Morrow Little is haunted by the memory of the day her family was torn apart by raiding Shawnee warriors. Now that she is nearly a grown woman and her father is ailing, she must make difficult choices about the future. Several men—ranging from the undesired to the unthinkable—vie for her attentions, but she finds herself inexplicably drawn to a forbidden love that both terrifies and intrigues her. Can she betray the memory of her lost loved ones—and garner suspicion from her friends—by pursuing a life with him? Or should she seal her own misery by marrying a man she doesn't love?
This sweeping tale of romance and forgiveness will envelop readers as it takes them from a Kentucky fort through the vast wilderness to the west in search of true love.
I was really interested in doing this review, for several reasons. One of my main reasons was because I am from Kentucky and the setting for this book is in my general neighborhood. I was really excited to see if Laura Franz was able to capture the pioneer spirit of the early Kentuckian's, the hardships they had to face and the determination they had to succeed here. I was pleasantly surprised by her in depth descriptions of the area and her knowledge of life in a wilderness fort.
When I was in 6th grade we had a unit on Kentucky history and from there I was hooked. I've always been a history buff and I minored in history in college. This is a time period that I have considered in my own writing. I really enjoyed reading Franz's book. Her family still resides in Madison County and she gets her great love of Kentucky History from her grandmother.
Another reason I liked this one was the cover art. I am a huge fan of great covers and Revell never seems to disappoint. Most of their fiction covers feature beautiful portraits of the heroine's in the book and Courting Morrow Little is no exception. I loved the colors and the representation of Kentucky life. I look forward to reading Franz's next book with another great cover.
The characters in the book including Morrow, were very well developed and readers will want to delve into this story and try to figure out ways to help Morrow work through her problems. She is faced with haunting memories, the possibility of marrying a man she doesn't love and the attraction of a forbidden love. Makes for a great story!
Available July 2010 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.
I give this one 5 out of 5 apples from my book bag!
Here is some more information about Laura Franz.
Laura Frantz is the author of THE FRONTIERSMAN'S DAUGHTER and credits her grandmother as being the catalyst for her fascination with Kentucky history. Frantz’s ancestors followed Daniel Boone into Kentucky in the late 18th century and settled in Madison County, where her family still resides. She is a member of the Kentucky Historical Society, American Christian Fiction Writers, and Romance Writers of America. Frantz currently lives in the misty woods of Port Angeles, Washington, with her husband and two sons. Visit her website, http://laurafrantz.blogspot.com.