’ hearts and minds long after this first installment of the Ballantyne Legacy ends. Love’s Reckoning fulfills the promise of Frantz’s earlier books in the growing depth and power of her writing. With exquisite language and descriptions and fully realized secondary characters, she immerses readers in an enthralling world both foreign and familiar. And the surprising twists and turns of the story, always consistent with the nature of each character, will keep readers guessing to the very end and leave them longing for the next book in the series.

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  • Posted September 7, 2012

    A POST-REVOLUTIONARY WAR SAGA

    Eden Lee is the second daughter of Liege, the blacksmith of York, Pennsylvania. She has a secret desire to return to her father's Quaker roots, but church in any form is forbidden in her family home. Her family is in turmoil hiding her sister's secret, when the new apprentice arrives. Silas Ballantyne has only months to serve until his apprenticeship is finished, and then he plans to move farther west. But Liege Lee has his own plans for Ballantyne's future.



    Love's Reckoning is the first book in Laura Frantz's The Ballantyne Legacy. Set in the late 1700's after the Revolution, it is a riveting romantic saga with enough mystery and suspense to keep the reader hooked. The quotes at the beginning of each chapter were a nice touch that I really enjoyed. I had never read any of Ms. Frantz's novels, but I look forward to the next installment of this series.



    4 stars



    “Available September 2012 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.”

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  • Posted September 7, 2012

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    Laura Frantz in her new book, ¿Love¿s Reckoning¿ Book One in The

    Laura Frantz in her new book, “Love’s Reckoning” Book One in The Ballantyne Legacy published by Revell takes us York County, Pennsylvania in 1784.

    From the back cover: On a bitter December day in 1784, Silas Ballantyne arrives at the door of blacksmith Liege Lee in York County, Pennsylvania. Silas is determined to finish his apprenticeship quickly and move west. But because he is a fast worker and a superb craftsman, Liege endeavors to keep him in York by appealing to an old tradition: the apprentice shall marry one of his master’s beautiful daughters.

    Eden is as gentle and fresh as Elspeth is high-spirited and cunning. But are they truly who they appear to be? In a house laced with secrets, each sister seeks to secure her future. Which one will claim Silas’s heart–and will he agree to Liege’s arrangement?

    In this sweeping family saga, one man’s choices in love and work, in friends and enemies, set the stage for generations to come. This is the Ballantyne Legacy.

    “Love’s Reckoning” is an epic reworking of the Biblical account of Jacob when he went to work for his father-in-law, Laban, fell in love with Rachel but was tricked into marrying her sister, Leah, instead. Ms. Frantz has taken all those components and jazzed them up so that we are given a story comparable to the classics we used to read when we were in school. Silas Ballantyne is a man of God. Eden is a sweet young woman who was not allowed to go to church but with the advent of Silas things change for her. Liege and Elspeth are scheming connivers that are out to get what they want for the betterment of themselves.

    Laura Frantz has written a truly intriguing story full of God’s provision and protection in a house full of secrets, half-truths, and manipulations. In “Love’s Reckoning” Ms. Frantz has woven in history, romance and grand adventure all in one story. Get ready for a thrilling ride in Ms. Frantz’s best to date. I recommend this book highly.

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    “Available September 2012 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.”

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  • Posted September 7, 2012

    York, PA holds many secrets, some of them buried deep inside the

    York, PA holds many secrets, some of them buried deep inside the Lee home. Eden Lee is the center of it all. And with the arrival of her father's new apprentice, Silas Ballantyne, these secrets will be driven to the surface.

    Once again Laura Frantz brings the sweeping grandeur of America's early years to life within the small confines of a book cover. Moving from her beloved Kentucky, she takes us deep into the heart of Pennsylvania's untamed wilderness. Her painstaking details of life wrought on those who braved the land to build a new country is evident in the rich descriptions of every day life to the gorgeous gowns and homes that Eden and Silas bring to life.

    A beautiful and heart-wrenching start to what promises to be a lasting and well-loved series.

    Thanks to Revell for the book for review purposes.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 5, 2012

    She gets me hooked in the first chapter every time!

    I love historical fiction, so I really love Laura's writing. She developes characters to a point that you feel you know them and can't wait to see how they progress. In my opinion, she is the best historical fiction writer out there!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 5, 2012

    Phenomenal

    Once again, Laura Franz, has woven a unique, spellbinding story!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 4, 2012

    Good!

    If youve read laura frantz books you will no doubt love this one! A wonderful writer , grab the seatbelt and get ready for a emotional roller coaster ride! Cant wait till the second book.

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  • Posted September 3, 2012

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    Love's Reckoning

    A book that I could not put down! Amazing look into our country just after the Revolutionary War.
    The story begins at the home of Liege Lee in York, Pennsylvania. Young Silas Ballantyne has just arrived to finish out his apprenticeship and become a Master Blacksmith. He will be done in a few months, and then he wants to head West. Right here I think West, but West is Pittsburgh...the smaller world.
    When Liege sees what a talent Silas posses, he will do just about anything to make him stay and takeover his business.
    Liege Lee has two daughters, one Elspeth a spoiled and rather lazy girl of loose morals, the other Eden, a Godly girl who loves her family and does most of the work to help her Mother. Enter Silas and immediately Elspeth wants him, and Eden will let her, but she secretly likes him.
    Liege seems to be one angry and unlikeable man, he does seem to favor Elspeth, and with her approval is set to make Silas marry her using an old tradition saying the apprentice must marry into the family. Silas isn't interested. He sees through Elspeth, but in time seems to be taken with Eden.
    There seems to be one tragedy after another, some so heart wrenching. You begin to wonder what is going on and if they will survive. A lot of questions will be answered, but you will need to get to the end of this great book to find out. Some are not answered, but maybe in the next book which I can not wait to read.
    You will not be disappointed in this one, Laura Frantz has offered us a feast to become lost in!

    I received this book from the Publisher Revell, and was not required to give a positive review.

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  • Posted September 2, 2012

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    I loved Laura Frantz¿s earlier historical sagas about the Americ

    I loved Laura Frantz’s earlier historical sagas about the American frontier; fans will not be disappointed by this new story set shortly after the Revolutionary War on the western edge of Pennsylvania—and the edge of known civilization.

    Genre readers know what to expect when we pick our familiar favorites. There’s an expected outcome, a methodology to the tale, characters who meet and fall in love and must overcome obstacles. It’s the journey to the expected outcome that offers excitement. As a voracious reader, I appreciate being part of Frantz’s world without the need to stop and look up details, or verify historical issues that feel out of place. I’m a historian first, reader, second, and author, third, so I appreciate the level of research Frantz does to create a world that is both natural and satisfying to the historical fiction lover, full of daily chores, everyday dangers and people of both light and dark hearts—sometimes in one person.

    An apprentice must finish his duty to obtain the coveted level of master blacksmith. Silas Ballantyne remembers the Scotland of his youth but refuses to allow the past to interfere with his dreams of becoming master of his own fate. A man of faith, it is only God who has allowed him to maintain his dignity through the terror, degradation and defeat that has taken his youth and young adulthood. Eden Lee’s life is one huge secret—some of which she authored, but many of which even she is ignorant. The daughter of the blacksmith, a depraved reprobate, will she allow those secrets to ruin her dreams of serving others? When Silas, Lee’s latest apprentice, and Eden, a daughter who dreams of escape, meet in this shadowed homestead of Leige Lee, it seems a simple enough plan for them to help each other. Love is only the gift that ties the bow on what should be a perfect package.

    Sometimes, doing what’s best for another, no matter how noble the circumstances, ends up creating a disaster. Or does it?

    Laura Frantz’s lovingly crafted tale of faith and redemption, desire and dreams will keep the reader turning pages and wishing for more after the last one.


    Available September 2012 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 1, 2012

    A gripping, epic love story so poignant it left my mind whirling

    A gripping, epic love story so poignant it left my mind whirling! This is not your usual, everyday historical. It has depth and dimension, and characters that are so very real-you're in the room with them. This new story of Laura's has a different feel to it than her other ones. This one seems more ominous, more dark, but with a light at the end of the tunnel. Laura Frantz always writes in a way that grips me and won't let me go until I finish the last word of her books. Eden is probably one of the freshest characters I have encountered in a while. A lot of books I've read always seem to have the same hero and heroine, yet these characters are far from being run-of-the-mill. They will come to life as you turn the pages! I highly recommend this book and all of the others Laura has written!

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  • Posted August 27, 2012

    I love novels that so completely fill my heart, overflowing stor

    I love novels that so completely fill my heart, overflowing story,
    characters and the romance of love…love of faith in Christ and the
    romantic love that promises more than just a happy ending for characters
    I’ve fallen in love with. What’s the first word we think of when we
    want to describe a book we’ve adored? Love. It seems too simple, too
    cliché a description for when I think of Eden and Silas upon the page.
    There is a rhythm, a cadence to their story, the words sweeping me into
    eighteenth century America. When I started reading their story, I
    thought the beginning a bit slow, but read much further than one hundred
    pages and you’ll find two well-crafted characters rise from the ashes of
    their circumstances. Circumstances that made me want to leap through the
    pages and fight for them together. The novel takes a heart rending
    turn almost three quarters of the way through the story and I ached for
    the time lost in the romance between these two characters. There is a
    passion to their story, not romantically, but in their faith, in how
    they live life. Eden and Silas are larger than life, filling the
    pages, my mind with glorious word-painted images and my heart with the
    purity of their romance. My only wish? The novel hadn’t ended with their
    beginning. But I can’t wait to see them together again in book two of
    the Ballantyne Legacy. This review is my honest opinion. Thanks to the
    publishers for my copy to review. **Available September 2012 from
    Revell, a division of Baker Publishers**

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