A MOONBOW NIGHT
Genre: Historical Romance / Christian
Publisher: Revell / Baker Publishing Group
Date of Publication: January 3, 2017
Number of Pages: 384
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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 Kentucky—men like Sion Morgan, a Virginia surveyor who arrives at the inn with his crew, looking for an experienced guide.
Though he balks when Tempe is appointed to lead his team through the wilderness, it isn’t long before Sion must admit that her abilities may outmatch his own. But can the tenuous tie they are forming survive the dangers waiting just around the bend?
With her signature sweeping style and ability to bring the distant past to vivid life, Laura Frantz beckons you to join her in a land of Indian ambushes, conflicting loyalties, and a tentative love that meanders like a cool mountain stream.
PRAISE FOR A MOONBOW NIGHT
“From the very first page, A Moonbow Night charmed me into its story, a story as earthy, rugged, and beguiling as the early American terrain upon which it has been laid. The book offers everything this reader wants: fidelity to history with rich, sensory details of time and place; names we’ve known fleetingly from the annals of the past who quicken on the page; fictional friends for whose happiness and romantic redemption we yearn. Tempe is a Kentucky heroine worth our time and heart’s investment—a waif on the outside, steel on the inside, kind in every situation. In Sion we find a hero worthy of the title, willing to grapple with his past to own his present and claim his lady. The plot is complex, tense, and layered and resolves in a most satisfying conclusion. This remarkable, elegantly written novel pulses with life and is a must-read for all who love historical romance.”
—Sandra Byrd, author of A Lady in Disguise
“A Moonbow Night captures the wilds of a young and unyielding American frontier with breathtaking action and Laura Frantz’s signature mastery in storytelling. The effortless merging of narrative with intelligent dialogue allows the spot-on historical research to shine. Sion’s understated valor is in perfect step with Tempe’s independence, making them a pairing that will keep readers turning pages and rooting for them to the end. This is an exquisite novel of love and loss, and a sweet reminder that even in an untamed world, the gentle grace of God heals all wounds.”
—Kristy Cambron, author of The Illusionist’s Apprentice and the Hidden Masterpiece series
“As timeless as it is historical, A Moonbow Night is the shining embodiment of everything Laura Frantz does best, from her trademark attention to detail to the unfolding of rich and textured love in a setting no less complex. To read this novel is to take a journey along with the characters, inhabiting the story with all five senses. Truly, a book to savor and revisit.”
—Jocelyn Green, award-winning author of The Mark of the King
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At first I had a hard time getting into the story. The older and unfamiliar words and phrases took a while to settle in to. There were also difficulties in determining whether I was reading Tempe’s past or present in a few scenes. But once I got into the groove, A Moonbow Night was a beautiful story.
I really appreciated the details about daily life on the frontier, whether it was at the Inn where all responsibilities were shouldered by 4 people or on the trail while being on constant lookout for danger. Oh and the constant details about the surroundings! How fun to imagine seeing such land for the first time, before it was marred by settlers’ hands, still unknown and wild.
I liked the dynamics of the surveying party. The ties that brought them together slowly being revealed throughout the course of the story showed how intertwined lives can become.
Tempe and Sion both have things in the past they have to overcome. I connected more with Tempe’s story, her heartache and desire to be with James, even years later, brought me to tears more than once. I loved seeing the subtle changes in the relationship between Sion and Tempe, the slow revelations of information that slowly changed their understanding of one another.
Overall I’m glad I went on this adventure, traveling back in time and place to a wild frontier filled with varied characters and motivations.
* I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
**Some may ask about the portrayal of Native Americans in this book. (Disclaimer: I’m not saying it was good or bad or that I’m an expert in the field, I just thought some might find it helpful for me to include this.) I think the characters have ideas in keeping with the setting (1777 Kentucke), but Tempe also displays an understanding of the idea that the Natives are people, and she seems to share some of the grief over the loss of land to settlers. It seems an attempt was made to show the Native American characters as more than just tools for storytelling. For example, in one particular set of traveling, they become more comfortable the closer they are to home, engaging in conversation and even jokes–they aren’t only displayed as serious savages constantly bent on destruction and havoc.
Laura Frantz is a Christy Award finalist and the author of several books, including The Frontiersman’s Daughter, Courting Morrow Little, The Colonel’s Lady, The Mistress of Tall Acre, and the Ballantyne Legacy series. She lives and writes in a log cabin in the heart of Kentucky.
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