27 July 2011

Diana's Corner - Book Review by Diana Flowers - The Colonel's Lady







The Colonel's Lady by Laura Frantz

5 stars~


Fabulous Frontier Fiction by Frantz!!

Once again, Laura Frantz magnificently sweeps us away to the beautiful Kentucky frontier in the 1770s, but it is also a tumultuous, untamed land, fraught with dangers, hardships, and hidden passions!  Roxanna Rowan leaves her home in Virginia to travel to a remote Kentucky fort, hoping to be reunited with her beloved father, who is serving under Colonel Cassius McLinn. Upon arriving at the fort, Roxanna is devastated to find her father has been killed on a campaign, and she must remain there, for she is penniless, and it is much too dangerous for her to leave the fort.

There she meets Colonel Mclinn, a man who is awed and respected by both the Indians and the men who serve under him. The colonel is a complicated man; seemingly hard and unfeeling, yet tender and compassionate at the same time. Having made a promise to Roxanna's dying father to watch over her, Cassius hires her to take her father's place as his scrivener. The colonel is devastatingly handsome, but Roxanna tries to keep her distance, having heard he already has a lady-love that he left behind in his Irish homeland. And what terrible secret causes the Colonel Cassius Mclinn to try and stay an arm's length away from Roxanna?... though the chemistry between them is so thick, at times I felt my heart skip a beat...or two!

Learning there is a spy amongst them in the fort, and thousands of Redcoats and Indians outside the fort, is there a chance for any of them to survive? And can Roxanna and the colonel continue to keep their burning love and passion for one another hidden inside? And what goodwill gift does an Indian chief bestow upon Cassius, that causes a heartbroken Roxanna to run away to a nearby fort, never wanting to see him again? And what significance does her locket hold between the two of them?

Laura Frantz has done it again! The Colonel's Lady intrigued me from beginning to end...the history-rich and powerful, the romance-unbelievably breathtaking and exciting, the storyline-realistic and totally fascinating!


Fantastic writing, Laura Frantz!!


This book is available for purchase from CBD and Amazon and other retailers. 


Giveaway: Leave a comment on this review or on Carrie Fancett Pagels' review on Wednesday for a chance to win a copy of TCL.  Drawing will be done next Sunday.  

28 comments:

  1. Great review Diana! Sooo looking forward to read this one :)
    Marian

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  2. Thanks for the review, Diana! Can you believe I have yet to read Laura Frantz? One of these days, I will have the time. And I can't wait! I'm sure they're fantastic--just my style.

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  3. Good morning, Marian, or whatever time it is in Holland right now...guess it would good afternoon to you.:) Thanks so much to Carrie for her review as well, and for posting mine and what a great job on that book cover above! WOW!

    I am so excited about this book and I am looking forward to reading everyone's comments! Welcome to Overcoming Through Time featuring THE COLONEL'S LADY!!

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  4. April, good to see you! I thought about Laura's books when I read yours! Her books definitely would be right up your alley, and I know Laura, and everyone else would enjoy your Wounded Spirits as well! I certainly did! You must read all three, April. It will be a delectable reading experience, I promise you!

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  5. I think Marian is six hours ahead, maybe. So late afternoon there? April, yes you have to read Laura's books! They are addictive, though, and then you have to wait until the next year to read another one! Well worth each wait!

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  6. Oh, wish I could wake up to such wonderful words every morning! A true blessing. Love every line but especially the heart skipping a beat or two:) And I must say, Diana, you've done an amazing job of giving readers a feel for the book without giving anything away!! I just love how you've phrased the questions about the storyline! I'm so blessed to have you and Carrie for readers and HUGE encouragers. I know the Lord handpicks those to come alongside us in our writing journey and I can't imagine doing this without you two - and dear Marian!! I wanted to say hello to April, too, as several people have told me we write on similar themes. I know I'd enjoy WS and will have to make time for that. Bless you all for gifting me in such a huge way this morning!!

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  7. Aw, thank you, Laura! I was worried about not being able to do TCL justice! Thank you, dear Laura, for writing such fabulous books that take us away from it all for awhile. I know you work really hard and it's much appreciated by all of us!

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  8. I really need to win this one! Can't wait to read it!! ncmom@att.net

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  9. And you really NEED to read this one, Cathy! lol EVERYBODY needs to read this book!

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  10. This comment is for my sis-in-law who can't leave a comment.

    This sounds like such an exciting book! Please enter me and thank you so much!

    Barbara Smith~
    thatoldgal@gmail.com

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  11. This comment is from LeAnn Cleveland. She would like to be entered to win, but can't enter with her phone.

    Thank you, LeAnn, and you are officially entered!

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  12. Diana what am I to do??? Everytime you write a review I want to read the book. Do you see a pattern here??? LOL! You always do a wonderful job. Sure would love to win this one. I can't wait to read Laura's books. tsmathews61@gmail.com

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  13. Oh, man, I am DYING ... did you hear that, Laura??? ... DYING to read this one, but I am gauging myself to buy it at ACFW so you can sign it for me. Unless, of course, I am blessed to win it here, then I will bring it with me, which will NOT be a hardship since i live in St. Loo!! :)

    Hugs,
    Julie

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  14. Aw, thank you, Teresa. Yes, I am seeing a pattern here and I thank you for your sweet words! haha I LOVE Laura's books and I know you will too. The Frontiersman's Daughter, Courting Morrow Little, and of course, The Colonel's Lady are a must on your wishlist! And also all of Julie Lessman's books, too!

    Hey, Julie, girl! Please don't die, or you'll never get to read it! lol And we'll never ever get to read any more of your delightful books anymore either. You will love this one, Julie! But, I guess you know that already. When I read Carrie's review, I felt like I was going to pop until I finally got the time to read TCL, so I feel your pain, Julie.:-)

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  15. Diane, you do such a wonderful job of writing reviews, have you thought about writing a book yourself? I think you would do a great job!

    Joan
    goangaz@aol.com

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  16. Joan, what a sweet compliment! I have thought about it, but that's about all, since my imagination and creative writing skills are very limited!:-) Thank you!

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  17. I don't think they are limited at all! You can tell that by the way you write the reviews. Give it a shot....you have nothing to lose.

    Joan
    Goangaz@aol.com

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  18. It's easier to write on a book contrived by someone else's imagination...than to have to use your own, Joan. lol But you are not the first person who has said that to me, so we'll have to wait and see what God has in store. I had a dream one time several years back, that I wrote the first chapter of one and it was good! Then I woke up...lol!

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  19. I also think Diana would be a good writer. But as you said Diana: we'll have to wait and see what God has in store.

    When I was young I wanted to be a writer too. I wrote a story about girls on highschool, but never finished it. lol! I think I was 12 yrs old.
    Sometimes the idea comes back, but I know that God has something else for me at this moment. But I don't know what the future holds.

    Meanwhile I keep on reading and reading... and always looking for good new authors. I'm so glad I found Laura's books! And so happy that I can read Laura's first novel in Dutch next year!!

    I guess you know who I am... lol!

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  20. Thank you, Marian! You are such a precious sister in the Lord! We don't know what the future holds, but we know who holds the future!

    I am so glad we all found Laura's books, and am so thankful and appreciative (along with Laura, of course) for the part you played in getting The Frontiersman's Daughter translated into Dutch. I know the Dutch people will enjoy it as much as we did...and more of the Gospel will be spread throughout your native Holland!

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  21. Sounds like a powerful historical story I'd be interested in!!

    Thanks for the review and letting us know about this book.

    Love for my name to be put in the hat!

    Blessings
    Nora St.Laurent

    norafindinghope@gmailcom

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  22. You're quite welcome, Nora! Good to see you over here on Overcoming Through Time! Thank you for your comment and for entering to win this very powerful historical book, indeed!

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  23. This book sounds so good! I've seen it advertised for awhile and have been looking forward to reading it. Please enter me. Thanks!

    homesteading[at]charter[dot]net

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  24. Hey, Anne. Good to see you here! Believe me, you will not be disappointed! Thanks for your comment...you are officially entered!:-)

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  25. Oh my goodness this blog is so great, you never know who might drop in here...Julie Lessman, WOW. Diana I have read all of Julie's "Daughters of Boston" series. They are absolutely wonderful. As for Laura I couldn't wait to read her books so I ran by the library and picked up "The Frontiersman's Daughter" & Courting Morrow Little" Can't wait to start them.

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  26. Teresa, you are in for a real treat reading TFD and CML, as is Debra Marvin, who won a copy of The Colonel's Lady! Congrats, Debra!

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  27. TERESA!!! You make me smile, my friend, so thank you -- not only for your sweet words, but for even reading my books. I am blessed!!

    And, girl, TRUST ME -- you are going to LOVE Laura's books. She is right at the top of the list of my favorite authors. :)

    Hugs,
    Julie

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  28. Julie thank you so much... I just found another blog you are on and just left a 1000 word essay on how much I love you books! LOL! Just joking, it wasn't that long but I do love to "talk" even if it is typing. Just ask Diana, she KNOWS I have a BIG mouth and she loves me anyway. Congrats to Debra Marvin on winning! :)

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