Love’s Awakening had me at the first paragraph!
In her new book, Laura Frantz has combined all the angst of Romeo and Juliette, and the romantic turbulence of Gone with the Wind. This attention grabbing story kept me turning the pages as fast as I could read.
The Ballantynes and Turlocks have been deepest enemies since both arrived from Ireland many years previously. The Turlocks make and sell whiskey, and the Ballentynes are ship builders. With both families against them how could Ellie and Jack ever find a way to get together?
Even more difficult, Ellie isn’t sure that she wishes to have anything to do with a Turlock, as they are her family’s mortal enemies, aren’t they?
Until along comes Jack’s little sister, Chloe. Chloe sees a chance for a real romance between her brother and a beautiful young woman whom she admires. Will she succeed?
Will Ellie manage to change this tomboy into a beautiful young lady with perfect manners?
It doesn’t seem possible even to Ellie. Moreover, she doesn’t love Jack, and she is almost certain that she doesn’t even like him. He is a Turlock! But, isn’t all fair in love and war? Chloe thinks so.
Then, there are the slaves. There is terminal unrest in the state as more and more slaves are seeking freedom from their cruel, oppressive masters. The problems with slavery and the devastation it played in the lives of both white and black, play an important part in the story.
This is Book Two in the Ballantyne Legacy Series. I would have enjoyed reading Book One in the series first to understand some of the cross currents in Love’s Awakening, but do not let this stop you from reading this book. You will enjoy the story and will like me, impatiently wait for Book Three.
You will like this fast moving story and come away with a new understanding of the plight of thousands of slaves. Be sure to read Love’s Awakening by Laura Frantz. I know you'll come away with a new appreciation for the men and women who came to America as slaves, and the difficulties they faced to be free.
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