Love’s Fortune is the third book in the Ballantyne Legacy series. If you have not read the previous books, I encourage you to do so simply because Love’s Reckoning and Love’s Awakening are beautifully written and contain characters who have stayed with me, long after I returned the books to my bookshelf. Love’s Fortune can now be placed in that same category…with characters who were able to burrow into my heart for keeps.
Rowena “Wren” Ballantyne is a character that I could not help but love. Her parents raised and sheltered her in a small Kentucky town. In Love’s Fortune, Wren finds herself dropped into a large, powerful family and all of the society trappings she is unfamiliar with. Wren’s sweet and loving nature are evident in this book. The choices she makes, some of them naïve, are usually to help someone she cares for.
James Sackett, successful steamboat pilot and employee for Silas Ballantyne, knows that he owes his successes to the Ballantyne family. It takes a while for him to recognize God’s hand in his life experiences. He is brooding at times and feels unworthy of desiring Wren as a wife. This inner turmoil makes him an excellent hero for the novel. Sometimes there is nothing better than a man with a sacrificial heart toward a heroine, wanting what he feels is best for her.
The tension between these two is great. I really liked their personalities and loved the portions of the book when they were in each other’s company. The ending of the novel is sweet, satisfying, and beautifully written. (5 stars)
My thanks to the author and Revell for the complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review, which I have given.
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ABOUT THE BOOK:
Sheltered since birth at her Kentucky home, Rowena Ballantyne has heard only whispered rumors of her grandfather Silas’s vast fortune and grand manor in Pennsylvania. When her father receives a rare letter summoning him to New Hope, Rowena makes the journey with him and quickly finds herself in a whole new world–filled with family members she’s never met, dances she’s never learned, and a new side to the father she thought she knew. As she struggles to fit in during their extended stay, she finds a friend in James Sackett, the most valued steamship pilot of the Ballantynes’ shipping line. Even with his help, Rowena feels she may never be comfortable in high society. Will she go her own way . . . to her peril?
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Laura Frantz is a lover of history, is the author of The Frontiersman’s Daughter, Courting Morrow Little, and The Colonel’s Lady, and currently lives in the misty woods of Washington with her husband and two sons.