Monday, June 26, 2017

Book Review: A Moonbow Night by Laura Frantz

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Title: A Moonbow Night

Author: Laura Frantz

Series: Standalone

Genre: Historical

Audience: Adult


After fleeing Virginia, Temperance Tucker and her family established an inn along the Shawnee River. It's a welcome way station for settlers and frontiersmen traveling through the wild Cumberland region of Kentucke - men like Sion Morgan, a Virginia surveyor who arrives at the inn with his crew looking for an experienced guide. When his guide appears, Sion balks. He certainly didn't expect a woman. But it is not long before he must admit that Tempe's skill in the wilderness rivals his own. Still, the tenuous tie they are forming is put to the test as they encounter danger after danger and must rely on each other.

With her signature sweeping style and ability to bring the distant past to vivid life, Laura Frantz beckons readers to join her in a land of Indian ambushes, conflicting loyalties, and a tentative love that meanders like a cool mountain stream.

**5 stars**

Another simply lovely read from Laura Frantz. I wasn't afraid to purchase a copy of A Moonbow Night because I know this author's novels are always something I enjoy! Both sorrowful and sweet, this tale swept me away to the late 1700s ... the wilderness of Kentucke ...

I do love books set in the 1770s! Colonial life. The Revolutionary War era. Forests rife with natives, whose intent you are uncertain of. Temperance Tucker lives in such a wilderness with her mother and brother, at Moonbow Inn. Their they've been since the tragedy that happened when they came into Kentucke with Daniel Boone.
Tempe is a unique character. (I love that her nickname is 'Tempe', by the way! Something about it is so sweet - it suits her well.) She struggles with a soul-deep grief, flirting uncaringly with danger for a good portion of the book. Yet a part of her wishes to hope. To dream. To live again. It's subtle, but it's there. She delights in beauty. Notices the details. Is strong. Smart. Feminine. Modest. Gentle. I really fell into her story, and marveled as I watched her character growth come about.

There's poetry about Laura Frantz's words. Some parts of A Moonbow Night were so achingly grievous, but you still wanted to read it despite the bittersweet. There was beauty in the ashes of dashed dreams. Hope. Renewal. It all flows together and keeps you reading 'til the end.

The faith in this story was heart-touching. The romance lovely. I felt the author did a gracious job with both aspects, and I just appreciated this story for its old-fashioned quality, depth, authenticity (both with the era and the character's heart), and gently delightful conclusion.

Happy to add this novel to my bookshelf. And, of course, greatly looking forward to Laura Frantz's next release!

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