With her signature attention to historical detail, Laura Frantz brings 1850s Pennsylvania alive with a tender story of loss, love, and loyalty. Fans will cheer for this final installment of the Ballatyne saga.
My Review: Since starting college, I have had absolutely no time to read any of the newest books that are coming out by some of my most beloved authors. However, when I got the chance to get a copy of Love’s Fortune by Laura Frantz, I couldn’t resist. I was not disappointed with the conclusion to the Ballantyne trilogy.
Breathtaking and intoxicating. Surely there are other words to describe Laura’s writings, but I can think of no others at the moment. The moment I met Wren Ballantyne—Silas and Eden Ballantyne’s granddaughter—I knew I would love her. Her personality, I felt, was similar to Eden’s. Wren was sweet, innocent, and unpretentious.
Wren’s love interest was James Sackett, an old friend of her father’s. I could not help but admire and like James from the very beginning. He had a certain aura of authority about him that I do not find in other male characters in books I read. The thing about this author is that she doesn’t tell it so much as show it. She means every word she writes and every detail adds either beauty or reinforcement to her characters and theme. I enjoy the way Laura adds heart-rending desperation to her stories. It draws the reader in unequivocally. Every time I read one of Laura’s books, I sigh at the end, sorry that it’s over.
I really like how this trilogy carries through three generations. It allows for new characters to be created, though the much-loved old ones will still be at least somewhat present in the story. Seeing what Laura has done with this series, I cannot wait for her next novel. Whatever it will be about, I know that it will be wonderful.
I give Love’s Fortune 5 out of 5 stars.
*I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publishers, for my honest review, which I have given. The opinions expressed in this review are mine and mine alone.*
Watch the trailer for Love's Fortune at this link: http://youtu.be/6-pqeyQoN9Y