Monday, September 3, 2012

Review: Love's Reckoning by Laura Frantz

Series: The Ballantyne Legacy - Book One
Revell / 2012

About the book:

On a bitter December day in 1785, Silas Ballantyne arrives at the door of master blacksmith Liege Lee in York, Pennsylvania. Just months from becoming a master blacksmith himself, Silas is determined to finish his apprenticeship and move west. But Liege soon discovers that Silas is a prodigious worker and craftsman and endeavors to keep him in York. Silas becomes interested in both of Liege's daughters, the gentle and faith-filled Eden and the clever and high-spirited Elspeth. When he chooses one, will the other's jealousy destroy their love? In this sweeping family saga set in western Pennsylvania, one man's choices in love and work, in friends and enemies, set the stage for generations to come. Love's Reckoning is the first entry in The Ballantyne Legacy, a rich, multi-layered historical quartet from talented writer Laura Frantz, beginning in the late 1700s and following the Ballantyne family through the end of the Civil War.

My rating:
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My thoughts:

Love's Reckoning is the second book I've read by Laura Frantz and I absolutely loved it! From the beginning on I was enthralled with the story and how things would turn out - I could hardly put it down once I was a couple chapters in (although I had to in order to get some sleep). I finished it in about two days (and this is a large book - over 400 pages!) so that says something as to how good it was.

Love's Reckoning was very gripping emotionally - there were times I was so upset and wanted to scream (I may have actually) and other times I wanted to cry. I didn't know how the book would end and, at one point, wanted to skip ahead to the end to find out, but didn't because I knew it would wreck the story. I don't think there was ever a dull moment to this novel. The only complaint I have is that the ending seemed a tad bit rushed (in my opinion), but it was still great and is now one of my favorite books.

The characters were fantastic and I loved all the little secrets that were throughout the book (that added a little mystery to the story) - some were really shocking!

I'm so glad that this is part of a series because I am very much looking forward to finding out what continues to happen in these characters' lives.

Overall, I loved Love's Reckoning and recommend it if you enjoy historical romances, but expect to be taken on a wild ride that'll keep you turning pages late into the night (at least it did with me).

*I received a complimentary copy of this book for my review. I was not required to give a positive review, only my honest opinion - which I've done. All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.*

“Available September 2012 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.”

5 comments:

  1. I'm glad you liked this book Melanie! I will have to look into reading it once the library has it up for rent. I'm thinking about reading The Colonel's Lady soon since I recently got it at our library. I've heard lots of good things about it and can't wait to read it! Have a blessed day!
    Bethany
    www.giveawaysofblessing.blogspot.com

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    1. Bethany - I read The Colonel's Lady last year and loved it! Hope you do too. Oh, and be sure to stop by tomorrow - Laura will be stopping by with an interview/giveaway! :)

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  2. Great review, Melanie! I loved this one, too! Laura is an amazing author! :)

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    1. She is! Both books of hers I've read I loved, so I really need to read her older books. :)

      Thanks for this nice comment, Michelle! :)

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    2. You're welcome, Melanie!

      I think you'll really enjoy her other books! :)

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