Laura Frantz’s novels have been on my must read list since her very first one. I have always enjoyed books about the early days of our nation and Laura has a special gift for transporting her readers back through time to the very setting of her stories.
When I read one of her books I hear every sound in the woods right along with her characters – the chirping of birds, the whir of insects, the snap of a twig, or even the silence when the entire forest seems to wait. I smell wood smoke from a cook fire, the ground after a rain, and all the myriad scents of the relatively untouched land around those characters. I also delight in her descriptions that might include fireflies at night, a meadow filled with flowers, and in this particular book, the rare sight of a moonbow over the falls.
But Laura’s exquisite descriptions alone are not what keep me returning to her books. I so love reading about our early settlers and their strength and courage as they fought to settle the wilderness around them. Hardships, tragedy, and even death dogged their footsteps but hope and determination kept them going and often only their faith and trust in God guided them.
“A Moonbow Night” met every expectation I had when I opened its covers. Temperance Tucker and Sion Morgan were a perfect match – even if it did not seem so at first. It was soon apparent to me that an eventual romance would overtake the pair but what a journey they traveled first! I was there with them when they hid from Indian war parties and I held my breath also. I felt the tension as they witnessed horrific events and rejoiced when they overcame so many obstacles time and again. I could probably rhapsodize for quite awhile about just how good this book is but I will not. Just take my advice and pick up a copy soon – especially if you love early American historical fiction as much as I do.
I voluntarily reviewed a copy of this book that was provided by Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group. A favorable review was not required and all views expressed are my own.
ABOUT THE BOOK:
Her wilderness survival skills are without rival.
But her greatest talent is keeping other people’s secrets.
After fleeing Virginia, Temperance Tucker and her family established an inn along the Shawnee River. It’s a welcome way station for settlers and frontiersmen traveling through the wild Cumberland region of Kentucke–men like Sion Morgan, a Virginia surveyor who arrives at the inn with his crew, looking for an experienced guide.
Though he balks when Tempe is appointed to lead his team through the wilderness, it isn’t long before Sion must admit that her abilities may outmatch his own. But can the tenuous tie they are forming survive the dangers waiting just around the bend?
With her signature sweeping style and ability to bring the distant past to vivid life, Laura Frantz beckons you to join her in a land of Indian ambushes, conflicting loyalties, and a tentative love that meanders like a cool mountain stream.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Laura Frantz is a Christy Award finalist and the author of several books, including The Frontiersman’s Daughter, Courting Morrow Little, The Colonel’s Lady, The Mistress of Tall Acre, and The Ballantyne Legacy series. She lives and writes in a log cabin in the heart of Kentucky. Learn more at www.laurafrantz.net.