Lovely but tough as nails, Lael Click is the daughter of a celebrated frontiersman. Haunted by her father’s former captivity with the Shawnee Indians, as well as the secret sins of her family’s past, Lael comes of age in the fragile Kentucky settlement her father founded. Though she faces the loss of a childhood love, a dangerous family feud, and the affection of a Shawnee warrior, Lael draws strength from the rugged land she calls home, and from Ma Horn, a distant relative who shows her the healing ways of herbs and roots found in the hills. But the arrival of an outlander doctor threatens her view of the world, God, and herself–and the power of grace and redemption.
With her first book, Laura Frantz has carved herself a spot alongside the likes of Julie Lessman, Jamie Carie and Tamera Alexander.
Captivated immediately by the resolute young Lael, struggling with her father’s hidden past with the Shawnee Indians and her mother’s indiscretion, I was entranced as the story of her fractious journey to womanhood is revealed with beautiful prose and heartfelt emotion. Lael, Captain Jack, Ian Justus and Ma Horn are multi faceted, intriguing characters as are each of the inhabitants of the small Kentucky settlement. As they face the trials and fears living on the frontier engenders, tragedies strike, feuds erupt and hearts are torn, your own emotions will run the gamut with them. Laura’s attention to historical detail is excellent and sets this book apart from many in the genre. Yet it is Lael, and the man who pursues her so tenderly as she cautiously ventures towards faith and love, that truly make this a book to savour.
The Frontiersman’s Daughter has guaranteed Laura Frantz’s future stories a place on my bookshelves!
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