In Laura Frantz’s newest novel, Love’s Awakening, we visit old friends and fall in love with new ones, and the new ones are worth getting to know.
Gentle Ellie Ballantyne returns home to Pittsburgh and brings her beauty and grace directly into enemy territory and a generational family feud with the Turlocks. Unprepared for her tender friendship, Jack Turlock’s curiosity soon carves a deeper grove of love as her care for his sister and his respect for her father, lead him to consider a changed life from what he’s always known.
Soon they are both entangled in a war of worlds between slave owners, abolitionists, family secrets, and pride where lives and loves hang in the balance. Their ‘awakened’ hearts fight to overcome the storms threatening to destroy them from the outside-in.
I’ve mentioned this before, but Laura’s writing holds a lyrical quality – an almost mesmerizing melody of words, pictures, history, details, and emotions which bring her stories to life so that the reader feels them to their cores. It’s disarming and compelling in a way few books are for me.
The heroes’ personalities swell like a lingering aroma, distant at first, but then growing in longing and awareness until you can almost taste their scents. It’s an amazingly well-crafted arc of awareness, understanding, and affection. The way they emerge in her stories so beautifully emulates the way the heroines feel drawn, and finally fall in love with the heroes. The reader is truly experiencing the journey.
Her hero, Jack Turlock, is no exception. In fact, he rivals Laura’s other compelling heroes like Red Shirt and the Colonel.
Thank you for sharing this eloquent and memorable tale, Laura. The title couldn’t have been better.
Available August 2013 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing