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Monday, August 15, 2011

Book Review: The Colonel's Lady by Laura Frantz

The Colonel's Lady
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Set in 1779, 'The Colonel's Lady' brings the reader back to the historic time of the Revolutionary War.

Roxanna Rowan travels unannounced to live with her father as he fulfills his enlistment. But upon arriving, she learns of his tragic death, and now, wonders what lies ahead.

While Roxanna mourns the loss of her father, she tries to extinguish the growing attraction she feels toward Colonel Cassius McLinn. With the always present threat of an attack, with the war and all, 'The Colonel's Lady' is filled with suspense and drama.

This is the first book that I've read by Laura Frantz, so I didn't know what to expect. Because I heard great things about her previous novels, I looked forward to reading 'The Colonel's Lady'. And wow! I was not disappointed with this book at all! It was great. The characters and story in 'The Colonel's Lady' was written so well that I felt like I was there and it was 1779 instead of 2011! 

It's labeled as Historical Romance, but I found it also somewhat suspenseful. Danger lurked everywhere. There was always the threat of an Indian or British attack - and if that wasn't enough, there was also a spy among the Continental Fort.

At one point in 'The Colonel's Lady', I was skipping pages then going back to read what I skipped - I couldn't read fast enough! I got somewhat teary-eyed anticipating what might happen...and dreading it. I could say more, but I don't want to ruin the book for others.

The one thing that I didn't like was how it was sometimes hard to interpret all of the foreign words, but the plot, characters, and story made up for that so much that I can't give this any less than 5 stars!:)

I wholeheartedly recommend 'The Colonel's Lady' if you enjoy historical fiction...and don't mind being at the edge of your seat anticipating what 's going to happen next!

*I received 'The Colonel's Lady from Revel Publishing for my honest review. The opinions I've expressed are my own.*

“Available August 2011 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.”

About the book:

To the trail-weary and frightened women, Fort Endeavor seemed unwelcoming at first, but Roxanna Rowan  knew they needed to get to safety as quickly as possible in The Colonel’s Lady (ISBN: 978-0-8007-3341-4, $14.99, 416 pages, August 2011) by bestselling author Laura Frantz. Deep within the Kentucky Territory, Fort Endeavor could provide a new life for genteel spinster Roxanna as long as she was with her father.   She had to find him in the mass of all these soldiers. But where was he?  

Shortly after arriving at the Kentucky fort commanded by Colonel Cassius McLinn, the Colonel tells Roxanna that her officer father has died. Penniless and destitute, Roxanna accepts the Scrivener position once held by her father.  Before long, Roxanna discovers secrets that her father uncovered shortly before his death. Who could she trust with this discovery that she found in her father’s Scrivener desk? Could she trust the Colonel? Was his attraction to her real or was he hiding his own secrets including her father’s death? Roxanna needed answers that only the Colonel could provide.  

Set in 1779 The Colonel’s Lady is a powerful and emotion-packed story full of love, suspense, intrigue, faith, and forgiveness from reader favorite Laura Frantz. Her solid research and skillful writing immerse readers in the world of the early frontier while her realistic characters become intimate friends.

About the author:

Laura Frantz credits her grandmother as being the catalyst for her fascination with Kentucky history. Frantz's family followed Daniel Boone into Kentucky in the late eighteenth century and settled in Madison County, where her family still resides. Frantz is the author of The Frontiersman's Daughter and Courting Morrow Little and currently lives in the misty woods of Washington with her husband and two sons. More information about Laura at: www.laurafrantz.net

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  1. Melanie,
    Thanks so much for your beautiful review! I love hearing your thoughts about the book and what worked for you:) You have a wonderful blog. You're a blessing! Happy reading!


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