September 13, 2014

Love's Fortune

Love’s Fortune is a captivating coming of age story that takes place in Pennsylvania during the 1850s. I haven’t read the previous books of this series, but it fares well for a standalone. I do wish I’d read the first two in the trilogy though, and will when I can. What beautiful storytelling! And I love being transported to another time, rich with history and character.

Moving to Pittsburg and changing into a socialite lady when you’re used to tying your hair back, wearing what’s comfortable, and working in an unglamorous trade, is difficult for Kentucky girl, Rowena (Wren) Ballantyne. Her snooty, frustrating Aunt might change her outward appearance and send her into society events, but Wren’s spirit within is hers and hers alone. And with the strength she finds in her friendship with James Sackett, she hopes to go her own way.

With heart-pounding scenes, a suspicious death, mind-spinning twists, and unexpected secrets revealed, this book will keep your attention. It’s sweet, enthralling, and easy to be drawn into the feel of the times. The descriptions are vivid and the characters are easy to relate to (as well as get frustrated with—in a good way.)

The tenderness weaved throughout this story is a true testament to the author’s talent. I’m sure to purchase more of Laura Franz’s work.

Cover: Love it
Title: Love it
Publisher: Revell
Pages: 401
Pace: Steady
First Lines: Papa had forsaken his black mourning band. The shock of it stole through Wren like ice water. For two years her father’s shirtsleeve had borne a reminder of her mother’s loss, as telling as the lines of grief engraved upon his handsome face.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received a Review Copy from Revell. I was not required to write a positive review. The options I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255

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