With her signature attention to historical detail, Laura Frantz brings 1850s Pennsylvania alive with a tender story of loss, love, and loyalty. Fans will cheer for this final installment of the Ballatyne saga.
Want to hear something funny? I dug in my files, grabbed the PEN interview and started formatting the post. Well, it’s been a while in progress in between regulating children and such… but after I got down a few questions I noticed the wrong book title. Hmm.. I thought. And then I realized. I was prepping the post from our interview from 2012. Oops. Well, that’s already a post. If you’d like to read the Coming Soon from the Pen post interview from the release of Love’s Reckoning, you can find that post here. But for today, why don’t we focus on the present and talk now with the release of Love’s Fortune. Laura Frantz is a lover of history, is the author of The Frontiersman’s Daughter, Courting Morrow Little, and The Colonel’s Lady, and currently lives in the misty woods of Washington with her husband and two sons. Continue reading about Laura Frantz How has. . .
When schoolteacher Jodi Winfield goes for a morning run, the last thing she expects is to find a disheveled little girl all alone on the side of the Pennsylvania road, clad only in her undergarments, her chubby cheeks streaked with tears. Jodi takes the preschooler home with her, intending to find out where she belongs. But Jodi is mystified when no one seems to know of a missing child, and the girl herself is no help, since she can’t speak a word of English. It’s as if the child appeared out of nowhere.
As the days pass, Jodi becomes increasingly attached to the mysterious girl, yet she is no closer to learning her identity. Then an unexpected opportunity brings Jodi to Hickory Hollow–and into the cloistered world of the Lancaster Old Order Amish. Might the answers lie there?
On a bitter December day in 1785, Silas Ballantyne arrives at the door of master blacksmith Liege Lee in York, Pennsylvania. Just months from becoming a master blacksmith himself, Silas is determined to finish his apprenticeship and move west. But Liege soon discovers that Silas is a prodigious worker and craftsman and endeavors to keep him in Lancaster. Silas becomes interested in both of Liege’s daughters, the gentle and faith-filled Eden and the clever and high-spirited Elspeth. When he chooses one, will the other’s jealousy destroy their love?
In this sweeping family saga set in western Pennsylvania, one man’s choices in love and work, in friends and enemies, set the stage for generations to come. “Love’s Reckoning” is the first entry in The Ballantyne Legacy, a rich, multi-layered historical quartet from talented writer Laura Frantz, beginning in the late 1700s and following the Ballantyne family through the end of the Civil War.
What made you interested in writing Christian Historical Fiction? Do you write any other genres? I wish I was one of those prolific people who wrote across genres but find myself mired in historicals, both writing them and reading them! Since I was small I’ve always loved visiting historical sites like Old Sturbridge Village and Colonial Williamsburg and places like that. Since my family came into Kentucky in the 18th century, all that history is close to home. Are there any other Christian Historical Fiction authors that you think your readers would enjoy? There are so many Christian authors out there who write well and the CBA is gaining a fine reputation. I’m discovering new authors all the time. Aside from Francine Rivers, one of the authors I enjoy most is Liz Curtis Higgs, particularly her last series, Here Burns My Candle and Mine is the Night. Stellar storytelling, rich. . .
Love is the same, no matter when, no matter where—it never comes without sacrifice. Theodore risks capture for Ellie, but will their hope for a future together be defeated? Can Marylu trust Chester, or is she asking for another broken heart? Will Alaina and Jack find common ground, or will flood waters destroy any possible future? Enjoy three romances from the historic state of Pennsylvania.
“A dream, after all, needn’t be fueled by particulars, only by desire.” So notes main character, Gracie Antes, in CRESTMONT, a historical fiction gem set in the 1920s. Determined to take control of her life, sheltered Gracie Antes leaves her unhappy home in 1925 to pursue her dream of a singing career. On her way to the big city, she accepts a job as a housemaid at the bustling Crestmont Inn. Once there, Gracie finds a life-changing encounter with opera singer Rosa Ponselle, family she never imagined could be hers, and a man with a mysterious past. Relive the 1920s with a colorful cast of characters. Discover with Gracie that sometimes we must trade loss for happiness. Set in Eagles Mere, Pennsylvania, the story is interwoven with details about the town, the rich history of The Crestmont Inn, and the family who passed ownership from one generation to the next. Many attempts have been made to explain how the mountaintop lake nestled in this tiny town came to be. Crestmont gives a new twist to an old Native American legend, setting the tone of grace around which the story is built. Let the period of the Roaring Twenties spark your interest with its unique social mores, fashion, jazz, and yes, a little bootlegging thrown in for pizzazz.
Congratulations on your debut novel! Have you always had the passion to write? First of all, thank you so much for inviting me to interview on the Christian Historical fiction/Creative Mama Madness blog. I’m honored to be here. I’ve always enjoyed writing, but was not serious about it until 2006. I sang professionally for thirty-five years. My main means of creative expression was through song. About five years ago, I contracted Post-Polio Syndrome, a late-life extension of the polio I had as a child. The increased weakness and fatigue put an end to my singing career. God led me in the direction of writing. One voice led to another, so to speak. Writing is now my means of creative expression, but music will always be an integral part of me. What led you to set the story in the 1920s? What a fascinating era! Women fighting for the right to. . .
Embers of Love
Tribute Books announces the release of Industrial Pioneers: Scranton, Pennsylvania and the Transformation of America, 1840-1920 by Patrick Brown. It investigates the history of Scranton and allows the reader to witness the development of the distinct and interrelated ideologies that defined industrial America.