15 September 2015

Noela Nancarrow reviews THE MISTRESS OF TALL ACRE by Laura Frantz

The Mistress of Tall Acre
The Mistress of Tall Acre
Revell (September 8, 2015)

Reviewed by Noela Nancarrow
5 Stars *****

The war is over but the battle has only begun..

Amidst the tensions of the Revolutionary War and post-war period, where men and women continue to struggle re-building lives shredded from hardship, persecution, and death itself, emerges a gripping tale birthed from those angst-filled days. Widower and war hero General Seamus Ogilvy came through this horrific battle alive but bearing the consequences of his time at war by having his family torn apart. And now he faces an onslaught of pain incomparable to even the battlefields he fought gallantly upon. Can there be hope and peace for this stalwart but anguished soldier? 

Sophie Menzies, although a Patriot herself, is living in the oft-cruel and oppressive shadows of her Loyalist father who left for Scotland after the war. Neighbor to General Seamus Ogilvy, Sophie meets his young daughter, the candid and guileless moppet Lily Cate, while out collecting chestnuts. They rapidly form an inseparable bond – meeting needs deep within them both. When the General becomes in desperate need of a mother for his beloved daughter, and the impoverished Sophie stands to lose her home, she agrees to marry him. But what is she to do when her affection continues to grow for this man? Dare she hope their tender connection evolves into something more? But will the woman who returns from Seamus’ past shatter this promising new family beyond repair?

The Mistress of Tall Acre is much more than a story… Rather, it is the exquisite telling of a heart-warming and heart-rending tale that has you not only reading with your eyes, but your soul. This tale unfolds as a mystery shrouded in intrigue, deception, and danger, but adorned with a romance that brings a quiver to your heart and a sheen to your eyes. Replete with lushness of prose, tangible characters of such depth you identify with them immediately, and a storyline that flawlessly weaves meticulous historical detail and plot surprises throughout… Makes this a must-read of Laura Frantz’s!

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The Mistress of Tall Acre may be found at these stores and others: Amazon, CBD, B&N, BAM 

GIVEAWAY: Laura Frantz has generously offered a paperback copy of The Mistress of Tall Acre for one blessed commenter! To be eligible, add your e-mail to your comment for contact purposes should you win. Be sure to use (at) and (dot) to protect yourself against spammers.
 

49 comments:

  1. Hi Noela. Thanks for this great review. All I have ever heard about Laura Frantz is that she is a great author. I would love to win this book and find out first hand. Thanks for a chance to win it. Maxie > mac262(at)me(dot)com <

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    1. Hello Maxie! Are you perchance telling me you still haven't read any of Laura's books? Oh Maxie, we so have to rectify that!! I wish you all the VERY best with your entry! :) I know without a shadow of doubt you will just adore Laura Frantz's beautiful stories!!

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  2. Make_art89(at)yahoo(dot)com :) thanks for the opportunity!

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    1. Thank you for coming by to read about The Mistress of Tall Acre, ShainaJo! I truly hope you get to read this stunning story soon!

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  3. Thank you for this giveaway. I've heard great things about this book. Jazzymom1220 (at) gmail (dot) com

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    1. I can understand why you've heard great things about this book, Jazzymom... It surely is one of the finest in Christian historical romance this year! :) All the best!

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  4. Stunning review, Noela - thank you!!

    I'm "chomping at the bit" to read the amazing 'The Mistress of Tall Acre', however, have some other promised reading/reviews I must finish beforehand. I have the eBook of 'Mistress', the paperback is in the mail - "winging it's way" to me now - she is one of the authors whose each book I must always have in both forms, I'm never without one or the other, when a reading opportunity arises.

    There aren't enough words in the English language to describe the beauty of Laura's writing - it's elegant, and exquisite; yet, at the same time - I always find humbleness in some of her characters. These 3 words also describe Laura, herself - a beautiful, godly woman who is so loving and giving to her readers, with a charming, warm personality that leaves one in awe, yet she is so unpretentious. I love the mesmerizing descriptions and historical detail in her writing, the stories capture my soul, the romance is breath-taking, the characters warm my heart and take up permanent residence there.

    God has gifted Laura with a mighty writing ability, she is one of my very favorite writers, I can't wait to see her at her book release signing - in a few days!!

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    1. You took the words right out of my mouth Bonnie... I couldn't agree more with everything you said! :)

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  5. There are no words to describe the beauty of your review, NOELA! It's as breathtaking as the book itself and as I have said before...you should be writing your own book! I so enjoyed reading this awesome book!

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    1. Aww Diana, you are too sweet!! Thank you so much for your vote of confidence, it means a lot. It's such a wonderful book isn't it?!! If anyone isn't convinced after reading my review, they certainly will after your beautiful review coming up on Thursday!!

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    2. That's so sweet - thank you! Oh, indeed a wonderful book--there aren't enough adjectives to describe it!

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  6. Lovely review Noela! I am so excited for the release of The Mistress of Tall Acre. I can't wait to read it.

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    1. Thanks Caryl! Hey, good news Caryl, the Kindle and Paperback copies are now both released! :) But perhaps you'll win it here on OWG. However you get to read it, I know you'll L O V E it so happy reading!! :)

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  7. Dear Noela, Your review is beautifully done! Thanks for taking time for the tenants of Tall Acre and crafting such lovely insights about the story. I agree with others here in that I think you DO have a book in you! It's always a JOY to be here and spend time with the OWG readers. You're such a blessing to me and many others. Your review ministry is a gift from above! Heartfelt thanks for including me here!

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    1. It's our great pleasure to feature your book on OWG, Laura! Your books are always so inspiring and enrapturing, it's such a thrill whenever you've a new release!! :) Seamus, Sophie, and Lily Cate's tale, will stay with me for a very long time!! Thank you also for your very kind and encouraging words Laura, they are truly a blessing!! Enjoy your time here with everyone, and God bless!

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  8. Enjoyed the review! I think this sounds like a book I'd love to read!
    dkstevensneAToutlook DoTC OM

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    1. I'm sure it will, too, Deanna!! :-) Thanks and God bless!

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  9. Really hope I win!
    ~Charis Zdrojewski
    gracelz1(at)hotmail(dot)com

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    1. Here's hoping Charis!! :-) All the best and thanks for coming by!!

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  10. Lovely review as always Noela! I have all of her Ballantyne Legacy books & a couple of others on my Kindle yet-to-be-read. She's a wonderful author and this new one sounds so good! Thank you for the chance to add this to my collection.

    teamob4 (at) gmail (dot) com

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    1. Aren't those Ballantyne Legacy books wonderful, Trixi!! I don't collect many paperback collections but I do with Laura's... Love having them grace my bookshelves! I wish you all the best in adding this one to your collection too! :-)

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  11. This looks like a great book. Thank you for the chance to win a copy.
    susanmsj at msn dot com

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    1. It's one of Laura's best, Susan, and that's saying something because all her books are fabulous! I sincerely hope you get a chance to read it soon!!

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  12. I am incredibly excited to read this book!!! Laura's books are never a disappointment and always have a surprise in them. :)
    Thanks for the giveaway!

    marissamehresman(at)aol(dot)com

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    1. So very true, Marissa!! :-) You are going to LOVE this one of Laura's... I'm excited for you to read it too!!

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  13. What a beautiful cover! I would love to win a copy! Thanks for sharing the chance.
    rw620(at)aol(dot)com

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    1. It's gorgeous isn't it, Robin!! We're glad to give you that chance, and wish you all the best. I hope you get to read it soon!

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  14. Wonderful review, Noela! I would love to win this book :)
    bettimace(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. Thank you so much Betti!! I would love for you to win it too!! Here's hoping!

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  15. Good review. Laura is such a talented writer. I recently finished The Ballantyne series which was good. I am looking forward to reading Laura's latest. Thanks for the review and giveaway! momrain(AT)aol(DOT)com

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    1. She certainly is, Loraine!! Oh gosh, I just loved The Ballantyne series, and fell completely in love with the patriarch Silas Ballantyne! :) All the best with your entry Loraine!!

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  16. My list of "must read" books just keeps getting longer and longer. I'm terribly behind on reading Laura's books, having only read The Colonel's Lady (which I liked very much). Thanks for this review of The Mistress of Tall Acre and the chance to win it.
    pmkellogg56[at]gmail[dot]com

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    1. You're welcome Pam, and here's hoping for a win for you! I know all about those looong lists my friend, but I would definitely put this one at the top of that list as it's a not-to-be-missed book!! :)

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  17. This sounds like such a lovely read.

    marypres(AT)gmail(DOT)com

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    1. It sure is, Mary!! I hope you get to read this fabulous book soon! Blessings!

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  18. Thank you for your wonderful review, Noela! Beautiful book, beautiful cover!

    mauback55 at gmail dot com

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    1. Thank you Melanie! I completely agree about the cover and book... Just loved it!!

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  19. NOELA what an amazing review of an awe inspiring book! All of Laura's books are outstanding but there was something about this one that intrigued me so, I truly wasn't able to put it down until I had consumed it from cover to cover. Laura is a wonderfully anointed writer!

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    1. Thanks Teresa! Yes wasn't it so truly anointed? There was just something really special about this book! I honestly could have easily read it again as soon as I'd finished. I'm so glad you got to read it too with everything that's been going on in your life! Hugs!!

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  20. Fantastic review! Everyone has such good things to say about this book. I can't wait to read it! Thanks for the giveaway. kosterbind (at) gmail (dot) com

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    1. Thank you Kelly, it truly is an awesome read and worth all the praise it is receiving! I hope you get to read it very soon!! :)

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  21. Love the review. Another new author for me. Looking forward to finding and reading her books.kamundsen44(at)yahoo(dot)com.

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    1. Laura Frantz will undoubtedly become a favorite I'm sure, Kim!! I wish you all the best with your entry!!!

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    1. Thank you! Will need your email if you would like to be entered for the giveaway, Just Commonly!

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  23. I have been highly anticipating the release of this latest Frantz book. I have loved the others I've read . Such moving stories ! I love the cover and can't wait go read this one !
    Deanne
    Book1lovingmomma at gmail dot com

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    1. I can certainly understand the anticipation, Deanne! ;) I hope you get to read this latest amazing novel of Laura's asap!!

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  24. Noela, what a lovely review! Every year, I look forward to another book from Laura, and right now, I'm in the middle of "The Mistress of Tall Acre" and loving every minute of it! The only thing is, it goes by WAY too fast. LOL! No need to enter me in the drawing. :)

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    1. Oh thank you so much Angi!! I so appreciate you coming by my friend, and I can fully appreciate how much you're enjoying Laura's story! :) Hugs!!

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