Fiction Book Reviews

Love’s Awakening by Laura Frantz

ImageSimply beautiful.

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

3 thoughts on “Love’s Awakening by Laura Frantz”

  1. Pepper, You have a gift with these reviews and I’m really blessed to be the recipient. You make it so personal and inviting – and quite lyrical and poetic yourself! Love your images and descriptors. I could linger here all day :). And thanks, too, for placing Jack in the same heroic column as RS and CM. He really grew on me over the course of the story and I was sorry to let go of him. Your review is a keeper and one I’ll long remember. I’ve already pinned with pleasure :)!

    I know how very busy you are so it means all the more that you make time for my books and are on the tour. Thanks from the bottom of my heart!


    1. Laura,
      Your book is one tour I WILL NOT MISS!! I am always left with this almost ‘tearful’ goodbye to the book because the characters have become so close to me – so memorable. You truly BREATHE into them. I’m honored to get to read it and learn from your gift.


  2. What a lovely review, Pepper! I ordered the book yesterday and now can’t wait for it to arrive! I totally agree with you. Laura’s characters resonate so deeply you think about them long after the last page is turned!


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