Friday, June 24, 2016

Book Review: The Mistress of Tall Acre by Laura Frantz

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Title: The Mistress of Tall Acre

Author: Laura Frantz

Series: Standalone

Genre: Historical

Audience: Adult


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.

**4 stars**

Sweet and heartfelt, with a dash of suspense, The Mistress of Tall Acre is another lovely novel from Laura Frantz. I quite adore this author's books, beautiful historicals that they are, with such a lyrical writing style. And this one was another I really enjoyed!

Set mostly during the aftermath of the American Revolutionary War, it follows the lives of Sophie Menzies and General Seamus Ogilvy. One a Patriot war hero, the other the daughter of a staunch Loyalist.
     With the war ended, things struggle to revert back to the way they were. But so much has changed ... Seamus is now a widower, slightly at loss of how to care for his small, estranged daughter. Sophie is home alone, the scorn of the village because of her father's political beliefs, waiting for her soldier brother to return. But he is nowhere to be found. A new mistress of Tall Acre may be in order ...

I really liked this story! It was gentle and sweet - a not quite ordinary romance story. A heartwarming tale in which a dear little family is born. There was also a little bit of suspense/mystery, and shocking happenings. But nothing too much. The romance is adult and there is an arranged marriage theme, but it was all very sweet. Overall, The Mistress of Tall Acre felt gentle ... even something like Love Comes Softly by Janette Oke.

Courting Morrow Little is still by far my favorite book by Laura Frantz, but I did very much like this one as well! So looking forward to reading more, of course! ^_^

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