The Seamstress of Acadie by Laura Frantz ~ Book Review

January 24, 2024


About the Book 

Book: The Seamstress of Acadie
Author: laura Frantz
Genre: Christian Historical Fiction
Publisher: Revell
Release Date: January 9, 2024

As 1754 is drawing to a close, tensions between the French and the British on Canada's Acadian shore are reaching a fever pitch. Seamstress Sylvie Galant and her family--French-speaking Acadians wishing to remain neutral--are caught in the middle, their land positioned between two forts flying rival flags. Amid preparations for the celebration of Noël, the talk is of unrest, coming war, and William Blackburn, the British Army Ranger raising havoc across North America's borderlands.

As summer takes hold in 1755 and British ships appear on the horizon, Sylvie encounters Blackburn, who warns her of the coming invasion. Rather than participate in the forced removal of the Acadians from their land, he resigns his commission. But that cannot save Sylvie or her kin. Relocated on a ramshackle ship to Virginia, Sylvie struggles to pick up the pieces of her life. When her path crosses once more with William's, they must work through the complex tangle of their shared, shattered past to navigate the present and forge an enduring future.

My Thoughts 

Once again Laura transported me to a time in history that I honestly didn't have much knowledge about and I absolutely loved it. It was a hard journey from Canada to Virginia but such beautiful moments of seeing God through the hardships that the characters endured throughout the story.

Sylvie is our main character and I really appreciated that Laura Frantz took time to really give us a great picture of where she is coming from and what her beautiful country of Nova Scotia was like before it was overtaken. I was heart broken with her as her home was taken from her and she is left alone in a ship. At times like this is when your human self asks why did God let this happen? Where is He when all this is happening? but alas everything has a purpose and a reason and He truly is control and you see that throughout the story.

The hardships Sylvie goes through are hard but there is always light at the end. We see her evolve in this story and I would be a horrible book reviewer if I don't mention Will Blackburn the love interest in this story. He is at first an enigma but soon we see that his gentle heart is guided by God and he seeks to champion for the refugees of Acadie and immediately is pulled towards Sylvie. I'll just say there were some great swoon-worthy moments!

Overall I thought this was a great story and if you have read her previous book Heart Adrift then you will see some familiar characters as this timeline goes along with that one as well. If you enjoy Historical Fiction then you may just want to add this one to your lists!

I received a copy of this book for review. 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

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