Review: ‘The Colonel’s Lady’ by Laura Frantz

About The Book
In 1779, when genteel Virginia spinster Roxanna Rowan arrives at the Kentucky fort commanded by Colonel Cassius McLinn, she finds that her officer father has died. Penniless and destitute, Roxanna is forced to take her father’s place as scrivener. Before long, it’s clear that the colonel himself is attracted to her. But she soon realizes the colonel has grave secrets of his own–some of which have to do with her father’s sudden death. Can she ever truly love him?

Readers will be enchanted by this powerful story of love, faith, and forgiveness from reader favorite Laura Frantz. Her solid research and deft writing immerse readers in the world of the early frontier while her realistic characters become intimate friends.
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. Proud of her heritage, she is also a Daughter of the American Revolution. When 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.
Readers can find Laura Frantz at
*Subscribe to Laura’s seasonal newsletter and receive new release information, news about contests, giveaways, and reader events, sneak peaks and teasers, signings and appearances, and more! To subscribe, copy and paste this into your browser’s address window:
I read this book over ten years ago and just now reread it. It was even better the second time around and I do see a third reading in my future. It is a powerful story and Laura Frantz’s research is absolutely impeccable. She brings the American Frontier to life vividly! Her descriptions are superb! Read on for my review.

My Rating: 5 Stars!!! (It deserves 10)

I have read and own all Laura Frantz’s books and I wish I could give this book 10 stars! It was that good. Not often do I continue to think about a book long after I’ve closed the last page, but I do with her books. She doesn’t just write to give a reader something to read, a bit of fluff with a few scriptures thrown in. Her books cause you to think about your own walk with Christ.

Roxanna Rowan is heading to Fort Endeavor after her mother has died and her engagement is broken. She means to surprise her father who is scrivener at the fort. Circumstances happen and she finds herself at the fort with no place to go or means to get there. Colonel Cassius McLinn is commander of the fort and runs it with an iron hand. It seems everyone walks on egg shells around him, but Roxanna must trust him for her support now. I will not give away more of the story so as not to spoil it for other readers.

This book blew me away. Laura Frantz’s books are not ones that,when you are finished with them, you donate, toss or put in a yard sale. They are books you put on your shelf and cherish to read again. She writes with such depth of feeling and unfathomable emotion from the very beginning and it only gets deeper as you continue to read. She plumbs the absolute depths of human emotion. Just when you think the emotional impact of the book can’t go any further, yet it does!

She describes her characters so vividly and their psyche that you feel as if you’re a part of them. Their pain, love, longings, heartaches. Here are two flawed individuals who have lost everything, basically, and yet they continue to feel as if there might be something for them. Yet their pride is almost their undoing. Then they both realize that surrendering to God is what they need and surrender they do in a most wonderful way.

Frantz writes with meticulous and rich attention to historical detail. I found myself researching some of the dishes her characters cooked in the fort kitchen like: apple tansy, coffin pie and cherry bounce. She writes so convincingly that I felt the dark wintry gray atmosphere in the fort when Roxanna first arrived and her heart was as gray as the winter skies. I love history and it’s very clear she has done her research well. You feel yourself in the woods during battle scenes, feel fear as you walk through the trees and hear little sounds, knowing that Indians are probably watching your every move.

But what sets this book apart is the depth of feeling in Cass and Roxanna. You want to reach out and touch them and pray for them, it seems so real! There were scenes that had me in tears. I can’t say enough good things about this book and I’m not articulate enough to describe it as it truly deserves. This book was a masterpiece and I am so glad that I bought it. I will continue to buy all Laura Frantz’s books. I don’t even have to read the synopsis. I know for a fact they will be worth it. I will be thinking about this book all day today and how good it was. It’s hard to pick up another cause you know it won’t measure up to the wealth in The Colonel’s Lady.

Here is the buy link for this marvelous book.

1 thought on “Review: ‘The Colonel’s Lady’ by Laura Frantz”

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.