14 August 2011

The Colonel's Lady, Book Review

Book description:
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  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.

My review:
The clear portraying of frontier's life is certain to be the first thing you will notice in 'The Colonel's Lady' but it is the rich tapestry of love, honour, duty, loyalty and faith Laura Frantz weaves in front of our eyes that will take your breath away. 
Historical novels, particularly the ones describing the Colonial era have always held my interest.
Diaries, letters and oral information passed down from generation to generation have revealed something of these brave families who tamed the wilderness and faced countless dangers to make a life for themselves but there is still a lot of information about the Americas we have yet to uncover. 

Laura Frantz's fascination with 'Kentucke' history is instantly detected in her novel and the emotions she endowes her characters are so palpable you will at times hold your breath. She skilfully draws you in her story with her minute details of a time and a place in American History few of us even imagined. 
Here are the braves souls that forged a free country for themselves amidst the cruel hardship of frontier life. Here are the women whom alongside their men fought for liberty and equality against tyranny. 
Here are the likes of Washington and his men who survived countless deprivations to make a world for themselves. 

I have always coveted a copy of the painting of Washington praying at Valley Forge. As I read Laura Frantz's description of the Irish commander Colonel Cassius McLinn, I pictured this painting and felt once again the faith the painter imbued the General in this humble moment of communion with the Almighty.

'The Colonel's Lady' is a story of endurance, love and forgiveness in a time of intrigue and danger. Fort Endeavor comes to life as you read this powerful story yet it is the unquestionable faith the characters displays during their trials which makes this a wonderful Christian novel with a definite place on your bookshelves!
A must read for anyone who loves a well told story!

I confess I loved the story and give it 5 stars!

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. 
More about her at LauraFrantz.net

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

I received this book free from REVELLa division of Baker Publishing group as part of their Blogger Review program. I was not asked to write a positive review and the opinions expressed are entirely my own.
I am disclosing this in accordance with the FTC 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.


  1. Thank you for always leaving such gracious and warm comments on my blog. Really, kind words are a balm to the heart!!

    While Colonial America isn't my favorite time period, this book sounds very interesting. I think I'll look for it.

    I got involved in another Blogging for Books program (I think it's Multnomah's Waterbrook Press). The only thing is, the books they provide are in e-format, and I don't like reading that way. I don't have an e-reader anyhow...have to use my daughter's. But I don't like reading that way, so that program isn't going to work for me. Is the program you are in the same way? Or do they send "real" books?

    Blessings to you,

  2. Noelle, Your beautiful review brought tears to my eyes - bless you so much! I especially appreciate the painting here of George Washington praying. I was recently at Valley Forge and this means a lot to me, too. You have a wonderful way with words - and a great blog. Thank you from the bottom of my heart:)


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