Monday, January 23, 2017
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. When his guide appears, Sion balks. He certainly didn't expect a woman. But it is not long before he must admit that Tempe's skill in the wilderness rivals his own. Still, the tenuous tie they are forming is put to the test as they encounter danger after danger and must rely on each other.
With her signature sweeping style and ability to bring the distant past to vivid life, Laura Frantz beckons readers to join her in a land of Indian ambushes, conflicting loyalties, and a tentative love that meanders like a cool mountain stream.
Breathtaking. That's the best word I can use to describe this author's writing. The way she paints such a vivid pictures with her words, transports the reader to another time and place. I often felt like I was right in the middle of the wilds of undeveloped Kentucke.
Sion and Tempe were both brilliantly written with many layers that were strategically pulled back as the story unfolded. They both had difficult and complicated pasts filled with hardships and loss but they persevered through it all. Their relationship progressed in a slow and steady manner and it was beautiful to watch it all play out. They went through a lot but in the end they found the love they'd been waiting for.
Sion, Tempe, and the rest of the surveying team had a hard journey as they moved through the wild country. From Indian war parties, to perilous river crossings, to dangerous caves, to weather conditions, but through it all they pressed on. I found it interesting to get a glimpse into the lives of early surveyors an all the things they had to endure in order to map out the land we now call America.
In short this book was beautiful and I highly recommend it!
Meet 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.
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.