I have greatly enjoyed the writing of Laura Frantz from the time I read her first novel, The Frontiersman's Daughter, and my words are inadequate in expressing how honored I am to have Laura visit today. Her stories offer that rare combination of rich characterization, sigh-worthy romance, a vivid sense of place, and superb storytelling - and are always on my "best of the best" list.
Laura's recent series, The Ballantyne Legacy, is especially memorable (click on the titles to see my review of Love's Awakening and Love's Fortune). I asked Laura to share a little about book #3, Love's Fortune, and she is also giving a copy to one of our readers. Please welcome Laura . . .
Laura: Carole, Heartfelt thanks for having me on your beautiful site here. Always, always a pleasure!
Love’s Fortune is dear to me because the heroine, Wren Ballantyne, is a Kentuckian who spends the novel away from home, immersed in the glittering world of the rags to riches Ballantynes. Wrapping up the series was bittersweet because it ended quite a writing adventure for me as I had become quite attached to Silas and Eden and their descendants. Thankfully, I was able to keep Silas alive in that last book – though readers might think there were some close calls! It was a joy, too, to end that book in Scotland, land of the hero’s birth. I wanted to come full circle with the series so that seemed the best place to pen THE END.
Spiritually, I wanted to contrast what the world believes is valuable (riches, position, acclaim, the temporary) and what is truly eternal (salvation, love, God, the eternal) and this was best done by putting humble Wren in pretentious Pittsburgh society. It was interesting to me to have her come into that dazzling world as a newcomer and hopefully bring the reader along, too, to experience it in fresh ways. I also hoped to show how hard that world had been on my hero, James Sackett, who sort of lost his spiritual footing in the novel because of his position in society. But thankfully, Wren and the Lord woo him back again.
Currently, I’m immersed in another frontier novel set in 18th-century Kentucky (like my first 3) and am halfway finished with another work in progress. Next up is The Mistress of Tall Acre which releases September 8th. The cover should appear any day now once my publisher makes it live on the web. It’s very different than my others! So please stay tuned J.
It’s a joy to reach readers with the written word and also meet those like you, Carole, who have a heart for the Lord and godly fiction. That blesses me more than I can say! I hope and pray the winner of the giveaway enjoys Wren’s world very much!
Carole: Laura told about her upcoming release, The Mistress of Tall Acre, and I just wanted to share that it made Christian Book Distributor's New & Recommended list. I have sought out this section for years and found some of the best reading ever. Here's what CBD's fiction editor has to say about The Mistress of Tall Acre:
"Beautifully wrought with sumptuous historical details, emotionally deep characters, and an exciting romantic conflict! Frantz immerses you in a fascinating look at plantation life, survival and adaptation, and a newborn nation with a story that educates as well as entertains. Her tale would make a terrific movie, à la Gone with the Wind - it offers all the visual richness, smart storytelling, and palpable intensity of a cinematic drama."
Can't wait, Laura! It's been a blessing to have you with us and I hope you will return very soon.
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