A Moonbow Night by Laura Frantz (review)

amoonbownight_frantz_revellWith A Moonbow Night, Laura Frantz has created such a clear feeling of being on the cusp of danger and discovery.  More than just using dialect in the dialogue, the very narration itself seems rooted in time and place.  It was that immersive sense of being in 1777 Kentucky, along with the characters and plotlines, that had me reading late into the night.  How is this only my second book by this author?

Sion had never seen such a wilderness.  Such wildness…this vast, unbroken forest was a force to be reckoned with but never tamed. Never counted a friend.  Never trusted. (p.28)

Sion Morgan, surveyor and skeptic, captured my interest from the start.  As he and his surveying team travel into the wilderness of ‘Kentucke,’ their dynamics are quickly established as are the danger they are placing themselves in.  The oldest of the group, Nate, was endearing in his grizzled bible-verse spouting ways and conversely, Cornelius was immediately an annoying presence.

“I misdoubted I’d live to see such wilderness.  I’m glad I did.”  [Nate] drew in a ragged breath.  “‘O Lord, how manifold are Thy works!  In wisdom has Thou made them all; the earth is full of Thy riches.'”

The Scripture chafed, intruding on Sion’s appreciation.  Tearing his attention from the view, he began to reload his rifle, distracting himself with powder and shot.

“This here Gap’s the best–and the worst of it, I reckon,” Nate mused, still agape.

“You reckon wrong.” (p.10)

But it was Sion’s first sighting of Temperance “Tempe” Tucker, and a subsequent chase through the trees that had me unable to put the book down.  Tempe herself is a wonderful character, and I enjoyed meeting her family and seeing all of the different dynamics as well as the struggles that she was forced to go through.

For a moment it seemed she hovered between two worlds, both dark.  ‘Twas 1777..  The year of the bloody sevens, some were calling it, and it was but July.  Was she the only one who sense that they were walking into the midst of an ordeal like ’73? (p.172)

Incorporating real characters in with the fictional, this is Historical Fiction to get lost in with a slow and sweet romance that is greatly tested.  There is adventure, danger, and also a story of faith within this heart-felt story of risk, romance, and of healing.

A Moonbow Night is Historical Fiction to be savored.  Highly recommended for those who enjoy Historical Fiction, Historical Romance, and sweet love stories with a faith element.  Though only my second book by Laura Frantz, I think it safe to say that when it comes to Historical Christian Romance steeped in history and grounded in faith, she is one of the best.

A Moonbow Night by Laura Frantz | Revell, January 2017 | ebook or paperback, 379 pages

This review refers to a paperback copy borrowed from my local library.  I was previously approved for a NetGalley e-galley, but chose to read the paperback so I could include quotes.  All opinions expressed are my own and to keep from spoiling the whole book, they fall far short of conveying how much I enjoyed reading it…

Publisher’s Description:

Her wilderness survival skills are without rival.
But her greatest talent is keeping other people’s secrets.

After fleeing Virginia, Temperance Tucker and her family established an inn along the Shawnee River. It’s a welcome way station for settlers and frontiersmen traveling through the wild Cumberland region of Kentucke–men like Sion Morgan, a Virginia surveyor who arrives at the inn with his crew, looking for an experienced guide.

Though he balks when Tempe is appointed to lead his team through the wilderness, it isn’t long before Sion must admit that her abilities may outmatch his own. But can the tenuous tie they are forming survive the dangers waiting just around the bend?

With her signature sweeping style and ability to bring the distant past to vivid life, Laura Frantz beckons you to join her in a land of Indian ambushes, conflicting loyalties, and a tentative love that meanders like a cool mountain stream.


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