Love's Fortune (Ballantyne Legacy Series #3)

Love's Fortune (Ballantyne Legacy Series #3)

by Laura Frantz


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Love's Fortune (Ballantyne Legacy Series #3) by Laura Frantz

Sheltered since birth at her Kentucky home, Rowena Ballantyne has heard only whispered rumors of her grandfather Silas's vast fortune and grand manor in Pennsylvania. When her father receives a rare letter summoning him to New Hope, Rowena makes the journey with him and quickly finds herself in a whole new world—filled with family members she's never met, dances she's never learned, and a new side to the father she thought she knew. As she struggles to fit in during their extended stay, she finds a friend in James Sackett, the most valued steamship pilot of the Ballantynes' shipping line. Even with his help, Rowena feels she may never be comfortable in high society. Will she go her own way . . . to her peril?

With her signature attention to historical detail, Laura Frantz brings 1850s Pennsylvania alive with a tender story of loss, love, and loyalty. Fans will cheer for this final installment of the Ballatyne saga.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780800720438
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 09/16/2014
Series: Ballantyne Legacy Series , #3
Pages: 400
Sales rank: 569,171
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Laura Frantz is a Christy Award finalist and the author of several books, including The Frontiersman's Daughter, Love's Reckoning, and Love's Awakening. She currently lives in the misty woods of Washington with her husband and two sons. Learn more at

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Love's Fortune: A Novel 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 43 reviews.
beemama More than 1 year ago
Love’s Fortune By Laura Frantz Publ: Revell  c. 2014 Setting: Cane Run, Kentucky; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 1850 Rowena Ballantyne, “Wren”, has happily lived her life in Cane Run, Kentucky, as the daughter of a luthier known far and wide for his skill and the beautiful music his violins make.  Suddenly a letter from her father Ansel’s family in Pittsburgh cast her into a world she is unfamiliar with, and none too happy to be a part of.  Not only is she confronted with family she knows nothing about but she also faces a whole set of expectations placed on her as the granddaughter of one of Pittsburgh’s most influential families.  Just as she is learning her way around the family her father is sent away on business for her grandfather.  Now she must negotiate her way through a world that doesn’t know what to do with this passionate, vivacious young woman. Watch as Wren, her family, society, and the turbulent times create a drama that unfolds and enfolds you in a panorama of American history as its best and worst.  This book will in turn make you laugh and cry.  It will lull you with peace and send you to the edge of your chair.  The characters will make you want to hug them one moment and give them a good shake the next. If you have read the other books in this series you will renew old friendships as you make new ones.  If you have not read the other books in this series you will still enjoy a wonderful read. Pick up this book for an escape into history that will leave you wanting to read more. I received this book through The Book Club Network for my unbiased review.
lotsofpuppies More than 1 year ago
Rowena is known as simply Wren to her family and limited circle of acquaintances in the woods of Kentucky. However, when she and her father travel to Pittsburgh and enter the realm of the prosperous and famous Ballantyne clan Wren, she must henceforth be known as Rowena Ballantyne, heiress of the Ballantyne Legacy. Against her will, Wren is thrown into the social season and forced to find a prosperous, wealthy match to enhance the Ballantyne legacy, name, and fortune. While her mind tells her to obey the duties of her family, her heart is becoming evermore drawn to her escort for the season: James Sackett. James has no fortune, no family name, and no hint of prosperity...only his career as a steamship pilot and his friendship with Silas Ballantyne. But fate will not let their feelings fade into the will only help them to burn brighter than ever and not be denied.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved this book. Loved the whole series and I wanted more when I finished it. Great family saga!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This third book in the trilogy was every bit as good, if not better, than the first two books. It kept me awake at night needing to know how it ends.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Read and enjoyed all three books. Would read more from this author...her unique writing style can be quite mesmerizing.
MarB1 More than 1 year ago
Laura Frantz has done it again! She has written a tale full of valuable life’s lessons to be remembered for days to come. The characters were so real, I felt like I was there with Wren and the others. The past came to life in the pages of this book. Miss Frantz has an amazing gift for storytelling and revisiting the days gone by. A fine read – highly recommended!
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wonderful ending to the Ballantyne Legacy Series. Story contains adventure, family relationships, drama, mystery, and love. Excitement lasts right through to the very end. I highly recommend this series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I simply could not put this book down. It was so well written and the perfect ending to the Ballantyne Legacy. I have read every one of Laura Frantz's books. She is truly one of my most favorite authors.
KarenKetcham More than 1 year ago
Love's Fortune by Laura Frantz is a great read. This is the first book I have read in the series and the story does stand alone, but now I cannot wait to read the preceding books! I loved the historical aspect, the family background of immigrants and a few characters that I could tell were nasty nellies in the preceding books. Laura's ability to bring the characters to life with her words quickly captures your heart and mind. I could not put it down! Wren has grown up in rural Kentucky knowing barely nothing of her Father's wealthy family in Pennsylvania. The musical aspect was an added storyline to savor. Family intrigue and schemes for forced marriages make this an exciting tale of family, love, romance and faith. The patriarch of the family is faith filled and an honest business man, I like that he passes down his integrity to at least one of his children. No matter what station in life, the heart wants what the heart wants. Thank you to the author, the publisher and Book Club Network for the opportunity to read and review this book. I received this book free of charge from Book Club Network in exchange for my honest review.
KarenLange More than 1 year ago
I loved this book! Written in Ms. Frantz’s classic style, this heartwarming story is just like its cover – lovely and deep. From a rich, detailed plot and authentic characters, to intrigue and redemption, this book is the complete package. Frantz’s attention to historical detail and gift for storytelling are evident throughout this touching story. It is the perfect conclusion to the Ballantyne Legacy.
Robbi44 More than 1 year ago
Rowena Ballantyne, a young woman known as Wren, grew up in Kentucky happily living a simple life with her father, a wood carver. Suddenly all was changed by a letter from her paternal grandmother requesting they relocate to Pittsburgh – back to Father’s former life as Grandfather needed help with the family business. Life would never be the same again for Wren when she found herself uprooted, moved to a mansion, and placed into Pittsburgh’s 1850 high society social season. Her new life was totally out of her comfort zone and her control. She was told it was her “duty” to find a worthy husband… at any cost because she was a Ballantyne. The author added many factual, historical elements to this book. Her descriptions put the reader right there in Pittsburgh with the characters. These brought the story to life and made the characters into real people with real emotions. This is not just a story of intrigue and romance, but an inspirational study of loss and heartache coupled with loyalty and love. Sometimes people think that the life of the wealthy is care-free and satisfying, but Ms. Frantz shows through the characters that living a satisfied life comes from listening to God and following His Word. I enjoyed this story and recommend it to all who like historical fiction. I received this free book from Book Club Network in exchange for my honest review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
"Love’s Fortune" is a good conclusion to the Ballantyne Legacy trilogy. While this book can be read as a stand alone novel, it is best to read the first two books in the series before reading this one to completely understand the Ballantyne family history. This last book in the series centers around Ansel Ballantyne’s daughter Wren. I have mixed feelings about this book as I did with the first two in the series. I do like the historical details in this series. This book has details about social seasons and high society life in the mid 1800s. I like how each of Ms. Frantz’s heroines are different from each other in terms of personality, social class, where they are from, what their goals are, etc. In this book, it was interesting to read about how Wren was a Ballantyne heir, but she had no interest in the high society life that is expected for a Ballantyne, but instead wanted to return to her simple life in Kentucky. It was also nice to see characters from the last books in this one and to find out what has changed in their lives since the last book. I don’t care for how detailed the author can be with the romance parts of these books, however. The kisses, embraces, etc. are more detailed than in a lot of other books I’ve read in the Christian romance genre. The romance in this book also seemed to be more like a love at first site romance rather than a relationship where the characters get to know each other first before being in a romantic relationship which I felt was different from the first two books in the series. Overall, if you’ve read the first two books in this series and liked them you’ll want to read this one. It’s a good ending to the trilogy. *I received this book from Revell through Book Fun in exchange for my honest review. *I don't recommend this series for those under the age of 18.*
Diana0 More than 1 year ago
Love's Fortune By: Laura Frantz This is book 3 in The Ballantyne Legacy. As in all of Laura Fraantz books the characters are well written. Another great historical romance written in the time around 1850's. Wren who has grown up in Kentucky simple life to having to leave the very life she has known all these years to go to where her family is. Who happen to be very wealthy people from Pennsylvania. A whole new way of life from the way she dress to the different culture. Then to meet James on the steamship who is hired to escort her. can he do this without falling in love with her? This story is full of action. If you like Christina historical romances you will love this book. Laura Frantz never lets us down another great book. D I S C L A I M E R: I was provided with a free copy of this book by Revell Buzz in exchange for my honest opinion. I was not further compensated to review this product and all thoughts/sentiments expressed above are completely my own and unbiased.
Writingsof_Rosie More than 1 year ago
Marvelous release from Frantz! Frantz takes you back in time and makes the past come alive. You feel present among the characters wherever they are, from booming Pittsburgh or the back country woods of Kentucky. My favorite location is probably Ellie and Jack's home, River Hill. Despite the close quarters they have, when you read those scenes you just feel a great sense of love and family. It's easy for me to imagine Wren happy there over the cold environment of her Aunt Andra's presence. I fell in love with each of the newly introduced characters like Izannah and Wren. This novel was beautiful from beginning to the very end. The danger and the romance combined make a wonderful pair. I wish I had enough time to make this review longer, but this shall have to suffice. If you've enjoyed the rest of the series then I know you'll love this one too. Love's Fortune, for me, is a definite favorite in the series though it doesn't quite top Love's Reckoning. ;-) I am extremely thankful to the author for sending me a copy! I offer my sincerest apologies to both the author and publisher for the late review, I have had less time than I thought I would to read. Thank you again. :) I received a copy of this novel from the author in return for an honest review of my opinions, which I have done. Thanks!!
MrsTina42MR More than 1 year ago
Love's Fortune: The Ballantyne Legacy book 3***** by Laura Frantz Rowena “Wren” Ballantyne is happy and content at her home in the hills of Kentucky. She and her father, Ansel, craft violins and are both skilled musicians. One day her father receives an unexpected letter from Pennsylvania informing him his father, Silas Ballantyne, is very ill and he must come “home”. Wren and her father board one of the Ballantyne's ships, the Rowena—named after her, she learns—for the long trip up river. On arriving in Pittsburg Pennsylvania, Wren looks on a world that is so vastly different than her simple home in Kentucky. She knew her grandfather had money but did not realize how wealthy he is until she sees his home, New Hope, for the first time. How can she fit in here? She had been warned her Aunt Andra can be overbearing and soon leans that she is far more than overbearing. Andra takes Wren under her wing and outfits her as befitting a Ballantyne and proceeds to teach Wren how to be a lady of 1850's high society they live in. James Sackett is one of the steamship pilots of the Ballantyne shipping line and long-time family friend. He meets Wren as he takes them up river to New Hope. He is drawn to her from the first but must guard his heart, he is not of her class. But circumstances bring them together time and again. However, James must keep his distance for more than class distinctions, there could be danger. Love's Fortune takes us on a heartwarming love story. One that is not smooth, there are obstacles to overcome and even danger. A strong faith is woven throughout the story as the characters face challenges and learn to trust God for every part of their lives, even love. Danger lurks around the corner trailing after James. There are enemies even within the families that will stop at nothing to get what they are after, never mind hurting others in the process. Difficult questions are asked about why God allows such tragedies, does He even listen to their prayers? Laura's characters are true-to-life and she draws you in from the first page. I ended up staying up far past my bedtime to finish this book. ~~I received a copy of this book from Book Fun Network for my review~~
amybooksy More than 1 year ago
Love's Fortune is yet another fabulous novel by Laura Frantz. Laura is such a master storyteller. I love her writing. Just like any other novel by her, Love's Fortune is full of emotion, drama, and history. I love the setting of Pittsburgh. What a fascinating place Foran to have her first season. The descriptions of the city, the fashion, the homes, and the people are unremarkable. I felt like I had been stepped back into time to 1850 Pennsylvania. I just loved Wren. She is such a beautiful young woman. And talented, naïve, and kind hearted but yet so strong. In James - oh my goodness! Who would not love James. He is such a handsome young man, he was so faithful and dependable and one who would do anything to protect the ones he loved. I also enjoyed catching up with Eden, Silas, Ellie, Jack, and even Elspeth.  I cannot tell you how much I enjoyed this book. Every book I have read by Laura Frantz, which is all of them, have been five star reads to me. And Love's Fortune is no exception. If you are looking for an excellent novel that takes you back in time and keeps you up at night, then this book is for you.  Highly highly recommended. Five stars. 
Heidi_Reads More than 1 year ago
This author's style of writing has a unique quality to it that's hard to describe. It's subtle, evocative, and definitely transports the reader back in time to be fully immersed in the setting. Wren's transition between two vastly different worlds amidst family and societal drama is a compelling story, with several characters dealing with struggles and secrets, danger and heartbreak. Wren is an admirable heroine as she remains true to her upbringing and personality while also learning to become a lady, even though the expectations and pressure of others attempt to smother her. I enjoyed her cousin Izannah who has a feisty personality all her own- a blend of strength and compassion. James is a complex love interest for Wren since he is pulled in different directions by his risky career, slave-smuggling, and loyalty to the Ballantynes. The chemistry of their attraction makes the romantic tension palpable as they grow closer as friends yet their lack of communication leads to some significant misunderstandings. Even though I knew things would have to work out for a happy ending, I was anxiously reading until the very end! I'd recommend reading the Ballantyne Legacy series in order to better understand the family ties and individual personalities from the previous books. (Thank you to Baker Publishing and Revell Books for a copy of the book in exchange for my honest review)
strgth4yu More than 1 year ago
This was the first time I read a book by, Laura Frantz. Love's Fortune was a beautiful story of a young woman named Rowena "Wren" Ballantyne whose simple life in Kentucky changed drastically when she discovers who her family is in society. When and her father embark to Pennsylvania. There on the steamship she meets the steamship pilot, James Sackett. As she struggles to find her place. He struggles for acceptance. Can they both be what they are looking for? I truly enjoy the book! I received this book from The Book Club Network for my honest review. I recommend this book!
KMarkovich More than 1 year ago
I love reading historical fiction! In it I learn about a period of time without having to read straight history. This book brings to light the danger of river steamships in the early 1800’s. Not only was there danger from the boilers blowing up, but also the natural dangers from the river. I thoroughly enjoyed reading about not only the steamships but also the speculations about the railroads and future travel. But all this was learned as I read the story of Wren, as she is pulled from her comfortable Kentucky home and placed in the wealthy family home of her father in Pittsburgh. There she must learn the stressful rules for polite society. And determine who she wants to marry for she can only end her season well with an engagement – or will it end with the mourning of the passing of her grandfather? I recommend this book for the historical romance reader and look forward to reading future books about the Ballantyne Legacy. I received this book from TBCN in return for my honest opinion.
Shay14 More than 1 year ago
Laura Frantz is a great historical writer. Not only does she bring a story to life with her outstanding descriptions, she pulls the reader in with her characters and story. I felt as if I was transplanted back to a time in our history with her rich descriptions of the characters' dresses, parties, and atmosphere. The characters were well written. I really enjoyed getting to know each character, even those of Izannah and Malachi (they added extra depth to the story). Wren Ballantyne is a unique character, though her situation is not unique. She is thrust into a world she is not used to, and she struggles to find her place in it. Her faith continued to be strong in a world where God and His plans didn't fit in. James Sackett is another fascinating character. Generally, in these stories, Wren's character would fall in love with a servant or someone closer to what she was used to. James Sackett is different in that he can play the part of the well-bred gentleman, though his background is less than gentlemanly. I was a little disappointed in the romance aspect of the story. The author chose to focus more on the feelings of each character in their situation, rather than the feelings growing between them. I felt their romance blossomed, then kind of hung in the background, until the end when the story was winding down. The faith aspect of the story, on Wren's part, was strong. We know Wren is a believer who prays and seeks the Lord's guidance in a world where that's not the norm. Kind of lines up to what we currently live in, right? James, on the other hand, has little faith in God or time to learn more about him. I was disappointed in his coming to a greater faith in the story. It was hinted at, but never really expounded on. All in all, the story is aptly described as a "tender story of loss, love, and loyalty." I really enjoyed Laura Frantz' writing style, and will definitely be picking up another one of her books in the future! *I received a complimentary copy of this book via Revell Reads in exchange for my honest review.*
Jaquelyn More than 1 year ago
I don’t even know where to begin.  Love's Fortune was awesome!  I haven’t read the first two books in the series Love’s Reckoning and Love’s Awakening, but didn’t need to in order to love the characters.  This is the first book I have read by Laura Frantz, and can defiantly say it won’t be my last!  The characters draw you in and beg for you to get to know them more.  The Ballantyne family is full of interesting characters.  Most have grown up in the spotlight as being one of the most powerful families in the Pittsburg, Pennsylvania area.  Rowena who goes by Wren, on the other hand doesn’t even know much about her fathers’ family.  She has grown up in Kentucky free from all of their high society ways.  But all that changes when her father Ansel receives a letter from his family.    Wren is pulled away from everything she has known and thrust into a whole different life.  She is used to throwing on whatever she wants and running around barefoot.  But all of that changes when she goes with her father to Pittsburg.  There are tons of rules she has never heard of, and she must dress in the most uncomfortable way.  So much is expected of her by certain members of her family.  Since her father is away she has little choice but to do as they ask.  Wren is a strong young woman, who wants to finish what she started, but hoping that doesn’t include marriage to someone she doesn’t love.  James her escort brings out feelings in her she never thought she would have, but is that enough?  Can Wren be loved for who she is?  Or will she be forced to pretend for the rest of her life?   James Sackett is the top pilot in the Ballantyne shipping line, and has little time for anything else.  From the first time he meets Wren he can tell there is no one else like her.  She has an innocence that draws him.  But James has a lot going on in his life.  Plans that are being made, and his future is changing.  Can James take a chance on love?  Or will he live the rest of his life alone?    I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys historical romance.  Frantz has an amazing way of making you understand what the characters are feeling and why they make the decisions they do.  She paints a picture of what life was like back in the 1850’s, and what people went through to fight for what they believed in.   I received a copy of this book from Revell in return for my honest opinion.  All opinions expressed are my own.  
Karen02KD More than 1 year ago
Love’s Fortune is the final installment in The Ballantyne Legacy. It began in post- Revolutionary war western Pennsylvania, traveled to the Pittsburgh in its infancy, and then traveled from backwoods Kentucky back to the now thriving river port city of Pittsburgh. It began with the dreams of a Scottish apprentice and led to the wealthy empire and large family he later developed. While this book could be read as a standalone, it is certainly better appreciated having read Love’s Reckoning, and Love’s Awakening. This books begins with the long lost Ballantyne heir, Ansel, returning to Pittsburgh after spending his life making violins in seclusion in Kentucky. Accompanying him is his daughter, Wren. When they arrive in Pittsburgh, Wren is overwhelmed by the wealth of her family. As her father steps back into his role as a Ballantyne heir, Wren is expected to take her place in society. Longing for her simple roots, Wren struggles to make her way. Complicating this is her attraction to James Sackett whose past and involvement in the abolitionist movement make him a dangerous choice. I have read all of Laura Frantz’s books. I find them exciting and well researched. Her settings generally take place in western Pennsylvania and Kentucky, areas which most writers of historical fiction have overlooked. The journey in the lives of the Ballantynes was a pleasure and time well spent. I highly recommend this author and this series. I received this book from The Book Club Network in exchange for my honest opinion.
CarolJo More than 1 year ago
Another great book by Laura Frantz!  Wren Ballantyne has lived in Cane Run, Kentucky all of her life.  After her mother's death, Wren's father receives a letter summoning him home to Pennsylvania to assume his role in the family's businesses.  Wren discovers her family is extremely wealthy and that she is expeted to find a husband from the socially elite. Wren's only happiness seems to come from playing her treasured violin.  She falls in love with a steamship pilot but does this rescued orphan return her feelings or does he love her cousin? Laura shares details of high society in Pittsburgh.  This is the third book in the Ballantyne Legacy series.  I have not yet read the first two books but this book was good as a stand alone book.  I highly recommend this book!
PatGMoore More than 1 year ago
Love's Fortune by Laura Frantz is another terrific read. I read my first book by Laura Frantz last year & she has quickly become one of my favorite Christian Historical Romance authors. Laura captures your attention on the first page and quickly becomes a book you don't want to put down. She draws pictures with her words to help you see what the heroine sees and feels. The heroine is Rowena "Wren" Ballantyne. When her father takes her to her grandfather's manor in Pennsylvania she finds that her father comes from a dynasty and her grandfather is one of the wealthiest men in the state. Being raised in Kentucky Wren feels like the country bumpkin and really doesn't enjoy all the social doings, being fitted for new clothes. She makes friends with James Sackett, who becomes her escort during her "Coming Out Season". Then the struggles begin when her grandfather falls ill and no one knows if he will survive or not. Pressure is put on Wren to marry by the end of the season and to marry well. Her uncle wants an advantageous marriage to help out their wealth and status in the city. Wren is a country girl from Kentucky and doesn't care for all the social whirl and the phony people that she meets. James is smitten with Wren but his station in life isn't anywhere near hers and he sits back and tries to make sure she makes a good marriage. Wren's dad has to be away for business and isn't there to help with the transition. I always enjoy Laura Frantz's books, there's emotional upheavals, she brings the era to you and lets you see the good and the bad of the time. Laura always touches your emotions and is a good story teller. I received this book through the Book Club Network and Revell Publishers. I was given the book to read and review. I was only asked to leave my honest opinion and I loved this book.