I’m so glad I discovered Laura Frantz last year. My life is better for reading her books. Need an example of why? Well then, please, continue reading friends of the Internet.
The first in the Ballentyne Series, Love’s Reckoning, had a lot of sadness and darkness. Yet, there was something to the reality Laura Frantz portrayed. Sometimes hard and horrible things happen. But in that, Frantz showed us how beauty can yet rise from the ashes of hurt, pain and suffering. After reading the second installment, Love’s Awakening, I can say I appreciate the first book even more.
It made book two all the more lovely and refreshing as well! I really like how Publisher’s Weekly puts it: “Love, like darkness, comes creeping softly…”
Ellie Ballantyne, youngest child of Silas and Eden, has left finishing school. But back at her family home in Pittsburgh, Ellie finds that her parents are away on a long trip and her siblings don’t seem to want her to stay. When she opens a day school for young ladies, she begins tutoring the incorrigible daughter of the enemy Turlock clan. The Turlocks are slaveholders and whiskey magnates, envious of the powerful Ballantynes and suspicious of their abolitionist leanings. As Ellie becomes increasingly tangled with the Turlocks, she finds herself falling in love with an impossible future–and Jack Turlock, a young man striving to free himself from his family’s violent legacy. How can she betray her family and side with the enemy? And will Jack ever allow her into his world?
Masterful storyteller Laura Frantz continues to unfold the stirring saga of the Ballantyne family in this majestic tale of love, loyalty, and the makings of a legacy. With rich descriptions of the people who settled and civilized a wild landscape, Frantz weaves a tapestry of characters and places that stick with the reader long after they turn the last page.
And let me tell you, the saga definitely continues! While destined to be feuding for life, both Ellie and Jack remind us everyone has the opportunity to change or continue the legacy they’ve been given. Whether fighting for what’s right and battling against evil powers (in this case, abolishing slavery) or leaving behind a family so entrenched by hate, they know of nothing else.
From the love of sweet little Chloe, to the people from the past seeking redemption to a love against all odds, Love’s Awakening once again displays Frantz’ beautiful prose that pulls at your heart and keeps you turning page after page.
After finishing this book, I feel I need to re-read the first one. Anyone else out there feel the same? Maybe I’ll wait for book number three to re-read both, but I do want to!
(Thank you Laura and Revell soooo much for sending a copy my way!)