Laura Frantz File:
Reviewed by Vickie McDonough
The Frontiersman's Daughter by Laura Frantz
"...an epic novel, complete with a spunky, determined heroine, Indian attacks, an intriguing wilderness setting, a faith message deftly woven into the story, and a romance that tugs at your heart."
A spunky young woman faces the harshness of life and wild Indians in her search for love and fulfillment in the Kentucky wilderness
Lael Click has lived on the Kentucky frontier her whole life. She loves
the freedom she has to run barefoot and gather herbs and roots for cooking
and tending wounds. But her family is haunted by a tragic past that continually
shadows her. Once a captive of the Shawnee, her father is trapped between
the world of Indians and white men, and Lael feels the same pull, especially
when a handsome brave begins to leave her gifts.
Still, her heart lies with another man—one of which her father disapproves. When the young man asks for her hand, she finds herself soon whisked off to a fancy ladies’ school hundreds of miles from home and all that is familiar.
When Lael finally returns home, many things have changed. She tries to fit back into her old life, but finds it harder than she expects. With a new doctor in town, Lael has competition for her healing potions. But the interesting and troubling man draws her, even though she tries to avoid him. Is he the one who will finally break through her walls of protection and finally touch her heart? Or will an older love ruin everything?
The Frontiersman's Daughter is an epic coming of age story about a young woman living in the wilds of the Kentucky frontier in 1777. Indian attacks are frequent, but Lael doesn’t fear them as most folks do. She runs free, living life as she sees fit, even when others look down on her. Ms. Franz has done an excellent job creating Leal’s feisty character and of bringing this historical era to life with her vivid description and precise details of the time period and setting.
While I enjoyed this book for the most part, in the beginning, when Lael is just thirteen, she seems to act much older than her years. Also, there is an element of suspense with the possibility of Indian attacks at any time and the danger from Lael’s naïve frolicking alone in the woods, but there were times the book moved too slowly for me, especially when Lael is away. But hold fast and finish this book, because there are several excellent black moments toward the end and a highly satisfying ending. I enjoyed reading about this unique time period that I’ve not read about in other novels. The Frontiersman's Daughter is an epic novel, complete with a spunky, determined heroine, Indian attacks, an intriguing wilderness setting, a faith message deftly woven into the story, and a romance that tugs at your heart.
Vickie McDonough is an award-winning inspirational romance author. She has written four Heartsong novels and five novellas. Her stories have placed first in several prestigious contests, such as the ACFW Noble Theme, the Inspirational Readers Choice Contest, and the Texas Gold contest. She has also written books reviews for nearly five years and enjoys mentoring new writers. Vickie is a wife of thirty-one years, mother to four sons, and a new grandma. When she’s not writing, Vickie enjoys reading, gardening, watching movies, and traveling. Vickie loves hearing from her readers via e-mail.