Monday, 15 September 2014

Review - Love’s Fortune by Laura Frantz

Love's Fortune
The Ballantyne Legacy, book 3
by Laura Frantz
Publisher: Revell
Pub. Date: September 16, 2014
ISBN: 978-0800720438
Pages: 400
Buy Link: Amazon


Arriving in bookstores today is the third installment in The Ballantyne Legacy, titled Love's Fortune by Laura Frantz. I have never read the other books in the series, but the cover alone for the third book caught my attention. Plus, to me the book feels like a standalone novel.

Love's Fortune centers on Rowena "Wren" Ballantyne, a young woman living in Kentucky who's life is forever changed when she leaves her home and travels with her father to New Hope, Pennsylvania. She quickly learns of her father's heritage and meets her new family members, who introduce her to the high society life.

Jumping from one lifestyle to another is not an easy task and she struggles to fit in, that is until she meets James Sackett, a steamship pilot of the Ballantynes' shipping line. Though her newfound friend tries to help her fit in with her new surrounds, she still doesn't feel comfortable becoming the kind of 'lady' that her Aunt Andra wants her to become.

I'll stop with the spoilers right there! I don't believe that I have read any other titles by the author, though I have heard of her name before, and I'm impressed by her writing style and her vivid descriptions throughout this novel. The plot is intriguing and the characters are cleverly written. Overall, Love's Fortune is a wonderfully crafted historical romance novel that I enjoyed reading until the very last page.

*Disclaimer - I received a complimentary copy in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own. 

About the Author:

Award-winning author Laura Frantz is passionate about all things historical, particularly the 18th-century, and writes her manuscripts in longhand first. Her stories often incorporate Scottish themes that reflect her family heritage. She is a direct descendant of George Hume, Wedderburn Castle, Berwickshire, Scotland, who was exiled to the American colonies for his role in the Jacobite Rebellion of 1715, settled in Virginia, and is credited with teaching George Washington surveying in the years 1748-1750. Her family resides in Kentucky and Virginia.

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