Sheltered since birth at her Kentucky home, Rowena Ballantyne has heard only whispered rumors of her grandfather Silas's vast fortune and grand manor in Pennsylvania. When her father receives a rare letter summoning him to New Hope, Rowena makes the journey with him and quickly finds herself in a whole new world--filled with family members she's never met, dances she's never learned, and a new side to the father she thought she knew. As she struggles to fit in during their extended stay, she finds a friend in James Sackett, the most valued steamship pilot of the Ballantynes' shipping line. Even with his help, Rowena feels she may never be comfortable in high society. Will she go her own way . . . to her peril?
With her signature attention to historical detail, Laura Frantz brings 1850s Pennsylvania alive with a tender story of loss, love, and loyalty. Fans will cheer for this final installment of the Ballatyne saga.
Wren captured my heart from the very first page. Forced to shuck her Kentucky roots for the big city and even bigger expectations of the Ballantyne kin she barely knows. I felt her floundering confusion as she wrestled to find her place in a 'foreign' land. I wanted to throttle her father for being so clueless. Gah! Just like a man to pull the rug out from under his daughter and then leave her to gain her own footing again. Grrrr.
Luckily Wren has pluck and I love how she stayed true to herself. She has an inner strength and goodness about her -- a naivety that makes her stand out in a crowd. Truth and simplicity are her beauty and that's what draws Jamie in though he has no business feeling anything but friendship for this Ballantyne heir. At least, that's what he thinks which certainly complicates things...a lot!
Frantz had me on tenterhooks as I devoured page after page. She spins a compelling tale with descriptive words that capture my senses and make me feel like I'm living in Wren's skin. Another exceptional novel from a talented author.
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