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Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Love's Fortune...Review

About the book:
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.

Raised in rural Kentucky, Wren Ballantyne knows little of her father's family. When her father receives a letter summoning him home, Wren discovers a world that is uncomfortable and unfamiliar. As she meets cousins and begins to forge new friendships, she draws closer to James Sackett, one of her grandfather's steamship pilots.

When her sour aunt determines that Wren must have a season and procure a good marriage, she realizes the move to Pittsburgh was more than she bargained for. However, as she is forced into high society as a pawn in the family plans, Wren surprises everyone and comes into her own. But the Ballantyne heir is irresponsible, Silas falls ill and as the family is still involved in anti-slavery danger lurks on the doorstep.

I have loved the Ballantyne family. This series, while it follows the family story, jumps a generation with each book, which has worked. Everyone returns here and it's lovely to see Ellie and Jack with a large family and so happy. Silas and Eden are aging, but very much involved in family life and the Ballantyne businesses. Other family members are just as odious here as they were in previous books, but lessons are learned and love triumphs.

Laura's historical descriptions and detail are always vivid and rich. The book could stand alone, but please, do yourself a favor and read them in order. It's much better that way!

Thanks to Lanette at Baker Publishing for the opportunity to review this book. You can learn more about Laura Frantz here. You can purchase your own copy here.

Read 9/14

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4/5 Stars

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