The Colonel's Lady by Laura Frantz
Revell Publishing, 01 Sept 2011
In 1779, when genteel Virginia spinster Roxanna Rowan arrives at the Kentucky fort commanded by Colonel Cassius McLinn, she finds that her officer father has died. Penniless and destitute, Roxanna is forced to take her father's place as scrivener. Before long, it's clear that the colonel himself is attracted to her. But she soon realizes the colonel has grave secrets of his own--some of which have to do with her father's sudden death. Can she ever truly love him? Readers will be enchanted by this powerful story of love, faith, and forgiveness from reader favourite Laura Frantz. Her solid research and deft writing immerse readers in the world of the early frontier while her realistic characters become intimate friends.
I found this book when I was ordering some other books online. The cover appeared before me and got my interest immediately. I’d never read Laura Frantz before (never heard of her actually), but the cover and then the title alone were enough to entice me to buy the book.
Oh boy, I did not regret it!
Before I continue, let’s get one thing straight.
I don’t gush. Just ask my friends. I’m a reserved, difficult to impress kind of person. Or at least it’s difficult to raise an obvious amount of excitement from me.
When I finished “The Colonel’s Lady”, I wasn’t able to start reading anything else for a few days. I didn’t want to read anything else! I was still basking in the memories of Roxanna Rowan and Colonel McLinn. In fact, the moment I finished the book (in the wee wee hours of the night) I wanted to start reading it all over again.
Laura’s writing is so vivid and captivating, I didn’t even notice I was reading. I felt like I was living in the story.
The story is set right in the midst of the American Civil War. Roxanna Rowan, a victim of circumstances, flees into the wilderness of war torn Kentucky to find her father at Fort Endeavor where he is posted. Accompanied by women of questionable means, she finds herself stuck at the Fort due to enemy danger. Here she carves out a life as best she can and finds herself – and her heart – in battle with the commanding officer, Colonel McLinn.
The book is more than a romance – there is an undercurrent of mystery and suspicion, and these only come to light at the end. When they are revealed, it ties the whole story together just beautifully. It also paints a vivid picture of military life in the period but in a way that seamlessly incorporates it into the story, so it doesn’t sound like you’re reading an historical text book.
Roxanna is a strong heroine, who despite surviving in the confines of the military fort, maintains her genteel nature. She is strong in a quiet, and lovely way.
Colonel McLinn – well, I never thought I’d fall for a redhead. But there you have it! Commanding and strong, he is flawed in ways that are understandable and it doesn’t make him weak by any means. He is very much a real-man type of hero, who at the same time is fearsome and endearing.
I just LOVED LOVED LOVED this book. If you were to ask me directly what I thought of the book, the first thing I would do is let out a big, dreamy sigh. And perhaps you wouldn’t need any more explanation after that.