An Uncommon Woman
by Laura Frantz
Published by Revell
Publication Date January 7, 2020
Genres: Historical Fiction, Christian Fiction, Action/Adventure, Clean Romance
Setting: Virginia American Revolution Era - US - 1760 - 1783
Main Character Ages: 18-24, 25-34
Written for: Adults
Unflinching and plainspoken, Tessa Swan is not your typical 18th-century woman. Born and bred on the western Virginia frontier along with her five brothers, she is a force to be reckoned with.
Quiet and courageous, Clay Tygart is not your typical 18th-century man. Raised by Lenape Indians, he returns a hero from the French and Indian War to the fort that bears his name, bringing with him Tessa's long-lost friend, Keturah, a redeemed Indian captive like himself.
Determined to avoid any romantic entanglements as fort commander, Clay remains aloof whenever he encounters the lovely Tessa. But when she is taken captive by the tribe Clay left, his hand--and heart--are forced, leading to one very private and one very public reckoning.
Intense, evocative, and laced with intricate historical details that bring the past to life, An Uncommon Woman will transport you to the picturesque and dangerous western Virginia mountains of 1770.
I received a complimentary copy of this book. This gift did not influence my opinion or review.
There is such a beauty to Laura Frantz’s writing style that resonates with my soul. Slipping into her stories is like slipping into my coziest pajamas with a cup of hot chocolate. Evocative, beautifully descriptive, with the ability to transport me to a different time that is at once familiar and yet foreign. . .
I have to wonder if each new book of hers will automatically become my favorite. I loved An Uncommon Woman! For all the reasons I just mentioned and more. The language is so natural for the time, with a strong flavor of Scotch-American filled with “’twas” and “aye” and references to everyday objects from the time that I had to look up to figure out what they were – though I did understand from the context – I just like to know for certain.
I loved Tessa’s desire for fripperies like ribbons and fans and yet her ability to pole the ferry across the raging river and grind the meal for her huge family every day. She was a study in contrasts, a true frontier woman with a heart of gold.
Alternating between fear and faith, Tessa clung to what she knew about God amid the tragedies of her life.
Clay was fascinating as well, and not only because he had two differently colored eyes. The Lenape Indians had taken him when he was just a boy – after they massacred his family. After living with them for years, he was restored to his Quaker relatives. The ways this shaped his outlook was so interesting. Clay struggled with a fear that if he loved someone, he would lose them and therefore kept his distance from everyone.
Tessa’s Aunt Hester was a fun addition to the story. Despite being an ancient spinster, she had matchmaking on her mind and was convinced Clay and Tessa belonged together. Her not-so-subtle attempts and throwing them together were rather sweet.
An Uncommon Woman was full of adventure, suspense, romance and faith. If you enjoy stories with strong heroines, you will delight in this one!
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