Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Love's Awakening

GIVEAWAY

FRANTZ, LAURA
LOVE'S AWAKENING

Ellie Ballantyne, youngest child of Silas and Eden, has left finishing school. But back at her family home in Pittsburgh, Ellie finds that her parents are away on a long trip and her siblings don't seem to want her to stay. When she opens a day school for young ladies, she begins tutoring the incorrigible daughter of the enemy Turlock clan. The Turlocks are slaveholders and whiskey magnates, envious of the powerful Ballantynes and suspicious of their abolitionist leanings. As Ellie becomes increasingly tangled with the Turlocks, she finds herself falling in love with an impossible future--and Jack Turlock, a young man striving to free himself from his family's violent legacy. How can she betray her family and side with the enemy? And will Jack ever allow her into his world?

Masterful storyteller Laura Frantz continues to unfold the stirring saga of the Ballantyne family in this majestic tale of love, loyalty, and the makings of a legacy. With rich descriptions of the people who settled and civilized a wild landscape, Frantz weaves a tapestry of characters and places that stick with the reader long after they turn the last page.

My Review:

Blissful sigh. I just adore the way Laura Frantz tells a story. Her books are so easy to lose yourself in and my world is a better place for having spent time with her characters. Love's Awakening is another exceptional read from this talented author.

I think what strikes me most about this book is the depth and complexities of the relationships. There's such a huge contrast between cossetted Ellie's upbringing and the stark reality that was Jack's childhood. Their experiences have made them into the adults we meet in the beginning pages but it's pure magic to watch them grow in faith and maturity as the book progresses.

There's an intense subplot that totally fascinated me and brings real tension and suspense to an already rich read. Throw in Frantz's exquisite word choice and exacting period detail and you have a historical romance that will thrill, entertain and motivate. Definitely don't miss this one. In fact, buy two -- one for you and one for a Christmas present!

Giveaway Opportunity:

If you would like an opportunity to win a copy of Love's Awakening please leave a comment below or email me at kavluvstoreadATyahooDOTca. If you post a comment and add your email address, please use AT and DOT instead of @ and . in the address to protect yourself from spammers. If you enter the draw via email please remember to put the title in the subject line so that it's easy for me to spot your entry. Draw will be held and winner announced on Sunday November 10 2013. Offer open to international readers. Good luck! 

32 comments:

  1. I read The Colonel's Lady earlier by LF earlier this year and loved it! I am looking forward to reading this new series, but have not gotten around to either of them yet.

    pattymh2000(at)yahoo(dot)com

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    1. Oh Patty, they are well worth the read! Good luck!

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  2. I've read all of Laura Frantz's books except the ones in this series. I'm sure they're excellent!

    garfsgirl [at] hotmail [dot] com

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    1. They are, Lis. You need to catch up! Good luck!

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  3. A beautiful review, Kav! I love Laura's books and can't wait to hide away with Love's Awakening. :)
    worthy2bpraised at gmail dot com

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    1. Thanks, Merry! It's a great book. Good luck in the draw!

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  4. I want to read this book soon, wouldn't mind winning it....lets give it a try. rrwalter34ATgmailDOTcom

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  5. Love's Reckoning was such a wonderful book! I have not read Love's Awakening yet. Laura Frantz is such a good writer.
    Brittany McEuen
    kbmceuen at yahoo dot com

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    1. It's such a good read, Brittany. You won't be disappointed. Good luck!

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  6. It sounds totally captivating
    God bless you
    Chris Granville
    granvilleATfrontiernetDOTnet

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    1. Captivating is a great description, Chris. Good luck!

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  7. I've read great reviews about this book! Enjoyed your wonderful review. I've read a book by Laura Frantz before and she's a good author. This book sounds fantastic. Thank you for the chance to enter this giveaway and please enter my name.
    Barbara Thompson
    barbmaci61(at)yahoo(dot)com

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    1. You're welcome Barbara. Good luck!

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  8. I cannot wait to read this book! I loved Love's Reckoning and this one sounds like it'll be just as good! Thank you so much for the chance to win!
    gatorade635(at)gmail(dot)com

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  9. Great review Kav! Can't wait to read this one! Please enter me. : )

    sunshine6892 at hotmail dot com

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  10. I have heard such good things about Laura Frantz. I have yet to read one of her books. Thanks for offering the opportunity. Enjoyed your review.
    may_dayzee(at)yahoo(dot)com

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    1. Oh, Kay -- you need to hunt down Laura's books. They are awesome!!!!! Good luck!

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  11. Wonderful review! I would love to read this book with its beautiful cover.

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  12. I haven't read one of Laura's books yet. Would love to give this one a try!

    ckbarker at gmail dot com

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    1. You definitely need to give one of Laura's books a try. Good luck Cheryl!

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  13. I loved all Laura's books, and I can't wait to read this one too! Thanks for the opportunity to win a copy. :-)

    gwen[dot]gage[at]gmail[dot]com

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    1. This one is just as good as all the others, Gwen. Good luck!

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  14. Sounds great!
    rosebudsinjune at gmail dot com
    Thanks for doing this giveaway!

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  15. I haven't read this book yet but I've heard so many great things!!

    bookwormgal2011(at)yahoo(dot)com

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    1. It's an awesome read, Michelle. Good luck!

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  16. I have not read the The Ballantyne Legacy series, but have heard so many wonderful things! I must read these books soon! Thank you for sharing your fantastic review.

    texaggs2000 at gmail dot com

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    1. It's a great series -- and interesting because each book is about the next generation of Ballantynes. Good luck Britney!

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