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Tuesday, September 4, 2012

A Book Review: {Love's Reckoning} by Laura Frantz -- Revell Blog Tour

About the Book:

On a bitter December day in 1785, Silas Ballantyne arrives at the door of master blacksmith Liege Lee in York, Pennsylvania. Just months from becoming a master blacksmith himself, Silas is determined to finish his apprenticeship and move west. But Liege soon discovers that Silas is a prodigious worker and craftsman and endeavors to keep him in York. Silas becomes interested in both of Liege's daughters, the gentle and faith-filled Eden and the clever and high-spirited Elspeth. When he chooses one, will the other's jealousy destroy their love?

In this sweeping family saga set in western Pennsylvania, one man's choices in love and work, in friends and enemies, set the stage for generations to come. Love's Reckoning is the first entry in The Ballantyne Legacy, a rich, multi-layered historical quartet from talented writer Laura Frantz, beginning in the late 1700s and following the Ballantyne family through the end of the Civil War.

My Star Rating: 5 Stars

My Review:

Oh, how I love a Laura Frantz novel!  This is her fourth novel, and the first in The Ballantyne Legacy series, which will span over four books, and four generations; an epic family saga, indeed!  I only wish we didn't have to wait so long in between books.

Laura has a tremendous talent to craft beautiful novels, and create images in the reader's mind that truly leave a lasting impression.  From unique characters, detailed descriptions, high tension moments of uncertainty, to sweet, tender encounters  . . . I found myself savoring every word, not only for its depth, but its incredible richness.  

Love's Reckoning is not your "run-of-the-mill" novel, and if you're like me, you'll find yourself captivated from beginning to end!  And just when you think you know which direction the story is headed . . . you're in for a surprise that perhaps you weren't expecting!  That was one of the things I appreciated most about the story . . . it took me places that I never saw coming.

I love how the spiritual thread is beautifully incorporated into the story, as we see Eden "thirst" for God and His word, and see her grow in her knowledge of Him. It's endearing how she keeps His word figuratively, and literally, close to her heart.  In addition, I think it's important to note that the novel opens up with Psalm 23.  Even through the dark times and trials, Eden and Silas experience comfort, protection, and leading from the great Shepherd.  He's there with us, even in those dark valleys, and I love how Laura blends this into the story.

If you're an admirer of historical fiction, and you appreciate great literature, this is one you won't want to miss.  It will charm and enchant you, and leave you with great anticipation for the next installment!

**Thank you to Revell, A Division of Baker Publishing Group, for a review copy, in exchange for my honest opinion.**

**Available September 2012 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.**


  1. I know I said it on Goodreads but wanted to say it here too - beautiful review, my friend!! I'm so happy you enjoyed this book! Laura is such an incredibly gifted writer and we reap the blessings! =D Can't wait for book 2!!


    1. Thank you, Amanda! I appreciate it! I was so happy to read your thoughts on the book, as well. You always write such awesome reviews! :)

      Laura IS incredibly talented! We're blessed, indeed! : )

  2. Beautiful review Michelle! I'm on chapter 5 and really enjoying it so far. It's going to be hard to wait a whole year for the next one! :)

    1. Thank you, Cathy! Can't wait to hear your thoughts on the book. : )

  3. Hmmm...I have so many of hers on my TBR pile and yet to read them. I looked at this one recently and didn't know if I could handle the tug-o-war between the two sisters. But every time I see one of her books, it has glowing reviews...which one of hers was your favorite?

    1. Hey Susan! : )

      I've read all of Laura's books, and loved them all! It's always so hard for me to choose a favorite, but if I had to choose one, it would have to be The Frontiersman's Daughter. I was overwhelmed by how beautifully written it is . . . I cried, and cried. I'm a crier (big time!), and this one had me weeping . . . in a good way, lol.

      Here's my review at goodreads . . .

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    1. Hi Gabrielle! So good to see you here! :D

      Laura is AMAZING! LOVE her and her books!

  5. Lovely review, Michelle. I've just started this book and I absolutely love Laura's voice. Her characters are so endearing and I can't wait to find out what's going to happen!!

    1. Hi Joanne! Thanks so much for stopping by! : )

      I couldn't agree more -- Laura's writing is phenomenal! I think you're really going to enjoy this one.