Author: Laura Frantz
Review by Grace Olson
Taken from Baker Publishing Group’s website description of Love’s Fortune:
With two very different horizons stretched out before her, one young woman stands on the cusp of an unknown future.
Sheltered since birth at her Kentucky home, Rowena “Wren” Ballantyne has heard only whispered rumors of her grandfather Silas’s vast fortune and grand manor in Pennsylvania. When her father receives a rare letter summoning him to New Hope, Wren makes the journey with him and quickly finds herself in a whole new world–family members she’s never met, dances she’s never learned, and a new side to the father she thought she knew.
As she struggles to fit in during their extended stay, she finds a friend in James Sackett, the most valued steamship pilot of the Ballantynes’ shipping line. Even with his help, Wren feels she may never be comfortable in high society. Will she go her own way . . . to her peril?
With her signature attention to historical detail and emotional depth, Laura Frantz brings 1850s Pennsylvania alive with a tender story of loss, love, and loyalty.
I love how Laura was able to take three different characters, spanning three different generations, all from the same family, and make each young woman’s personality, journey, and love story unique. Love’s Fortune made me think of her first book, The Frontiersman’s Daughter. It’s more of that style, especially with Wren coming from that area.
It took me a little longer to get into Wren’s head than the previous two novels. I think I had some preconceived ideas of what she was going to be like, so correcting those and really getting into her character took some time. One of the things I really appreciate about Wren was how she stood firm on things that mattered to her. She didn’t cave to Andra or Bennett or even Malachi, when it came down to it. She is a woman of integrity and faith, which was really fun to read about. I couldn’t help but cheer for her. 🙂
James Sackett is a great hero. Laura develops his character in such a way throughout the story that the reader learns about him as Wren does, about his past, present, and hopes for the future.
Laura did a great job with this book of keeping the tension up over how Wren and James would finally be together, as well as the external danger threatening them both. Then to end the series, she slipped in a sigh-worthy epilogue, bringing the trilogy full-circle. If you’re coming in late to this series, I would definitely recommend reading these novels in order. Having that back story for the other characters is really helpful, and gives a different perspective on the characters.
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. Visit her website at http://laurafrantz.net/
I was given a review copy of Love’s Fortune from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. I received no monetary compensation for my review. The opinions expressed are my own.