mary's book basket ~ "love's awakening" by laura franz...

"Love's Awakening" by Laura Franz is a compelling read. It's the second novel in the Ballantyne Legacy. Not to worry, it stands alone as a story, but I would highly recommend that you to read them all. They are worth your time. Ms. Franz has a gift for digging deep into the emotional well and taking the reader on a winding road filled with ups and downs for each of her characters, both primary and secondary. Her depth of knowledge for the historical details of the time add layers of authenticity to her story. It was such a lovely way to spend a Saturday afternoon.

From the Back Cover:
The path to true love lies somewhere between two feuding families

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?

Masterful storyteller Laura Frantz continues to unfold the stirring saga of the Ballantyne family in this majestic tale of love and loyalty. This is the Ballantyne Legacy.

I really enjoyed reading Ellie and Jack's love story. Ms. Franz made me laugh and cry as she wove together beautifully moving scenes between them. She understands the delicate balance between writing strong sexual tension without tipping into lewdness. Of course being an inspirational romance, both the hero and the heroine go through their own inner journey's bringing them closer in their personal relationships with Christ without making the book preachy. An absolutely wonderful read.

I give this book:

4 cupcakes - It was delightfully delish and I would highly recommend it to others.

I received this book free in exchange for a review. The opinions expressed are my own. This book is available Ocober 2013 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.