I don’t think I’ve ever read a book similar to The Frontiersman’s Daughter by Laura Frantz. It’s full of interesting characters as well as facts about early American life. Instead of telling about pioneers traveling it tells about pioneers living and working to survive amidst Indians, clan grudges, a pox epidemic, and more.
The heroine Lael Click seems like a real person. She’s not perfect, but she has a loving heart and tries to do right. I rejoiced when she…well, I think that would be telling too much. Especially for this book I don’t want to tell you what happens; I want to keep you guessing as long as I was.
There is quite a range of characters, but my favorite is the doctor that brings knowledge of physical and spiritual healing.
It’s a good read. It just has an unreal cover. Her hair is a major part of the story, but I can’t see a frontier girl having hair like that. 🙂
Here’s the back cover copy:
Lovely but tough as nails, Lael Click is the daughter of a celebrated frontiersman. Haunted by her father’s former captivity with the Shawnee Indians, as well as the secret sins of her family’s past, Lael comes of age in the fragile Kentucky settlement her father founded.
Though she faces the loss of a childhood love, a dangerous family feud, and the affection of a Shawnee warrior, Lael draws strength from the rugged land she calls home, and from Ma Horn, a distant relative who shows her the healing ways of herbs and roots found in the hills.
But the arrival of an outlander doctor threatens her view of the world, God, and herself–and the power of grace and redemption. This epic novel gives readers a glimpse into the simple yet daring lives of the pioneers who first crossed the Appalachians, all through the courageous eyes of a determined young woman.
Laura Frantz’s debut novel offers a feast for readers of historical fiction and romance lovers alike.
To read the first chapter visit Where The Story Begins. You can also visit Laura Frantz’s website or the publisher, Revell.