Saturday, October 5, 2013

Love's Awakening (The Ballantyne Legacy #2) by Laura Frantz (Review)

The path to true love lies somewhere between two feuding families 

In the spring of 1822, Ellie Ballantyne leaves finishing school and returns to the family home in Pittsburg only to find that her parents are away on a long journey and her siblings don't seem to want her to stay. Determined to stand her ground and find her place in the world, Ellie fills her time by opening a day school for young ladies.

But when one of her students turns out to be an incorrigible young member of the Turlock family, Ellie knows she must walk a fine line. Slaveholders and whiskey magnates, the Turlocks are envious of the powerful Ballantynes and suspicious of their abolitionist leanings. As Ellie becomes increasingly entangled with the rival clan--particularly the handsome Jack Turlock--she finds herself falling in love with an impossible future. Will she betray her family and side with the enemy?

Masterful storyteller Laura Frantz continues to unfold the stirring saga of the Ballantyne family in this majestic tale of love and loyalty. This is the Ballantyne Legacy.


The story started out kind of slow and in all honesty I put it down and didn't want to pick it up again for a long time, but once I did the story very quickly became quite interesting.

I loved a lot of the characters. Eden and Silas, of course, but also Ellie, Jack, Chloe, Ansel, even Andra :) They were all so realistic.

The eye to detail from this author is just great! You can tell she did a lot of research and I loved all the little historical aspects added in to the story.

Love's Awakening is only the second book I've read by Laura Frantz but I hope to be able to read her other books soon.

Recommended to fans of historical fiction.

***I received a complimentary copy of this book to review. I was asked to give my honest opinion of the book - which I have done.***

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“Available September 2013 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.”

  • Series: The Ballantyne Legacy (Book 2)
  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Revell (September 15, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0800720423
  • ISBN-13: 978-0800720421
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.4 x 1.1 inches
  • Available to purchase at Amazon | B&N | CBD


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