The Colonel’s Lady (book review, free download, and giveaway)

Renee Ann Smith —  August 16, 2011 — 53 Comments

You know that lucky woman who gets to sneak away with a book while everyone else in the world is consumed with busyness? Maybe she relaxes in the tub or on the beach or on a deck overlooking a beautiful view. For a little while, she is removed from her own time and place and caught up in a world of dashing heroes, innocent maidens, romance, danger, intrigue . . .

Well, if that woman ever gets to be you, the experience will not be complete unless you have a Laura Frantz book in your hands!

When I began to write this review of Laura’s latest book, The Colonel’s Lady, the phrase that kept coming back to my mind was swept away.

With the first longing look between beautiful Roxana Rowan and dazzling Colonel Cassius McLinn, this novel immersed me in the period and feel of Fort Endeavor in the Kentucke Territory of 1779.

Our heroine, Roxie, is a lady of genteel birth, who travels to the fort with a ragtag group of fallen women, yet retains her innocence. She experiences the harsh realities of life and death as American soldiers wage war against both British and Indian warriors, yet retains her optimism. While others around her fall prey to the lax morals of the frontier culture, she retains her purity. And though she sometimes runs ahead of God and questions His ways, she retains her faith.

Roxana’s world is populated by colorful characters. Among my favorites were Bella, the outspoken washerwoman who takes it upon herself to become Roxie’s ladies’ maid, mentor, and unofficial life coach, and Abby, the tiny sprite of a girl who steals the hearts of everyone in the camp without uttering a word.

This story played in my mind like a lovely old movie. (from Drums Along the Mohawk)

And as for Roxana’s love interest, Colonel McLinn is an old-fashioned, hard-riding, tender with children, outspoken to the point of rudeness, angst-ridden enough to know he needs the love of a good woman, brave and upright hero.

There are just too many great scenes to mention—Roxie charming the Indian warriors, Cass and Roxie’s first dance, Cass and the Indian princess, a romantic cribbage game, and much, much more.

Sounds like your cup of tea? Then follow this link to purchase this sweeping saga for yourself. As soon as it arrives, clear your calendar, fix that cup of tea, and make yourself comfortable (see above for location suggestions).  You’re about to embark on a wonderful trip!

Meet the author: Only a special writer could find it within themselves to consistently create such sweet heroines. Laura Frantz is one of the kindest authors I’ve “met” on the internet. Follow this link to her website and get to know her better. You’ll see where her incredible stories come from.

Laura’s first book, The Frontiersman’s Daughter, is a free download for Kindle right now. It’s a lovely story with a brave, beautiful heroine and a hero who reminds me of Neil MacNeill from ChristyYou can download it here.

Giveaway: This post is the first August Giveaway Post! I’m giving away a $10 Amazon Gift Card at the end of the month. All you have to do to enter is leave a comment on this post. There will be other designated giveaway posts in the coming days to increase your chances of winning. How fun is that?!

***The Colonel’s Lady is available August 2011 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group. Thanks to the good folks at Revell for providing a copy of this beautiful book for me to review!

Renee Ann Smith

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I teach literature in a Christian high school by day and write inspirational fiction by night. I love to share heart-touching quotes and stories here on my blog. So glad you stopped by!

53 responses to The Colonel’s Lady (book review, free download, and giveaway)

  1. I’m not familiar with this author, but you’ve got my curiosity piqued. I think I’ll add it to my list.

  2. Laurie Armstrong August 16, 2011 at 9:03 am

    Looks like a great read!

  3. Thanks for the giveaway.

    I shall be looking out for the other posts so that I can enter again.

    Carol T

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  4. Thanks for the review & introducing me to a new author. Looking forward to reading!

  5. I just finished Courting Morrow Little and I loved it! I can’t wait to read The Frontiersman’s Daughter and The Colonel’s Lady!

  6. I have several Laura Frantz books on my to-read list and The Colonel’s Lady sounds just like “my cup of tea”!

  7. I am looking forward to reading your book. Thank you!!

  8. Sounds like a wonderful book. I can’t wait to read it!

  9. Please enter me! I love Amazon. 🙂 This was an excellent and interesting review.

  10. I read “The Frontiersman’s Daughter” last year and liked it. I will be interested to read this one!

  11. Renee Ann, You’re such a fine writer – bless you for the beautiful review! It means so much. I truly appreciate all your insights and your graciousness. I’m so thankful we’ve met online! I was thinking yesterday now much I’m looking forward to meeting you face to face. Not too much longer now!

    Please don’t enter me in your generous drawing. It’s neat to meet new people here. Bless you so much!

    • Thanks for your kind words, Laura. As I took out my school books this morning, I was thinking that my principal should be glad TCL came out when it did, or I’d be putting off my lesson planning even longer! Your story really did sweep me away 🙂

      Can’t wait to meet at the conference! Blessings!

  12. The book looks really good. I can’t wait to read it. =)

  13. I love your book reviews, Renee. Count me in on the giveway! 🙂

  14. Wow she is an AMAZING author and and thanks for posting all you have that book looks amazing and I can’t wait to read it.

  15. What a great review Renee. This book continues to have a very special buzz about it, so I am excited to read it for sure! Thanks again for hosting a great giveaway and I truly can’t wait to read this book!

  16. Wonderful review! I adore Laura’s books too! 🙂 And I just have to say, Drums Along the Mowhawk is a classic, thanks for reminding me of it!

  17. Looks like a great book, I have ‘The Frontiersman Daughter’ on my kindle right now and am eager to read it.

  18. Oh this sounds like MY kind of story and I too can see them in my mind being played out like a movie, what would we do today were we to arrive at a place we are not familiar with and find the one we were coming to see gone, we are all alone and must find a way to survive. I cannot imagine myself in this spot but many stories I read the women are in a jam and must use their heads and hearts to find a way..
    thanks for sharing your talant Laura.

  19. Your review makes me want to pick up this book and I’ve already read it LOL! Seriously though this book is one of the best I’ve read and I loved it every bit as much as you did. Laura’s story worlds are definitely the perfect escape. 🙂

    I would love to be entered Renee! Thank you so much!

    XOXO~ Renee C.

  20. Sounds like a good book, and I LOVE your give-away!

  21. I read The Frontiersman’s Daughter and absolutely LOVED it! I can’t wait to read this book. It sounds wonderful!!

  22. Beautiful review, Renee Ann! Everything is so well said, and I couldn’t agree with you more!

    Thank you for entering me into the giveaway!
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  23. This book sounds so good! Thanks for the giveaway!

  24. This isn’t the typical book I would pick up, but your review has put it on my ‘next to read’ list!

  25. Your reviews are so engaging, Renee! I love this review, and I love this book! 🙂

    Thank you for the chance to win the gift card! 🙂



  26. I’ve been eye-balling Frantz’s novels for a while now, and I was so thrilled to get The Frontiersman’s Daughter for free on my Kindle, what a treat. Thanks for inviting me to the giveaway, Renee. Love following your blog! 🙂


  27. Looks like a fantastic book.

    Thanks for the chance to win.

  28. Allison Gardner August 16, 2011 at 1:32 pm

    I would love to read this

  29. Sounds good. Kind of reminds me of Jude Deveraux’s books.

  30. Your review was just what I needed to push me over the edge on this book. I’ve been contemplating the Frontiersman’s Daughter as well. Thanks for the nudge!

  31. I downloaded Laura Frantz’s book The Frontiersman’s Daughter but I was curious as to how well the author wrote; from the sounds of it, very well. Your review was very thorough and got me very interested in the book. Now all I want to do is grab it and start reading. Thanks for your review!

  32. Renee Ann, Forget to tell you to please exempt me from the drawing! Oh, the comments here are so lovely! Bless you all!

  33. I loved ‘The Colonel’s Lady’! Please enter me in your gift card giveaway.

  34. I’ve never read this author, but this book sounds good.

  35. Thank you so much for the chance to win this. This is a great giveaway. Thanks again.

  36. Barbara Peacock August 16, 2011 at 7:51 pm

    Your review is wonderful, Renee. This is now on my to-read list. I will look forward to trying this author’s books. I have The Frontiersman’s Daughter but haven’t read it yet.

  37. I’ve not read any of Laura Frantz’s books before, but “The Colonel’s Lady” sounds very good. I enjoyed your review very much and will adding this to my to-be-read list.

  38. Lovely review of a lovely author. Thanks Renee!

  39. luv when you match up a book to a fave movie! good stuff . thanks for another new recommendation…

  40. I love this type of genre.

  41. This looks really good, I love finding new authors.
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  42. I can’t wait to read this one! I’ve seen it before and have been wanting to read it. I’m ready to start a new book and this one may be on the top of my list now.

  43. Thanks for the chance to win a gift card!!!! I have been wanting to read any of Laura’s books…..all are on my wish list! Don’t have a Kindle yet.

  44. Thanks for joining in the fun, ladies! Yesterday I picked up an out-of-town sister at the airport. It was great to return and see all these encouraging comments. Now my sis and I are off to shop 🙂 Blessings, all!

  45. This book was so wonderful, I completely agree with you! Laura is an author that no word is taken for granted and I LOVE that!

  46. thanks for the giveaway…looking forward to reading laura’s latest novel 🙂

  47. Thanks for the book suggestion; it is perfect for me. I love this era and it sounds like a great read.
    Blessings to you and keep on enjoying the moments!

  48. This definitely looks like “my cup of tea”! I love historical fiction with a little romance added in, especially in this Civil War time-period. Thank you for the chance to win!

  49. Laura’s book cover is so pretty. I love those kind of dresses! Sounds like a book I need to read and I love reading books written in this time period.


  50. I love historical fiction and these sound right up my alley. Can’t wait.


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  51. please enter me thanks

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  52. Great post! I have actually read “The Frontiersman’s Daughter” and thought it was a good read! Thanks for sharing!

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