Thursday 3 December 2015

Book Review - The Mistress of Tall Acre

Book Review by Ellie Whyte

The Mistress of Tall Acre
By Laura Frantz

The American Revolution is finally over, and Sophie Menzies is starved for good news. When her nearest neighbor, General Seamus Ogilvy, finally comes home to Tall Acre, she hopes it is a sign of better days to come. But the general is now a widower with a small daughter in desperate need of a mother. Nearly destitute, Sophie agrees to marry Seamus and become the mistress of Tall Acre in what seems a safe, sensible arrangement. But when a woman from the general's past returns without warning, the ties that bind this fledgling family together will be strained to the utmost. When all is said and done, who will be the rightful mistress of Tall Acre?

Triumph and tragedy, loyalty and betrayal--readers find it all in the rich pages of this newest historical novel from the talented pen of Laura Frantz. Her careful historical details immerse the reader in the story world, and her emotional writing and finely tuned characters never cease to enchant fans both old and new.

My Thoughts

Once again Laura Frantz proves why she is one of my all-time favourite authors. I had a difficult time putting this book down!

Engaging characters are brought to life amidst a captivating storyline which is finely balanced with vivid descriptions of setting and scene, so that the story plays out in your mind's eye like a beloved classic movie. And as for that twist in the tale - I never saw it coming!

Seamus and Sophie are well suited not only as love interests, but as good friends. Their decision to unite in matrimony, even if only seemingly for convenience, couldn't come soon enough. Lily Cate steals the reader's heart as the young daughter in need of a mother's love and care. Myrtilla and Jenny also intrigued me as well, as an integral part of life on the plantation. I find myself hoping Lily Cate appears in some future novel from the pen of Laura Frantz - maybe even Jenny along with her.

All-in-all, this is a story I will treasure reading more than once. It's a keeper :-)

ELLIE WHYTE is a long-time supporter of Christian fiction and is the founder and owner/operator of Soul Inspirationz // The Christian Fiction Site which relaunched after a 5-year hiatus in January 2013. Ellie also has aspirations for her own writing career, and has begun working on a project set in New Zealand in the 1850s. 
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  1. Ellie, great review. Laura Frantz is often cited as the benchmark for great historical romance fiction and it was good for me, not familiar with her novels, to read your review. Perhaps I will need to find some space in my TBR to read this one.

  2. Marriage of convenience - my favourite trope in historical romance. Thanks for the great review :)


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