by Laura Frantz
Opening with the birth of the first-born child of Seamus Ogilvy - the story of Tall Acre begins. The world is at war. The American colonies are attempting to free themselves from British rule.
When we next see the key players from the opening scenes - the war has ended America has broken from the crown and Sophie Menzies is awaiting her brother's return to Three Chimney. Seamus has returned to Tall Acre so Curtis should soon return.
But time passes with no word from Curtis. If not for her friendship with Seamus's young daughter Lily Cate, Sophie's life would be as destitute as her family's estate. But this friendship may be the answer to both Seamus and Sophie's greatest need. A mother for Lily Cate, a wife for Seamus, and a home for Sophie.
As this new nation struggles to find its way, so too does this new family at Tall Acre. But a threat from the past threatens to destroy them if they cannot stand firm. Can the key to their future be a secret from past that has been hidden away?
Laura Frantz has created another engagingly entertaining journey into America's past. Her characters are complex - dealing with scars, both emotional and physical, that have resulted from the war and the loss of family and friends. This is a beautifully written book that will charm you with its depth and detail. Some stories just need to be read again and this is one of those books. There is nothing mentioning a sequel, but I for one would not mind revisiting these characters again in the future.
I was provided a copy of this book by the publisher Revell in exchange for my honest review.
There can be only one mistress of Tall Acre . . .
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.
Laura Frantz is a Christy Award finalist and the author of several books, including The Frontiersman's Daughter, Courting Morrow Little, The Colonel's Lady, and the Ballantyne Legacy series. She lives and writes in a log cabin in the heart of Kentucky. Learn more atwww.laurafrantz.net.