Publisher: Revell (August 2011)
408 pages, eBook (purchased myself for $8.99)
Book Rating: 4 Stars
Sensuality: White Heart
With nothing but heartache and sad remnants left for her in the East, Roxanna Rowan heads to the Kentucky wilderness where her father is stationed at Fort Endeavor under Colonel Cassius McLinn. But Roxanna arrives to find her father dead and with little other alternative, herself installed in his place as the Colonel’s new scrivener. While I liked both Roxie and Cass, I found their lack of communication and mutual stubbornness to be a bit annoying after a while. It is also worth noting that this is a Christian Romance and I found it to be a bit more preachy than Frantz’s first two books. The part I had most difficulty swallowing was the heavenly army though more likely French Pox induced delusions. Thankfully, the circumstances presented in that instance at least allowed for that possibility instead of just insisting unexplained divine intervention. I also questioned the authenticity of the storyline regarding Cass’s alcohol use. Would it really be so easy to just give up such extensive daily use with no withdrawal or other ill effects? It would be nice to think so, and it is undeniably romantic to think one could instantly resolve to do it for love so easily. Despite all this, I loved the troubled, brooding Colonel enough to overlook most of this and hope he would receive Roxie’s forgiveness for his sins and secrets. Cass was such an intriguing, endearing character! For those who have read Frantz’s other books, this story includes mention of Ezekial Click’s Fort Click from Frantz’s first book, The Frontiersman’s Daughter.