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Love's FortuneEveryone who loves a good book has a favorite author. Laura Frantz is mine. I am always elated to read one of her books.  Love’s Fortune is another novel by Laura Frantz I will be adding to my shelf of favorites. It is third in her Ballantyne Series and it is magnificent!

While this book stands alone, I enjoyed seeing all of the characters from the prior novels in this story. At nearly 400 pages, this book is no novella, but I could not put it down until I had finished every last word. At roughly 2 a.m. a few nights ago I turned the final page with a sigh of satisfaction . In my state of exhaustion the following day, I was tempted to read it again to savor it.  But I am saving my second read for an upcoming lengthy plane ride.

In Love’s Fortune, Wren Ballantyne travels to Pennsylvania to meet her extended family, most for the first time. She is thrust into unfamiliar territory for a simple girl from Kentucky.  A handsome steamboat pilot, James Sackett, is there to help her navigate all of the rules of society.  It is the relationship between them that kept me turning pages through the night!

No one writes like Laura Frantz. She is a historian, a poet, and a master of detail. Her stories are not overdone, they are simply wonderful. I devour every chapter like it’s a Godiva truffle. If you have read the first two books in the series, you will cry when you see Eden and Silas Ballantyne in their later years. I know, because I did!! Thank you Laura Frantz for another amazing novel!

Here are a few quotes from the book that were featured on Laura Frantz’s Facebook page.

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Lauar frantz2I was given a complimentary copy of the this book by its publisher in exchange for an honest review. (I would have purchased it anyway. It’s a guaranteed good read!) All opinions are my own and I have not been compensated.

Just for fun, here is the story behind the cover of the Novel. I love seeing how they create a cover to match the identity of the character.