mary's book basket ~ "courting marrow little" by laura frantz

Inspirational Fiction author Laura Frantz has written a new novel that really captured my attention. Courting Morrow Little tells the tale of a young woman raised on the Red River in Kentucky during  Revolutionary times. Morrow Little has just returned to her child hood home after two years in Philadelphia working with her aunt as a seamstress. She picks up the pieces of her life caring for her ailing father and trying to put the past behind her.

Product Description:
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.

Ms Frantz has done something with this novel that I don't always see done well in an Inspirational romance. She has created sexual tension between the romantic leads without once crossing the line. She relays such tenderness and devotion among her leads without being sappy or sickly sweet it takes your breath away at times. Her words are almost lyrical as the scenes play out. She writes beautifully about Morrows longing for the one she has given her heart to all the while keeping her desire for inner peace and forgiveness from God front and center.

To be able to weave both a truly romantic story with a fantastic moral tale of what it is to truly live the Christian life while forgiving the unforgivable, is absolute genius. I could not put this one down. I had to know what happened between Morrow and the one she loved. It was that good. This is Ms. Frantz second novel. I am really looking forward to reading more from this new author.

Happy Reading,

**Available July 2010 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.