Review: Love’s Reckoning (The Ballantyne Legacy #1) by Laura Frantz

13115556What an amazing novel! A word of warning before you pick up this book…there will come a time as you are reading this story that you will be unable to put it down. You will find yourself completely unable to part yourself from the happenings of Eden Lee and Silas Ballantyne. Or, should I say, this is what happened to me.

The story gripped me right from the start and at a little more than halfway through the book, I simply couldn’t put it down and devoured the rest of the story in one sitting!

Laura Frantz has crafted a beautiful love story that is full of glorious highs and heart wrenching lows. I set the book down at the end and felt as if I had lived another’s lifetime. I was truly, emotionally exhausted! But, at the same time, I am now invigorated and craving the next story in The Ballantyne Legacy, Love’s Awakening (especially with the teaser chapter at the end of this book).

The characters in Love’s Reckoning are so well done. I truly loved Eden and Silas and thoroughly despised Elspeth and Liege. A beautifully written story that I recommend to those who love historical romance. (5 stars)


Laura Frantz

I was born and raised in Kentucky, living first in Ashland, Mammoth Cave, Bowling Green, and then Lexington. But my heart has always been in Berea, Madison County, the place my family has resided since the 18th-century. I came to know Christ there at the age of 12, was baptized, and spent my childhood roaming through the woods and swimming in the rivers of my books.

My earliest memories are of the public library, standing in front of shelves filled with those little biographies of famous historical figures like Daniel Boone and George Washington and Sacajawea. I began scribbling stories at age 7 and thankfully never stopped. My passion then and now is history and all the wonders of past centuries.

I attended college at Denison University in Ohio and also in England, living in a manor/castle and studying the American Revolution from the British perspective. Shakespeare and 18th-century literature form the backbone of my English degree. Strangely enough, I only took one creative writing class.

It was never a desire of mine to be published. I simply love to write for the sheer joy of writing – and that was enough. But as Proverbs 16:9 says, “The heart of a man plans his way, but the Lord establishes his steps.”

I hope my books bless you.

You can connect with Laura at, as well as on Facebook and Pinterest.


About Brittany

I am a homeschooling mother of four children. I am an avid reader and have been for as long as I can remember. I truly enjoy reading and reviewing books I focus my reading and my reviews on Christian fiction, primarily Christian romantic fiction. I hope you will find my reviews helpful in your decisions on what books to read.
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4 Responses to Review: Love’s Reckoning (The Ballantyne Legacy #1) by Laura Frantz

  1. Laura Frantz says:

    Oh Brittany, I love, love, love your beautiful review! And I’m so honored that Eden and Silas took you on an emotional journey like you describe. That’s certainly how I felt writing it – and a wee bit exhausted at the end but in a good way, thankfully! I hope you find Ellie’s story to be just as compelling. LA starts off a bit leisurely and then BAM.

    It means a lot that you’d make time for my books being a homeschooling mom of 4. I remember and miss our homeschooling days here and admire anyone who commits to that. Reading time is hard to come by!

    Now my problem is picking out part of your review to pin to Pinterest! That’s a very happy problem and I can’t thank you enough for being here and following me over there. Bless you for your blogging ministry and heart for books!!

    • Brittany says:

      Thanks Laura! I didn’t realize you used to homeschool. I truly loved the book and have found myself continually thinking about it the rest of this day! It really is a good thing that the kids and I were done with their lessons and on to other things when I sat down and picked the book up earlier today b/c there was no way I was setting it down once I started reading!

  2. booklovers1 says:

    What a beautiful review!! I love the way you write as you make the books sound so engaging and inviting 🙂 I’ll be sure to check this one out.

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