September 16, 2014

James Sackett


Girls- today is a very special day. Not only am I bringing you one of my top heroes of the year, but it's also Release Day for my sweet friend Laura Frantz! I am so excited to celebrate with her and give you a little glimpse into Love's Fortune and the hero who capsized my heart- James Sackett (or Jamie, as he shall be called in this review)


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?


This book connected with me in deep places that I wish I could share with all of you. I just hope that like me, when you pick it up to read it, the story will meet you where you are for maximum impact. For now, please enjoy this delightful behind-the-scenes video of the cover shoot. 





Gallant Score: So much yes here. Jamie is in the unique position to take every advantage of Wren he chooses. He chooses not to. Loyalty is part of Jamie's DNA, and a lens through which he filters life and the situations it hands him. I could say that he is almost too gallant, if there can be such a thing. :) 



Wounded Score: Jamie has been hurt. Deeply. Our wounds change us- shape who we are. James becomes afraid to open his heart to love again- using the past as a tangible reminder of why love is a dangerous thing- and why walls are so very, very important. 



Softie Score: Despite the granite face Jamie wears at all times, he does not have a heart of stone. He proves this in little ways and they melted this girl's heart in a big way. 



Swoon Score: Perfect 10. I mean...5. While some might find Jamie's reserved character pales when compared to his competition, I was drawn to him all the more because of it. Everyone knows the calmest surface often disguises the deepest, strongest current. And when the dam of James Sackett finally breaks loose...well...as I said at the beginning. Heart.utterly.capsized. 


Award-winning historical novelist, Laura Frantz, was born into a family who followed the legendary frontiersman, Daniel Boone, to Kentucky during the turbulent 18th-century and still resides there today. Passionate about all things historical, she writes her manuscripts in longhand first. Her stories often incorporate Celtic themes. Her family lineage is Scottish, English, and Irish. She is the author of The Frontiersman's Daughter, Courting Morrow Little, The Colonel's Lady, andLove's Reckoning: The Ballantyne Legacy.

Frantz is represented by Janet Kobobel Grant, Literary Agent & Founder, Books & Such Literary Agency of Santa Rosa, California.

Readers can find Laura Frantz at www.laurafrantz.net



GIVEAWAYS: Since this is the last book in the series, we want to know which Ballantyne character you are most looking forward to reading about. Leave your answer in the comments for your chance to win a paperback copy of Love's Fortune. Drawing happens Monday, September 22nd at midnight.

*I would also encourage all of you Pinterest-ers to check out Laura's board for Love's Fortune. It's a great way to expand on the story experience.*






41 comments:

Dawn Janis said...

Ok, so Jamie brought me out of lurking again. He is most totally a swoon worthy hero! I'm almost finished reading the book and I'm in love with him myself! I agree with everything you said!

Which one I'd be most interested in reading about - Ansel really. But I've already got the book, so don't enter me for the book drawing.

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Joy W. Doering said...

Dawn I'm so glad Jamie brought you out of the shadows & SO glad you agree with his feature. :) He is definitely a heart-stealer.

Angi said...

YAY! SO happy to see Jamie (and Laura) here! With all of the talk about LF and seeing the excerpts that have been posted, I'm chomping at the bit to read this. Soon...VERY SOON! While I'm quite anxious to meet Wren and Jamie, I can't leave without saying that I'm a little excited for one more glimpse of dear Silas. *fangirling here* No need to enter me in the drawing as I have a copy of Love's Fortune. I'm here to support my sweet friend, Laura, and to say 'HI' to my hero buddies, Joy and Nancy!

Jackie Smith said...

I have not read Laura's books, but been planning to! So I don't have a favorite character as yet!
Thanks for the giveaway......I hope to start on her books soon!
jacsmi75 at gmail dot com

Sally Bradley said...

I'm a little behind in this series, but I can't wait to dive back into it!

Melanie Backus said...

I have not read any books in this series so I am thrilled to learn about them. Boy, do I have some great reading ahead of me!!!!

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rebecca hartman said...

I love Laura's books:) It's hard to choose just one character but, I can't wait to meet our swoon worthy Jamie;) No need to enter me in the drawling, I just wanted to stop by and say congrats on this new release and can't wait to be swept into the past as we meet Wren and James!

R Merr said...

This is a not to be missed series with a wonderful book three. Totally agree about Jamie. Being pushed into society, I would have had more courage with him by my side! :) Thankful for my own night in shining armor. Totally loved this read! I have all three... I think Wren's story most touched me as I'm the barefoot, non fashionable farm girl! :) I love that wealth didn't appeal to her or Jamie! :)

Anonymous said...

Love to hear more abour Silas! !! Love his character and strength and faith in book 1!!

Natalie Monk said...

Ooooh! I have the entire series on my Kindle just waiting for me. Must read now! :)

Kate said...

I absolutely loved this series and hate to see it end. I can't wait to read about Wren!

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Anonymous said...

Well you've definitely gotten me ready to fall in love with Jamie--but I haven't met him yet. (Expecting to get the book today!). So at this point I'd have to say--I adore all of Laura's characters and Silas has stuck with me in a powerful way.

Thanks for all the links and your great review of Jamie's hero-ness.
Mary Kay

Bonnie Roof said...

Hi, Nancy and Joy!!

What a beautiful post!! Thanks for spotlighting one of my very fave authors - I dearly love Laura and her beautifully inspiring and masterful writing!! I've read each of her books (reading "Love's Fortune" now, loving Wren and Jamie) - and the characters have stolen my heart!!

Please don't enter me in the drawing as I have "Love's Fortune".

Post shared!!

Laura Frantz said...

Oh, HUGS and HELLOS to JOY and ALL of you! I've read each comment and really take each to heart. Readers like you make publishing so worthwhile! I adore the hero format here - the swoon meter, lol, and other manly measures are so creative and witty:) So appreciate that we can celebrate godly heroes like Silas and James and others. Heartfelt thanks to each of you!!

Patty said...

I've read each of Laura's previous stand alone books and loved them, but none of this series, so I can't really answer the question. But I would love to win a copy and read the whole series back to back to back so to speak=)

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Joy W. Doering said...

Was hoping Silas' #1 fan would stop by. ;) Thanks for showing your support, Angi.

Joy W. Doering said...

Oh, Jackie I envy you! I love the thrill of discovering a new author. :) You are entered in the book drawing. Thanks for stopping by.

Joy W. Doering said...

You sure do, Melanie. :) Thanks for commenting. You're entered in the drawing.

Joy W. Doering said...

Sally, my personal opinion is that Laura saved the best for last. :)

Joy W. Doering said...

Rebecca you won't be disappointed. It's a wonderful wrap to all the characters we've journeyed with through the series. Thanks for your comment. :)

Joy W. Doering said...

I'm with you! I think. I have quite a bit of Wren in me- right down to imitating bird calls. (Yes, I do this all the time- just ask Nancy. Lol) Thanks for sharing in the Laura love!

Joy W. Doering said...

Great idea, Natalie. And if you pull up the FHF Roster, you'll find Silas Ballantyne - the hero from book 1. In case you need more convincing to start the series asap. ;)

Joy W. Doering said...

Kate I agree- but I am also SUPER excited about where Laura will take us next. :) You're entered in the drawing & thanks for commenting.

Joy W. Doering said...

Thanks for the feedback, Mary Kay. :) Silas has a pretty big fan club around here. :) Laura certainly knows how to write unforgettable heroes.

Joy W. Doering said...

Hi Bonnie- thank you for your kind words and for sharing our post! It's always great to find another "Frantz-natic" (as I have dubbed those of us who know & love Laura's books).

Joy W. Doering said...

Patty- that's the best way to read a series. :) I'm just horrible at waiting for all the books to release before I start reading them. I prefer the agony and anticipation of waiting for the new book, I suppose. :) Thanks for your comment and we'll enter you in the drawing!

Caryl Kane said...

Laura Frantz is a new author for me. I look forward to getting to know the Ballantyne's.

J.Grace said...

Thanks for the giveaway and your score ratings.

James sounds like an interesting character. Can't wait to read this book!
I also really enjoyed Silas.

Janella

Chocolate Chip said...

I was led to your site by a link on Laura Frantz's facebook, and you are so hilariously right! Jamie is swoon-worthy and very reserved but so passionate underneath all that reserve! Loved the book on my kindle, would love it in print too!

Joy W. Doering said...

Caryl you have so much to look forward to! :) We'll enter you in the drawing- thanks for leaving a comment.

Joy W. Doering said...

Hey Janella- glad you enjoyed the "ranking system". It's fun to share the hero's strengths (and weaknesses) in such a fun format. You're in the book drawing. :)

Joy W. Doering said...

Glad you found us! It's so fun to share new authors and meet new readers because of this site. :) Jamie is a keeper for sure and certain. We'll put you name in the hat for the book drawing.

Emily said...

That's so much fun! I have to say Silas was always my favorite...but since his story is over, now living on in future characters, I guess I'm most excited to read about Wren. Laura's books always turn out to be better than I expect, so I'm excited for that as well!

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Monica Masterson said...

My cousin and I are avid readers, and this sounds like a great read. I look forward to getting started. Thanks

Natalie Monk said...

Oh, dear. I lied. Accidentally. I have the first TWO on my Kindle. LOL. So I'd love to enter the giveaway. :) I'm mostly looking forward to reading about Silas, since I've heard a LOT about him, but this post makes me want to read about Jamie and Wren just as much!!

Joy W. Doering said...

Emily I think you'll find that Silas' story is far from over. :) He does have quite a legacy in the other characters but he's also not done contributing to the story himself. We'll enter you in the book drawing, and thanks for stopping by. :)

Joy W. Doering said...

Hi Monica- if you haven't read the first 2 books in the Ballantyne Legacy yet, I highly recommend you start with those before reading this book. It can be read alone, but the story is much richer if you know the history of the characters. :) We'll enter you in the book drawing.

Dawn Crandall said...

I would love to win this book! Wow, I'd also like my heart to be capsized!! Sounds fun! :D

Marion Ueckermann said...

Joy, you have sold me on Jamie. I'd love to read his story.
marion(dot)ueckermann(at)gmail(dot)com

Joy W. Doering said...

We have a winner!! Courtesy of Random.org- KATE VOSS... Come on down!!!
Congratulations to Kate and thank you all so much for tuning in for Jamie's feature. :)

Nancy Kimball said...

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