Historical Fiction

An Uncommon Woman by Laura Frantz

Unflinching and plainspoken, Tessa Swan is not your typical 18th-century woman. Born and bred on the western Virginia frontier along with her five brothers, she is a force to be reckoned with.

Quiet and courageous, Clay Tygart is not your typical 18th-century man. Raised by Lenape Indians, he returns a hero from the French and Indian War to the fort that bears his name, bringing with him Tessa’s long-lost friend, Keturah, a redeemed Indian captive like himself.

Determined to avoid any romantic entanglements as fort commander, Clay remains aloof whenever he encounters the lovely Tessa. But when she is taken captive by the tribe Clay left, his hand–and heart–are forced, leading to one very private and one very public reckoning.

Intense, evocative, and laced with intricate historical details that bring the past to life, An Uncommon Woman will transport you to the picturesque and dangerous western Virginia mountains of 1770.
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My Thoughts

Brought up on the frontier with all its dangers, Tessa is every bit the frontier woman strong, resilient and a great shot. But she’s also different although she has never had it, she longs for the comforts of polite society the frills, the manners, the organized nature.
I loved her spirit and her caring nature. She loved fiercely and was very protective of the people she cared about.
And then there’s Clay, war hero and survivor of a previous kidnapping by and Indian tribe. He wants the best for the people around him but is scared of falling in love because he feels that anyone he loves dies and fear nearly keeps him from Tessa.
I love that both he and Tessa learned to surrender to God and trust him for the best outcome in the midst of all the travails of the frontier and learned to let go of fear and trust God for the best outcome with love.
I also enjoyed the historical nuggets that were brought forth in this series.

Overall this is a great story for lovers of historical fiction.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author via Netgalley all opinions expressed are solely mine.

About The Author

Christy Award-winning author, Laura Frantz, is passionate about all things historical, particularly the 18th-century, and writes her manuscripts in longhand first. Her stories often incorporate Scottish themes that reflect her family heritage. She is a direct descendant of George Hume, Wedderburn Castle, Berwickshire, Scotland, who was exiled to the American colonies for his role in the Jacobite Rebellion of 1715, settled in Virginia, and is credited with teaching George Washington surveying in the years 1748-1750. Frantz lives and writes in a log cabin in the heart of Kentucky and also Washington State.

According to Publishers Weekly, “Frantz has done her historical homework.” With her signature attention to historical detail and emotional depth, she is represented by Janet Kobobel Grant, Literary Agent & Founder, Books & Such Literary Agency of Santa Rosa, California.

Readers can find Laura Frantz at http://www.laurafrantz.net

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