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Love’s Awakening by Laura Frantz
Synopsis from the back of the book:
In the spring of 1822, Ellie Ballantyne leaves finishing school and returns to the family home in Pittsburgh only to find that her parents are away on a long journey and her siblings don’t seem to want her to stay. Determined to stand her ground and find her place in the world, Ellie fills her time by opening a day school for young ladies.
But when one of her students turns out to be an incorrigible young member of the Turlock family, Ellie knows she must walk a fine line. Slaveholders and whiskey magnates, the Turlocks are envious of the powerful Ballantynes and suspicious of their abolitionist leanings. As Ellie becomes increasingly entangled with the rival clan – particularly the handsome Jack Turlock – she finds herself falling in love with an impossible future. Will she betray her family and side with the enemy?
*Sigh* That’s how I felt when I reached the last page of this book. “Oh no, what will happen next?” was my next reaction. What a good story. Ellie and Jack are such great characters. I would definitely have wanted to be friends with both of them. I also enjoyed revisiting Silas and Eden (Ellie’s parents) from the first book. There was a lot of great push and pull in the action and so much great historical information about slavery in Pennsylvania. I didn’t know that slavery was so bad in a northern state. I also liked watching Jack learn about God and grow into his love for Ellie.
I thought that Ellie was a wonderful person. I enjoyed her sensitivity and compassion as she helped Chloe learn to be a lady. She was deeply rooted in her faith and had such a calming personality. I also loved that Ellie looked past the family reputation to get to know both Chloe and Jack better.
Jack was a very nice offset to Ellie. He had just enough roughness around the edges to be smoothed by her softness. He had a lot of integrity and strength which was prevalent as he struggled to remove himself from the bad reputation that his family had.
I was also glad to see Eden’s sister, Elspeth, show up. In the first book in the series, we were left wondering about what part she would play in the future. Suffice it to say that our wondering was satisfied in this book.
What I enjoyed most about this book:
Definitely the interaction between Ellie and Jack. They have a great love story. I also really enjoyed Chloe, Jack’s younger sister.
What I didn’t like about this book:
That I have to read the next book in the series right away so I can find out what happened to one of the brothers… It’s a good thing that book is already on my bookshelf.
My rating: 4 1/2 out of 5 stars
Would I recommend this book to others?
Yes definitely. This author is such a wonderful storyteller. It was obvious that she did a lot of research and I really loved learning something about the history of slavery that I didn’t know. This book is a standalone book, but I would recommend reading the first book of the series beforehand as there are some spoilers about Eden’s family in this book. I believe this book will be my favorite of the series, but we will see…
Where can I learn more about this author and their books?
Good books are meant to be passed on and so I am passing along my copy of Love’s Awakening by Laura Frantz. It is a gently read copy in very good condition. To enter the giveaway, just fill out the Rafflecopter form below. Open to readers with USA mailing addresses only. No purchase necessary. Void where prohibited by law. The winner will be notified via email and will have one week to respond back to me with their info. Good Luck and Thank You for stopping by!
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