- Paperback: 416 pages
- Publisher: Revell; Original edition (August 1, 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9780800733391
- ISBN-13: 978-0800733391
- ASIN: 0800733398
- Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 0.9 x 8.3 inches
- Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 338 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #526,165 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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One woman searches for love--and herself--in a wild land.
Lovely and high-spirited, Lael Click is the daughter of a celebrated frontiersman. Haunted by her father's ties to the Shawnee Indians and her family's past, Lael comes of age in the fragile Kentucky settlement her father founded. As she faces the many trials of life on the frontier, Lael draws strength from the rugged land. But the arrival of a handsome doctor threatens her view of her world, her God, and herself. Can the power of grace and redemption break through in this tumultuous place?
This epic novel gives you a glimpse into the simple yet daring lives of the pioneers who first crossed the Appalachians, all through the courageous eyes of a determined young woman who would not be defeated.
"The Frontiersman's Daughter takes readers along for quite a ride with high-spirited Lael as she searches for love during a time when the world is more savage than civilized, when medicine comes from roots, and when a woman alone needs to keep a gun within reach. 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
Laura Frantz is a former schoolteacher and social worker who credits her 100-year-old grandmother as being the catalyst for her fascination with Kentucky history. Frantz's ancestors followed Daniel Boone into Kentucky in 1792 and settled in Madison County, where her family still resides. Frantz currently lives in the misty woods of Port Angeles, Washington, with her husband and two sons.
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The extensive research and historical detail highlights the harsh realities of living in 1777 Kentucke during the American Revolution. Conflict between white men and Indian tribes like the Shawnee is woven into the plot. Frantz does a remarkable job in portraying both sides of the issue.
The Frontiersman’s Daughter is a hard book to review. It immediately captured my attention and I thought the prologue foreshadowed what was to come. However, the intricate plot twists kept me hooked from beginning to end. I also loved how each character was given a complex personality that enabled them to stand out. Adventure, Romance, Faith, and Redemption are four key themes that emerge within the story.
There were several flaws that caused significant problems. First, the story focuses on an eight-year period of Lael’s life. On more than one occasion, I was unsure of her age. Second, the heroine lets other characters influence her decisions. Third, not all of the plot lines were completed, leaving the reader with unanswered questions. Finally, I was unsure if the chemistry was there between Lael and the man she ultimately ends up with.
Overall, I would recommend The Frontiersman’s Daughter to anyone who enjoys historical romances set during the American Revolution.
I enjoy romance, but looking back on the story I don't think Lael's relationships with Simon and Captain Jack were really romantic because they were superficial. Simon was her childhood sweetheart, but he was unfaithful to her and wasn't bold enough to prove his love for her. He showed himself to be "all show and no stay" like her father said. Captain Jack was a bit confusing. He practically stalks her for a few years, then she starts to find him attractive and she has a few romantic interludes with him that are more passion than love. Finally, he disappears without explanation. To me the only real love Lael had was with Ian. She and Ian develop a relationship not based on passion, but on mutual respect and faith. Yes, they are very physically attracted to each other, but their love is not centered around it.
Some say that Lael is fickle and foolish and I agree, but that is what makes her a good character, she is a real woman with real flaws. I find it interesting that after years of looking down on her mom for her fickle nature and for following her passions, Lael realizes how she is just like her mom. Some have complained about the lack of closure with Captain Jack, and I did too at first, but now I think that made her final choice more meaningful. She could have chosen to keep waiting for Captain Jack to return, she could have chosen Simon since he was available again, but she chose Ian because she loved him.
I also find it interesting how the author kept bringing up the beads. At first I kept thinking "enough with the beads already," but then I saw them as something more. At first she clung to them as a reminder of her past and who she was when she was far away from home. Later she see them as a symbol of her "old self" and realizes that she must discard them to move on as a new creation in Christ. I may have read too much into that, but it made me think.