Genesis 5020

Stories for His Glory

Review and Giveaway: A Bound Heart by Laura Frantz January 1, 2019

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Though Magnus MacLeish and Lark MacDougall grew up on the same castle grounds, Magnus is now laird of the great house and the Isle of Kerrera. Lark is just the keeper of his bees–and the woman who could provide an elixir to help his ailing wife conceive and bear him an heir. But when his wife dies suddenly, Magnus and Lark find themselves caught up in a whirlwind of accusations, expelled from their beloved island, and sold as indentured servants across the Atlantic. Can they make a new beginning in this New World? Or will their hopes be dashed against the rocky coastline of the Virginia colony?

Laura Frantz’s prose sparkles with authenticity as she digs into her own family history to share this breathless tale of love, exile, and courage in colonial America.

My thoughts and giveaway:

This is a beautiful story or how God can work things together for our good and His glory.

Laura painted a beautiful landscape of Scotland and then the horrific picture of what can happen if you are a criminal, or thought to be.

I had no idea how this book was going to all work out, but of course it did.

Laura’s writing dives into the deep and I don’t find her books a quick, easy read but highly satisfying and enjoyable.

And if anyone else watches Poldark I can’t help but think the girl on the cover looks like Demelza 🙂

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A copy of this book was given to me. All opinions are my own. 


A Moonbow Night by Laura Frantz January 17, 2017

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Her wilderness survival skills are without rival.
But her greatest talent is keeping other people’s secrets.

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.

Though he balks when Tempe is appointed to lead his team through the wilderness, it isn’t long before Sion must admit that her abilities may outmatch his own. But can the tenuous tie they are forming survive the dangers waiting just around the bend?

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

My thoughts:

I have only read one other book by Laura before this one and I loved it. I couldn’t wait to get my hands on her next book so when this book came out I was eager to read it.

I remember when reading the previous book that Laura lays a lot of ground work for the story, it is a slow build but I didn’t mind in the other book I read. However, with this one I really struggled to pick the book up and continue reading through the first few chapters.

I will say once I got into the story I did find it more interesting. I loved the pictures she painted with the scenery and the conflict with Native Americans and the uncertainty of who you can trust.

Tempe was a spirited young woman and I did like her. I struggled with the relationship of some of the other characters, I wasn’t sure for a while if Paige and Russel were married and having trouble or not married at all. I wasn’t sure who Aylee was because sometimes Tempe called her mother and sometimes Aylee, so for a while I thought they were two different people.

But as I said, once I got a handle on the characters and the story I did enjoy it and appreciate all the work Laura put into it. If you decide to pick this book up just keep in mind you will need to get through the first quarter or so before too much happens.

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A copy of this book was given to me by the publisher. All opinions are my own. 


Review and Giveaway: The Mistress of Tall Acre by Laura Frantz September 14, 2015

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the mistress


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.

My thoughts and giveaway:

Okay, I have never read anything by Laura before but I have heard great things about her. When I first started this book I wasn’t feeling it and I don’t know why. But around page one hundred I realized I was hooked and couldn’t wait to get back to the story.

This book is so wonderfully written. I can’t even put my finger on what exactly made it so good. The story is engaging, the characters very likeable, especially sweet Lily Cate.

I think the dialogue surprised me most of all. The things the characters said sometimes was so raw my heart ached and I loved that they had the courage to say it!

With each chapter the tension and questions get upped until you are left wondering how things could ever work out.

Laura Frantz is definitely a talented author and I can’t wait to read more of her work.

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Leave a comment by Sept. 21st  for your chance to win a copy of this book. One winner will be chosen by (U.S. addresses only. I am not responsible for books lost or damaged in the mail.)

A copy of this book was given to my by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.