An Uncommon Woman

An Uncommon Woman

by Laura Frantz

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Overview

Unflinching and plainspoken, Tessa Swan is not your typical 18th-century woman. Born and bred on the western Virginia frontier along with her five brothers, she is a force to be reckoned with.

Quiet and courageous, Clay Tygart is not your typical 18th-century man. Raised by Lenape Indians, he returns a hero from the French and Indian War to the fort that bears his name, bringing with him Tessa's long-lost friend, Keturah, a redeemed Indian captive like himself.

Determined to avoid any romantic entanglements as fort commander, Clay remains aloof whenever he encounters the lovely Tessa. But when she is taken captive by the tribe Clay left, his hand--and heart--are forced, leading to one very private and one very public reckoning.

Intense, evocative, and laced with intricate historical details that bring the past to life, An Uncommon Woman will transport you to the picturesque and dangerous western Virginia mountains of 1770.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781493421138
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 01/07/2020
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 16,301
File size: 9 MB

About the Author

Laura Frantz is a Christy Award winner and the ECPA bestselling author of eleven novels, including The Frontiersman's Daughter, Courting Morrow Little, The Colonel's Lady, The Lacemaker, and A Bound Heart. Learn more at www.laurafrantz.net.

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An Uncommon Woman 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 38 reviews.
Anonymous 21 hours ago
AN UNCOMMON WOMAN by Laura Frantz is a treasure of a story. It has everything ~ engaging storyline, plot twists aplenty, characters that move into your home! All this presented in Frantz’s lovely prose with the sensitivity and insight into people and cultures that is rare and a pleasure to read. Once again Frantz has captured the tenor of the setting, and so skillfully planted her characters in that setting that it’s impossible to imagine them hailing from elsewhere. Tessa Swan, born and bred on the western Virginia frontier with five brothers is tough and resilient as a willow branch, competent and caring, and weary of having to live always looking over her shoulder and yearning for a pretty petticoat. Frantz draws Tessa ~ and indeed, all characters in this story ~ so intimately connected to their land and experiences, we feel we’re peering into the viewer of a time machine to meet these frontier folk and watch living history. The cast of characters is realistic and flawed, and so deftly drawn that even five brothers have clear, distinct personalities. For example, “Ross always dwelt on the light side,” while “Jasper was all pounds, and pence and position.” When Colonel Tygart from the nearby fort meets the Swan family, we watch as attraction sparks and grows between him and Tessa. Will these two souls, fractured by loss, be able to see each other as anything other than a threat? Will their environment and culture give them opportunity to develop any sort of relationship? Life is hard out there. Crops, animals, gardens, friendships, dreams—so many things die early on the frontier. Frantz builds her story world so well that readers feel the tentativeness of life on the edge of the wilderness. Everything but God must be held loosely. And her delightful way with words gives everything in this story a fresh and new view—setting, people, dilemmas, decisions. I collected quite a list of favorites to send her. I’d like to share them with you, but that would rob you of the joy of seeing them light up the pages as you read. Frantz has again given us a book that rings with truth, delights the sense, surprises with plot twists, and takes the reader on a journey that just might make you stay up reading later than you intended.
Phyllis_H 2 days ago
A wonderful story! There is such a beauty to Laura Frantz's writing style that resonates with my soul. Slipping into her stories is like slipping into my coziest pajamas with a cup of hot chocolate. Evocative, beautifully descriptive, with the ability to transport me to a different time that is at once familiar and yet foreign. . . I have to wonder if each new book of hers will automatically become my favorite. I loved An Uncommon Woman! For all the reasons I just mentioned and more. The language is so natural for the time, with a strong flavor of Scotch-American filled with "'twas" and "aye" and references to everyday objects from the time that I had to look up to figure out what they were - though I did understand from the context - I just like to know for certain. I loved Tessa's desire for fripperies like ribbons and fans and yet her ability to pole the ferry across the raging river and grind the meal for her huge family every day. She was a study in contrasts, a true frontier woman with a heart of gold. Alternating between fear and faith, Tessa clung to what she knew about God amid the tragedies of her life. Clay was fascinating as well, and not only because he had two differently colored eyes. The Lenape Indians had taken him when he was just a boy - after they massacred his family. After living with them for years, he was restored to his Quaker relatives. The ways this shaped his outlook was so interesting. Clay struggled with a fear that if he loved someone, he would lose them and therefore kept his distance from everyone. Tessa's Aunt Hester was a fun addition to the story. Despite being an ancient spinster, she had matchmaking on her mind and was convinced Clay and Tessa belonged together. Her not-so-subtle attempts and throwing them together were rather sweet. An Uncommon Woman was full of adventure, suspense, romance and faith. If you enjoy stories with strong heroines, you will delight in this one! Read my review of An Uncommon Woman by Laura Frantz at AmongTheReads.net I was given a copy of this book. I was not required to give a favorable review nor was any money received for this review. All comments and opinions are my own.
FHlady 3 days ago
Set along the Buckhannon River in West Virginia in 1770, Tessa, her mother, and her 5 brothers have a large farm as well as a ferry station on the river. But times are tough as the Indian tribes in the area resent the creeping encroachment of white settlers on their lands. Tessa has already lost her father to an Indian attack, and her family is ever watchful. Colonel Clay Tygart has been sent from Pennsylvania to command a nearby fort named for him. Tygart, once an Indian captive, is sensitive to the plight of both the Indians and the white settlers. Frantz does an incredible job of describing the life and culture of this time period for both the whites and native Americans. She describes the attacks upon one another vividly without making them too detailed. She also did an excellent job of portraying the quandary of those whites who were captured young and developed an Indian life and were torn between the two. Tessa came alive with her frontier independence yet dreams of being a city girl. While Clay easily vacillated between the two cultures fitting into both. I would definitely recommend this book for readers of historical western expansion fiction. **I received a complimentary copy of this book from Revell Publishing through NetGalley. Opinions are mine alone. I was not compensated for this review.
valet 5 days ago
The history that was in this book was unbelievably researched from what they drank down to which tribe of Indians were settled in the land. The surroundings were described so perfectly, you can imagine every building, fort, canoe, and tepee. Yet, all this didn't deter away from the people and the danger they felt and faced every single moment of their lives. An Uncommon Woman made you feel as though you were right there in their midst. I loved every character but if I had to pick a favorite it would be the Mother who stood out. She was strong and cared deeply about her grown children. She was the matriarch of the family and stood her ground when she needed to. She had dreams though and wasn't afraid to live them. What a great, great book, one that I couldn't put down from beginning to end.
Cakt1991 5 days ago
I received a complimentary copy as a part of the Revell Reads Blog Tour Program, in exchange for an honest review. That said, this won’t be much of a review, as while one of the conditions of the program is posting a review, I didn’t have to finish the book. And I made the mistake of requesting thi book out of excitement to read more by the author, without reading the blurb, even when I received the book in the mail. It was only when I finally picked it up to read that alarm bells started going off, what with the recent resurgence of discussion around proper representation of diverse voices in romance novels due to the RWA scandal, and the lingering memory of some unfortunate titles in the “inspirational” category receiving mainstream attention. I suspect Frantz had good intent, having flipped to the back of the book and looked at her author’s note. But it is a bit disconcerting to see her perspective is primarily a scholarly one, so it comes off as another white author wanting to write about something “exotic, but not too exotic,” a problem that has plagued romance for a long time. This holds a lot of weight when you consider the fact that her hero and a supporting character both are essentially white people who were “captured” and lived among the “Indians,” with the plot set to see the heroine captured as well (I didn’t get that far…and I got almost two hundred pages in). And the plot and characters were so lacking in…really…anything, which made the issues I had with the rep stand out even more. The one positive I guess is that she mastered the time period language, but when it’s juxtaposed with “time period accurate” everything else, it just falls super flat. In short, don’t recommend. But like some of the other problematic Christian romances (or really any Christian romances, this seems to be the sort of book that appeals very specifically to their target demographic.
Lattebooks 5 days ago
In a time when eking out one’s existence was brutal and dangerous, a sweet and genuine romance still bloomed. The story telling and details to the unsettling time in our country’s history is just amazingly done. It sucks you in and takes you for a roller-coaster ride of emotions. The fort life and homestead living were harsh and are not sugar coated here. You can’t help but feel a part of their lives and cheer for them when they push on. I don’t know how the author did it so perfectly – but the swoon-worthy romance fits right into the era and gives you hope in a time when there wasn’t much. I adored Clay, I felt sorrows with Tessa and I sympathized with the rest of her clan and the fort people. This is a bookshelf keeper and one I will re-read many times in the future. I got this book from Interviews & Reviews and this is my own personal opinion.
Kimberly_AS 5 days ago
“An Uncommon Woman” by Laura Frantz is a beautifully written, historical fiction book that draws its reader into the wilds of the 18th Century West Virginia. From the moment I opened this book, I was drawn in by the excitement, anticipation and vivid descriptions. The research that the author puts into her stories, along with the vivid details of the locations, and historical accuracy, make you feel as though you have just stepped into the past, and are walking along side the characters. The characters, are so well written and likeable...Tessa Swan, plainspoken, yet strong and fiery; Lenape raised war hero Clay Taggert; Keturah, Tessa’s childhood friend returned from capture; along with so many wonderful secondary characters...you will not want to put this book down! I struggled between taking breaks to make the story last, to wanting to devour it all in one sitting. This book is yet another powerful example of Laura Frantz’s master storytelling skills. I highly recommend this book and author to everyone, and wait in anticipation for her next release. I received a complimentary copy of this book. Opinions expressed in this review are solely my own.
Tessaboo 6 days ago
This is only the second Laura Frantz novel that I’ve read and now I’m wondering why, because I’ve really enjoyed both of them! Her writing style pulls you in to the story and you just want to keep reading. I am definitely adding her back list to my TBR! This story is one to be savored. The descriptions and writing style made me feel completely immersed in Clay and Tessa’s lives. Their story is filled with so much depth and emotion. They are both wonderful characters that you root for the entire time you’re reading. I also loved the secondary characters, especially Keturah. I really want her story - all of it! She is the measure of a true friend! I was really sad to see this story end! I wanted more and I really would’ve liked an epilogue! I can’t wait to see what Laura Frantz writes next! In the meantime, I’ll be accumulating her back list! I received a complimentary copy of this book. All opinions are my own.
SavannaKaiser 7 days ago
This story, much like every book I’ve read by Laura Frantz, will stick with me. I was immediately drawn into the characters’ world and I didn’t want to leave. I wanted to settle in their wilderness alongside them to see their lives continue to unfold. I couldn’t have admired Tessa or Clay more. Both are heroic, strong and kindhearted. I enjoyed every minute I spent with them. Their relationship bloomed so naturally throughout the tale, I was smiling through many scenes. It was romantic and realistic at the same time, creating the perfect blend of real life with real love. The author’s beautiful prose colors every page, as well as her heart for vivid historical detail. This particular era was overflowing with dangers and hardships for those who lived it and I felt their nerves, their hopes, and their fears as I kept turning the pages. I appreciated the delicate balance and respectful storytelling of such history that contains both beauty and pain. An Uncommon Woman delivered everything I look for—and love—in fiction. I highly recommend it!
Belovedbrat 8 days ago
Title: An Uncommon Woman Author: Laura Frantz Chapters:37 Pages:384 Genre: Christian Historical Christian historical Romance Rating: 5 stars Publisher: Revell Laura Frantz is my go to for frontier fiction and I have a new favorite book of hers in An Uncommon Woman . I know I seem to say that about all of her books once I read them, but this one has everything that I love about frontier fiction in one book. It’s the book I wished she’d write since I read The Frontiersman’s daughter. I’ve always loved captive narratives but I’ve never read an historical fiction novel that has done I also didn’t think that any book would replace A Moonbow Night as my favorite but I do think at the very least An Uncommon Woman is tied for first as my favorite. Tessa Swan is what I’d like to imagine real life frontier woman we’re like I’ve always pictured them being and strong and capable not damsels in distress, and Colonel Clay Tygart is a hero unlike any I’ve read in books before, but enjoyed meeting him. And like previous military heroes Laura shows that war effects all military man rather or not they have physical scars, war scars every fighter. I love that Laura doesn't shy away from that in fiction because in real life no military person comes home un-scared they just aren't all physical. Laura's military heroes hold a special place in my reading heart. I also have to say this book has one of the most stubborn and hard headed characters I’ve ever read. There’s one secondary character that managed to get quite a few chuckles out of me during my reading which was something I wasn’t expecting. The far western Virginia frontier in what is now modern day West Virginia comes alive on the page which shows that Laura does her research. An Uncommon Woman shows why Laura Frantz is the queen of frontier fiction. I received a copy of this book from the publisher as part of a blog tour. I was not required to write a positive review. All opinions expressed are mine alone. I received a copy of this book from the publisher through netgalley. I was not required to write a positive review. All opinions expressed are mine alone.
LucyMR1 8 days ago
Laura Frantz is at the top of her game as she hit it out of the ballpark. She captures the Historical period of the late 1700’s in western Virginia with seamless perfection. These courageous and strong people fought the elements, the land, as well as the Indians who were trying to preserve their people. Follow the River is one of my favorite books and this is now running side by side with it. The writing is so poetic that you are immersed in the characters and can feel their struggles, fear, and yes the sparks of romance blooming. Tessa Swan is a woman to admire, but the lesser character of her childhood friend Keturah became the true heroine in my opinion. She exemplified what true love for a friend meant. John 15:13 Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. I can’t sing the praises of this book enough, as if you love History coming to life and characters you will love then don’t miss out on this one. I didn’t want it to end. I received a complimentary copy from the author/publisher. The honest review and opinions are my own and were not required.
tish-a 9 days ago
This book is a great Historical Fiction book about the Indians and the white man. A story about Tessa and her friend Keturah. Keturah was captured by the Indians and returned to her family by Clay Tygart. Clay was raised by Lenape Indians. Its a great story with a lot of interesting information. Loved the characters in the book. kept me wanting to read more.
Tama_Fortner 11 days ago
In An Uncommon Woman, author Laura Frantz paints a vivid picture of what life might have been like on the early Virginia frontier. It was a time when danger lurked in every moment and life was a constant struggle between the beauty of the land and the harshness of survival, endless ribbon of looking over your shoulder. From the first page, you’ll be swept away to 1770 and the lives of Clay Tygart and Tessa Swan, a most uncommon woman. *I received a complimentary copy of this book. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.
MJK108 12 days ago
“Everyone had a chair that sat empty, a place unoccupied. Who would be next?” Twenty-four year old Tessa Swan, a distinct, resolute young woman of courage, undaunted strength, and faith, well understands life on the Virginia frontier in the rugged year of 1770. If the harsh and demanding life doesn’t kill you, the Indians very well may. Such is Tessa’s day-to-day existence. Tessa’s life holds no time for men outside the five brothers she cooks and cleans for on a never ending basis until Clay Tygart rides into her life returning her old friend, Keturah. Colonel Tygart is an arresting looking man with a very interesting past. As their lives become enmeshed while trying to survive frontier life, difficult choices must be made by each of them testing their faith, dedication to family, and hope for better life. This beautiful story focuses on the enduring power of friendship, persistence in the face of crushing loss, and a depth of faith that doesn’t give up. The historical detail in the book highlights life on the Virginia frontier and encompasses the struggles of survival, the reality of the encroachment of the frontier into Indian territories, and the very real difficulties of assimilating the captured back into their past lives. This book is a must read for fans of frontier historical fiction or historical fiction with a bit of romance. I loved this book and highly encourage you to read this captivating story of Tessa and Clay and life on the Virginia Frontier. This ARC copy was received from Revell and Netgalley.com. The above thoughts and opinions are wholly my own.
CarolJo 13 days ago
A book you won't want to put down! Laura Frantz has written another winner with An Uncommon Woman! Tessa Swan is a brave young woman who has only known the rough life on the western Virginia frontier. At the age of twelve, her best friend was stolen by Indians while they were berry picking. I was captivated by Clay Tygart who was taken by Lenape Indians as a child but is now the colonel at Fort Tygart. You will experience the difficult life on the frontier, the crowded life inside a fort and being captured by Indians. It is obvious that Ms. Frantz has done thorough research for this book. I highly recommend An Uncommon Woman to anyone who enjoys historical romance. I received advance copies of An Uncommon Woman from NetGalley and Revell Publishing. This is my honest opinion.
Becky5 13 days ago
If Laura Frantz’s name is on it, that is enough to tell me I’m going to love a novel, and most probably, consider it a favorite. An Uncommon Woman is no exception. Ms. Frantz takes the reader back to colonial Virginia, but the far side of the Appalachians, where the Buckhannon River runs free and life is hard. At a time when the Colonies are bursting at their seams, some have traversed the mountains to make the wildlands their home. But with Indian tribes both mistreated and feared, life on the frontier is unstable at best. Laura Frantz has an enviable way with words that mesmerizes the reader as she paints a comprehensive word picture of the dangers of the forts established at this time. “How would I feel if” is the question I find myself asking when reading a Laura Frantz novel. One can’t help but be drawn into the lives of Tessa and her bereft family, who are honoring her pa by continuing the life he staked out for them. Yet Tessa remembers a fearful time in childhood that affected the whole community. She also longs to return to the East, a refined land she has never seen. Colonel Clay Tygart, for whom the fort is named, is an enigma both in appearance and personality. A “white Indian,” where will his loyalties lie when the Indian unrest breaks loose? The secondary characters of Keturah, Tessa’s brothers, Tessa’s ma and the neighbor fill in the background to help weave a taut, suspenseful narrative that exposes human prejudices for what they are. Vengeance-based feelings against people who might differ from oneself, held accountable for someone else’s actions. I wanted to cry at times, at others beg and plead with characters and whole groups of people to think more clearly, with forgiveness. This is a story of many loves. A few romantic. * Sigh. * Several familial, but each different depending on the character of the persons involved. One strong friendship that supersedes all, beautifully portraying that “friend that is closer than a brother.” I received a complimentary copy of this book. This in no way affects my opinions, which are solely my own.
Libbymay117 13 days ago
An Uncommon Woman by Laura Frantz. What did I think? The complication of life with Indian people and the frontier is so intensely woven together into the complicated list that comes down to reality. Personally, I always enjoyed stories about Indian captives returned, and this book did a beautiful job of portraying that heavy life. I liked Tessa a lot. I loved her life and the way she was quick to step in where needed. I loved her rough frontier woman upbringing and the way that shone in her character, but the longing for civilization and flare made me feel her hunger. Her family was so much fun to! Although I feel like things with Jasper fell apart too quickly and then somehow repaired too quickly, I did sort of kind of wish I got to know him a bit more as a person rather than just the angry brother. Cyrus and Zadock were fun, and of course Ross was such a baby boy. I still don't know Lemuel the least bit. Keturah was interesting and I enjoyed unraveling her story. Clay Tygart was... curious. I never really fell for him, and yet I had a respect for him. I wish we would have gotten a little more backstory details from him. The plotline was good. Honestly clearly good. I enjoyed the complications and the conflicts and minor plot twists and the progression. It wasn't too fast or too slow. The relationship between Clay and Tessa was so WELL DONE. It wasn't rushed, it wasn't dramatized, and it wasn't overstretched. It was natural and there and that was really good. There were a couple minor things that I felt were incorporated for no reason, like Ruth, McKee, Girty, and even the ferry. I wish we had gotten a little more about Tessa's father as well. Content: There was no really alarming content. There are plenty of talk about Indian's, referring to them as red skins, and lots of prejudice and hatred towards them. There are no graphically described scenes, but there are a couple of violent scenes that do have blood and injuries. There are plenty of romantic feels and emotions and heat and jitters. There are two detailed kisses and some minor suggestive sentences towards the end of the book. There was a tiny bit of talk about Indian beliefs and mystics, but nothing was detailed, described, or practiced. All in all it was a good book. I enjoyed it. It's one of the few Indian captive returned stories that I actually thought was well executed. I just wish there was a little more detail on the characters rather than setting the tension and stage of their way of life. Four Stars! I received a free copy of this book in exchange for a review. A positive review was not required and all opinions are my own!
Deanne-Patterson 13 days ago
The undisputed Queen of frontier romance has done it again. Transporting us back in to time where things were a little uncivilized but the heart of people were the same. Same hopes,dreams,longings and fears we face today. The plot is richly descriptive and your imagination will flow with this one as you become immersed in the story line. The characters are as resilient as the land they dwell upon full of life,dreams and charm. This early American historical is remarkable and Laura Frantz's best work to date. Highly recommended! Expected publication: January 7th 2020 This book was provided by Baker Publishing Group, Revell Division, through Interviews & Reviews.
RachsRamblings 13 days ago
I look forward to this authors books every year. They are always a special treasure of a well woven storytelling. This one is no different. The setting is set so incredibly well, that the reader is taken along on the adventure of those who long ago set off to a new frontier to establish homes, communities, and towns. There was so much danger in that- whether it be seen or unseen-they risked their lives to live differently, to experience a new place, and to put down roots in their own land. There is the story of a young woman...a sister to five brothers, a niece, a daughter, and a friend. Each relationship is special and each relationship adds another layer to a story well told. A love story that’s so much like any, yet it has its own difficulties. A friendship that withstands so much sadness and loss. In short, this story is what makes up life. Our homes, our dreams, our hopes, most of all- our love for our fellow human beings and the building of our lives intertwined with their lives. So take a journey back in time...to the new frontier filled with dangers of Indians, disease, and the unknown pitfalls that lie ahead. It’s a terrific novel that I recommend...as I do all of Laura Frantz’s stories. I received this book from the publisher. All opinions are my own
Christianfictionandmore 14 days ago
Tessa Swan is indeed an uncommon woman. She seems unaware of her inner or outer beauty as she helps her mother and also pitches in assisting her five brothers at Swan Station along the Buckhannon River in Western Virginia in the mid 1700s. Swan Station is located near Fort Tygart in border country, an area prone to Indian attacks. Colonel Clay Tygart, recently assigned to the fort bearing his name, prefers to remain unattached and unencumbered, but ignoring the beautiful Miss Swan becomes harder and harder as time goes by. How can he be sure that the people under his care will not be harmed by such a distraction as signs of Indians increase in the border area? How much of that increase may he have brought upon them in the form of the Lenape's warrior Tamanen's resentment of him? Laura Frantz has given us another piece of wonderful historical fiction. This time there are no fancy gowns, and only simplest of lace. Linen petticoats are more at home in this settlement area of Western Virginia. Even without these fripperies, Tesssa is a true lady among ladies. I recommend this book and this author to all fans of historical fiction, and am grateful to have received a copy from Revell via NetGalley in exchange for my honest opinion. I was under no obligation to provide a positive review, and received no monetary compensation.
Author_Kaitlin_Covel 14 days ago
The highlight of my January so far has been the release of another novel from one of my favorite authors: Laura Frantz! Her latest novel, An Uncommon Woman, is a truly stunning literary masterpiece. The most uncommon heroine, Tessa Swan, endeared herself to me immediately as Laura’s gifted prose transported me back in time to 1770. The masterfully described setting, rich historical detail, and budding romance enthralled me until the all-too-soon ending. I fell in love with Laura’s true-to-life characters, and I could not put this book down! If I could give An Uncommon Woman 10 stars, I would! Don’t miss out on this exceptional novel from a masterful storyteller! Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy from Revell. I was not required to write a positive review. All thoughts and opinions expressed in this review are my own.
grammy57 14 days ago
This is the second book I've read by Laura Frantz and it was great. I was reluctant to put the book down and devoured the pages. I was also sad to come to the end. Laura Frantz brought to life her characters. They were very real. She also put you in real life colonial frontier. You could feel like you lived there or were at least watching things unfold. The story flowed well and was very interesting. The editing was very well done. That may sound odd, but a poorly edited book can ruin a story. I was gifted this book through the Revel Reads program. I am not required to leave a positive review and this review is my honest opinion and freely given.
AE2 14 days ago
Laura Frantz is an absolute master at establishing the setting and taking readers there. I haven't read many books set in this time period, but because her writing is so detailed and yet accessible to any reader, I quickly slipped right into the story and felt at home in the setting, understanding what was going on and thoroughly enjoying the look at life in this time and place. Tessa and Clay are both terrific characters--I love how Tessa is so strong and will just speak her mind. She and Clay were a great pairing--both strong and stubborn and even better together. The romance was sweet and slow, and the plot was really captivating. This book is really well-written and just great all around. One of my picks for the best books of 2020. 5 stars. I read an ARC provided by the publisher via NetGalley. All opinions are my own.
irishniff 14 days ago
I thoroughly enjoyed my trip to the frontier thanks to Laura Frantz. An Uncommon Woman was extremely well researched and every sentence added to the 1770 atmosphere. The intense struggles and losses depicted contributed to this suspenseful adventure. Yet, daily life included scenes of close family life and friendships. Frantz knows how to make her story come alive and her characters real by using beautifully descriptive language. I soon became wrapped up in the romance between two strong characters. Each had their own story, faith journey and lessons learned. I hope that she considers writing a sequel because I hated to let these characters go. I was given a copy of this book by the publisher. All opinions were my own.
KaileyBechtel 14 days ago
Like all of Laura Frantz’s other books, this one deserves to be savored. I wanted to read it quickly, yet I didn’t want to go too fast and have it end too soon. This book is rich in detail that will totally immerse you in the story. I immediately loved Clay and Tessa. I keenly felt their losses. I know this is a book that I will definitely read again! I loved it so much! I received a complimentary copy from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. All opinions expressed are mine alone.