Lovely but tough as nails, Lael Click is the daughter of a celebrated frontiersman. Haunted by her father’s former captivity with the Shawnee Indians, as well as the secret sins of her family’s past, Lael comes of age in the fragile Kentucky settlement her father founded. Though she faces the loss of a childhood love, a dangerous family feud, and the affection of a Shawnee warrior, Lael draws strength from the rugged land she calls home, and from Ma Horn, a distant relative who shows her the healing ways of herbs and roots found in the hills.
But the arrival of an outlander doctor threatens her view of the world, God, and herself–and the power of grace and redemption. This epic novel gives readers a glimpse into the simple yet daring lives of the pioneers who first crossed the Appalachians, all through the courageous eyes of a determined young woman.
Laura Frantz’s debut novel offers a feast for readers of historical fiction and romance lovers alike.
First lets just say I LOVED this book – so much so that I had to buy a physical copy of it even though I already had the kindle version. Yes folks, it was that good.
Every character was interesting in their own individual and unique ways. But my favorite three would have to be Lael, Captain Jack, and Ian. Captain Jack didn’t grace the pages very often but when he did, you remembered them. My favorites where when Lael was wondering the woods alone and came upon him (Captain Jack) with his Shawnee warriors, which she decided to run from him, and he dropped everything to chase after her. Another scene I liked was the swimming,waterfall, and cabin scene with Lael and Captain Jack – you get to see his playful side at the point.
And the scenes with Lael and Ian, they were just as memorable. I am a big fan of Scottish male characters an I kept wondering when he was going to grace my pages and when he did, I was like ‘Oh there you are… finally!’. You can tell he fancied her from the beginning, especially when he found out that she liked a Shawnee warrior and tried to sway her feelings from him (he couldn’t fathom the idea of her running off with CJ and possibly never been seen again) and when he told her that he needed her, not only her (he didn’t exactly come out and say it as that, but you could feel he meant it!) but her help with knowledge of medical herbs that he didn’t possess.
I can not express how much of a great read this book was. I truly enjoyed it an I am so glad I gave it a chance to read an I cannot wait to read future books penned by Laura Frantz.