SUMMARY: In an uncertain time, she faces a choice that will change her life forever.
After fleeing Virginia, Temperance Tucker and her family established an inn along the Shawnee River. It's a welcome way station for settlers and frontiersmen traveling through the wild Cumberland region of Kentucke . . . men like Sion Morgan, a Virginia surveyor who arrives at the inn with his crew, looking for an experienced guide.
Though he balks when Tempe is appointed to lead his team through the wilderness, it isn't long before Sion must admit that her abilities may outmatch his own. But can the tenuous tie they are forming survive the dangers waiting just around the bend?
With her signature sweeping style and ability to bring the distant past to vivid life, Laura Frantz beckons you to join her in a land of Indian ambushes, conflicting loyalties, and a tentative love that meanders like a cool mountain stream.
REVIEW: Set during the Revolutionary War, this story takes place on the western side of the Cumberland Mountains, away from the fighting British and Patriot troops . The danger that faces the settlers of this area are Indians determined to keep these newcomers off their land and out of their territories. Ms. Frantz brings to life a part of American history most people have forgotten about: the gradual move west, across the mountains into areas only occupied by Native Americans and the major hardships they faced.
Having read all but one of this author's novels, I kind of knew what to expect. As I went through this book, though, I found myself having a more difficult time following the conversations between the characters. Quite often I had to reread passages because I didn't understand what was being said, or pick up on the subtle nuances that were being communicated. Also, she uses a lot of terms and names of items that are no longer in use. To get a better understanding of the scene or circumstances, I would pulled out my dictionary, but some of the terms weren't there.
All that said, this story was an attention grabber. I kept wondering what would happen next, how Sion and Tempe would get out of difficult situations, and how things were going to end. Temperance, or Tempe as she is often referred to, is one strong girl who doesn't know when to give up. She kept up with the men without complaint and kept her wits about her during difficult times.
Laura Frantz does not disappoint with this novel.
This book was provided by Revell for review without any compensation.
Laura Frantz is a Christy Award finalist and the author of several books, including The Frontiersman's Daughter, Courting Morrow Little, The Colonel's Lady, The Mistress of Tall Acre, and the Ballantyne Legacy series. She lives and writes in a log cabin in the heart of Kentucky. Learn more at www.laurafrantz.net.