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Love's Reckoning (#01 in The Ballantyne Legacy Series)

Laura Frantz
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Love's Reckoning (#01 in The Ballantyne Legacy Series)

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The stage is set in this sweeping family saga set in late 1700s Pennsylvania when two sisters battle for the love of one man.On a bitter December day in 1785, Silas Ballantyne arrives at the door of master blacksmith Liege Lee in York, Pennsylvania. Just months from becoming a master blacksmith himself, Silas is determined to finish his apprenticeship and move west. But Liege soon discovers that Silas is a prodigious worker and craftsman and endeavors to keep him in Lancaster. Silas becomes interested in both of Liege's daughters, the gentle and faith-filled Eden and the clever and high-spirited Elspeth. When he chooses one, will the other's jealousy destroy their love?

In this sweeping family saga set in western Pennsylvania, one man's choices in love and work, in friends and enemies, set the stage for generations to come. Love's Reckoning is the first entry in The Ballantyne Legacy, a rich, multi-layered historical quartet from talented writer Laura Frantz, beginning in the late 1700s and following the Ballantyne family through the end of the Civil War.Laura Frantz is a lover of history, is the author of The Frontiersman's Daughter, Courting Morrow Little, and The Colonel's Lady, and currently lives in the misty woods of Washington with her husband and two sons.

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The stage is set in this sweeping family saga set in late 1700s Pennsylvania when two sisters battle for the love of one man.On a bitter December day in 1785, Silas Ballantyne arrives at the door of master blacksmith Liege Lee in York, Pennsylvania. Just months from becoming a master blacksmith himself, Silas is determined to finish his apprenticeship and move west. But Liege soon discovers that Silas is a prodigious worker and craftsman and endeavors to keep him in Lancaster. Silas becomes interested in both of Liege's daughters, the gentle and faith-filled Eden and the clever and high-spirited Elspeth. When he chooses one, will the other's jealousy destroy their love?

In this sweeping family saga set in western Pennsylvania, one man's choices in love and work, in friends and enemies, set the stage for generations to come. Love's Reckoning is the first entry in The Ballantyne Legacy, a rich, multi-layered historical quartet from talented writer Laura Frantz, beginning in the late 1700s and following the Ballantyne family through the end of the Civil War.Laura Frantz is a lover of history, is the author of The Frontiersman's Daughter, Courting Morrow Little, and The Colonel's Lady, and currently lives in the misty woods of Washington with her husband and two sons.
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On a bitter December day in 1785, Silas Ballantyne arrives at the door of master blacksmith Liege Lee in York, Pennsylvania. Just months from becoming a master blacksmith himself, Silas is determined to finish his apprenticeship and move west. But Liege soon discovers that Silas is a prodigious worker and craftsman and endeavors to keep him in York. Silas becomes interested in both of Liege's daughters, the gentle and faith-filled Eden and the clever and high-spirited Elspeth. When he chooses one, will the other's jealousy destroy their love?

In this sweeping family saga set in western Pennsylvania, one man's choices in love and work, in friends and enemies, set the stage for generations to come. Love's Reckoning is the first entry in The Ballantyne Legacy, a rich, multi-layered historical quartet from talented writer Laura Frantz, beginning in the late 1700s and following the Ballantyne family through the end of the Civil War.

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Laura Frantz

Laura Frantz credits her 100-year-old grandmother as being the catalyst for her fascination with Kentucky history. Frantz's family followed Daniel Boone into Kentucky in 1792 and settled in Madison County where her family still resides. Frantz is a former schoolteacher and social worker who currently lives in the misty woods of Washington state with her husband and two sons, whom she homeschools.

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Intriguing start to a new series
4 stars By Helen W, Dec 07 2012
This is the first book in The Ballantyne Legacy. Silas Ballantyne, an older-than-usual apprentice blacksmith, has come to the household of Leige Lee to finish his training. Liege Lee is an unpopular man with two daughters - Eden and Elspeth, who are as different as night and day, and Liege is determined that Silas marry one of them. 

Laura's writing is beautiful and elegant, painting pictures with words and making reading effortless.  Love's Reckoning is a slower paced novel, best savoured in languid chunks of time.  There is plenty of mystery, and secrets are rife.

Eden and Silas are quieter characters.  Eden's strength is evident through her persistent and enduring nature. Silas is a man who will not be deterred from his values or his plans.  His heroism is defined by his steadiness as opposed to dramatic gestures.  

There are some nasty characters in Love's Reckoning.  Elspeth is a spiteful piece of work.  Her viciousness shocked and riled me!  I feel like she may have gotten off a little too easy.  But when I read the epilogue, a shiver ran down my spine.  I think more is in store for her in the next book.
 
Love's Reckoning is a slow building love story, written against a backdrop of secrets and punctuated with heartbreaking tragedies.  I particularly liked the beautiful romance between Eden and God - her thirst for God's word and His love are touching.
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Stunning start to the series
5 stars By Rel of Relz Reviewz, Oct 03 2012
Love's Reckoning, the first in the highly anticipated Ballantyne Legacy is a stunning tale of love, loss, courage and faithfulness. Establishing herself as a premier writer of historical novels with an exceptional debut novel, The Frontiersman's Daughter and her subsequent offerings, Courting Morrow Little and The Colonel's Lady, Laura Frantz has exceeded expectations with Love's Reckoning. It is a beautifully rendered story about a young woman whose calm and patient spirit captures the heart of a man whose talent, determined ambition and strength of character destines him for greatness beyond the small town of York and the self seeking father who seeks to control his abilities and his future. Laura crafts characters of immense depth and imbues them with all manner of unique qualities, both appealing and irksome, each one vividly drawn. and unforgettable. With descriptive prose and attention to the smallest detail, I was plunged into 1780s Pennsylvania,  feeling the heat of the forge, the pain of a father's rejection and the love of an honourable man. The path towards love is evocative and intricate, littered with hurts, fears and healing, yet never certain in its conclusion leaving me breathless more than once. If you seek a story of great substance, spiritual depth and superior prose, look no further than Laura Frantz and Love's Reckoning.
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  • Catalogue Code 359048
  • Product Code 9781441239785
  • ISBN 1441239782
  • EAN 9781441239785
  • Department General Books
  • Category Fiction
  • Sub-Category Romance
  • Publisher Revell
  • Publication Date Sep 2012
  • DRM Adobe
  • Printable No

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