A Heart Adrift by Laura Frantz ~ Book Review

January 9, 2022


About the Book

Book: A Heart Adrift
Author: Laura Frantz
Genre: Christian Historical Fictio
Publisher: Revell
Release Date: January 4, 2022

It is 1755, and the threat of war with France looms over colonial York, Virginia. Chocolatier Esme Shaw is fighting her own battle of the heart. Having reached her twenty-eighth birthday, she is reconciled to life alone after a decade-old failed love affair from which she's never quite recovered. But she longs to find something worthwhile to do with her life.

Captain Henri Lennox has returned to port after a lengthy absence, intent on completing the lighthouse in the dangerous Chesapeake Bay, a dream he once shared with Esme. But when the colonial government asks him to lead a secret naval expedition against the French, his future is plunged into uncertainty.

Will a war and a cache of regrets keep them apart, or can their shared vision and dedication to the colonial cause heal the wounds of the past? Bestselling and award-winning author Laura Frantz whisks you away to a time fraught with peril--on the sea and in the heart--in this redemptive, romantic story.

 My Thoughts 

I can't believe I am saying this but this is my first Laura Frantz book. I have not been totally under a rock. I know who she is but as any good book nerd I have her books saved on my TBR list that I never seem to get to. This book was amazing. Frantz took me into a beautiful journey to 1755 Virginia. Her vivid descriptions of the setting truly makes the story come alive. 

The characters of Esme and Henri were so good. I absolutely loved their second chance-at-love story. Esme compassion for others and her strength to love Henri even when she was hurt by him for choosing the sea over her was great. Henri was swoony. I loved their relationship and how their story unfolded. The other characters such as Esme's sister and father were such an important part of the story as well as were the ladies that she hires despite them being overlooked by society. 

The story was infused with God's word. It played a very integral part of the story and I was ALL FOR IT!! It really was beautiful to see the characters turn to God anytime that they had any worries or doubts. There were parts of the story that had a somewhat quick turnaround but other than that I thought it was flawlessly done. 

I cannot wait to continue reading more of Laura Frantz. You can really tell that she puts her whole heart in her stories and her historical research is impeccable.  She has definitely moved up on my list of authors that I must read and I recommend that you do too! If you enjoy historical fiction based in America then pick this one up! Oh, and make sure you grab some chocolate when you read this one! Trust me!

My Rating: 4 Stars/Really Liked it!

I received a coy of this book through the publisher Revell. I was not required to post a positive review. All views expressed are only my honest opinion.

About the Author

Laura Frantz is passionate about all things historical, particularly the 18th-century, and writes her manuscripts in longhand first. Her stories often incorporate Scottish themes that reflect her family heritage. She is a direct descendant of George Hume, Wedderburn Castle, Berwickshire, Scotland, who was exiled to the American colonies for his role in the Jacobite Rebellion of 1715, settled in Virginia, and is credited with teaching George Washington surveying in the years 1748-1750. Frantz lives and writes in a log cabin in the heart of Kentucky.According to Publishers Weekly, "Frantz has done her historical homework." With her signature attention to historical detail and emotional depth, she is represented by Janet Kobobel Grant, Literary Agent & Founder, Books & Such Literary Agency of Santa Rosa, California.Readers can find Laura Frantz at www.laurafrantz.net

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