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Monday, March 14, 2016

The Mistress of Tall Acre...Review

About the book:
There can be only one mistress of Tall Acre...

The American Revolution is finally over, and Sophie Menzies is starved for good news. When her nearest neighbor, General Seamus Ogilvy, finally comes home to Tall Acre, she hopes it is a sign of better days to come. But the general is now a widower with a small daughter in desperate need of a mother. Nearly destitute, Sophie agrees to marry Seamus and become the mistress of Tall Acre in what seems a safe, sensible arrangement. But when a woman from the general's past returns without warning, the ties that bind this fledgling family together will be strained to the utmost. When all is said and done, who will be the rightful mistress of Tall Acre?

Triumph and tragedy, loyalty and betrayal--you will find it all in the rich pages of this newest novel from the talented pen of Laura Frantz.

The time period surrounding the Revolutionary War has always fascinated me. That farmers went to war against the British Army and won should surprise me, but it doesn't. They were brave and fought with the belief that God would permit them victory. In fact, The Doctor (who is British) has often been heard to say, "You won because you had God on your side."

This novel takes place after the war is over. The colonies are decimated, the British soldiers invaded homes and properties much like the Union army did to Confederate homes during the Civil War. Familes were torn apart when some who were loyal to the crown returned to England, branded as traitors by the Americans. Sophie Menzies' father is considered a Tory--a traitor--and as he returned to England, Sophie stayed, but is tarnished by his reputation.

Seamus Ogilvy returns home a widowed General with a young daughter and an estate to bring back into posterity.  Needing a wife and mother for his daughter, he eventually asks Sophie to marry him. Already loving his daughter Lily Cate, Sophie agrees and finds herself falling in love with Seamus, but believes him to still be mourning his deceased wife.

When trouble turns up, it appears someone is out to scare Sophie away and with the appearance of someone from Seamus' past, Sophie's world is thrown into turmoil.

I love Laura Frantz and I have adored nearly every book she has written. Courting Morrow Little is still one of my favorite books of all time.  This one, I am ashamed to say languished in my TBR pile for far too long. I finally picked it up and it was fantastic. Laura has an amazing way with words; her descriptions are vivid and rich. Her heroines are strong and their stories compelling. Sophie is fantastic and her love and care of Lily Cate and her influence on Tall Acre is nothing short of amazing.

Sophie finds a place next to Morrow Little as one of my favorite Frantz characters.

Thanks to Revell and Netgalley for the opportunity to review this book. You can learn more about Laura Frantz here. You can purchase your own copy here.

Read 3/16

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5/5 Stars


  1. Frantz sounds like an author to check out. Thanks for the recommendation! :)

    1. If you enjoy historical fiction, she is one of my favorites!