Guess what? It’s release day for Laura Frantz’ latest and final installment of the The Ballantyne Legacy series! Happy release day Laura! Now let’s dive right in shall we?
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.
As Frantz has the ability to do, she paints a story that flows with each page. As with the previous installments in the story, besides the romance of the main characters, it’s a story of family. I think that’s one thing I appreciated most about this novel. With grandparents, children and grandchildren, many take their own path, no matter what influence they had growing up. For better or worse, there’s ripples that span generations. I liked that Frantz portrayed a realistic picture of that.
Wren and James have a sweet story as well and I enjoyed seeing each character grow and change. I did think the ending came rather quickly and I wish there would have been a few more chapters to see that all pan out and not as rushed. It was a change of pace from the rest of the novel, so I don’t think I was prepared for it to end so quickly. I still enjoyed it though!
If you liked the first two, you’re a fan of Laura Frantz, enjoy a sweet romance or all of the above, then I think you’ll enjoy this final conclusion.
Have you read Laura’s books before? If so, what’s your favorite one?
(I was provided a copy of the book by Revell Books in exchange for my honest opinion)