Author: Laura Frantz
Review by Grace Olson
I can hardly believe the chilly temperatures that have been settling over my part of the world already, but this weather is my favorite for reading. It practically begs me to curl up on a comfy chair, grab a steaming mug of hot cocoa, and crack open a good book. If you’re having the same urges as I am, then Love’s Awakening might be just the book to get lost in for several hours.
Taken from Baker Publishing Group’s Revell Division website synopsis of Love’s Awakening:
The path to true love lies somewhere between two feuding families
In the spring of 1822, Ellie Ballantyne leaves finishing school and returns to the family home in Pittsburgh only to find that her parents are away on a long journey and her siblings don’t seem to want her to stay. Determined to stand her ground and find her place in the world, Ellie fills her time by opening a day school for young ladies.
But when one of her students turns out to be an incorrigible young member of the Turlock family, Ellie knows she must walk a fine line. Slaveholders and whiskey magnates, the Turlocks are envious of the powerful Ballantynes and suspicious of their abolitionist leanings. As Ellie becomes increasingly entangled with the rival clan–particularly the handsome Jack Turlock–she finds herself falling in love with an impossible future. Will she betray her family and side with the enemy?
I love Laura Frantz’s writing. She has a way of pulling me in from page one and immersing me in her story throughout the entire book. She manages (with seemingly little effort) to create a masterful story full of suspense, new (and old) love, and heartache. I have read all of Frantz’s other titles, and have enjoyed each, so I was eagerly anticipating the release of this second installment in The Ballantyne Legacy.
I loved the underground railroad aspect of this book. I am always attracted to books that address those people who risked their lives to help other human beings, and I wasn’t disappointed in Love’s Awakening. I also enjoyed the suspense in this novel. Would Ellie and Jack ever find true love? Would the Turlocks win in their desire to bring the Ballantynes down when they suspect them of helping slaves? Then when a character from Love’s Reckoning appears, the previous book in this series, the tension ramps up a notch.
As I’ve come to expect from Frantz, this book also had a meaningful spiritual message, and a romance that had me flipping pages until the very end.
About the Author
Biography from Baker Publishing Group’s website: Laura Frantz is a lover of history, is the author of The Frontiersman’s Daughter, Courting Morrow Little, and The Colonel’s Lady, and currently lives in the misty woods of Washington with her husband and two sons. ~ To learn more about her and the other books she has written, visit her web page: http://laurafrantz.net/
As always, Frantz had me spell bound to the very end, and beyond. Wouldn’t you know it, she had a cliff hanger at the end of the book! Now I have to wait for book number three before I can find out what happens! It’s enough to drive a book reviewer crazy! But back to Love’s Awakening. I highly recommend this novel, especially for those who are looking for romance, suspense, and a spiritual message. And if you like this book, then don’t forget to stop on by Frantz’s website to see the other novels she’s written with that same flavor.
Love’s Awakening is available for download, check-out, or paper copy.