Book & Cover Review of "The Colonel’s Lady" by Laura Frantz

 Colonel's Lady, The: A Novel
Book Review
Colonel’s Lady, The: A Novel 
This is the third book by this author that I have read. Each were stand alone novels of enjoyable quality, but this one was definitely my favorite. I believe Laura Frantz’s ability to hold the reader in suspense and keep the plot moving naturally has grown stronger with each book. In fact, this book was so good … I had two rather sleepless nights reading it as I was unable to stop at the end of a chapter without reading right into the next!

I was especially glad that I read the Author’s note prior to the first chapter. As someone who has visited the George Rogers Clark memorial in Vincennes, Indiana I appreciated the author mentioning that one of her main characters, Colonel Cassius McLinn is loosely based on a real Colonel George Rogers Clark “and his heartbreaking struggles as a soldier and private citizen”. It was obvious that she had done her homework on the life of a soldier in that time period and the conditions they faced in what was then the western-most outpost of the American frontier.

History buffs, particularly of the Revolutionary War or the early American frontier will love the details in this novel. Women will love the beautifully unraveled, and extremely complicated love story.

Book Cover Review
Not only is the writing within her books getting better … but so are her books’ covers. Not that the other covers were unsuccessful, but this one comes across as more refined and professional. A large part of this is not only the dramatic photo, but the well-selected typography choices and the usage of embossing and varnish help to add to the sense of polished refinement appropriate for a lady, groomed in the social arts in some of the most prestigious drawing rooms of Virginia.

The title, the text, and the dangling heart locket all play into the mystery and drama that will make this a successful cover. It draws you in. Who is this mysterious woman … and who is the Colonel everyone is linking her too? It’s obvious by her dress that she is a real lady and not a ‘soiled dove’. What is she doing on the frontier border?

A job well done. This cover successfully sucked me in … and the writing continued that to the final page.

*Available August 2011 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.

**An additional press release, provided by Revell, is below for your further enjoyment.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                            Contact: Donna Hausler
                                                                                                            dhausler@bakerpublishinggroup.com
Imminent Danger Surrounds Fort Endeavor; Spy Leaks Secrets To Enemy
Bestselling Author Laura Frantz Delivers Emotion-Packed Historical Romance
Colonel's Lady, The: A NovelTo the trail-weary and frightened women, Fort Endeavor seemed unwelcoming at first, but Roxanna Rowan  knew they needed to get to safety as quickly as possible in The Colonel’s Lady (ISBN: 978-0-8007-3341-4, $14.99, 416 pages, August 2011) by bestselling author Laura Frantz. Deep within the Kentucky Territory, Fort Endeavor could provide a new life for genteel spinster Roxanna as long as she was with her father.   She had to find him in the mass of all these soldiers. But where was he?  
Shortly after arriving at the Kentucky fort commanded by Colonel Cassius McLinn, the Colonel tells Roxanna that her officer father has died. Penniless and destitute, Roxanna accepts the Scrivener position once held by her father.  Before long, Roxanna discovers secrets that her father uncovered shortly before his death. Who could she trust with this discovery that she found in her father’s Scrivener desk? Could she trust the Colonel? Was his attraction to her real or was he hiding his own secrets including her father’s death? Roxanna needed answers that only the Colonel could provide.  
Set in 1779 The Colonel’s Lady is a powerful and emotion-packed story full of love, suspense, intrigue, faith, and forgiveness from reader favorite Laura Frantz. Her solid research and skillful writing immerse readers in the world of the early frontier while her realistic characters become intimate friends.
Laura Frantz credits her grandmother as being the catalyst for her fascination with Kentucky history. Frantz’s family followed Daniel Boone into Kentucky in the late eighteenth century and settled in Madison County, where her family still resides. Frantz is the author of The Frontiersman’s Daughter and Courting Morrow Little and currently lives in the misty woods of Washington with her husband and two sons. More information about Laura at: http://www.laurafrantz.net
Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group, offers practical books that bring the Christian faith to everyday life.  They publish resources from a variety of well-known brands and authors, including their partnership with MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) and Hungry Planet.
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Endorsements
“Portrays the wild beauty of frontier life, along with its dangers and hardships, in vivid detail.” – Ann H. Gabhart, bestselling author of The Blessed, Angel Sister, and The Seeker
“Vivid and Poetic…you’ll disappear into another place and time.”Jane Kirkpatrick, bestelling author of All Together in One Place and Flickering Light
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About Suzanne Wesley

Suzanne lives in Indiana with her husband and their two girls. In May of 2009 she began freelancing from her home office, using a combination of writing and graphic design skills to create professional-level, marketing materials for individuals and businesses at affordable rates. She has a BS degree from Indiana State University (1996); and completed majors in both English, Liberal Art and Fine Art, Graphic Design. Suzanne also completed the Apprenticeship writing program of the Christian Writer's Guild and is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW). View all posts by Suzanne Wesley

2 responses to “Book & Cover Review of "The Colonel’s Lady" by Laura Frantz

  • Laura Frantz

    Suzanne, Thanks so much for the beautiful review! It's original and full of interesting insights – and I love your cover review, too. Of all the artwork thus far, I like this one best as the cover incorporates so much of the story itself. I really appreciate your taking time for my book and for the care and thought you put into your review. Bless you and happy reading!

  • Suzanne Wesley

    And you keep writing! You are getting better and better with each book. Also, one of the reasons I have read all 3 of your books was that I loaned the first one I reviewed to my mother (your second novel) … who loved it so much she went out and bought your first book and then loaned it to me. So never doubt that review copies, even when loaned or given away do increase your sales. :0) I plan to loan this one to her as well, and I think she will LOVE it. We live only about an hour away from the George Rogers Clark memorial in Vincennes – so was delighted to by that unexpected tie-in when I started reading!

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