The Colonel's Lady

The Colonel's Lady

by Laura Frantz


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ISBN-13: 9780800733414
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 08/01/2011
Pages: 416
Sales rank: 265,669
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.20(d)

About 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. 74 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.
halo776 on LibraryThing 7 months ago
I've been a fan of Laura Frant's work, but this is her best novel yet! The plot is very unique and well developed. After her mother dies, Roxanna (Roxie) leaves her life of comfort to be with her dad, who works as a scrivener at a fort in the wild territory of Kentucke. When she arrives at the fort, she finds that her father has been killed. She has no choice but to take her father's position by working for the handsome Colonel Cassius (Cass) and save her wages until she can leave in the spring.Cass is haunted by the truth of what happened to Roxie's father. In a tragic accident, Cass shot and killed the man he loved like a father. He's not ready to admit it to Roxie yet, but he is prepared to honor her father's dying wish--that he take care of her. His work is cut out for him, because there are dangers both inside and outside the fort's walls. And then he discovers there is a spy among his men who is selling secrets to his enemies....In the midst of danger, tragedy, and intrigue, Roxie and Cass fall in love. Unable to hide his secret any longer, Cass confesses to Roxie. Can she forgive the man who killed her father? Can Cass forgive himself? The action builds to an exciting crescendo as Cass leaves the fort, marching toward a suicide mission to meet the enemy head-on.This novel is filled with adventure and romance. The relationship between Roxie and Cass is so well-developed and believable that you will be rooting for them. They are well-rounded characters with complexities that add to the suspense. The pacing is perfect, the descriptions are accurate and vivid, and the ending is well worth the nail-biting tension. A fantastic read for all lovers of historical fiction...not just for Christian readers. The theme of forgiveness is woven throughout, but it is never too preachy.
Sneezybee23 on LibraryThing 7 months ago
A desperate Roxanna Rowan braves the hostile frontier to travel to Fort Endeavor where her father serves as a scrivner. Upon her father's regiment's return to the fort, Roxanna learns the terrible truth that her father is dead. Despondent and destitute, Roxanna remains at the fort and agrees to serve as scrivner to the attractive, yet demanding Colonel Cassius McLinn. As Roxanna and Cass grow closer to each other, danger grows closer to the fort. Roxanna discovers her father's journal and his suspicions of espionage. However, the worst secret is yet to be revealed. Will Roxanna and Cass be able to put the past behind them? It will take a higher power than what either of them have to survive the coming days.The Colonel's Lady is the first book I've read by Laura Frantz and I will definitely be reading more. I usually don't gush about a book, but I absolutely loved this one and I know I will reread it multiple times in the future. The poignant story hooked me from the beginning and the vivid characters stayed in my mind for days. The author's writing style was amazing. It was so beautiful to read that I wanted to take my time, but yet I was compelled to read quickly because I wanted to know what was going to happen. A delicious quandry, indeed.The Colonel's Lady is probably the best book I've read this year and I absolutely recommend it to fans of Christian romance.Available August 2011 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Revell Publishers. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission¿s 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."
tetheredmommy on LibraryThing 7 months ago
I have to admit that I was not thrilled with this book at first. I was struggling to get through the pages and kept putting it aside for other books. However, after about a quarter of the way in, I became hooked!While this is touted as Christian fiction, I am not so sure about that. I have never read such tales of such thick sexual tension between two people in a Christian novel. Of course, I'm probably just totally misreading what the author meant to convey. The best way I can describe this is like Twilight - the tension is thick and you just keep urging the couple to kiss already! This tension is so well-crafted and described, I was on seat's edge the entire time. I really have to commend Frantz on this aspect of the novel.While this is one of those books where you'll know exactly how it ends, it's still a very enjoyable read. There aren't many historical romance set in the 18th century in America so this was a nice new take on the genre. I was able to learn about more General Washington and the Revolutionary War. I also liked reading about the kinds of food the people of that time ate and what life was like in a military fort during that era.Again, while this is billed as Christian fiction, I don't find the Christian aspect to be overwhelming at all. I think it is inserted skillfully and not annoying at all. It's refreshing to read a novel where the main characters aren't pawing at each. That being said, I did enjoy the interaction between the characters - the looks, the brief touches, the conversation. Let me put it this way - while my mom enjoys erotic novels, I think she probably would like this book a lot. It seems to bridge a number of genres and do it well.As you can probably tell, I relished The Colonel's Lady. I will probably go back and hunt down Frantz's backlist so I can learn about American history while still having fun.Thank you to Revell for supplying this book for review. This did not influence my opinion in any way. All thoughts are 100% my own.
gincam on LibraryThing 7 months ago
I appreciate fine craftsmanship, and never more so than in the creation and presentation of the books that I read. The name Laura Frantz on the cover of a book guarantees exquisite wordsmithing, rich historical detail, and the subtly shaded story art of a gifted author. In "The Colonel's Lady", Ms. Frantz again opens wide the American Colonial Frontier, reminding us of the exciting and turbulent world of 1700's America. Colonel Cassius McLinn is the commander of a sparingly outfitted, rugged Kentucky military post. In the aftermath of a traumatic battlefield incident, McLinn thinks that he has mortally wounded his own scrivener, the man who served as his secretary and transcriber. The dying man exacts a promise from McLinn, asking him to look after his daughter, Roxanna. Overwhelmed with guilt and grief, Cassius readily agrees. Upon his return to the fort, he is taken aback to discover that Roxanna has come to the fort to reunite with her father. Not only must Colonel McLinn inform Roxanna of her father's death, he must also decide how best to handle her care and provide for her future. How long can he keep his terrible secret? Roxanna proves to be a delightful surprise, capable and uncomplaining, and soon Cassius has Roxanna taking her father's place as his scrivener. Two cautious hearts must find their way through the unsettled wildness of an awakening land, ever aware of danger from enemies both obvious and hidden. The sweet, stirring love between the colonel and his lady is complex, but also tender and luminous. The strong suspense and mystery elements of the story line only serve to enhance the touching romance between this leader of men and the woman to whom he surrenders his heart. Not to be missed!Review Copy Gratis Revell Books
ReviewsbyMolly on LibraryThing 7 months ago
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!
Adayriddle on LibraryThing 7 months ago
After the death of her mother Roxanna Rowan takes a dangerous journey to see her father who is stationed at Fort Endeavor in Kentucky. Chased by indians she leads a rag tag group of women and a mute child through the wilderness to the fort. Once there she finds only heartbreak at the arrival of the Colonel and his announcement that her father is dead. Thus begins a heartbreaking journey of love, forgiveness and ultimate restoration of broken hearts. Holding fast to her faith and the beloved memory of her father Roxanna quickly becomes the heart and backbone of a desolate forsaken place. In the midst she finds herself in love with the Colonel. However he is bound by a promise he made her father and a guilt that is eating at his very soul. Will her love and steadfast faith be a light that will lead him to a place of healing? Or will these very secrets and torments of his soul lead to more brokenness? I found myself crying as the two struggled with their emotions, their past, their love and forgiveness. This author has done an excellent job of creating a story that will be hard to put down and even harder to forget. I believe it will become a favorite of many a reader as they journey into the deep and dangerous wilderness into the midst of the war with the British and the Indians. They will feel their heart wrench inside them as old family bitterness plays out on the battle fields and as prayers are lifted to God for an old testament miracle.Absolutely outstanding. Available August 2011 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.Thanks to Revell for this review copy.
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AdventureswithBrianne More than 1 year ago
Laura Frantz made me want to go back in time and live during this time! Yes, they came into hard times and had to deal with so many different things, but to be able to fall in love like that and have such a view on life! Laura did an amazing job with making the reader feel what both Roxanna and Cassius were feeling. I love all the twists and turns they take and how Roxanna deals with everyday tasks and helps out Cassius along the way. I also love the ending and how everything plays out! A great historical book and loved how it draws readers in!
SusanSnodgrassBookworm More than 1 year ago
I have read and own all Laura Frantz's books and I wish I could give this book 10 stars! It was that good. Not often do I continue to think about a book long after I've closed the last page, but I do with her books. She doesn't just write to give a reader something to read, a bit of fluff with a few scriptures thrown in. Her books cause you to think about your own walk with Christ. Roxanna Rowan is heading to Fort Endeavor after her mother has died and her engagement is broken. She means to surprise her father who is scrivener at the fort. Circumstances happen and she finds herself at the fort with no place to go or means to get there. Colonel Cassius McLinn is commander of the fort and runs it with an iron hand. It seems everyone walks on egg shells around him, but Roxanna must trust him for her support now. I will not give away more of the story so as not to spoil it for other readers. This book blew me away. Laura Frantz's books are not ones that,when you are finished with them, you donate, toss or put in a yard sale. They are books you put on your shelf and cherish to read again. She writes with such depth of feeling and unfathomable emotion from the very beginning and it only gets deeper as you continue to read. She plumbs the absolute depths of human emotion. Just when you think the emotional impact of the book can't go any further, yet it does! She describes her characters so vividly and their psyche that you feel as if you're a part of them. Their pain, love, longings, heartaches. Here are two flawed individuals who have lost everything, basically, and yet they continue to feel as if there might be somethign for them. Yet their pride is almost their undoing. Then they both realize that surrendering to God is what they need and surrender they do in a most wonderful way. Frantz writes with meticulous and rich attention to historical detail. I found myself researching some of the dishes her characters cooked in the fort kitchen like: apple tansy, coffin pie and cherry bounce. She writes so convincingly that I felt the dark wintry gray atmosphere in the fort when Roxanna first arrived and her heart was as gray as the winter skies. I love history and it's very clear she has done her research well. You feel yourself in the woods during battle scenes, feel fear as you walk through the trees and hear little sounds, knowing that Indians are probably watching your every move. But what sets this book apart is the depth of feeling in Cass and Roxanna. You want to reach out and touch them and pray for them, it seems so real! There were scenes that had me in tears. I can't say enough good things about this book and I'm not articulate enough to describe it as it truly deserves. This book was a masterpiece and I am so glad that I bought it. I will continue to buy all Laura Frantz's books. I don't even have to read the synopsis. I know for a fact they will be worth it. I will be thinking about this book all day today and how good it was. It's hard to pick up another cause you know it won't measure up to the wealth in The Colonel's Lady.
Anonymous More than 1 year 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,