Saturday, September 1, 2012

Love's Reckoning by Laura Frantz

I’m sure everyone is familiar with Laura Frantz and her wonderful historical novels—and if you aren’t, you ought to be!. Today I’m celebrating the release of Laura’s new historical, Love’s Reckoning, Book 1 of the Ballantyne Legacy Series by featuring her and all of her books.

A former schoolteacher and social worker, Laura credits her 100-year-old grandmother as being the catalyst for her fascination with Kentucky history. Her ancestors followed Daniel Boone into Kentucky in 1792 and settled in Madison County, where her family still resides. Laura currently lives in the misty woods of Port Angeles, Washington, with her husband and two sons.

Love’s Reckoning, which releases September 1, is already receiving enthusiastic reviews—and I’m totally bummed because my Kindle edition hasn’t released yet, and I can’t wait to read it!! But enough whining. I’ve loved every one of Laura’s previous books, and I know I’m going to love this one and look forward to each volume in the series.

A summary of each of her books follows. I encourage you to become acquainted with this outstanding author if you aren’t already!

Love’s Reckoning, Book 1 of the Ballantyne Legacy Series

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

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

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

The Colonel’s Lady

Can love survive the secrets kept buried within a tormented heart?

Roxanna Rowan may be a genteel Virginia woman, but she is determined to brave the wilds of the untamed frontier to reach a remote Kentucky fort. Eager to reunite with her father, who serves under Colonel Cassius McLinn, Roxanna is devastated to find that her father has been killed on a campaign. Penniless and out of options, she is forced to remain at the fort. As she spends more and more time with the fiery Colonel McLinn, the fort begins to buzz with intrigue and innuendo. Can Roxanna truly know who the colonel is—and what he’s done?

This powerful story of love, faith, and forgiveness immerses readers in the tumultuous world of the frontier in 1779.

The Frontiersman’s Daughter

One woman searches for love—and herself—in a wild land.

Lovely and high-spirited, Lael Click is the daughter of a celebrated frontiersman. Haunted by her father’s ties to the Shawnee Indians and her family’s past, Lael comes of age in the fragile Kentucky settlement her father founded. As she faces the many trials of life on the frontier, she draws strength from the rugged land. But the arrival of a handsome doctor threatens her view of her world, her God, and herself. Can the power of grace and redemption break through in this tumultuous place?

This epic novel offers a glimpse into the simple yet daring lives of the pioneers who first crossed the Appalachians, all through the courageous eyes of a determined young woman who will not be defeated.

Courting Morrow Little

Caught between the wilderness and civilization, Morrow Little must find her way to true love.

Morrow Little is haunted by the memory of the day her family was torn apart by raiding Shawnee warriors. Now that she is nearly a grown woman and her father is ailing, she must make difficult choices about the future. Several men—ranging from the undesired to the unthinkable—vie for her attentions, but she finds herself inexplicably drawn to a forbidden love that both terrifies and intrigues her. Can she betray the memory of her lost loved ones—and garner suspicion from her friends—by pursuing a life with him? Or should she seal her own misery by marrying a man she doesn’t love?

 This sweeping tale of romance and forgiveness takes readers from a Kentucky fort through the vast wilderness of the West.


  1. Joan, What a lovely post and line-up! Thanks so much for taking time to ut this up and for such gracious words. You are a dear friend and blessing in more ways than I can say. And for those who haven't read your books, great joys ahead when they do!!

  2. Laura, you have encouraged me so much, and I am more than delighted to do it! I'm so pleased that we're having our newest releases together. :-)

  3. I love everything I've read from Laura and I'm just starting her new series. :)

  4. Love's Reckoning just synced to my Kindle yesterday, MJ, and I happily started reading it a little while ago. I'm already absorbed.... :-)

  5. Review coming soon! I love this story!

  6. Greetings! I just started "Love's Reckoning" and it is fabulous!! Laura has definately florished into the quality of story telling that Liz Curtis Higgs is know for!
    I will definately check out your books also J. M. Hochsteler!! Also I read several other books that Laura Frantz has written and they were so difficult to put down also. Laura captures the heart of her readers!

  7. Got the review, Michelle! Thank you so much. I just started reading it the other day, and I'm loving it!!

  8. Susan, I sure agree with your comparison of Laura's writing with Liz Curtis Higgs'. Every book just gets better! Thank you for stopping by my blog, and for checking out my books too. :-) I'm honored to have Laura as a friend and colleague in writing historical fiction!