With two very different horizons stretched out before her, one young woman stands on the cusp of an unknown future.
Sheltered since birth at her Kentucky home, Rowena Ballantyne has heard only whispered rumors of her grandfather Silas’s vast fortune and grand manor in Pennsylvania. Then her father, Silas’s long-estranged son, Ansel, receives a rare letter summoning him to New Hope. Rowena makes the journey with him and quickly finds herself in a whole new world— filled with family members she’s never met, dances she’s never learned, and a new side to the father she thought she knew. As she struggles to fit in during their extended stay, she finds a friend in James Sackett, the most valued steamship pilot of the Ballantyne’s shipping line. Even with his help, Rowena feels she may never be comfortable in high society. Will she go her own way . . . to her own peril?
Have you ever wondered how they design a cover? What goes into the background or the model photography? Well, in this video Laura takes us on a behind the scene tour of Love’s Fortune coming to life.
My Book Thoughts:
If you follow me on Facebook, then it’s no secret that I love Laura’s books. She ranks up at the top of my list of favorite authors. Her books are written with such a passion for history. Her gift of storytelling is being able to weave those special facts into the story, but not in a way that will leave the reader bored. I have never scanned a page of Laura’s book without reading every word. Her words are too valuable. knowing I will have to wait another year for her next book!
Wren’s story did not disappoint. I immediately knew I was going to like this girl. She is humble and unassuming. Easy to like. She isn’t interested in the trappings of the world, but quite content to stay in their small Kentucky cabin. She is the type of character we want to protect and see happy. We follow Wren when she journey’s to visit her extended family in Pennsylvania. Our hearts break a little ,with understanding, in her reluctance to leave their beloved home.
Enter James Sackett, here is a man worthy of the hero title. He is the strong silent type. Willing to endure death for the woman he loves. His loyalty to the Ballantyne family is never questioned, as he continually puts others before himself. A true example of sacrificial love. Yet, nobody is perfect, not even one of Laura’s well scripted characters. Yes, even James has his faults. But, more often than not, I found his faults to be more enduring than frustrating knowing he only desired to protect the family who he viewed as his salvation.
As always my biggest issue with Laura’s book are with the length. They are way too short. I need another hundred pages or so, before I can feel that I’m ready to let go of these friends. Her masterful storytelling is sure to weave a spell around your heart, leaving you wanting more.
Laura will send one reader a free paperback copy of Love’s Fortune! If you are interested in being entered, please leave a comment. A drawing will be held Saturday, September 20th.
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