The Ballantyne Legacy 3
By Laura Frantz
Rowena Wren Ballantyne has lived the first 25 years of her life unaware of the power and wealth of her family. Her life has been lived in Kentucky far from the Ballantyne empire that is based in Pennsylvania. But when an urgent summons from New Hope calls her father Ansel back to his childhood home, Wren is about to find herself in a world of which she has no understanding.
Ansel is returning home to help run the family business after a plea from his mother due to the failing health of both his father and his older brother Peyton. His one regret is have kept Wren away from her family though it was done out of fear for her life as much his own.
Wren has lived in a sheltered world in which society had no hold - in fact it was unheard of. What Wren believes will be a short visit is in fact a permanent move. Can she find a place for herself within this new world that is to be her home? And will society in Pittsburgh accept this Ballantyne who has spent her life far from its rules and restrictions?
Shortly after her arrival tragedy strikes and the Ballantyne family is thrown into turmoil. With her father away tending to business her Aunt Andra and Cousin Bennett convince Wren that she has a duty to the family to marry soon and marry well. She is to have a season and she has weeks to prepare for it. And Andra is just as uncaring as to the feelings of others as she was in Love's Awakening.
Can Wren discover where her heart lies and where her heart truly is before it is too late?
In my opinion this just may be the best book in the series. I really enjoyed it and it was a delight to see the generations all together - Silas and Eden with their children and grandchildren. Unfortunately the various family thorns are also present - one from each generation. You don't have to read the previous books before reading this book, but it will greatly help you to understand the history of the family.
I was provided a copy of this book by the publisher Revell in exchange for my honest review.
About the Book:
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?
With her signature attention to historical detail, Laura Frantz brings 1850s Pennsylvania alive with a tender story of loss, love, and loyalty. Fans will cheer for this final installment of the Ballatyne saga.