Laura Frantz is a go to historical author for many and there’s very good reasons why this is the case. She has a writing style that captivates, she brings to life eras long past, and she creates characters you become completely invested in. So was I shocked when her newest release followed this exact same pattern and maybe even be her best yet?
Not at all friends. Not at all.
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?
I really enjoyed getting a glimpse into the life of Americans right after the Revolutionary War. What a time that must have been – years of war and suddenly they were they’re own country. That was no easy task bringing about a new nation. Along with the intriguing era, I really enjoyed the whole story line – from learning what happened with those who were Tories and those who remained loyal to the new nation to the relationship of Sophie and Seamus.
Another fantastic aspect? The characters. Sophie has an amazing strength to her, not only for surviving the war, but all that was against her during and after the British surrender. Then there’s Seamus, with such heavy burdens of war and dealing with the aftermath and trying to do what’s best for his sweet little girl, Lily Cate (who you’ll love!).
When I read the back cover, I thought this was going to be a “marriage of convenience” type plot line, but I’d say it’s much different and I really liked that. Finally, I loved the additional mystery weaved within the plot. This made for some fast turning of the pages! If you’re wondering if Laura Frantz’s books are for you, I most definitely suggest starting with this one.
If you’ve read Laura’s book, what’s one of your favorites?
(Thank you to Revell for a copy of the book in exchange for my honest review)