ACFW – Revell Author Pics

Okay – so I’m a big Revell Fan. Seriously. I’ve been on the blog tour list for over a year (speaking of which, I need to post A Hope Undaunted’s review). But anyway, I had the wonderful opportunity of meeting two of my favorite Revell authors at ACFW AND the lovely Andrea Doering, editor for Revell.

As many of you know, one of my all-time favorite authors is Julie Lessman – and I’ve been a cyber buddy with her for over a year. Julie’s been a constant encouragement to me. Really. And she has enough energy and enthusiasm to make the entire Hyatt go up in lights. It’s such a  blessing to feel the full brunt of that enthusiasm in person. GREAT hugger,btw. Here’s my pic with Julie.

Jules, I am SOOOOOOOO glad we finally got to meet!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! (note all the exclamation marks)

Over six months ago, I was introduced to the wonderful writing of Laura Frantz through the Revell Blog Tour. I read her debut novel, The Fronteirsman’s Daughter. BEAUTIFUL story. I emailed her. She replied and from that point on, I’ve been the beneficiary of her kindness and joy. What a blessing.

So recently, when her newest release came out – Courting Morrow Little, I was quick to get my hands on it. I didn’t think it was possible, but she topped her first novel with the second. It was breathtaking.  It was such a joy to give Laura a big ol’ hug in Indy.

Wow!

Other Revell authors showed up. Like Lynette Eason, Jill Eileen Smith, Lorna Sielstad (whose book, Making Waves, I just reviewed) and Dan Walsh.

Dan Walsh won two Carols for his novel, The Unfinished Gift – and he’s a super guy. Humble and kind. And funny! I was so glad to have met him earlier in the conference. He’s the genuine article. Enjoy being a full-time author, Dan!!

And I have MORE pictures for tomorrow. More Seekers, my awesome roomie, and the lovely Patti Lacy. WOOHOO!!

Courting Morrow Little by Laura Frantz

Breathtaking is the best word I can think of to describe Laura Frantz new novel, Courting Morrow Little. I thought her first novel, The Frontiersman’s Daughter was a beautiful piece of fiction, but Laura only improves her storytelling abilities with this next one.

I can’t recall how many times I was moved near-tears from the extreme and raw emotion of this story. And just as I gasped in fear of a heart-break, Laura would rescue my quivering heart with a beautiful resolution. Oh my, ending the story was bittersweet.

Let me tell you a bit about the book –

Morrow Little has an intense fear and dislike for the Shawnee. Since her mother and sister’s murder by a raiding Shawnee party, Morrow has stoked the ember of bitterness into full flame. Now  with her return to Kentucky from two years out East, Morrow is faced with an ailing father, the renewed chill of her memories, a sliver of hope about her lost brother, and the constant visits of a Shawnee chief and his son, Red Shirt.

Torn between what she wants to believe and the truth, Morrow makes three magnificent journeys: the journey from childhood to womanhood, the journey of doubt to faith, and the journey of bitterness to forgiveness. As beautifully adorned as she was on the first page, the woman she becomes by the last page, though maybe not as exquisitely dressed, is a jewel refined by the flame of suffering and purified through the beauty of true love.

Laura creates a compelling and remarkable hero in Red Shirt. I was entranced by him from his first stoic appearance. His gentleness, quiet confidence, and complete manliness is gripping. The warring fires of forts and Indian camps was nothing compared to the heat of passion between Red Shirt and Morrow. Though Laura keeps all her descriptions PG-rated, the reader can almost taste the raw emotional intensity and romantic tension sizzling the page.

Whew-  what a book! And one I plan to stash safely on my ‘keeper’ shelf. Oh Laura, this one is my favorite of the two, and if you keep up the pace, I can only imagine how wonderful book #3 will be. Please tell me it’s about Jess? Come on! Am I right?

If you are in the mood for a thrilling and beautiful historical adventure, sprinkled with romance and laced with deep-set elements of faith, Courting Morrow Little is definitely a top choice. I’m still basking in the post-reading glow 🙂

Available July 2010 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.

This book was provided by Revell and happily reviewed by me.