Tuesday, August 25, 2009
The Frontiersman's Daughter
Lovely but tough as nails, Lael Click is the daughter of a celebrated frontiersman. Haunted by her father's former captivity with the Shawnee Indians, as well as the secret sins of her family's past, Lael comes of age in the fragile Kentucky settlement her father founded.
Though she faces the loss of a childhood love, a dangerous family feud, and the affection of a Shawnee warrior, Lael draws strength from the rugged land she calls home, and from Ma Horn, a distant relative who shows her the healing ways of herbs and roots found in the hills.
But the arrival of an outlander doctor threatens her view of the world, God, and herself--and the power of grace and redemption. This epic novel gives readers a glimpse into the simple yet daring lives of the pioneers who first crossed the Appalachians, all through the courageous eyes of a determined young woman.
Laura Frantz's debut novel offers a feast for readers of historical fiction and romance lovers alike.
If you would like to read the first chapter of The Frontiersman’s Daughter, go HERE
Book Review: She is definitely her Father's daughter. Cut from a cloth that is made for the frontier life and pioneer living. She is no Laura Ingalls. Lael has grown up not only living in the frontier, but loving it too.
There is a fort which many of the Kentucky settlement people retreat to in times of danger and even in winter, but Lael hates it. It makes her feel trapped and claustrophobic. Many people go there out of fear of the local Indians, but Lael has a feeling of awe and respect for them. She has a long distance admiration with one of the Indian chiefs. She is aware that he keeps watch over her and while that somewhat scares her it also thrills her.
In her mind the Indians and settlers should be able to reside peacefully but somehow that doesn't happen because of the constant miscommunication and fear.