Friday, August 19, 2011

Review- The Colonel's Lady by Laura Frantz

I'm a little late to the Laura Frantz party, my book blogging friends have been singing her praises for a while. But now I see the appeal. I found her writing style lyrical and poetic and reminiscent of another one of my favorite authors, Tamera Alexander.

The Colonel's Lady is the kind of novel you'll want to savor on lazy Saturday afternoon (even if your lazy afternoon means reading a good portion of it in parking lots while playing family chauffeur). Whether you can while away a rainy day on your sofa, or have to sneak it in between running errands, I must insist you read this book.

Set in a backdrop of the Revolutionary War, The Colonel's Lady was about the relationship between Colonel Cass McLinn and Roxanna Rowan, the daughter of one of his slain soldiers. The relationship between Roxanna and Cass may have been forged on a deathbed promise, but it grew in intensity as the story progressed until it mirrored the colonel's intense personality and the intensity of his kisses.

Yeah, there was some *really* good kissing in this book (that alone might be enough for some of us to go storming the bookstores, eh?). But throw in a few plot twists readers won't see coming, and a climatic battle at the end, and you've got a recipe one of the best historical romances of the year.

Well done, Laura Frantz. I'm looking forward to reading your backlist.

Want more info? Here's the book blurb:
Can love survive the secrets kept buried within a tormented heart?

Roxanna Rowan may be a genteel Virginia woman, but she is determined to brave the wilds of the untamed frontier to reach a remote Kentucky fort. Eager to reunite with her father, who serves under Colonel Cassius McLinn, Roxanna is devastated to find that her father has been killed on a campaign.

Penniless and out of options, Roxanna is forced to remain at the fort. As she spends more and more time with the fiery Colonel McLinn, the fort is abuzz with intrigue and innuendo. Can Roxanna truly know who the colonel is—and what he's done?

Immerse yourself in this powerful story of love, faith, and forgiveness set in the tumultuous world of the frontier in 1779.
Available August 2011 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group. Thanks to Revell for my review copy.

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11 comments:

  1. Sounds like a good one -- I'll have to put it on my "someday" list! Great review!

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  2. I'm going to have to check this one out. I've never read Laura Franz or Tamera Alexander (ducks!) I guess it's time to catch up! I just finished a YA book early this morning that took me over a month to read. I'll be glad when school settles down so I can read more! Next up read for me is The Preacher's Bride, in prep for book club!

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  3. Sounds grand. And I'm a sucker for some good kissing.

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  4. Yay Joy! I'm so glad that you liked it. I love all of Laura's books and I'm already waiting for the next one LOL!

    XOXO~ Renee

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  5. I really like this cover. It's romantic and has a certain sense of nostalgic sensuality to it that really draws the eye. BTW: Has anyone noticed lately that we're not showing full faces on covers anymore? This seems to be trending -- especially in historicals. (or maybe it's just me.)

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  6. Joy, Bless you for your beautiful review! I'm so thankful you took time for Roxanna's story and I really like your insights here, especially those kisses;) So blessed to have you for a reader. You have a wonderful blog and Revell is fortunate to have you on the tour! Happy reading:)

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  7. I have The Frontiersman's Daughter waiting on my shelf and I can't wait to read it! I saw it compared to Christy(by Catherine Marshall), so that sealed the deal for me. :)

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  8. @Serena- The someday soon list would be more like it. :) Yes, the faceless covers seem to be in style now.

    @Jules- Tamera Alexander (and now Laura Frantz) are not to be missed. I'm looking forward to The Preacher's Bride for book club too.

    @Juju- oh yeah, me too.

    @Laura- Thanks for commenting! The readers over here love good kissing, so I make sure to point it out when I find it. :)

    @Alyssa- Thanks for visiting.

    @Carrie- Have you reviewed it yet? I gotta get over to your blog to see.

    @Tammy- Now I've never read Christy but I hear good things about it, and there's the whole award and everything. :)

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  9. I reviewed this book yesterday, and oh my I adored it! Laura's best yet!

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