Revell Publishing, 2013
Reviewed by Diana Flowers
A Masterpiece Of A Novel!
Once again, author Laura Frantz has crafted a literary masterpiece that sweeps the reader along the banks of the weeping willow and poplar tree-lined Allegheny River—to the elegant surrounding plantations shrouded in secrecy, deceit, betrayal, and hidden passions.
The lovely Ellie Ballantyne decides it is high time to return to her family's plantation, New Hope, after spending time at a finishing school in Philadelphia. As she encounters a dangerous storm on her way home, who should offer to escort her home but the equally dangerous, Jack Turlock…the son of a wealthy whiskey magnate and sworn enemy to the Ballantyne family. As Ellie opens a school for girls, she finds herself traveling often to Jack's plantation, River Hill, to teach his 13 year old sister the fine art of becoming a lady.
Futile feelings begin to smolder between the two of them, as Ellie and Jack realize her family would never allow her to marry a Turlock…with their pro-slavery views and dealings in the whiskey industry. Ellie finds that things have changed at New Hope since she was away, discovering secrets that could endanger and destroy her entire family if discovered. As Jack prepares to leave River Hill to rid his heart and mind of Ellie Ballantyne forever, she receives crushing news concerning him, plunging her life into darkness and despair. Can she find love again with Daniel Cameron, a man who has been wooing her incessantly and surely more worthy of a Ballantyne?
Laura Frantz has done it again! She is truly a master storyteller who interweaves as many twists and turns in her stories as the Allegheny River. I was mesmerized as this story played out and although Jack Turlock was terribly and decidedly brooding, I instantly fell in love with him…as I do with all of Ms. Frantz's handsome heroes! This author is absolutely the best at creating romantic tension and I found myself catching my breath more than once while reading. With a spellbinding historical plot, this is one award-worthy, beautifully written novel you won't soon forget!
Thanks to Revell Publishing for a copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion.
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