Author: Laura Frantz
Release Date: January 3, 2017
Rating: 4 Stars
Reviewer: Jessica Higgins
Step back into prerevolutionary Kentucke with a tale befitting Daniel Boone himself.
Temperance Tucker has always been smart living out in the Kentucke wilderness with her family. She’s a good shot and quiet as a mouse when out and about in the woods. In fact, people only hear her if she wants to be heard. But she has had her share of family tragedy with her father’s expulsion from Virginia and her own romance’s tragic end. She is content with being at the family home of the Moonbow Inn which has the occasional traveler, mostly surveyors and such. But when Sion Morgan appears in the wilderness one day, she starts to see more to the man than meets the eye. He too has had his share of tragedy in the wilderness, but is now content being a surveyor partner with a map maker for the King. But when the local natives start to close in around their establishments to get them out of the land, can any type of romance succeed? More importantly, will anybody live through it?
Throughout much of this book I found myself drifting back to Last of the Mohicans by James Fenimore Cooper. Partly because of when it is set, but also just the dynamic between the characters. This one was interesting because of the Kentucky frontier and how everything tied into Daniel Boone. I love it when a story makes me go do my own research to compare the facts to the fiction. Frantz did a great job with the back story of the murder of James Boone and how that tied into Tempe’s life. The scene where Five Killer has captured Sion’s survey team and is leading them back to hack to his camp really paralleled the final scene in Last of the Mohicans as well. I’d say that the author is a fan of this time period and probably of all of The Leatherstocking Tales as well.
If this era of time is of you interest, I highly recommend this book. If you are just a fan of historical fiction, give this one a try as well. Well done.
I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher. The views and opinions expressed within are my own.