Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Book Review: Courting Morrow Little by Laura Frantz + Giveaway

Courting Morrow Little by Laura Frantz
Revell, 01 July 2010

Caught between the wilderness and civilization, Morrow Little must find her way to true love

Morrow Little is haunted by the memory of the day her family was torn apart by raiding Shawnee warriors. Now that she is nearly a grown woman and her father is ailing, she must make difficult choices about the future. Several men--ranging from the undesired to the unthinkable--vie for her attentions, but she finds herself inexplicably drawn to a forbidden love that both terrifies and intrigues her. Can she betray the memory of her lost loved ones--and garner suspicion from her friends--by pursuing a life with him? Or should she seal her own misery by marrying a man she doesn't love?

This sweeping tale of romance and forgiveness will envelop you as it takes you from a Kentucky fort through the vast wilderness of the West.

This book is Laura's second published novel, but I'd read all her others published to date before this one.  I bought it ages ago and kept it on the shelf just waiting for when I really needed a "Laura Frantz" fix. 

It's no secret I love Laura's writing, and that The Colonel's Lady is my favourite favourite.  But you know, Courting Morrow Little took my breath away and gave the top spot a bit of a nudge!  

I love the fact that a large part of this novel we're dealing with a married couple - giving us romance plus! Morrow is lovely in the wilds of Kentucke - and she's strong without the 'wild'.  Red Shirt is ... well ... hubba hubba.  Laura again delivers a faint-worthy hero, despite Red Shirt being an Indian and completely controversial for the period.

As always, what really brings an historical novel to life is the detail and atmosphere, and Courting Morrow Little has plenty of it.  Reading it was like stepping back in time and living along side Morrow, feeling the ups and downs, the pleasure and the heart-break

Laura's fifth book, Love's Awakening, is due out 15th September.  It's the second installment in The Ballantyne Legacy.  We're giving away a copy of the first book in the series, Love's Reckoning (see our review).  If you'd like a chance to win, please leave a comment with your email address.  We'll draw a name on 1st September 2013. Please note, this give away is open only to people who can provide an Australia address for postage.

Helen's favourite genre is historical fiction with a strong romantic element.  She also enjoys contemporary romance, chick-lit and YA.  She's not caught up in the spell of fantasy fiction, despite The Faraway Tree series being a strong influence in her childhood.

Helen is currently working on her first book, a Christian young adult novel set between two opposite but equally fascinating places in Australia.


  1. OH JOY! I am going to post this lovely, heartfelt review to my new Pinterest board and link to your site, dear Helen! You've made my day :)! Love your insights and the fact you've now read all my books - and that Morrow and her hero has given TCL a bit of a bump :)

    Interestingly, I just heard from another Aussie reader who'd finished Morrow's story this weekend and was thrilled.

    I hope your writing is going well - we need some of your fine fiction over here! Blessings on your blog and your day!

  2. Hi Laura! Wow, thanks for sharing this on Pinterest, I feel very special :)

    My writing ... um ... do I look guilty? I haven't touched it in sooo long!! I've been finishing an online editing course which I've been doing most of the year. I've recently handed in my last assignment. I'm hoping hoping hoping ... and praying ... I can get back into my writing for NaNoWriMo in November.

    Blessings Laura! Always so nice to have you drop by :)

  3. Just looked at the first book and saw its set in York Pennsylvania. I was in America in May and in Pennsylvania and learnt a lot about the history of the state (not sure if I got to York) Knowing more about the history I would love to read a book set in that time frame. The covers look really good.
    Please enter me ausjenny at gmail dot com

  4. I've always liked stories with a Native American connection. Sounds good! You can enter me in competition. My email is: dlstringer@highshots.com

  5. I love reading books with historical details. I am not big on researching those details myself but I would love to do things like that.


  6. Oh my goodness this review is bang on Helen - Courting Morrow Little is the best book I've read in a few years. I dived in and wasn't found for days - Thank you Laura!!

    c dot hudson at slingshot dot co dot nz (yes I can provide an Aussie address:)

  7. Catherine and everyone, Bless you for such kind words and trying a new author like myself! And yes, Helen rocks, too :). As does Jess!
    ps my cookies and browser are acting up so am anonymous today...!

  8. Love your review and agree with your comments. I LOVE "Courting Morrow Little". It is still my favorite Laura Frantz book; but all her others are well loved at this house.

  9. Hello hello ... so sorry I'm late!!! Been away visiting my delightful sister :) I have drawn the winner, and it is CATHERINE! Congratulations!! I'll send through an email to you today to get your address.