514eaoj7mal-_sx322_bo1204203200_Of one thing I am certain, Laura Frantz’s writing holds as spellbinding a quality as the stories she weaves with such intricate detail. A Moonbow Night is no different. Steeping in imagery thick with the mountains and hollows of frontier Appalachia, Laura introduces us, not only to riveting characters as alive to history as the famous Daniel Boone, but also to a culture, faith, and setting that breathes off the page.

Tempe Tucker is a true-to-life Appalachian woman with grit, tenacity, and a strength to survive all that the beautiful-yet-dangerous landscape might provide. As one of the few inn’s along the Shawnee River in the wilds of Kentucky, her family live by ingenuity, hard-work, willpower, and faith.

One of the many passages I LOVED LOVED in this book is:


“Say any by heart?”

“Some. But I’d rather live it by heart.”

Sion Morgan enters her world as a Virginia surveyor looking for an experienced guide to lead his crew. He gets more than he bargained for in Tempe Tucker….but so does she. Sion’s quiet, somewhat aloof, and yet surprising personality tugs upon the strings around Tempe’s heart.

They seem to be two people born of a similar strength and a similar pain, yet of a very different spiritual views…until Tempe’s faith and directness wiggle through Sion’s doubt with a quiet perseverance. It’s beautiful to see how Tempe becomes Sion’s guide in more ways than a navigator through the Kentucky wilderness, but also a shepherdess, of sorts, toward a deeper treasure for his soul.

Secondary characters pack the pages with levity, increasing depth, heartache, and challenges, and as usual in a Laura Frantz book, just as no sense is spared, neither is any emotion.

Like the expert guide, Laura leads us on a journey as beautiful as it is dangerous. As gripping as it is revealing – and we are left with a masterpiece of words in our hands and hearts.

Someday I hope to write a story as poetic and profound as A Moonbow Night. Thank you, Laura, for sharing your gift of storytelling with the world.

I received this copy of A Moonbow Night from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group


  1. carylkane

    Spectacular review, Pepper! I’m excited about the release of Moonbow! I love Laura’s stories.

    • pepperbasham

      I am in awe of the beauty of this story. Absolutely loved it, Caryl…even though there was a frightfully few references to hats 😉

  2. Linda Dudley

    Thanks for your recommendation and info. Blessings and enjoy the snow. Linda Dudley

    • pepperbasham

      You too, Linda

    • pepperbasham

      It’s worth it, Stacey!

  3. Winnie Thomas

    Lovely review, Pepper! My copy just came today, so I’ll be reading it soon. Yay!

  4. Terrill Rosado

    Oh my goodness, your review was gorgeous. I almost liked reading your review as much as I enjoy reading your books. 🙂 And your right about that quote!! Simple, but profound. I had already pre-ordered Laura’s book and it arrived yesterday. I can’t start it soon enough.

  5. Carrie

    i love your review!! Can’t wait to break this one open for myself to read! But I have issue with one statement – “Someday I hope to write a story as poetic and profound as A Moonbow Night.” Might I point your attention to your Penned in Time series? Just sayin <3

  6. susansnodgrass

    Absolutely! Her words are indeed poetic. She is my favorite.


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