In 1779, when genteel Virginia spinster Roxanna Rowan arrives at the Kentucky fort commanded by Colonel Cassius McLinn, she finds that her officer father has died. Penniless and destitute, Roxanna is forced to take her father's place as scrivener. Before long, it's clear that the colonel himself is attracted to her. But she soon realizes the colonel has grave secrets of his own - some of which have to do with her father's sudden death. Can she ever truly love him? Listeners will be enchanted by this powerful story of love, faith, and forgiveness from Laura Frantz. Her solid research and deft writing immerse listeners in the world of the early frontier while her realistic characters become intimate friends.
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Laura Frantz books have become my go-to books when I'm in the mood for a well written historical romance. Her enticing writing style takes you on a journey through history and the vibrant characters and intriguing stories are always a delight. 😇
The Colonel's Lady is a detailed, beautiful, compelling love story of Roxanna and Cassius. This story takes place in Kentucky in 1779 (during the Revolutionary War) and is not only a story of history but of forgiveness, faith, hope, love and resilience. It tugs at your heartstrings and gives subtle reminders of what's important in life. A wonderful journey of forgiveness, life and love.
Laura Jennings narrates beautifully. She is a delight to listen to and definitely added to the enjoyment of this story.
This book is credit worthy to anyone who enjoys clean historical romances that are written with heartfelt characters and has an inspiring story. I highly recommend. 💐
I would like to thank the author, publisher, or narrator for providing me this review copy in exchange for my honest and unbiased review. 😊
I love to read, so much so that I now read through audio books even when I'm driving.
Clean, historically accurate.
Colonel Cassius McLinn, he was dark and troubled, but you knew he had a heart and was willing to share it.
Laura Jennings was perfect for this story, The voices, the emotion, and the timing were all right,
It was much too long to listen to in one sitting, but I do wish I didn't have other books that needed my attention.
This was a marvelous book for those that enjoy clean historical romance.
Originally published in August 2011, The Colonel’s Lady by Laura Frantz is now available as an audiobook. Set in 1779, the story opens with five women and a child huddled in a cave attempting to evade a band of Indian raiders. Among the group headed to Ft. Endeavor in the Kentucky Territory is Roxanna Rowan. She has travelled all the way from Virginia to meet her father, who is about to resign his commission. Upon their safe arrival, Roxanna learns her father has been killed by friendly fire. With his dying breath, he placed Roxy in the charge of Colonel Cassius McLinn—the man who shot him.
I enjoy the way Frantz invites readers into a scene! Whether she is painting a sweeping landscape or an intimate scene between two characters, her imagery and attention to historic details are all-absorbing. Also, the woman can write a kiss… This is not something I would usually comment on, but the way she builds the chemistry between Cas and Roxy is commendable! In a story rife with conflict, I would have liked the author to leave her characters with some flaws–in my opinion the ending was too tidy. Allowing a character to extend grace and then erasing the need for that grace undermines the gravity of the action.
I thank Laura Jennings, the narrator, for this Audible recording of The Colonel’s Lady. I often do not revisit an author when a previous work has failed to capture my imagination. In contrast to Frantz’s Love’s Reckoning, this story had just the right amount of danger and romance to keep me engaged. All the way through, Jennings’ narration enhanced the urgency or intimacy of the scenes accordingly. While the story was a bit long (13 hours and 8 minutes), I never fatigued of Jennings voice or cadence. She also assigned enough distinction to each character’s voice that my focus was always rightfully placed. Through her voice performance, Jennings has reignited my interest in Frantz’s other stories.
Roxanna lost her mother to illness and her fiancé to another woman. She manages to travel during 1779 through the dangers of war torn Virginia to the Kentucky fort where her father is serving as scrivener. Along the way she is joined by a handful of less than upright women, with a mute young girl, who have decided they need to find another town. When Roxanna arrives at the fort she soon learns that her father has died in the field, leaving her destitute. Colonel Cassius McLinn was with Roxanna’s father when he gave his dying request that the Colonel take care of his daughter. It is too late in the year to travel so the commander hires Roxanna as the new scrivener.
Roxanna tries hard not to be attracted to the too handsome Colonel. especially since she doesn’t think a man like him could be interested in a spinster like her. The Colonel has secrets that he knows will devastate Roxanna if she ever finds out. He tries to maintain his distance but he finds himself drawn to her deep-seated faith and kindness. A kindness that might be able to forgive him for the darkest of actions.
Roxanna discovers her father’s diary that reveals a danger to the Colonel and the fort in the form of a traitorous spy. Meanwhile they must cope with enemy Indians and the nearing battle with the British Army led by none other than the Colonel’s bitter and estranged twin.
I liked Roxanna’s character from beginning to end. She has passion, spunk and courage sustained by her unwavering faith. The Colonel is a strong man with demons to fight. Their romantic resistance, conflict and misunderstandings are handled beautifully amid a story that shows day to day life on the dangerous American frontier. The writing is straight forward, smooth and moves quickly. Ms. Frantz weaves strong but quiet messages of faith in an action-packed plot. The story shares moments of sorrow, fear, joy, grace and love. There is a great blend of historical detail, action and romance. I highly recommend this to those who enjoy Christian fiction and historical romance. I will definitely seek to read more by this author.
Audio Notes: Laura Jennings does a lovely job with the narration. She manages both the female and male voices as well as subtle English and Irish accents. The tone is unusually hushed but that fit the tone and setting of the story. The narration enhanced my enjoyment of this story.
I received this audio title from the narrator. My Rating 4.5.
This is a great story of hope, perseverance and true romance. The story is written in the time of the American pioneers and the characters attitudes and priorities seem appropriate for the time. The story keeps your attention as you are anticipating what comes next. I love how the romance unfolds slowly and how the characters get to know each other before falling in love. I also really enjoyed the narrator, Laura Jennings. She does a wonderful job with the character voices and personalities. I listened to it back to back it was so good. I must also tell you that I was provided this audiobook at no charge by the narrator in exchange for an unbiased review. If you like romance, I highly recommend this audiobook.
I listened to audiobooks before they were cool! I read for LibriVox and I adore Stephen Briggs, T.G. Reynolds and Richard Armitage.
I'm a sucker for a good historical romance and The Colonel's Lady pushed all the right buttons. It's full of hope and resilience on the backdrop of the gritty reality of the war for independence.
It's beautifully depicted and oooh, the plot twists in this book! Something's going to jump at you at every turn. We even get the "saved from a bullet by something in the hero's breast pocket" trope. Very enjoyable read, I must say.
The ending got resolved a bit more quickly than I anticipated - it looked like there will be a battle of wits between Cass and Liam, and we didn't get there. On the other hand, I knew from the start that little Abby will end up being cared for by Roxy. I just didn't know it'll happen so... drastically.
Narrator Laura Jennings is great. No wonder, with 100 audiobooks under her belt :) I like when a woman can narrate a man's voice believably, and Laura does.
What is this book? As Five Feathers says:
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Roxanna, the female lead, finds out that her father has died and decides to take over his position as scrivener.
She soon finds out that Cassius, the male lead, is an admirer of hers but is unaware of that he holds a secret or two.
The story line has a few unexpected twists and turns that made it very difficult to put the book down.
Overall, this was a very Good Read filled with Romance and Suspense.
Laura Jennings did well with the narration.
"This audio book was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review."
The Colonel's Lady
: Laura Frantz
A nice clean historical fiction set in 1779. Our female protagonist heads off to surprise her military father at the fort he's assigned to in Kentucky. Plenty of disasters happen en-route and once there see meets the male protagonist. Instant attraction, but she thinks she's not good enough for him. Meanwhile he has secrets that she will despise him for, or so he thinks. Battles are planned, spy in the fort, and much more before the end of the book.
The narration was well done.The characters were well portrayed. Laura Jennings has a pleasant voice to listen to.
"I was voluntarily provided this review copy audiobook at no charge by the author, publisher and/or narrator,in exchange for an unbiased review."
I was given this book in exchange for an unbiased review via audiobook boom. I am a big fan of true to life westerns and this one hit the spot. It is not Louie Lamore grade but it stands out. I like the love story because it is clean and they get to know each other and still like each other before falling in love. I like the intrigue that surrounds the death of her father and the secrets that the colonel is keeping. the reveal is important. The listening public could use some more clean historical westerns. I like this one almost as much as I do the mail order brides books.
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