Book Reviews

Review/Giveaway: The Mistress of Tall Acre

A marriaThe mistress of tale acrege of convenience.
She is in love with someone else.
He has no wish to love again.
What could possibly go wrong?
In the aftermath of the American Revolution a destitute young woman agrees to a marriage of convenience and becomes Mistress of Tall Acre. But when secrets from her husband’s past are revealed, loyalties and ties are torn asunder.
The American Revolution is finally over and Sophie Menzies is starved for good news. When her closest neighbor, General Seamus Ogilvy finally comes home to Tall Acre, she hopes it is a sign of better days to come. But the general is now a widower with a small daughter in desperate need of a mother. Nearly destitute, Sophie agrees to marry Seamus and become the mistress of Tall Acre in what seems a safe and sensible arrangement. But when a woman from the general’s past returns without warning, the ties that bind this fledgling family together will be strained to the point of breaking. When all is said and done, who will be the rightful mistress of Tall Acre?

β€œFrantz takes what could have been just another girl-next-door marriage of convenience story and turns it into something totally unexpected. Both poignant and suspenseful, this page-turner is sure to please a broad variety of readers.” ~BOOKLIST STARRED REVIEW

My Thoughts:

I’ve been a fan of Laura Frantz since I read her first book The Frontiersman’s Daughter many years ago. I’ve anxiously waited for each new book she has written. It has become a “thing” in our house. When a book by Laura arrives my family knows that I will be lost in my reading world until I finish it. I’m thankful my husband understands this need I have to read her amazing books.

When I cracked open The Mistress of Tall Acre, I was instantly transported back in time. I met Seamus as he was introduced to his newborn daughter. In that first scene we learn he is a man who loves deeply, is loyal, and protective. What a hero!

In the first chapter, five years later we meet Lily Cate. We fall in love with this child who yearns for love but doesn’t understand how to ask her father for it. A man who scares her, because he’s wounded from his time served in the war. We ache for her tender heart.

Then there is Sophie, the thread that weaves this wonderful love story together. A beautiful soul, needing to be rescued but unsure of who she can trust. Ohhh, how I enjoyed this book. Laura brought historical details to life so naturally. You see what it’s like to live that time periodΒ because you experience it through the characters words and actions. Laura does a flawless job of bringing it life.

A powerful story of redemption, loyalty, and love.

5 stars… all the way. If you haven’t read one of Laura’s books, then start with this one.


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59 thoughts on “Review/Giveaway: The Mistress of Tall Acre”

  1. Congratulations to Regina Duff for winning a copy of The Mistress of Tall Acre. I will email her shortly so she can claim her prize. Thank you to everyone who entered.

    Another contest will be posted later this month, so if you aren’t currently following my blog please sign up.


    1. Hi Sarah, thank you for taking the time to stop by and enter. I’m blown away by the number of people who love CML. It’s awesome to see!! I loved it, too. Laura certainly has a way with words. I hope you get to read The Mistress of Tall Acre soon!


    1. Caryl, I was so excited the day it arrived. I immediately sat down and started reading. Twelve hours later I was done! That’s the bad thing about finishing one of Laura’s books, you have to wait a year until the next release. If only she would write faster. πŸ˜‰ Thanks for responding. I’ve entered your name.


  2. I really enjoyed Roxanna and Cass from The Colonel’s Lady. I’m a bit behind on reading Laura’s books but do want to remedy that. Thanks for having this giveaway; I’d love to win The Mistress of Tall Acre.


    1. The Ballantyne series is amazing. Lucky for you all the books are out now, so you don’t have to wait for the next one. I’m entering your name for The Mistress of Tall Acre. Thanks so much for stopping by.


  3. I’m quite embarrassed to admit I haven’t read Laura’s books, even though I have her Ballantyne Legacy series and a couple of other books on my TBR pile!! I really thought I had read SOMETHING of hers :-/ Does it count that I have her on my friends on FB and have read many rave reviews on her writing?? I’ve seen some very positive talk about “The Mistress of Tall Acre” and would absolutely love to add another one of hers to my ever-growing pile of books!! Thanks for the chance πŸ™‚


  4. Hi Stacey, I love Laura and her books! My favorite is Love’s Reckoning, probably because it was the first one I read. We readers are so blessed to have her fulfilling her God-given calling and writing such wonderful books. Thank you so much for the great giveaway!


    1. Thank you so much for participating in our little giveaway. It’s always a blessing to see readers come out and support an author. Laura Frantz is especially dear to my heart. She is an encourager. I am so thankful she followed God’s call. You should ask her about that story sometime. It’s a fun one to hear.


    1. I’m with you about judging covers. If you love this one, then you should see her covers from Love’s Reckoning. Gorgeous! If you enjoy historical fiction, then you can’t go wrong with one of Laura’s books. I’m entering your name. Best of luck. I love seeing so many new Laura fans.


  5. Stacey! You have many blogger friends here and I can’t tell you how blessed and touched I am by their gracious words! Love your question and their answers. it also means so much to hear Lael’s story is special to you. Just this week the narrator for TFD came out of the blue in a blind audition and blew us away. I’ll be sure to share an excerpt when it goes audio. And it’s wonderful to know Morrow isn’t forgotten and see those Ballantynes and TCL mentioned, too.

    Your giveaway is a delightful surprise but your generosity is NOT. I look forward to doing the same for you, my friend. Thanks from the bottom of my heart. ❀


    1. Hi Laura, thank you so much for stopping by. Your readers are excited about The Mistress of Tall Acre. I’m thrilled to help spread the word. You already knew I loved it, but seeing how excited everyone is just makes it even more fun to offer this giveaway. Sending you a hug. Thankful for you and the encouragement you offer me.


  6. Goodness, hard to choose! I would cheat and say it’s a tie between The Colonel’s Lady and Courting Morrow Little. Maybe Colonel’s Lady just because it was my first Laura Frantz book. Sigh. So sweeping and romantic.

    Thanks for the chance to win her latest!
    Kerry πŸ™‚


  7. I started reading Laura’s books after I met her on a Liz Curtis Higgs sponsored tour in Scotland, I am so anxious to read The Mistress of Tall Acre!


    1. Hi Karen, I’m so jealous you have actually met Laura? You lucky woman! You should almost get two entries. πŸ˜‰ lol I hope you enjoy The Mistress of Tall Acre. Thanks so much for commenting.


  8. Thanks for the opportunity to win a copy of this book. It sounds like something I will love. My favorite book so far is The Colonel’s Lady.


    1. Hi Stella, thank you so much for visiting my blog. I’ve entered your name in the drawing. I loved TCL, too. Ohhh… the romance factor in that book was off the charts. I still smile just thinking about it.


  9. Thanks for sharing, Stacey! I have heard lots of good things about Laura’s newest book. Though, I would never expect anything less!
    The Colonel’s Lady and Courting Morrow Little are my favorite of Laura’s books.
    I’d be much obliged if you’d enter me in the giveaway. πŸ˜‰


    1. Hi Jen, thank you so much for stopping by! I love seeing friendly faces. I totally get what you are saying. Everytime I finish one of Laura’s books I think that was the best one yet!! Yet The Frontiersman’s Daughter will also always hold a special place in my heart since that’s the first LF book I read. πŸ™‚ Thanks for entering the drawing!!


  10. I adore Laura Franz and would LOVE to get this book! Can’t choose a favorite, but I’ll always have a special love for The Frontiersman’s Daughter, which was the first one I read. πŸ™‚ Thanks so much!


    1. Hi Christina, Laura is one of my favorite author’s and people. I’m thrilled to hear you read Love’s Reckoning. I think my favorite book is The Frontiersman’s Daughter. I’ve read it several times and it never gets old. I’m going to enter you in the giveaway, because you can never have too many LF books! Thanks for stopping by. I’d love read your new book, if you need any reviewers (let me know).


    1. Hi Michelle, I’ve heard so many people say that CML is their favorite Laura Frantz book! It makes me smile every time because it’s one of my favorite’s too. Thanks for reading my review and entering the contest. Best of luck.


  11. Great review, I think Laura Frantz has a way with words and pulling the reader into her books.
    I would have to say Courting Morrow Little is my favorite. Thanks for the giveaway.


    1. Hi Janella, I agree with you. Laura does have a way of writing that pulls the reader in. I usually try to pace myself when reading her books, but end up reading them as fast as I can. Love them!


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