“After fleeing Virginia, Temperance Tucker and her family established an inn along the Shawnee River. It’s a welcome way station for settlers and frontiersmen traveling through the wild Cumberland region of Kentucke–men like Sion Morgan, a Virginia surveyor who arrives at the inn with his crew looking for an experienced guide. When his guide appears, Sion balks. He certainly didn’t expect a woman. But it is not long before he must admit that Tempe’s skill in the wilderness rivals his own. Still, the tenuous tie they are forming is put to the test as they encounter danger after danger and must rely on each other.
With her signature sweeping style and ability to bring the distant past to vivid life, Laura Frantz beckons readers to join her in a land of Indian ambushes, conflicting loyalties, and a tentative love that meanders like a cool mountain stream.”
I am having difficulty figuring out how to write this review. In the first place, I would like to do full justice to the author and say I can find no fault with her talents. Her descriptions are vivid and I could easily picture the whole setting. Loved the aspect of running a wayfaring inn, etc. and yes, I do also love the time period of settling the frontier. The storyline is also very skillfully woven. There is no objectionable content. I’ll just put in a little exception for my non romance-loving friends. 🙂
So, in general this would have to be 5 star book. I think the problem is my own personal preferences here. The level of emotional anxiety that is portrayed is just not my favorite. Not to say it’s not realistic, but I think I have to be in a different mood to enjoy it. I have read other books by this author, that were written the same way, and I loved them, and was so excited to read this one. That’s why I was a sad when it fell a little flat for me.
So to summarize, talent is definitely 5 star, but for me and my personal enjoyment for this read, I guess it was a 3 1/2 start.
*Disclaimer: I received this book from Revell Books in exchange for my honest review.