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"This third novel by Laura Frantz is a tour de force. Riveting plotline, dynamic characters, and flawless historical accuracy will vividly transport the reader to another time and place...Readers will be left at the edge of their seats for hours. Even though the novel is over four hundred pages, the reader is still left wanting more...quite an accomplishment for any author."
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Frantz (The Frontiersman's Daughter) manages to neatly tie and untie a tough plot knot, and Roxie and Cass are both well-characterized. The message is Christian and redemptive, but it's not piled on with piety, and the romance is sensual enough within Christian fiction constraints. Frantz has also done her historical homework, building a setting that shows how the times were not easy...a satisfying and surprisingly subtle read. 


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Can love survive the secrets kept buried within a tormented heart?

Roxanna Rowan may be a genteel Virginia woman, but she is determined to brave the wilds of the untamed frontier to reach a remote Kentucky fort. Eager to reunite with her father, who serves under Colonel Cassius McLinn, Roxanna is devastated to find that her father has been killed on a campaign.

Penniless and out of options, Roxanna is forced to remain at the fort. As she spends more and more time with the fiery Colonel McLinn, the fort is abuzz with intrigue and innuendo. Can Roxanna truly know who the colonel is--and what he's done?

Immerse yourself in this powerful story of love, faith, and forgiveness set in the tumultuous world of the frontier in 1779.


Praise for Laura Frantz's Writing

"Vivid and poetic. . . . You'll disappear into another place and time."--Jane Kirkpatrick, bestselling author of All Together in One Place and A Flickering Light

"Laura Frantz portrays the wild beauty of frontier life, along with its dangers and hardships, in vivid detail."--Ann H. Gabhart, author of The Outsider and The Seeker

"Frantz writes with an inherent beauty that graces every literary aspect of her story, from exquisite prose and intricate characterization to meticulous historical detail and striking emotional connections. [Her writing] sets the standard in historical faith fiction."--RelzReviews


Laura Frantz credits her grandmother as being the catalyst for her fascination with Kentucky history. Frantz's family followed Daniel Boone into Kentucky in the late eighteenth century and settled in Madison County, where her family still resides. Frantz is the author of The Frontiersman's Daughter and Courting Morrow Little and currently lives in the misty woods of Washington with her husband and two sons.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 408 pages
  • Publisher: Revell; Original edition (August 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 080073341X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0800733414
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.9 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (391 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #293,401 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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. Frantz lives and writes in a log cabin in the heart of Kentucky.

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.

Readers can find Laura Frantz at www.laurafrantz.net

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37 of 37 people found the following review helpful By D. Everetti on July 21, 2011
Format: Paperback
Mrs. Frantz takes us, the reader, through an accurately portrayed voyage in the course of an important moment within our own history in The Colonel's Lady. This is a story of love, sorrow, hope, and struggles of our brave men and women faced daily in the late 1700's in Kentucky. This is Roxanna Rowan and Cass McLinn's story. I don't want to give too much of the story and plot away but....

Roxanna travels to Kentucky to surprise her father, the only person she has left to her, after her mother's death and her fiancé left her for another woman. But instead of the surprise she dreamed of she was faced with heartache... her father was dead and she has lost everything left to her, including any means to live and support herself when she lost everything to the raging river, the same river that was to take her to her father.

At Fort Endeavor she meets Colonel Cass McLinn, who has promised her father that he would look after his daughter. To keep this promise he gives Roxanna her father's old job and a place to live. During the course of keeping his promise he gains more than he gives when God bestows upon him more than he ever thought or dreamed possible.

This is a very well written story of loss and the struggles men and women faced daily on the frontier yet it is also a story hope and love. If you are a lover of romance, this is the book for you. If you are a lover of history, this is a book for you. If you are a lover of God, this is a book for you. Or if you are just a lover of fantastically written stories than this is the book for you. Share Roxanna and Cass' journey, you won't be disappointed.
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Renee C. on July 20, 2011
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Nobody writes frontier romance like Laura Frantz! The Colonel's Lady is yet another example of Christian fiction at it's finest. This book is not simply a historical romance but a story of loss, hope, and the resilience of the human spirit. The beautiful and dangerous Kentucke territory has never been more alive to me and characters have never spoken to me more in any Christian book I've read. From the first shocking accident of an on edge militia to the tender ministrations and care of a lover to his beloved on her sickbed to the final shocking revelation, The Colonel's Lady will leave your heart topsy turvy. If Cass and Roxanna's unfolding relationship doesn't keep you riveted to the page nothing will. Be prepared to stay up long into the night even after the final page is turned thinking about all that happened, not just between the hero and heroine, but at Fort Endeavor and on the battlefield. Make room for The Colonel's Lady on your keeper shelf right beside The Frontiersman's Daughter and Courting Morrow Little.

*I received my complimentary review copy from Revell in exchange for posting my honest review.*
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Carol Keen on August 19, 2011
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Hi Readers,

Here is a novel as interwoven in romance as it is with mystery and history. With in the first few pages of The Colonel's Lady you are transported back in time to 1779, on the Kentucky frontier. Back in time when the British Redcoats are still fighting the Bluecoated Patriots, and the Shawnee are at war with almost everyone.
Here in the midst of it all one woman, Roxanne. Roxie to her Father and those who hold her dear. Having had the flatboat she was traveling on raided, Roxie takes a small band of women and a child to Fort Endeavor to find her Father. Upon arriving she soon learns that her beloved Father has been killed on the battle front.

Colonel Cassius McLinn loved Roxie's Father, and his dying wish was that Cass take care of Roxie. Once the Colonel finds that Roxanne is under his protection in the fort, things start to change rapidly. Having women in the fort is a drastic change of pace, as well as other captives. Since Roxie can't bear to be ideal in her grief, and a gentle lady like herself shouldn't be a full time cook, Cass soon puts her to work as his scrivener, the position her Father had held for him.

Between daily survival, and multiple growing attractions, it soon becomes clear to Roxie that someone in the Fort means the Colonel and possibly others ill. But how far will they take that ill-will? Her Father left some clues, but she isn't sure who to talk to them about totally, or who to trust. Not just trust with her secrets, but her heart, her life, and the lives of the child and women she brought to the Fort.

The Cololnel's Lady is a really fascinating read. It is extremely well written and worked out.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Kathleen L. Maher VINE VOICE on July 31, 2012
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Seldom have I been so immersed in a story world. I am so thankful this was not a quick read for me. It was long, luxuriant, and utterly consuming.

My pool deck, my bedroom, the doctor's office, and every spare minute in the car turned into the Kentucky wilderness this summer. I experienced Roxanna Rowan's vulnerability to heartache, imminent Indian attack, a Spartan existence within the stockade walls of a military fort, but most alarming of all, the dangerous charms of Colonel Cassius Clayton McLinn.

McLinn is a man among men, redoubtable in stature, in reputation, in authority, and in making Roxie's sensible heart betray her. The daughter of a soldier, she proves herself as determined and formidable as he in a contest of wills and of romance.

What I found most appealing was the way the author crafts relationships. Believable and sympathetic supporting cast, such as Bella the freed slave woman who befriends Roxie, almost steal scenes with their pithy humor and poignant roles. The setting itself assumes a character-like quality. The harsh frontier winter slowly yields to the change of seasons, mirroring a theme throughout the story of redemption
from darkness and despairing circumstance.

This is s book that almost defies genre, because it is so much more than a romance, though the romance itself pulled at my heart so relentlessly I could never go long without turning another page. Heart-achingly beautiful and sorrowful and so full of longing, the hero and heroine move beyond sympathetic to saturating, engaging the reader's highest hopes and deepest longings.

And yet, this is a story of the power of hope itself. Hope in God. Hope in the future. Hope in the better angels of our nature. And for me, hope that more novels of this caliber will continue to flow from a master storyteller like Ms. Frantz.
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