Historical Romance Book Review: A Heart Adrift
About the Book
Title: A Heart Adrift
Author: Laura Frantz
Genre: Historical Romance
Release Date: January 4, 2022
Publisher's Book Description
“A Virginia chocolatier and a privateering sea captain collide once more after a failed love affair a decade before. Will a war and a cache of regrets keep them apart? Or will a new shared vision reunite them?
It is 1755, and the threat of war with France looms over colonial York, Virginia. Chocolatier Esmée 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 Esmée. 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.”
A Heart Adrift, by Laura Frantz, is a stunning love story! From the first page to the last, I was thoroughly enchanted by this well-written novel that abounds with faith, trust, truth, courage, and restoration. It is an emotional-stirring, thought-provoking, and very satisfying book. Captivating characters, significant settings, relevant themes, and a riveting plot make this historical romance as lovely as it is fascinating. With a superb blend of romance and history, this book is wholly intriguing and enjoyable.
Filled with heart and many surprises, the plot of this novel is thoroughly gripping. Enhancing this plot is a truly immersive setting. From city streets and small shops bustling with people, to windswept beaches on a coastal island, to a towering lighthouse with smoky oil lamps, Ms. Frantz makes the historic Colonial American setting quite unforgettable. And into this setting, she brings to life endearing characters who are resilient, resourceful, and truly likable. Though pained by choices from their past, these characters persevere holding on to the hope that justice, purpose, grace and redemption will still be available to them.
Whenever I begin reading a novel written by Laura Frantz, I do so with much awe and appreciation. Her books are beautifully written, richly detailed, and thoughtfully composed. With every well-chosen word and phrase, she always succeeds in crafting a stunning, fictional world that is rich in detail and emotion. From beginning to end, A Heart Adrift is a genuinely moving and breathtaking book. It is a very compelling and meaningful story. It is certainly a special novel worthy of a place on every bookshelf, and I recommend it wholeheartedly.
*I was given a copy of this book by the publisher/author. A review was not required. The review I have written is voluntary and contains opinions that are entirely my own.
About the Author: Laura Frantz
“Christy Award-winning 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. Proud of her heritage, she is also a Daughter of the American Revolution. When not at home in Kentucky, she and her husband live in Washington State.
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. Foreign language editions include French, Dutch, Spanish, Slovakian, & Polish.” --Biography from Laura Frantz's author page on Amazon.com.