As a lover of historical fiction I have been a fan of the novels by Laura Frantz from her very first offering. I love the opportunity to learn something new about the early years of our nation through the eyes of someone who experienced it firsthand, albeit in a fictional account. Tidewater Bride stayed true to my expectations and I enjoyed the book very much.

There is a lot going on within the pages of Tidewater Bride including interaction between the hero and heroine, although not in a romantic manner for much of their story. Without the interference of an early romance, I felt that I got to know both characters a bit better as I walked through their daily lives with them. Multiple other characters including the tobacco brides, a couple of endearing children, the Naturals, and household slaves as well as a villain or two, helped flesh out the tale even more. A strong but non-obtrusive thread of faith was woven throughout the narrative and it was obvious that the faith of the main characters influenced the way they lived their lives.

Tidewater Bride has it all, interesting historical facts, vivid imagery, a bit of action, danger, and mystery, plus a lovely romance and a satisfying ending. History lovers would do well to pick up a copy soon. Be sure to check out other books by this most excellent author.

I voluntarily reviewed a copy of this book provided by Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group. A favorable review was not required. All views expressed are my own.


They’re both too busy for love . . . but love is not too busy for them

Selah Hopewell seems to be the only woman in Virginia Colony who has no wish to wed. True, there are too many men and far too few women in James Towne. But Selah already has her hands full assisting her father in the family’s shop. And now she is in charge of an incoming ship of tobacco brides who must be looked after as they sort through their many suitors.

Xander Renick is perhaps the most eligible tobacco lord in the settlement. His lands are vast, his crops are prized, and his position as a mediator between the colonists and the powerful Powhatan nation surrounding them makes him indispensable. But Xander is already wedded to his business and still grieves the loss of his wife.

Can two fiercely independent people find happiness and fulfillment on their own? Or will they discover that what they’ve been missing in life has been right in front of them all along?

Read an excerpt HERE.


Laura Frantz is a Christy Award winner and the ECPA bestselling author of eleven novels, including An Uncommon Woman, The Frontiersman’s Daughter, Courting Morrow Little, The Colonel’s Lady, The Lacemaker, and A Bound Heart. She is a proud mom to an American soldier and a career firefighter. When not at home in Kentucky, she and her husband live in Washington State. Learn more at