Love’s Awakening by Laura Frantz

Love’s Awakening by Laura Frantz

The path to true love lies somewhere between two feuding families

9781441244536 In the spring of 1822, Ellie Ballantyne leaves finishing school and returns to the family home in Pittsburgh 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.

“Frantz’s in-depth historical research combines with her fascinating characters to create a gripping romance that kept me turning pages late into the night. I highly recommend Love’s Awakening. It is a rare find.”–Serena B. Miller, RITA Award-winning author of The Measure of Katie Calloway

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Laura Frantz is one of the reasons I love historical fiction. I really liked Jack Turlock, even thought his was the not so perfect life and Ellie Ballantyne because she was just a typical young lady, and the two make a great couple. I enjoyed watching their characters develop throughout the story, and the tensions and twists and turns in their relationship with their parents is enough to keep your nose in the book reading till the very last page! The vivid details of the history in her books makes you want to come back for more by Laura France. I love how she makes each scene come to life on the pages before your eyes. It takes special talent to do that! I can’t wait for the next book in The Ballantyne Legacy Series to come out!

Love’s Awakening is a must if you enjoy historical fiction. You will find hours of entertainment reading this book!

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

I received this book from the publisher Revell to read and review.  I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 55.


Laura Frantz

Laura Frantz

Laura Frantz is a lover of history, is the author of The Frontiersman’s DaughterCourting Morrow Little, and The Colonel’s Lady, and currently lives in the misty woods of Washington with her husband and two sons.


1 Comment (+add yours?)

  1. Laura Frantz
    Nov 26, 2013 @ 23:20:41

    Joy, Bless you so much for your beautiful, heartfelt review. I’m honored to have you as a reader. This review is a true blessing as is your lovely blog/website here!
    Can’t wait for you to meet Wren!
    In Him,


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