Tuesday, October 22, 2013

"Love's Awakening" by Laura Frantz

Author Laura Frantz writes a compelling historical novel that is well-research and whose characters fit the mores and social restrictions of the period. In Love's Awakening  the story has two basic story lines that captured my interest. One is the generational dislike between two families - one whose livelihood involves the manufacture and distribution of distilled spirits and whose members have flawed and tainted characters, and the other family lives a more genteel, faith-based life that is above reproach.  The other storyline involves the abolitionist controversy in a state that had actually outlawed slavery but which had groups that as vigilantes punished those who supported the freeing of slaves.

Love's Awakening reeks with danger on many fronts. But there is a sweet tale of love between the two families so at odds with one another. The story follows somewhat predictable lines, but thoroughly enjoyable to read in spite of the predictability. But one of the characters is left "hanging" at the end and that is the tale for the next in the series by Laura Frantz.

For reading fiction about the mid-to-late 1800s, Laura Frantz is an author to follow.

DISCLOSURE: I received prize copy of this book via the Goodreads.com giveaway program. No review was expected so this is a courtesy to the author and publisher.

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