Monday, September 15, 2014

Love's Fortune Book Review


About the Book

Sheltered since birth at her Kentucky home, Rowena Ballantyne has heard only whispered rumors of her grandfather Silas's vast fortune and grand manor in Pennsylvania. When her father receives a rare letter summoning him to New Hope, Rowena makes the journey with him and quickly finds herself in a whole new world--filled with family members she's never met, dances she's never learned, and a new side to the father she thought she knew. As she struggles to fit in during their extended stay, she finds a friend in James Sackett, the most valued steamship pilot of the Ballantynes' shipping line. Even with his help, Rowena feels she may never be comfortable in high society. Will she go her own way . . . to her peril?

With her signature attention to historical detail, Laura Frantz brings 1850s Pennsylvania alive with a tender story of loss, love, and loyalty. Fans will cheer for this final installment of the Ballatyne saga. (Goodreads)

My Review

I have read all of the books in this series but this one might just be my favorite. While you could read the books apart from each others, since it is a family, I recommend starting at the first book.

This book grabbed me and sucked me in until the end, I don't think I ever set it down. Rowena or Wren is a great character and I loved reading about her life. Her attitude with life and simple ways make this book so much better. James is also a great lead male character. He is smart and not an over the top hero type. Laura has made all of her characters realistic with real problems but creates a beautiful story continuing on the Ballatyne legacy.
I loved the setting and getting to imagine being on a steamship. Silas and Eden are also strongly in the story line which I also enjoyed.  Wren struggles with living in high society and she has to decide if she wants to marry as a business transaction, for love, or perhaps go her own way.

This is a sweeping story of family and love-beautifully written.

Highly recommend this book and the rest of the series!

Watch a video on how the cover was made!

"I received this book from Revell for free in exchange for an honest review."

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