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.*