The Mistress of Tall Acre: A Novel

The Mistress of Tall Acre: A Novel

by Laura Frantz

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The American Revolution is finally over, and Sophie Menzies is starved for good news. When her nearest neighbor, General Seamus Ogilvy, finally comes home to Tall Acre, she hopes it is a sign of better days to come. But the general is now a widower with a small daughter in desperate need of a mother. Nearly destitute, Sophie agrees to marry Seamus and become the mistress of Tall Acre in what seems a safe, sensible arrangement. But when a woman from the general's past returns without warning, the ties that bind this fledgling family together will be strained to the utmost. When all is said and done, who will be the rightful mistress of Tall Acre?

Triumph and tragedy, loyalty and betrayal--readers find it all in the rich pages of this newest historical novel from the talented pen of Laura Frantz. Her careful historical details immerse the reader in the story world, and her emotional writing and finely tuned characters never cease to enchant fans both old and new.

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ISBN-13: 9781441228185
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 09/01/2015
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 400
Sales rank: 80,813
File size: 4 MB

About the Author

Laura Frantz is a Christy Award finalist and the author of several books, including The Frontiersman's Daughter, Courting Morrow Little, The Colonel's Lady, and The Ballantyne Legacy series. She lives and writes in a log cabin in the heart of Kentucky. Learn more at
Laura Frantz is a Christy Award finalist and the ECPA bestselling author of several books, including The Frontiersman's Daughter, Courting Morrow Little, The Colonel's Lady, and The Lacemaker. She lives and writes in a log cabin in the heart of Kentucky. Learn more at

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The Mistress of Tall Acre: A Novel 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 51 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Laura Frantz quickly became one of my favorite authors with her ability to draw me in from the beginning and hold me emotionally captive all the way to the end! This is such a sweet story of love, enduring hardships and triumph.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good character development.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Found it hard to put down even late at night...her writing style is very easy to read and it really draws you into the story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Cute story. But lacked depth.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Well developed and believable characters. Especially adorable was Lilly Cate. Nice blending of our current mores with those of the late 18th century. Not judgemental, preachy or modernly religious. Plot was well developed and actually had an unexpected twist. No described sex or unchaste dialogue.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a great book filled with complex characters and a wonderful story line! I didn't want to put it Dow
mackenzie_carol More than 1 year ago
The Mistress of Tall Acre is Laura Frantz’s most recent stand-alone novel, and is a book that I am so completely and utterly glad that I bought recently. I absolutely LOVE every single part of this book, and am actually seriously tempted to just turn around and read it again today. It really was that good, plus I didn’t expect hardly anything that happened throughout the course of this book! There were so many wonderful twists and turns to this story, and I didn’t realize any of them were coming, but they made this novel all that much more amazing. I’ve already been a fan of Laura’s since I read The Colonel’s Lady a while back, but I love The Mistress of Tall Acre even more, which is hard to believe since The Colonel’s Lady is already on my all-time favorites list. Sophie Menzies stole my heart from the very beginning. She is so sweet, and has struggled so much by the time we reach her at the start of this novel, that I couldn’t help loving her and longing for things to get better in her life. Besides that, I absolutely loved the way she seemed to love Seamus right from the start. Theirs was an absolutely adorable and extremely hardship-ridden relationship, but I absolutely loved every second of it. Along with that, I just loved Sophie even more for how she immediately took Seamus’ daughter Lily Cate under her wing, and how she handled all of the terrible situations that were thrown at the three of them. General Seamus Ogilvy was another character I loved from the very beginning. Although he is definitely a little rough around the edges, he had gone through some of the worst situations you can imagine in his past, and he does have a heart of gold inside. His devotion to his little daughter was by far the sweetest thing, and I loved watching his feelings for Sophie grow and develop. Besides that, it was just enjoyable to watch his hurting heart heal through Sophie’s care and the love of his daughter, and I just overall really, really enjoyed this story and his part in it. All in all, as if you couldn’t already tell, I absolutely LOVED this book. I love the story, and I loved the unexpected events that filled it and the way that it worked out in the end, and I cannot imagine not giving it all five bookshelves. It also has a permanent place on my all-time favorites list, and I am so, so glad that I decided to buy it. Laura does a wonderful job, as usual, of weaving together a story that will touch your heart and keep you turning every page, and I cannot imagine this story being any better than it was. Clearly I highly recommend it! (This review is from my blog,
KayMKM More than 1 year ago
The Mistress of Tall Acre is an amazing book. Wow! I love this story. The main characters are wonderful and full of life. The setting draws in the reader with its authenticity. The plotline is complex and full of twists, turns and tension. This novel is exactly what a historical fiction and romance should be. I highly recommend you move it to the top of your To-Be-Read pile.
amybooksy More than 1 year ago
The Mistress of Tall Acre is one of the best reads I have read all year. Laura Frantz is one of my favorite authors and this book is one of the reasons why. She's a great talent. Highly recommeded! 100 plus stars!
WildflowerMom More than 1 year ago
Wow, now I know why people sing this author's praises! After reading the last part of this book late into the night, I confess, it was well worth the lost sleep to find out if this couple would have a happy ending after all. It was a heart wrenching journey at times! The historical setting of this well told tale is very interesting, starting in the years before, then picking up after the Revolutionary War, when America was emerging as a new nation. From plantation owners to slaves, Patriots to British Loyalists, to the families left behind waiting for their loved ones return, just about every perspective was touched on in some way. Life on a plantation was anything but idle, especially after the deprivation of war. Everyone had a job to do--no sitting around sipping mint juleps! I loved Sophie's character, her patient sweet interactions with little Lily Cate, and her efforts to bridge the gap between father and daughter. Clinging to her faith and encouraging others, even in her dire circumstances, she is a shining example of a gentle and quiet spirit. Sometimes I wished she would have taken more of a risk and be open how she felt, but it added to the tension and made for an interesting story. Highly recommend for fans of historical Christian romance fiction! Looking forward to reading more books by this fine author. (Book provided by The Book Club Network and Revell Publishing in exchange for my honest review.)
jmhochstetler More than 1 year ago
The Mistress of Tall Acre captured me with the first scene and hasn’t let go of my heart even after the unexpected, yet perfect ending. Richly grounded in the post-Revolutionary War period, this novel offers everything you expect from Laura Frantz: characters so true you ache with their sorrows and long for the fulfillment of their hopes; a plot that keeps you breathless with suspense and at times fear; descriptions that submerge you in a world so real it engages all your senses; themes whose depths leave you still pondering when you finish the story. The Mistress of Tall Acre amply demonstrates why I always eagerly look forward to Ms. Frantz’s next book and wish she could write faster!
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Heidi_Reads More than 1 year ago
There's something about Laura Frantz's writing that transports me to the setting of the book and I am completely immersed! There are so many rich historical details from a time period I don't often read about- post American Revolution. I was surprised to learn about much of the turmoil that was still going on after the war was over. The characters were easy to envision and had many layers to them. Sophie is so strong and dignified but her desperate circumstances are humbling. She immediately develops a loving relationship with the general's young daughter which provided brightness and showed Sophie's maternal instincts. Seamus and Sophie have an interesting dynamic which is constantly in flux as they deal with the pressures and dilemmas of the time. Even though it seems like their relationship is one step forward, two steps back, once an eye-opening scare compels them to communicate the feelings that each had developed for the other, they have some very sweet romantic moments in the midst of overwhelming trials. The ending was not wrapped up quickly which I appreciated, I felt like there was a fullness to the story as I finished it. Highly recommend! (Thank you to Revell Publishing for a copy of the book in exchange for my honest review)
Fitzysmom More than 1 year ago
Being a family member of someone away at war has always been difficult but can you imagine how hard it would be during the American Revolution? You could go months and months without hearing from your loved one. That's where Sophie Menzies finds herself. The war is over but she hasn't seen or heard from her brother. Without him her life as she knows it will forever be changed. Her neighbor, General Seamus Ogilvy, has returned from war and brought along a bright spot in her day in the form of his young daughter Lily Cate. Sophie quickly falls in love with Lily Cate and finds herself becoming entangled with Seamus as well. Before too long a marriage of convenience between Seamus and Sophie comes about to benefit both of them. Seamus needs a mother for his daughter and Sophie needs a way to save her estate. Just when all seems to be falling into place nicely and the two begin to fall in love a twist appears in bodily form that changes everything for everyone. I enjoyed the unexpected suspense that was included in the storyline. Laura Frantz did a masterful job of keeping me guessing as to what was really happening. I have read several of Laura Frantz's books but this one comes in at the top part of the list. I felt like I learned a little bit more about the circumstances surrounding this point in history due to the historic details that were woven throughout. I liked the complex story and the characters that were depicted. I also liked how the story didn't feel rushed (especially towards the end) and came to a conclusion that felt finished. Lastly I like that it is a stand alone novel. I love, love, love a good series but every once in a while it's nice to get the whole story in one volume. I received a copy of this book to facilitate my review.
God-Lover More than 1 year ago
“The Mistress of Tall Acre” is one of those books that makes you contradict yourself. You know the kind I mean. Where you absolutely cannot put it down and devour it in several sittings, but then as soon as you finish, wish you had taken a little more time savoring it, just so you wouldn’t have to say goodbye. A longtime fan of Laura Frantz, I could hardly wait for “The Mistress of Tall Acre” and was sure I was in for a treat. I was not mistaken. With flawed, but lovable, characters, rich history and an unforgettable plot, I absolutely adored this book. I rarely re-read, but I was reaching for this book the day after I finished it, just to read my favorite scenes again. It’s definitely on my keeper shelf!!!
JuneMJ More than 1 year ago
This is one of my favorite books of 2015! I have read over one hundred books this year and have reviewed many of those for publishers, fellow authors, blog tour companies, and for my own pleasure. The Mistress of Tall Acre ranks in my top five of quality fiction this year. The story begins immediately after the end of the eight-year long American Revolution in October, 1783. Sophie Menzies has been abandoned by her Scottish father who fled the young nation when he was labeled a Tory for his allegiance to Great Britain. Her brother, Curtis, who fought for the Revolutionary Army, has not yet returned home. Her mother, a midwife, died a few years prior to the start of this story. Sophie is living at her family's estate, Three Chimneys, in Virginia. Poverty and malnutrition threaten Sophie and her two remaining servants. One day, the young neighbor girl from the adjacent estate, Tall Acre, wanders over to Sophie's property. Sophie is immediately taken with five-year-old Lily Cate, daughter of a decorated war hero, General Seamus Ogilvy. The general is a widower, and is working diligently to build a relationship with Lily Cate. For reasons I won't reveal in this review, the child doesn't remember him because he was away at war during her younger years. To his credit, the General is determined to be a good and loving father to his only child. I won't spoil the remaining story line for you, because I highly recommend you read this book for yourself! Suffice to say the action and emotion in this novel continue until the last page. The author has done a great deal of research into the history of this period in our nation's humble beginning, and it shows in her writing. Ms. Frantz excels at character and setting development. Her characters tug at a reader's heartstrings and pull you right into the drama. The dialogue between the children and adults in the story is realistic as is the dialogue between adults of differing stations in life and peers. **A bonus for this reviewer: As a lifelong seamstress who learned to sew at the age of eight, I enjoyed the references to Sophie's sewing skills and her devotion to teaching Lily Cate to sew. It was interesting to read about the fabrics and threads used at this time in history. This storyline added even more depth to this story for me. I will be searching for other books by this fantastic author so I can enjoy another enriching historical romance by this talented author. I highly recommend this book to fans of historical fiction, historical romance, inspirational romance, and clean fiction. This is one book you will definitely not want to miss! NOTE FROM REVIEWER: I received a free paperback copy of this book from Revell Books, a division of Baker Publishing, in exchange for an honest review. All opinions expressed here are entirely my own. I was not compensated to post this review here or on any other site. ###############
BookReviewerNicole More than 1 year ago
_____________________ *My Thoughts* I wish I could be one of those people that can start out by saying, "I have long been in love with Laura Frantz's writing", but alas, I cannot. I can say however that I have been in love with her writing ever since the very first page I read of Love's Fortune! Laura truly did open the doors to my love of all things Historical Fiction and has helped show me the beauty of our past! I proceeded to BEG for every single book she had ever written...I'm only missing one which I plan to have by this Christmas! This is one of the most well written stories I have EVER read and most definitely the best marriage of convenience story. There is nothing ordinary about this story! From the very first page, I was obsessed with Sophie Menzies and shockingly I found a new favorite man-at least for now! (Sorry Silas...James!) I found Sophie and Seamus' relationship to be the sweetest thing and completely realistic! Their struggles were completely understandable and their little girl was an absolute doll. I was in love before I ever opened the book! I loved her hair so much, I had my darling sister imitate it on me! You can see the pictures on my blog. :) As usual, the history within the pages is priceless. Absolutely one of the best books I have ever read, hands down. Laura turned a sweet story into a work of art, and I can't wait for her next novel! As it is, I've already read this one four times in a month! ___________________ *Audience* This book is a beautifully written historical like those written by Sarah Sundin, Julie Lessman, Lori Wick, Tamera Alexander, Rosanne M. White, Kristi Ann Hunter, Lorna Seilstad, Susan Ann Mason, Elizabeth Camden, and Jody Hedlund! _____________ *My overall thoughts* An intricate story on how two people struggled to find love in the midst of heartache, The Mistress at Tall Acre is a true gem! _______________ *My Rating* I give The Mistress of Tall Acre by Laura Frantz... 5 stars!! *I received this book from the publisher and the author in exchange for an honest review, which I have given. All thoughts were my own and I was not compensated in any other way.
Britney_Adams More than 1 year ago
“Though sympathy tugged at her, Sophie’s imagination made fearsome leaps. The grieving widower. The destitute governess. A motherless child. It had all the makings of a scintillating novel.” The Mistress of Tall Acre is captivating! One of my favorite reads so far this year, this story and its characters stole my heart! Sophie Menzies and Seamus and Lily Cate Ogilvy are memorable characters who share a remarkable journey. Their story is brimming with drama, suspense, and romance, and includes a plot twist that I never expected. I couldn’t turn the pages fast enough to find out how this story would unfold! Laura Frantz’s writing is beautiful and her historical details transport readers to another time and place. I loved The Mistress of Tall Acre and highly recommend this story to historical fiction fans! I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an unbiased review. All thoughts expressed are my own.
VicG More than 1 year ago
Laura Frantz in her new book, “The Mistress of Tall Acre” published by Revell brings us into the life of Sophie Menzies. From the back cover: There can be only one mistress of Tall Acre. The American Revolution is finally over and Sophie Menzies is starved for good news. When her closest neighbor, General Seamus Ogilvy finally comes home to Tall Acre, she hopes it is a sign of better days to come. But the general is now a widower with a small daughter in desperate need of a mother. Nearly destitute, Sophie agrees to marry Seamus and become the mistress of Tall Acre in what seems a safe and sensible arrangement. But when a woman from the general’s past returns without warning, the ties that bind this fledgling family together will be strained to the point of breaking. When all is said and done, who will be the rightful mistress of Tall Acre? Triumph and tragedy, loyalty and betrayal–you will find it all in the rich pages of this newest novel from the talented pen of Laura Frantz. You really believe that there is a Tall Acre in Roan County, Virginia that is how good a writer Laura Frantz is. And the story takes place in 1783 right after the end of The American Revolution. I think that this is the perfect setting and time period to tell a wonderful story. “The Mistress of Tall Acre” is all about family. The General is suffering from the loss of his wife and his inability to raise his daughter properly alone. So he makes an offer of convenience to Sophie who accepts because she happens to love the both of them. Then another woman comes to Tall Acre with a desire to stay. Now it begins as the General and Sophie have to figure out how to make their romance work. The General and Sophie are such interesting characters and the story draws you deep into their romance. In “The Mistress of Tall Acre” Ms. Frantz has woven in history, romance and grand adventure all in one story. I was sorry when I finished this book I enjoyed it so much however I am looking forward to more from this highly talented author. Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Revell. 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.”
booksandwindows More than 1 year ago
I always look forward to a new Laura Frantz novel. Ever since I read Courting Morrow Little, I’ve been hooked on her books. When I heard about The Mistress of Tall Acre, I was excited for the chance to read it, as Laura talks about this book on social media as the book of her heart. How can you not read a book after seeing her passion for it? As always, Laura’s lyrical writing gently pulls the reader along for a beautiful story. My favorite character has to be Lily Cate, Seamus’ daughter. Watching Seamus come back from war to his young daughter and trying to get to know her was precious. He has to gain her trust and her love, and their relationship was so touching throughout the book. If you love Lori Benton or Joanne Bischof, you’ll enjoy Laura Frantz’s novels, so go check this one out! *I was provided a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.* Review originally published on
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Although I didn't enjoy this book entirely, I am so glad I didn't put it down. It had a great start, but I found myself getting bored some parts. However, by the middle of the book I was completely and utterly in love with this story. Definitely added to the list of my favorite books (that doesn't actually exist, but if it did, this book would be close to the top). The writing was excellent. Even though I don't favor third person, Laura Frantz done a wonderful job with it. So many unexpected plot twist! I cried with Sophie & Seamus, laughed with them, & loved with them. Their romance was so so sweet & beautiful. It was adorable how Seamus's daughter, Lily Cate, brought them together. The main thing I disliked & at the same time loved, was the ending. Right down to the last sentence. I even cried. No lie there lol. Such an amazing story that every historic fiction lover will enjoy! I was send this book by the publisher in exchange for my honest review.
AngiOakley More than 1 year ago
Once again, author Laura Frantz has penned a lovely, sweeping tale that is destined to become another fan favorite. From the year 1783 comes the story of Sophie Menzies and Seamus Ogilvy. Two lonely people…neighbors…one from Tall Acres and the other from Three Chimneys. General Ogilvy has been called a hero of the Revolution while Sophie has been branded a Tory because of her father’s loyalties. And yet, a friendship ensues between the two through the workings of Seamus’s tiny daughter, Lily Cate. As a budding friendship draws them closer to each other, relatives from Seamus’s past threaten to bring upheaval to Tall Acres, leaving Seamus no choice but to enlist help from the lovely Sophie. But will it be enough? Laura Frantz weaves stories together like an artist weaves a tapestry, making every word a picture in the mind’s eye of her readers, while giving us a glimpse of how God works in the lives of those He loves. “The Mistress of Tall Acre” is truly a Frantz masterpiece and comes highly recommended by this reader! I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
Cozy_Writers_Den More than 1 year ago
Review: I went into, The Mistress of Tall Acre, with full expectations to love the book. Why? Well, first of all, I've never read a book that's less than amazing by Laura Frantz. Second, it's set during the American Revolution, and that's always interesting. My prediction was prophetic, for these reasons and many more…the book was indeed fabulous. The cast of characters in, Mistress of Tall Acre, are as loveable and interesting as those in the Ballantyne Legacy series. In particular, Sophie Menzies is fascinating. A noble woman by blood, the revolution has ruined her father's estate "Three Chimneys". Left alone on the dilapidated property with only an aged cook and caretaker left to help her, Sophie Menzies is in just as bad of shape as Three Chimneys. The villagers in the nearby Roan despised Lord Menzies, her father, who was an imperial sympathizer and treat Sophie cruelly even though she is staunchly on the side of the Americans. As the war comes to an end, things for Sophie are not looking up as she and her two loyal companions are nearly starved to death and threats from the village are getting worse. Her neighbour, General Seamus Ogilvy from Tall Acre returns to Tall Acre after eight years at war. His little daughter, Lily Cate, takes an instant liking to Sophie and a tentative relationship begins. General Ogilvy is a good man, but scarred by the war. Having seen and gone through too much, he has stepped away from his faith in God rather than letting the hardships draw him nearer to his Lord. Rough and uncertain how to be a father to his sensitive young daughter, General Ogilvy reaches out to his neighbour, the kind Miss Menzies, for help. Sophie Menzies brings love and faith into Lily Cate and General Ogilvy's lives. No matter how bad her own circumstances get, how fearful something is, she is forever turning to God, her author and creator, to carry her through. As I said, the characters in this story are wonderful. I'd love to read another book about Sophie, Seamus, and Lily Cate one day. They are an irresistible trio, and I'm already missing them. In addition to the characters, the plot in "Mistress of Tall Acre" is surprisingly full of a couple dramatic twists, which completely thrilled me. While a character driven story for the most part, the unexpected bombs that Laura Frantz drops into their lives will keep you flipping the pages to the very last page… and then will leave you in my sad state: wishing very much that the book was longer. I give this book a very high recommendation. I received a copy of this book from Baker Publishing Group in exchanged for my honest opinion and review.
MysM More than 1 year ago
I was given a free copy of this book by Revell Reads, a division of Baker Publishing Group in exchange for an honest review and participation in a blog tour. The Mistress of Tall Acre takes place immediately following the Revolutionary War. General Seamus Ogilvy returns a hero to Tall Acre, sadly neglected for the past years when his wife had fallen ill and taken their daughter with her to Williamsburg to her parents where she succumbed to a fever and died. When the Fitzhughs refuse to send little Lily Cate home to him, Ogilvy arrives on horseback and takes her forcibly from their townhouse and takes her to Tall Acre. It is Lily Cate who first meets their neighbour, Sophie Menzies of Three Chimneys, who, enchanted by the not-quite-six-year-old, invites her to tea for the following afternoon. Her household is in much worse shape than Tall Acre — her father had taken his Tory sympathies and absconded to Scotland, the British soldiers used up most of her resources, she is gathering chestnuts to make tea and flour, and her hired hand "looked to be a hundred years old . . . [and] the housekeeper wasn't much younger". Little Lily Cate is afraid of the stranger with the mutilated hand who has taken her away from the only home she remembers leaving all her clothes and toys behind to come to the huge, two-story plantation home, but she is instantly drawn to Sophie who clearly knows the path into the heart of little girls. Sophie and Seamus begin an uneasy friendship. During the war years both have lost some of their smooth social skills: she has become rather plain spoken, he is used to giving orders not taking them. After a few minor altercations, their devotion to Lily Cate draws them together. When Sophie finds that the new American government is going to confiscate her land because of her father's politics, Seamus thinks to keep Three Chimneys and Sophie safe, first proposing a lease arrangement, and then, proposing marriage. Despite his best intentions, their idyllic family life is soon strewn with political and familial roadblocks, their marriage called into question, and their physical safety jeopardized. This is the first book by Laura Frantz that I have read and I found it quite engaging right from the beginning. Interspersed with flashbacks, mostly by use of a diary kept by the first mistress of Tall Acre and secreted in a hidden part of the desk in her room, a desk that perfectly matched one Sophie had at Three Chimneys. The story is extremely realistic with lots of detail true to the time and some of the complications that affect the lives of the Ogilvys come out of the beginnings of the new American legal system. It is Sophie's belief that God will bring good out of all circumstances and answer her prayers that sees her through, and Lily Cate's earnest petitions to her father to pray with her that draw him back into the circle of faith. As I was reading, I kept thinking that if this was made into a movie, the right person playing Lily Cate would steal the show. All of the relationships revolve around her and she pulls everything together. This was a delightful read.
HumorMyWay More than 1 year ago
Being from Virgina myself this book caught my attention. The author has an outstanding plot which she keeps interesting as she spins a tell of one man going off to war leaving a wife and daughter behind. Many years later he finds out his wife has died and his daughter is living with her family. On his return the family will not give him his daughter so he goes in the dead of night and takes her away. His wife's family wants her back, men are seen watching the home. To keep his daughter he needs a wife he marries the lady next door who needs his help to keep her land. When things are starting to work out for them a lady from the past comes home and throws their world into a tail spin. Sophie is a sweet and caring lady when her family turns on the states she is left alone to try to make the best of it. She is giving and wants to do best by those around her. It is little wonder why the General falls in love with her. She takes his child as her own and gives his life new meaning. Helps run his home taking care of the staff as they are family. Just as she has it all she is about to lose it when his first wife comes home. I really liked this character she is a truly lady who puts others first and herself last. She is one character I was glad to see a happy ending for. Seamus has been through so much having fought a war being away from home for so long. With the war ending he finds his wife is dead, his daughter doesn't know him and his wife's family will not let him have her. He takes her only to find they are willing to fight to keep her. He does what is best finding a new wife to keep all that is his in return helping Sophie keep what is hers. Just when life is coming up roses his first wife appears wanting him back. He just found a love like no other and is about to lose it all. The General is a man of honor who has lost a lot in this war. He never thought he would find another lady to love now Sophie and his daughter is his world and he is about to lose it all. He is just a strong loving man what is there not to like about this character. Any women should be proud to call him her own. The author gives you a well told story just a little long in places. It wasn't a story that kept me spellbound but one I did enjoy. She does throw in a few twists and turns to keep the story interesting. For me this book moved a little slow and at times I found my mind wondering but I was pulled back in as things came to a head with family issues. It isn't a story I would want to reread but one I enjoyed and was glad I had read. The author throws in a little mystery to keep the book entertaining. If you enjoy historical romance this one is well worth your time.