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Love's Reckoning ~ Review

The Ballantyne Legacy #1
by Laura Frantz

It is 1784, the war for freedom has ended and the west is calling to many men including Silas Ballantyne.  Silas joins blacksmith Liege Lee in York County, Pennsylvania to finish out his apprenticeship before going west.  

Unknown to Silas, Liege is determined to keep him in York County after his apprenticeship is up by marrying him off to one of his daughters.  Elspeth and Eden are as different as two sisters can be.  Elspeth is manipulative and cruel while Eden is gentle and kind.  Eden seeks after the spiritual while Elspeth seeks out the pleasures of the flesh.  Will one of these sisters capture his heart or will the call west take him away?

York County is keeping secrets - secrets that have been guarded for years and which will come to light amid an act of betrayal.  Will healing restore what has been lost?  

Years have passed when an unexpected trip offers a second chance at love, but will the secrets of the past stand in the way? 

Love's Reckoning is look at early America just after the Revolutionary War and at the practice of apprenticing.  In a land that offers hope and freedom, a daughter has little hope of fulfilling the desire of her heart as evidenced in this book.  Love's Reckoning is as much a search for the love of the Father as it is a search for the love of a helpmate.

I am eagerly awaiting book 2 (which is excerpted at the end of Love's Reckoning) which is expected Fall 2013.  I always judge a book to be well written and entertaining when I don't want it to end or I'm disappointed when I can't pick up the next book in the series immediately!  

I received a copy of this title from the publisher for the purpose of this review.  All opinions expressed are my own.

Available September 2012  at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.