The Mistress of Tall Acre by Laura Frantz

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A marriage of convenience.
She is in love with someone else.
He has no wish to love again.
What could possibly go wrong?
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In the aftermath of the American Revolution a destitute young woman agrees to a marriage of convenience and becomes Mistress of Tall Acre. But when secrets from her husband’s past are revealed, loyalties and ties are torn asunder.

The American Revolution is finally over and Sophie Menzies is starved for good news. When her closest neighbor, General Seamus Ogilvy finally comes home to Tall Acre, she hopes it is a sign of better days to come. But the general is now a widower with a small daughter in desperate need of a mother. Nearly destitute, Sophie agrees to marry Seamus and become the mistress of Tall Acre in what seems a safe and sensible arrangement. But when a woman from the general’s past returns without warning, the ties that bind this fledgling family together will be strained to the point of breaking. When all is said and done, who will be the rightful mistress of Tall Acre?

About the Author

Award-winning author Laura Frantz is passionate about all things historical, particularly the 18th-century, and writes her manuscripts in longhand first. Her stories often incorporate Scottish themes that reflect her family heritage. She is a direct descendant of George Hume, Wedderburn Castle, Berwickshire, Scotland, who was exiled to the American colonies for his role in the Jacobite Rebellion of 1715, settled in Virginia, and is credited with teaching George Washington surveying in the years 1748-1750. Frantz lives and writes in a log cabin in the heart of Kentucky.

According to Publishers Weekly, “Frantz has done her historical homework.” With her signature attention to historical detail and emotional depth, she is represented by Janet Kobobel Grant, Literary Agent & Founder, Books & Such Literary Agency of Santa Rosa, California.

Readers can find Laura Frantz at http://www.laurafrantz.net

My Thoughts

This is my first review from this fantastic author.  Although the category is listed as Historical Romance, it should also be categorized as mystery or suspense.  I enjoyed the plot which kept me intrigued till the end of the story.  The author writes in such a way to engage the reader and place them in the center of the story.  Her characters are real, strong, sweet, evil, or chivalrous, and remain so throughout the story.

I also learned much about the culture of these times.  It was rugged, but the affluent lived with slaves, wet nurses, cooks, nannys, and struggled to maintain a healthy marriage hundreds of miles apart.  This nation was young and the struggle was hard. Many were not natives, but immigrants and longed for their homeland.
I loved the conclusion to this novel and look forward to the next book by this author.
Thank you to the author and Revell for the opportunity to receive this book in exchange for my honest review.
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