Review: An Uncommon Woman by Laura Frantz

Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold all things are become new. 2 Corinthians 5:17

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Blurb: 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.

Worth The Wait! I learned two years ago that Laura Frantz was writing another pioneer book. Those are my favorite books to read, especially by the talented Laura. I was excited, but I knew there was a two year wait. There was no description of the story, no cover, and no title. I tried, without success, to put this pioneer read out of my mind. But even with hardly any information, I still just couldn’t let it go. Fast forward two years to the present. The book is here! It has a cover, a title, and the story is out of this world! It will forever be on my “keeper shelf”. Yes! It was worth the wait! Read my review below.

Award winning author, Laura Frantz

About The Author: Christy 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. Frantz lives and writes in a log cabin in the heart of Kentucky and also Washington State. 

My Review of An Uncommon Woman:

I just finished An Uncommon Woman and I feel as though I have been on an 18th century vacation. I had anticipated this story for two years and I was not disappointed when it finally came my way. Every word, sentence, and paragraph was placed in the perfect spot to make me feel as if I was on this journey side by side with Tessa and Clay. Oh what a journey! Oh what love and friendship! I grew spiritually and learned no small amount of American history as I read this story. We as 21st century Americans take many many things for granted. This book points to some of them. This read, and all others by Laura Frantz will reside on my keeper shelf. I thank God for an author like her that goes above and beyond when it comes to historical research. Also, she isn’t afraid to acknowledge our Father in Heaven in her books. Words I think of when I think of An Uncommon Woman are: Lovely, Mysterious, Friendship, Love for God, and Love for each other. I think of frontier, pioneer, and unexplainable bravery. Without people like the ones we read about in this story our country would not be as blessed as it is today. For that I am thankful. Everyone who even remotely enjoys a historical read needs to read this book!

I was given a copy of this book from Revell. All opinions or descriptions are my own.

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