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    An incredible heart touching historical romance!

    I connected with all three of the main characters from the very beginning. Sophie Menzies, General Seamus Ogilvy, and Lily Cate were so well written that I just wanted to see everything work out so that they could truly be a family and live a happily-ever-after fairy tale life. But this book is more about a realistic life than that. There were many heart-warming moments filled with love. There were also just as many heart-breaking moments. My emotions were on a virtual roller coaster throughout this book. At times my emotions were so caught up in the story that I felt like yelling at both, Seamus and Sophie, "Speak up. Tell _______ how you feel." Much of the heart ache could have been avoided if they had only listened to me. It ended up being a story of learning how to let the past go so that they could move forward with their lives. I had never thought of what the political climate in America would have been like just after the revolutionary war. This book did a wonderful job of opening my eyes and my mind up to it. I knew that there had been many people living in the colonies that still believed in the British crown's rule. I just hadn't considered their situation after the war. This book is very well written and I have now found another author to put on my favorites list. I will be looking for more books by Laura Frantz to read. I received a free copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest opinion.
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    A interesting read full of twists

    Being from Virgina myself this book caught my attention. The author has an outstanding plot which she keeps interesting as she spins a tell of one man going off to war leaving a wife and daughter behind. Many years later he finds out his wife has died and his daughter is living with her family. On his return the family will not give him his daughter so he goes in the dead of night and takes her away. His wife's family wants her back, men are seen watching the home. To keep his daughter he needs a wife he marries the lady next door who needs his help to keep her land. When things are starting to work out for them a lady from the past comes home and throws their world into a tail spin. Sophie is a sweet and caring lady when her family turns on the states she is left alone to try to make the best of it. She is giving and wants to do best by those around her. It is little wonder why the General falls in love with her. She takes his child as her own and gives his life new meaning. Helps run his home taking care of the staff as they are family. Just as she has it all she is about to lose it when his first wife comes home. I really liked this character she is a truly lady who puts others first and herself last. She is one character I was glad to see a happy ending for. Seamus has been through so much having fought a war being away from home for so long. With the war ending he finds his wife is dead, his daughter doesn't know him and his wife's family will not let him have her. He takes her only to find they are willing to fight to keep her. He does what is best finding a new wife to keep all that is his in return helping Sophie keep what is hers. Just when life is coming up roses his first wife appears wanting him back. He just found a love like no other and is about to lose it all. The General is a man of honor who has lost a lot in this war. He never thought he would find another lady to love now Sophie and his daughter is his world and he is about to lose it all. He is just a strong loving man what is there not to like about this character. Any women should be proud to call him her own. The author gives you a well told story just a little long in places. It wasn't a story that kept me spellbound but one I did enjoy. She does throw in a few twists and turns to keep the story interesting. For me this book moved a little slow and at times I found my mind wondering but I was pulled back in as things came to a head with family issues. It isn't a story I would want to reread but one I enjoyed and was glad I had read. The author throws in a little mystery to keep the book entertaining. If you enjoy historical romance this one is well worth your time.
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    The mistress of tall acres

    This book was entertaining and a pleasure to read. I enjoy the characters and found that I was hoping for some reason that Anna was such a nasty cold mother.
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    Outstanding New Novel By Laura Frantz!

    Laura Frantz became my all time favorite author with her very first book,The Frontiersman's Daughter. She is the absolute queen of historical Christian fiction. No doubt about that at all. Her research is always spot on, each book prompting me to go back and check into the period and learn even more. I love history and she does it proud. With each book, Laura Frantz manages somehow to draw her readers completely into the story and they just don't want to leave! This reader didn't. I only wish that life wouldn't intrude when I'm reading one of her books, but my dog and husband needed feeding! :) I felt at home as soon as I read her first sentence. It's like sitting on the porch with an old friend, comfortable, at ease and not wanting the day to end. Her words on paper are joyful to read, heart grabbing in their sincerity, uplifting in their spirituality. The spiritual lesson here for me is: no matter how bleak things look, keep your faith in God for He will work things out for your good and His glory. The Revolutionary War has just ended and General Seamus Ogilvy has returned after 8 years away. His wife has been dead for years and his young daughter staying with her aunt. Seamus brings Lily Cate home and intends to raise her himself, burdened though he is. Sophie Menzies lives at Three Chimneys, not far from Tall Acre, Seamus's home. Lily Cate wanders over one day and captures Sophie's heart. Sophie had assisted her midwife mother at Lily Cate's birth 5 years ago and has never forgotten Seamus. He captured her heart and has held it for years. Sophie is about to lose her home because of unpaid taxes and also because her father was a Tory. Seamus desperately needs a mother for Lily Cate, so he asks Sophie to marry him. She agrees to marry Seamus and become to mistress of Tall Acre. Great plan, right? Well, things go awry, and Sophie and Seamus must learn to cope when times are hard. Can their faith keep them? Will they allow God to handle it? Even though it may not go the way they want? Laura Frantz is a total master at crafting historicals. Completely masterful. With each book she writes I find myself looking up different things in history just to learn more. She makes me want to know more about each period she writes about. Her words flow onto the paper like rich chocolate and melting butter, so full of flavor that the reader is completely full of each word she writes. The characters come to life as soon as they are introduced and each scene leaves you captivated, waiting breathlessly for the next one. She even describes locations and rooms in the houses in such a way that the reader feels as if they are walking the same lanes, wandering in the same woods and feels right at home in the houses. Her prose is amazingly outstanding. I just don't know how she does it! I feel as if I'm sitting with her on my front porch, talking and drinking tea, as she tells me about her book. I feel as if I'm privy to a part of her author's heart as I read her book. I can tell she has just poured herself into her books. Laura Frantz's books always, always have pride of place on my shelves and will never be displaced. I'm sad the book is over and now I must move on. I want to stay there inside the book with Seamus, Sophie and Lily Cate and the other characters. *I was provided with a copy of this book by the publisher in exchange for my honest review. I was not encouraged to leave a positive review and all my opinions are honest and my own.
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    A delight to read!

    The Mistress of Tall Acre by Laura Frantz is a lovely historical Christian romance novel. The Revolutionary War is going on (the year is 1778) when Anne Howard Ogilvy gives birth to Lilas Catherine Ogilvy. General Seanus Ogilvy is Lily Cate’s father (they are going to call her Lily Cate) and he was able to come home for the birth, but he has to return to his duties the next day. General Ogilvy is told by the doctor that his wife cannot go through another birth or she could die. Six years later Sophie Menzies is walking near her home when she encounters Lily Cate. The war is finally over. General Ogilvy and Lily Cate have returned to Tall Acre. Anne passed away during the war according to her sister, Charlotte. Anne went to Wilmington to live towards the end of the war. Sophie has had a hard time during the war because her father, Lord Menzies is a Tory! He created quite a ruckus which made is very difficult for Sophie. Sophie is waiting for her brother to return home. Sophie is glad to see General Ogilvy back home (she has a crush on him). Seamus had to take his daughter from his wife’s relatives during the night (they did not want to give her up). Seamus wants to establish a safe home for his daughter. Sophie has troubles of her own. Three Chimneys (which belonged to her mother) is being confiscated as Tory property. The only solution is for her to marry. Seamus needs a wife and a mother for Lily Cate. The two decide to marry (which makes Lily Cate very happy). Just when things are looking up for the threesome, someone from Seamus’ past returns. I just loved reading The Mistress of Tall Acre. It was a pleasurable novel to read. This is one of those books that you start reading and cannot put down. It is very well-written and one chapter just flowed into the next. The person who returned was expected, but I liked the outcome. There are some great messages in this novel (it is Christian themed). I give The Mistress of Tall Acre 5 out of 5 stars. I look forward to reading more book by Laura Frantz. I received a complimentary copy of The Mistress of Tall Acre from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. The review and opinions expressed are my own.
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