Love’s Fortune By Laura Frantz

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Loves fortune I don’t even know where to begin.  Love’s Fortune was awesome!  I haven’t read the first two books in the series Love’s Reckoning and Love’s Awakening, but didn’t need to in order to love the characters.  This is the first book I have read by Laura Frantz, and can defiantly say it won’t be my last!  The characters draw you in and beg for you to get to know them more.  The Ballantyne family is full of interesting characters.  Most have grown up in the spotlight as being one of the most powerful families in the Pittsburg, Pennsylvania area.  Rowena who goes by Wren, on the other hand doesn’t even know much about her fathers’ family.  She has grown up in Kentucky free from all of their high society ways.  But all that changes when her father Ansel receives a letter from his family. Wren is pulled away from everything she has known and thrust into a whole different life.  She is used to throwing on whatever she wants and running around barefoot.  But all of that changes when she goes with her father to Pittsburg.  There are tons of rules she has never heard of, and she must dress in the most uncomfortable way.  So much is expected of her by certain members of her family.  Since her father is away she has little choice but to do as they ask.  Wren is a strong young woman, who wants to finish what she started, but hoping that doesn’t include marriage to someone she doesn’t love.  James her escort brings out feelings in her she never thought she would have, but is that enough?  Can Wren be loved for who she is?  Or will she be forced to pretend for the rest of her life? James Sackett is the top pilot in the Ballantyne shipping line, and has little time for anything else.  From the first time he meets Wren he can tell there is no one else like her.  She has an innocence that draws him.  But James has a lot going on in his life.  Plans that are being made, and his future is changing.  Can James take a chance on love?  Or will he live the rest of his life alone? I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys historical romance.  Frantz has an amazing way of making you understand what the characters are feeling and why they make the decisions they do.  She paints a picture of what life was like back in the 1850’s, and what people went through to fight for what they believed in.   I received a copy of this book from bookfun.org and Revell in return for my honest opinion.  All opinions expressed are my own.

Buttermilk Sky By Jan Watson

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Buttermilk Sky

Buttermilk Sky is the first book I have read by Jan Watson, and now have to say she has another fan.  Watson has a great way of making you love the characters.  They are all so easy to relate to in different ways.  Through the whole book I was rooting for them to do better and make the right decisions.  Watson made the relationships between the characters like many are today.  There is often a pull of power here and there, and some people are afraid to be themselves for fear of losing the friendship.  The characters had several flaws and made mistakes, which caused me to love them more.  The book also showed that beautiful blessings can come out of those mistakes.

God has a plan for our lives and it’s way better than anything we can imagine, we just need to learn to trust in Him.  This book started in a very interesting way, giving me a glimpse into the past. It opened my eyes to the fact that life wasn’t always easy like it is in many historical romance books.  It reminded me that there were people back then that had to do some crazy things in order to put food on the table and pay the bills for their families.  Some working many odd jobs anywhere they could find work.  When one person in the family is sick or can’t work, the rest of the family would do whatever they could to make ends meet.  And those are some of the best people around. Watson inspires you to look beyond a persons appearance, and never judge someone based on that alone.

Mazy Pelfrey wanted to spread her wings and at the age of 19, going to secretarial school seemed like the perfect thing.  She was excited to move to a bigger city in Kentucky, and see what life had in store for her there.  Lexington was everything she expected, but once her sisters left she realized she was all alone.  Luckily Mazy made friends easily, even if one of them is a little bossy.  In a fun turn of events Mazy catches the eye of one of the most gorgeous guys around, Loyal Chambers.  Not only is he gorgeous but he is a charmer.  Is Loyal the man for Mazy?  Or is she supposed to be with Chanis Clay, the generous sweet man she left behind?  How can she choose?

I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys historical romance.  A great book with romance, suspense, and action all mixed in to create a hard to put down read.  All the characters you meet are interesting and I would love to see more books in this series where we learn even more about them.  I received a copy of this book from bookfun.org and Tyndale House Publishers for my honest opinion.  All opinions expressed are my own.