Monday, September 22, 2014
Sheltered since birth at her Kentucky home, Rowena Ballantyne has heard only whispered rumors of her grandfather Silas's vast fortune and grand manor in Pennsylvania. When her father receives a rare letter summoning him to New Hope, Rowena makes the journey with him and quickly finds herself in a whole new world--filled with family members she's never met, dances she's never learned, and a new side to the father she thought she knew. As she struggles to fit in during their extended stay, she finds a friend in James Sackett, the most valued steamship pilot of the Ballantynes' shipping line. Even with his help, Rowena feels she may never be comfortable in high society. Will she go her own way . . . to her peril?
With her signature attention to historical detail, Laura Frantz brings 1850s Pennsylvania alive with a tender story of loss, love, and loyalty. Fans will cheer for this final installment of the Ballatyne saga.
After loving the previous two books in this series I could hardly wait to dive into this novel! I loved it from start to finish! Wren and James were fantastic main characters. I could totally understand Wren's discomfort as she was thrust into society and I was very impressed by how well she handled it. I don't think I could have done the same! She had such a sweet personality and I loved watching her interact with all the characters we've come to know and love. As for James, I loved his courage to do right even with the great risks involved and his love for and devotion to those close to him. Their romance was fun to watch, it wasn't the fast and passionate kind but the slower, friendship turning into love kind and I loved it! I also enjoyed the secondary romance of Izannah and Malachi though we got more of her side than his!
It was great fun to have all of the characters from the previous books and see how much they and their families had changed over the years!
There wasn't a whole lot of action in this book but there were several instances where I just couldn't stop turning pages because I had to know what was going to happen! Laura Frantz definitely knows how to keep me hooked on a story!
I was sad to see this series end but I loved every minute of it!
Meet the Author
Award-winning author Laura Frantz is passionate about all things historical, particularly the 18th-century, and writes her manuscripts in longhand first. Her stories often incorporate Scottish themes that reflect her family heritage. She is a direct descendant of George Hume, Wedderburn Castle, Berwickshire, Scotland, who was exiled to the American colonies for his role in the Jacobite Rebellion of 1715, settled in Virginia, and is credited with teaching George Washington surveying in the years 1748-1750. Her family resides in Kentucky and Virginia.
Readers can find Laura Frantz at www.laurafrantz.net
I received this book free from the publisher in exchange for my review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.