Love’s Awakening by Laura Frantz

Love's AwakeningSynopsis:~

Ellie Ballantyne, youngest child of Silas and Eden, has left finishing school. But back at her family home in Pittsburgh, Ellie finds that her parents are away on a long trip and her siblings don’t seem to want her to stay. When she opens a day school for young ladies, she begins tutoring the incorrigible daughter of the enemy Turlock clan. The Turlocks are slaveholders and whiskey magnates, envious of the powerful Ballantynes and suspicious of their abolitionist leanings.

As Ellie becomes increasingly tangled with the Turlocks, she finds herself falling in love with an impossible future–and Jack Turlock, a young man striving to free himself from his family’s violent legacy. How can she betray her family and side with the enemy? And will Jack ever allow her into his world?

My take:~

It will come as no surprise to those who have read Laura Frantz’s previous stories that Love’s Awakening is another beautifully rendered historical tale of two fascinationg characters finding love amidst conflict, heartache, and great loss. This second Ballantyne Legacy story focusses on Silas and Eden Ballantyne’s youngest daughter, Ellie ~ a young woman with a heart for children and the less fortunate who becomes enthralled with Jack Turlock, a man whose life has been shaped by violence and selfish ambition, passed on by his father and brothers. In many ways, Jack is the antithesis of the heroes we have come to admire in Laura’s stories but she pens him admirably, revealing his weaknesses along with an inner integrity that is slowly revealed as his life is touched by the tenderness and compassion that marks Ellie. Thoroughly engaging, spiritually satisfying, and deeply moving, Love’s Awakening reflects all that readers have come to love from this supremely talented writer.

With thanks to Revell for my review copy

Relz Reviewz Extras
Character spotlight on Ellie & Jack
Character spotlight on Eden & Silas
Character spotlight on Cassius & Roxanna
Reviews of Love’s ReckoningThe Colonel’s LadyCourting Morrow Little and The Frontiersman’s Daughter
Character spotlight on Lael Click
Character spotlight on Morrow Little
Visit Laura’s website and blog
Buy Love’s Awakening at Amazon and Koorong

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8 Responses to Love’s Awakening by Laura Frantz

  1. While I’m not really a historical reader, this one catches my interest. And I love the extras on the characters!

  2. I loved this book!The characters were so raw and real. I am not usually into romance, but this one was penned so well I had to read it again and again!

  3. I love that I can rely on Laura Frantz to consistently amaze me with her writing and characters. Looking forward to digging in to this one. Great review!

  4. Rel, Thanks so much to you and others here for your gracious words and inspiring me to write on :). Glad you’re home safe and sound – am sure your head and heart are still full but your family is glad to have you back!

    • Laura Frantz » Lovely Laura – apologies for the delayed response. I had an amazing time away but yes, the family was happy to see me 😉 Hubs did an amazing job, though, so all was well. Bless you xo

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