Sunday, January 05, 2020

An Uncommon Woman by Laura Frantz

About the Book
Unflinching and plainspoken, Tessa Swan is not your typical 18th-century woman. Born and bred on the western Virginia frontier along with her five brothers, she is a force to be reckoned with.
Quiet and courageous, Clay Tygart is not your typical 18th-century man. Raised by Lenape Indians, he returns a hero from the French and Indian War to the fort that bears his name, bringing with him Tessa's long-lost friend, Keturah, a redeemed Indian captive like himself.
Determined to avoid any romantic entanglements as fort commander, Clay remains aloof whenever he encounters the lovely Tessa. But when she is taken captive by the tribe Clay left, his hand--and heart--are forced, leading to one very private and one very public reckoning.
Intense, evocative, and laced with intricate historical details that bring the past to life, An Uncommon Woman will transport you to the picturesque and dangerous western Virginia mountains of 1770.

My Thoughts
One of the things Laura Frantz is best known for is her vivid descriptions of the early American frontier. She writes in such a way that you are transported back in time and feel like you are really there. Such was the case in this book, and though it unfortunately bogged me down a little in the first half, I still recognized the beauty of the writing and appreciated it. I was definitely more sucked into the second half but the book as a whole was still a wonderful read! And I definitely enjoyed all of the mentions of places close to where I live!
I loved Clay and Tessa’s characters and I really loved them together! Their interactions were such fun and I loved their little banter! Selfishly I wanted more of them together in scenes and getting to see more of the sparks fly but what we got was still enough to wholly enchant me! The rest of the characters, namely Tessa’s family, were great too and I definitely wouldn’t mind getting more of their stories in the future (hint hint)!
All in all another great book from a masterful storyteller that I’m sure all fans of her books and/or frontier romances will enjoy!

Meet the Author
Laura Frantz is a Christy Award winner and the ECPA bestselling author of eleven novels, including The Frontiersman's Daughter, Courting Morrow Little, The Colonel's Lady, The Lacemaker, and A Bound Heart. Learn more at

I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. All opinions expressed are my own. 


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