As a lover of historical fiction, I have always enjoyed books by Laura Frantz. I love history but do not love the cold, hard facts. I want to know about the people who lived it and Laura Frantz does a superb job of giving me a chance to experience history through her characters.

A Heart Adrift does just that for me. It was fun reading about the everyday life of a chocolate maker during that era. I was also given a glimpse or two of the lives of a lighthouse keeper, a privateer, and even how the colonial Virginia government operated.

A story of longing, love, grief, faith, second chances, and restoration, A Heart Adrift is a beautifully written tale that will touch readers hearts. A bit slow at the beginning, the pace does pick up as the tale progresses. Esmee and Henri’s characters are revealed a little at a time and both are so much deeper and admirable than they first appear. I heartily recommend this book.

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.


It is 1755, and the threat of war with France looms over colonial York, Virginia. Chocolatier Esmée Shaw is fighting her own battle of the heart. Having reached her twenty-eighth birthday, she is reconciled to life alone after a decade-old failed love affair from which she’s never quite recovered. But she longs to find something worthwhile to do with her life.

Captain Henri Lennox has returned to port after a lengthy absence, intent on completing the lighthouse in the dangerous Chesapeake Bay, a dream he once shared with Esmée. But when the colonial government asks him to lead a secret naval expedition against the French, his future is plunged into uncertainty.

Can Esmée and Henri’sshared vision and dedication to the colonial cause heal the wounds of the past and reunite them?



Laura Frantz is a Christy Award winner and the ECPA bestselling author of a dozen novels, including An Uncommon WomanTidewater Bride, The Frontiersman’s DaughterCourting Morrow LittleThe Colonel’s LadyThe 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