September 30, 2015

The Mistress of Tall Acre


The Mistress of Tall Acre, by Laura Frantz, takes place in Virginia, following the Revolutionary War. For some reason, I’m drawn to stories that are tied to wartimes. Perhaps it’s because the hardships give more depth to the story? I don’t know. Anyway…


On this day, 8 August, 1778, a child was safely delivered… Nay, not safely. Anything but safely. …to Anne Howard Ogilvy and Seamus Michael Ogilvy of Tall Acre, Roan County, Virginia. [First lines]

Sophie Menzies is an interesting character that is easy to sympathize with. She is alone, ashamed, struggling, and uncertain of her future at her estate, Three Chimneys. Sophie’s neighbor, General Seamus Ogilvy, returns home to Tall Acre, after the fighting has ended. When Sophie befriends the general’s young daughter, Lily Cate, she’s thankful to not feel so alone, and hopes to connect with Seamus as well. Sophie needs protecting and companionship, and Seamus has needs of his own, but can they come to an agreement that serves them both?

Don’t you dare think I’m glaikit enough to set my sights so high. There are plenty of wealthy widows from the war, not to mention wealthy spinsters. Even if I did have designs on him, he’d never consider the penniless daughter of a Tory. [Quote]

There are so many layers to this story—mystery, shame, adventure, lingering pasts,  faith, romance… I like how gentle the story feels, and how easily I came to know and care about these characters.

I never lost interest in the story, but the pacing became slow in some places. With that said, it’s a good story and has a satisfying end.

Publisher: Revell
Pages: 401
First Lines: On this day, 8 August, 1778, a child was safely delivered… Nay, not safely. Anything but safely. …to Anne Howard Ogilvy and Seamus Michael Ogilvy of Tall Acre, Roan County, Virginia.

I received a Review Copy from the publisher, but wasn’t influenced to write a positive review.

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