Friday, September 19, 2014

Book Report & Giveaway: Love's Fortune by Laura Frantz

Last week's winner of the give away: Sara!
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.”

Reader's Questions of the week:
For a chance to win a free copy, limited to continental USA, leave a comment, friend us on Facebook, add your name to our list of blog followers, or make a comment on our Pinterest pin for today's blog. Each action will count as additional chance to win. Winner announced next week (or right after we are back from ACFW!)
How well do you know 1850's pre-Civil War history?
Who can tell me about the Fugitive Slave Act of 1850?
Have you ever sailed on a ship?
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Blog post by Anne Love-
Writer of Historical Romance inspired by her family roots. 
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Wife, mother, writer by night. 
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34 comments:

  1. I cannot wait to read this latest one! Thanks for the interview!

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    1. Kate! Love your enthusiasm:) Can't wait for you to meet Wren! You'll find all the characters from previous books awaiting you, actually - well, most of them! Thanks for being here today. Happy Friday!

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  2. I liked you on Facebook and subscribed to your blog.

    Kathryn Voss

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    1. Kate, Thanks for being here this Friday!

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    2. Great to have you Kate! Welcome aboard! We try to foster a coffee shop feel here where you can have your favorite friends and chat over great books and historical topics. :)

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  3. I've learned more about history from reading fun fiction than any of the history books I've been forced to read in school. I've especially learned a lot of true facts from Jodi Hedlund's books. I would love to try this book. Thanks for the opportunity. I follow the blog, of course, and on Facebook too!

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    1. Gail, You make such a good point about dry history books and historical novels. I think some historical novels should be required reading in schools! Thanks for being here this Friday. Would love for you to meet Wren!

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  4. Anne, Thanks to you for the post today - love your format and the way you summed up Wren and James! I had to pin that to Pinterest:) Also love Mim's line you pulled from the novel. Wonderfully Scottish! Bless you and your lovely, inviting site - just wishing we could have a real cup of coffee together!

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    1. You are more than welcome. I'm having coffee right now! :)

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  5. Awesome giveaway! I LOVE all of Laura's books, and I'm so excited to read Wren's story! Thanks for the chance to win. =)

    I'm a follower, and I liked your Facebook page!

    lubell1106(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. Elyssa, Wonderful to wake up to you and Anne and others this chilly morning here in my neck of the woods! I'd love to send Wren your way:) Thanks for having a heart for my books!!

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  6. I am so excited to be introduced to a new author, Laura Frantz. Thank you for the wonderful interview. Have a fantastic time at ACFW. I've like your facebook page and shared the giveaway.

    psalm103and138@gmail.com

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    1. Caryl, So glad to meet you here! Thanks for wanting to read my books. I'd love for you to meet those Ballantynes. Have a wonderful weekend!

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    2. Oh Caryl, wait until you read Laura's books! I only wish I had as many books of hers to read as you have awaiting you! Enjoy. Thanks for joining us. :) We will have a great time at ACFW, can't wait!

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  7. I am really looking forward to reading this series! I've read each of Laura's stand alone books, but not this series...

    Most of the pre-civil war history I know I probably learned from reading and not from school!
    I have never sailed on a ship...

    I liked each of your FB pages.
    I follow the blog via GFC

    pattymh2000(at)yahoo(dot)com

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    1. Whoops, missed that reply button - pls see below...!

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    2. Patty, I'd say the same thing. I've learned more about history reading as an adult than I did in school. Some day you should try a ship ride!

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  8. Patty, Thanks so much for taking time for my Kentucky books and wanting to meet these Ballantynes in Pennsylvania. Like you, most of my history was learned through reading history instead of history classes. YAY for historical fiction:) So happy you're in the giveaway!

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  9. Hi Laura,
    I'm hoping to buy your book in the Conference bookstore!! Leaving room in my suitcase for it! Will you be there? I'd love to chat with you!
    Sue :)

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    1. I'm so glad they are having the bookstore again!

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    2. Oh, Susan! You always make me smile:) THANK YOU for your heart for my books! Like Anne, I am very glad the bookstore is back. It was one of my very favorite things at conference. I really wish I was going, if only to see you and Anne! But prayers with you as you go - what a wonderful time you will have with all those books to come of yours! Thanks so much for being here.

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  10. I've never sailed on a ship, but spent a lot of time in boats on the lake..
    we are friends on FB..
    I don't know much about pre-Civil War...
    dkstevensne at outlook .com

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    1. Thanks for stopping by today Deanna! You will learn a bit about life before pre-Civil War, but mostly it's just a lovely story.

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    2. Anne, I love your questions. They made me pause and think! I learned a lot while writing LF - and was awed by all I didn't know. Deanna, thanks so much for coming by. This is one of my favorite blogs/sites and I'm really thankful we've met through Anne and CC&C:)

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  11. Ah! Anne and Laura together! :) This was a fun post. I always love learning more about Laura and her writing. It's especially fun reading stories set in the author's childhood hometown and state. There's something heartfelt and whimsical about them. Maybe it's the mixture of childhood innocence and first-love. Whatever it is, I love your stories, Laura. The Ballantynes have become like family--so sorry their series ended! Thankfully your writing adventures will continue!

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    2. Yay Gabe! Glad you could stop by CC&C for some coffee with Laura and me. So true, Laura writes what she knows--and feels. I especially enjoy the balance between history, story, and emotional-spiritual depth of her stories. :)

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  12. Gabrielle, Always treasure your comments. Love how you say those stories set in our home states have a whimsical quality about them. I so agree! That's why it's crucial to write what you know as it's such a part of you. Thanks for having a heart for those Ballantynes yet looking forward to my return to standalones:) Meanwhile, I'm over the moon with you about your upcoming books!! It's wonderful to call you a fellow author friend:)

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  13. Laura is a sweet, sweet lady and a beautiful writer! I cannot wait to get my hands on this book!

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    1. Emma, great to have you here. You will enjoy the last in the Ballantyne series!

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  14. Hi, Anne!!

    I always love your beautiful reviews - thank you for spotlighting Laura and "Love's Fortune".

    I already have "Love's Fortune", Laura has quickly become one of my very fave Christian fiction authors - having previously read each of her books back-to-back, and now reading "Love's Fortune". The history in Laura's book is rich, the descriptions beautiful, the words lyrical, and the characters - friends that continue to reside in my heart. Laura is a master at her craft and she, herself, beautiful - inside and out.

    I've never been as interested in history as I've become since starting to read Christian fiction. Reading about it in a novel - not only is educating, but compels me to do further research.

    A house, in my small town, was once part of the Underground Railroad - I found it interesting, in reading more about the Fugitive Slave Act of 1850, that planters from Bourbon and Boone counties in northern Ky. (a short distance from me) led raids in to Cass Co., Michigan, to recapture runaway slaves. There were, apparently, so many people with mixed allegiance within the same areas of the U.S.: 20 miles from me is Louisville, Ky. separated from Indiana by the Ohio River (known as the River Jordan, by being the boundary between slave and free states). Even though the Indiana area along the Ohio River was settled by southerners and an amendment was passed barring free blacks from settling in Indiana, that same area also includes a city containing a piece of the Underground Railroad. I find the subject of any kind of slavery, not only morally wrong, but incomprehensible in what is known as our "civilized" nation.

    I have cruised on a local small paddleboat, as well as 3 cruise ships and a steamship supply carrier, converted to a ferry - and have toured sailboats and warships.

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    1. I loved your little piece of history Bonnie! Thank you so much for sharing it here.

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