With two very different horizons stretched out before her, one young woman stands on the cusp of an unknown future.
Sheltered since birth at her Kentucky home, Rowena “Wren” Ballantyne has heard only whispered rumors of her grandfather Silas’s vast fortune and grand manor in Pennsylvania. When her father receives a rare letter summoning him to New Hope, Wren makes the journey with him and quickly finds herself in a whole new world–family members she’s never met, dances she’s never learned, and a new side to the father she thought she knew.
As she struggles to fit in during their extended stay, she finds a friend in James Sackett, the most valued steamship pilot of the Ballantynes’ shipping line. Even with his help, Wren feels she may never be comfortable in high society. Will she go her own way . . . to her peril?
With her signature attention to historical detail and emotional depth, Laura Frantz brings 1850s Pennsylvania alive with a tender story of loss, love, and loyalty.
Laura Frantz is a lover of history, is the author of The Frontiersman’s Daughter, Courting Morrow Little, and The Colonel’s Lady, and currently lives in the misty woods of Washington with her husband and two sons.
“Nothing is so painful to the human mind as great and sudden change.”- Mary Shelley
Love’s Fortune is a story about change. From the opening chapter, I felt a connection to main character Wren as the rug was pulled out from under her. One day her father is no longer wearing his black mourning band and Wren knows something has changed, but she cannot possibly imagine all of the events that will follow as she is forced to move away from her home and meet her family…the Ballantyne’s. She feels out of place and just wants things to go back to the way they were…when her mother was alive. Haven’t we all been there? But we can’t go back, no matter how much we will it.
Wren’s relationship with two very different men grows through the story, James and Malachi…who will she choose and who is best for her? From the beginning, I knew who I wanted for Wren!
Other characters bring so much life and realism to this story. The family dynamics are very believable. This story is so rich in setting, in characters, in historical value…a wonderful reminder that our choices have lasting impact for future generations. It’s also a story of home…a glorious reminder that home truly is where those you love are!
*****5/5 STARS- FANTASTIC; GET YOUR OWN COPY!!!*****