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Publisher's Summary

On a bitter December day in 1785, Silas Ballantyne arrives at the door of master blacksmith Liege Lee in York, Pennsylvania. Just months from becoming a master blacksmith himself, Silas is determined to finish his apprenticeship and move west. But Liege soon discovers that Silas is a prodigious worker and craftsman and endeavors to keep him in York. Silas becomes interested in both of Liege's daughters - the gentle and faith-filled Eden and the clever and high-spirited Elspeth. When he chooses one, will the other's jealousy destroy their love?

©2012 Laura Frantz (P)2015 Tantor

Critic Reviews

"Frantz begins her new Ballantyne Legacy series with a detailed story full of memorable characters." ( RT Book Reviews)

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Clean Romance with Substance 💓

This well written and narrated hstorical romance takes place in Pennsylvania, USA. This book has memorable characters, a touch of mystery and a story that is both heart wrenching and triumphant. It is a clean Christian read that includes true to life events, which I'm sure, some Christians may find unappealing. I applaud the author for allowing these characters to sin and not be perfect. These imperfections enhanced the believability and made for a better story. Yes, bad things happen to good people....and this book shows that although God may allow a bad situation to happen He still holds our hand and guides us through it. I will definitely be getting the next book in this series.

If you enjoy clean romances with substance.......give this one a try. 😉

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Wholesome, yet Romantic

First book I've listened to from this author and just loved it! Wholesome, yet romantic. Loved the story and characters. The narrator was great also. Can't wait to read #2 in this series.

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Love the story.

Great ending. Love the story. Awesome Characters. Enjoyed the book. Wonderful story line . thumps up

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Good, but...

While the story is very good, there was too many unnecessary filler parts that did not advance the story. Particularly in describing too many times how they tingled or burned when they looked at her lips, his arms, blah, blah, blah!

And, while the narrator was good at the voices, acting out the parts, and displaying some emotion, her stuccato delivery is very annoying at times. Her voice quality is good and easy to listen to, but the cadence needs to like normal speech. Sometimes the level of emotion was not as intense as the text.

Still a good listen!

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  • lelier
  • Holly Springs, Georgia
  • 04-25-18

wonderful audio book! story as well as narration!

I am anxious to get to the second part of this story... The story line keeps you wanted to know what's coming next and the narration was very good.

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  • kathy
  • Richardson, TX, United States
  • 11-25-17

I just can't do it

I'm going to get a refund. I read the negative reviews on the narrator and thought I could power my way through it, since I love Laura Franz's writing so much. The narrator literally ruined the writing. Why, oh why, do the authors allow such horrid narrators to destroy their work? Ugh. I really wanted to "read' this. Maybe I'll pick it up in print someday and try again.

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  • LRC
  • Wichita Falls, TX, US
  • 10-09-17

What a story

With twists and turns that I never expected, Love’s Reckoning captured me and held me hostage until the end! I’ve even found myself speaking with a Scottish rogue! The author did an amazing job of bringing to light the history of the period and weaving it with a special love story. I’m a big fan!!

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  • Therese
  • Sun City Center, FL, United States
  • 03-19-17

Inspirational romance

Truely a romance story that should be read by all ages. From York County myself.

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Narration Too Horrible to Give the Story a Chance

The story may have been great but this narration is so terrible I couldn't listen for more than 10 minutes. I should have listened to the sample first. This is my fourth Laura Frantz novel ( I read The Colonel's Lady and listened to The Frontiersman's Daughter and Courting Morrow Little) and I loved two of the three (Colonel & Morrow). I was excited to start this series because her writing is descriptive, personal, thoughtful and mostly believable. I will have to try the Kindle version if I give this story another try.

The narrator is in turns melodramatic and ponderous. She sounds like a teenager trying too hard at dramatic reading or an SNL skit mocking a romance novel. She regularly emphasizes the wrong syllables, pauses in strange places, and the father's voice and cadence are grating. Too bad she narrates all the remaining Frantz novels I haven't read yet.

Fortunately Audible has a great return policy.

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too dark

The book starts out with promise of a nice Christian historical romance. However, about 3/4 through it gets darker and I almost stopped listening. The narrator wasn't too bad. She had loud inflections of her voice at odd times which was annoying, but for the most part I won't mind hearing her narrate again if the story is better. I cannot handle much angst and evil in a light Christian romance. If you don't mind that, you may enjoy the story.