Third in the Ballantyne Legacy series, Love's Fortune is true to form Laura Frantz brand.
~~Backwoods meets Upstairs
~~Kentucky meets Pittsburgh
~~Glass, leather & brass meets
Homespun, humility, & innocence
Plot & Setting: Sheltered in the backwoods of Kentucky for two decades while her father laid low from abolitionist hunters, in 1850 Rowena Ballantyne, known as Wren, is thrust from her comfortable world of anonymity to Pittsburgh society where the Ballantyne name cannot be ignored or escaped. When her father deposits her there for the extended clan to polish her uncultured ways and bring her into their society, Wren flounders in a sea of uncertainty, her family's fortune hangs on her choice for the future. Relieved to learn her escort for the social season will be none other than her grandfather's apprentice, steamer pilot, James Sackett, Wren finds a friend to lean on as she makes the most important choice of her life. Unsure she can please everyone and fit in, certain that she may never find happiness, Wren weighs whether or not to cut ties and go her own way.
Hero: Unmoved as a stone, deep as an ocean, and rock solid, he is the steady guide and protector Wren needs to watch over her innocence.
Heroine: Free spirited, musical, artistic and unhampered by rules, her unrefined edges are her defining beauty and ultimate freedom that loosen's Jamie's idea of what will and could be.
Favorite Line: "Well...he's as braw as they come with those jade eyes and hair black as the Earl of Hell's waistcoat--" page 140 (spoken by Wren's chambermaid, Mim).
About Laura Frantz:
I 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.”
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Writer of Historical Romance inspired by her family roots.Nurse Practitioner by day.Wife, mother, writer by night.Coffee drinker--any time.
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