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.
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!
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