Friday, September 11, 2015

The Mistress of Tall Acre by Laura Frantz

The American Revolution is finally over, and Sophie Menzies is starved for good news. When her nearest neighbor, General Seamus Ogilvy, finally comes home to Tall Acre, she hopes it is a sign of better days to come. But the general is now a widower with a small daughter in desperate need of a mother. Nearly destitute, Sophie agrees to marry Seamus and become the mistress of Tall Acre in what seems a safe, sensible arrangement. But when a woman from the general's past returns without warning, the ties that bind this fledgling family together will be strained to the utmost. When all is said and done, who will be the rightful mistress of Tall Acre?

Triumph and tragedy, loyalty and betrayal--readers find it all in the rich pages of this newest historical novel from the talented pen of Laura Frantz. Her careful historical details immerse the reader in the story world, and her emotional writing and finely tuned characters never cease to enchant fans both old and new.

About The Author

Laura was born and raised in Kentucky, living first in Ashland, Mammoth Cave, Bowling Green, and then Lexington. But my heart has always been in Berea, Madison County, the place my family has resided since the 18th-century. I came to know Christ there at the age of 12, was baptized, and spent my childhood roaming through the woods and swimming in the rivers of my books.

My earliest memories are of the public library, standing in front of shelves filled with those little biographies of famous historical figures like Daniel Boone and George Washington and Sacajawea. I began scribbling stories at age 7 and thankfully never stopped. My passion then and now is history and all the wonders of past centuries.
I attended college at Denison University in Ohio and also in England, living in a manor/castle and studying the American Revolution from the British perspective. Shakespeare and 18th-century literature form the backbone of my English degree. Strangely enough, I only took one creative writing class.
It was never a desire of mine to be published. I simply love to write for the sheer joy of writing – and that was enough. But as Proverbs 16:9 says, “The heart of a man plans his way, but the Lord establishes his steps.”
I hope my books bless you.

My Review

From the first to the last page I was captivated by this great read, a page-turner for sure. Most of what happens in this story I never saw coming, except who won the War.

While her heart lays with the Patriots, her fathers leaving for England makes her be suspected of being a traitor, a Tory. Nothing could be further from the truth, but her lands are about to be confiscated and then where will Sophie Menzies go?

Her neighbor next door at Tall Acre Estate is a returning General Seamus Ogilvy, whom is the father of a precocious five-year-old Lily Cate.
This beautiful child also steals the heart of Sophie, and they form a bond. Can this also lead to a relationship between Sophie and the General?
You don't want to miss the quick historical read, come travel back to the late 1700s you might not want to leave.

I received this book through Revell Book Blogger’s Tour, and was not required to give a positive review.

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