Book Review: ‘Tidewater Bride’ by Laura Frantz

About The Book:

Selah Hopewell seems to be the only woman in the Virginia colony who has no wish to wed. True, there are too many men and far too few women in James Towne. But Selah already has her hands full assisting her father in the family’s shop. And now she is in charge of an incoming ship of tobacco brides who must be looked after as they sort through their many suitors.

Xander Renick is perhaps the most eligible tobacco lord in the settlement. His lands are vast, his crops are prized, and his position as a mediator between the colonists and the powerful Powhatan nation surrounding them makes him indispensable. But Xander is already wedded to his business and still grieves the loss of his wife, daughter of the Powhatan chief.

Can two fiercely independent people find happiness and fulfillment on their own? Or will they discover that what they’ve been missing in life has been right in front of them all along?

Bestselling and award-winning author Laura Frantz takes you to the salty shores of seventeenth-century Virginia in this exploration of pride, honor, and the restorative power of true love.

About Laura Frantz
Christy Award-winning author, Laura Frantz, is passionate about all things historical, particularly the 18th-century, and writes her manuscripts in longhand first. Her stories often incorporate Scottish themes that reflect her family heritage. She is a direct descendant of George Hume, Wedderburn Castle, Berwickshire, Scotland, who was exiled to the American colonies for his role in the Jacobite Rebellion of 1715, settled in Virginia, and is credited with teaching George Washington surveying in the years 1748-1750. When she’s not at home in Kentucky, she and her husband live in Washington State.

According to Publishers Weekly, “Frantz has done her historical homework.” With her signature attention to historical detail and emotional depth, she is represented by Janet Kobobel Grant, Literary Agent & Founder, Books & Such Literary Agency of Santa Rosa, California. Foreign language editions include French, Dutch, Spanish, Slovakian, & Polish.

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My Rating: 5 Stars!

I have been a fan of Laura Frantz since her very first book, The Frontiersman’s Daughter. I suspect that I will forever be a fan of her work. She has chosen her genre well because she writes a historical novel like no other. I get so caught up in her books that I lose all sense of time and find myself nearly an actual part of her stories.

‘Lord, wilt Thou not help?’

Frantz knows her history. Her research is incredibly impeccable; so much so, that I find myself anxious to do research into the time period myself, just to learn more! Her turns of phrase always leaves me wanting to know more and more. Her depictions of characters, even scenery are so moving, I picture walking along the same paths her characters walk. Reading a Laura Frantz book is not just a few hours’ worth of entertainment, but an unforgettable experience as she takes her readers on a journey through the wonderful and indeed, dangerous times in our nation’s history. Her books are to be read leisurely so they can be absorbed and cherished. For that is what they are to me. Cherished treasures for my keeper shelf. Highly recommended.

I received this book from Revell Publishers via Net Galley. I received no compensation and the opinion in this review is expressly my own.

Publisher: Revell
Publication Date: January 5, 2021
Genre: Christian Historical
Amazon Link: Tidewater Bride – Kindle edition by Frantz, Laura. Religion & Spirituality Kindle eBooks @

2 thoughts on “Book Review: ‘Tidewater Bride’ by Laura Frantz”

  1. Dear Susan, Your ability to delve into a book and mine the very depths of it is a rare and wonderful thing. Thank you so much for your time and heart for reading and also spreading the word about God-honoring fiction. I so appreciate you and your gifts!


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