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Sunday, August 14, 2011

Book Review: The Colonel's Lady by Laura Frantz - Revell Blog Tour

About the book (from the back cover):
Can love survive the secrets kept buried within a tormented heart?
Roxanna Rowan may be a genteel Virginia woman, but she is determined to brave the wilds of the untamed frontier to reach a remote Kentucky fort. Eager to reunite with her father, who serves under Colonel Cassius McLinn, Roxanna is devastated to find that her father has been killed on a campaign.

Penniless and out of options, Roxanna is forced to remain at the fort. As she spends more and more time with the fiery Colonel McLinn, the fort is abuzz with intrigue and innuendo. Can Roxanna truly know who the colonel is--and what he's done?

Immerse yourself in this powerful story of love, faith, and forgiveness set in the tumultuous world of the frontier in 1779.

Praise for Laura Frantz's Writing
"Vivid and poetic. . . . You'll disappear into another place and time."--Jane Kirkpatrick, bestselling author of All Together in One Place and A Flickering Light
"Laura Frantz portrays the wild beauty of frontier life, along with its dangers and hardships, in vivid detail."--Ann H. Gabhart, author of The Outsider and The Seeker
"Frantz writes with an inherent beauty that graces every literary aspect of her story, from exquisite prose and intricate characterization to meticulous historical detail and striking emotional connections. [Her writing] sets the standard in historical faith fiction."--

My Rating: 5 Stars

My Review:
What say ye, of The Colonel's Lady by Laura Frantz?  Aye, I say two thumbs up!  'Tis FIVE STARS to be sure!

Upon reading Courting Morrow Little, I became an instant fan of Laura Frantz and her style of writing.  Laura's writing is smart, eloquent, and certainly sets the bar very high.  Soon after finishing Morrow's tale, I knew I had to read Laura's first novel, The Frontiersman's Daughter.  It is with great surety, that I put both books at the top of my favorites list!  With the recent August 1st release of The Colonel's Lady, I waited with bated breath to receive my copy, because I knew, I was in for a sweet treat, indeed!

Just like its predecessors, The Colonel's Lady, does not disappoint.  From the very first page, I knew it was going to be a wonderful journey, as I stepped into the story with Roxanna Rowan.  Set against the backdrop of the Revolutionary War in 1779, Laura does a tremendous job of catching you up to speed on the history of the time; she's definitely done her research!  Life on the Kentucke frontier comes to life in beautiful, vivid descriptions.  Laura is truly a master wordsmith, with the proficiency to pull you into a scene and awaken the senses with her words.  The story unfolds with the perfect combination of romance, intrigue, mystery, conflict, and faith -- all with an intensity that makes for a 5 star novel!

The tender romance between Colonel Cassius McLinn and Roxanna Rowan builds throughout the story, and I love being able to get inside the head of each character, as Laura beautifully writes from each point of view.  The romantic tension keeps you turning pages, creating a longing and a yearning that you feel right along with the characters.  If you love romance, you won't be disappointed as some of the scenes will melt your heart and send it pounding all at the same time.

I could go on and on, but suffice it to say, once you've picked up a book by Laura Frantz, you've picked  a winner!  I highly recommend The Colonel's Lady, and I'm confident to say it will win your heart! 

**Thank you to Revell for providing me with a review copy, in exchange for my honest opinion.**
**Available August 2011 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.** 


  1. Michelle, Your review is such a stellar one - bless you so much! It's a joy to get a look inside your reading head and heart. I love the insights you've shared here and how you mention my first two books. It's a true blessing to think of them on your keeper shelf:) You're on mine!!

    Thanks so much for everything - and for your sweet spirit most of all.

  2. Wonderful review for a wonderful book!! :D Thanks for sharing your thoughts with us, Michelle!

    And you and Laura are both keepers, for sure! ;)


  3. Laura and Amber! Thank you so much! It's such a nice surprise to find both of you here -- two of the sweetest gals I know. You're both on my "keeper shelf" as well. : )

    Sweet blessings to both of you!

  4. Thanks for the link, Michelle and I posted it on Colonial Quills! Nice review!

  5. Thank you, Carrie! I appreciate it. : )

  6. I agree Michelle, if you've picked a Laura book you've picked a winner!

    XOXO~ Renee

  7. Thank you for stopping by, Renee. : )

  8. Hi Michelle, I just awarded you and your blog the Liebster Blog Award! Check out my blog for the details...

  9. Thank you, Cathy! You're very kind. I will check it out soon. : )

  10. Wasn't this just wonderful? I love Laura's books. Each one is my new favorite.

    2 Kids and Tired Books

  11. I completely agree, Holly! : )

    Thank you for stopping by!