When a backwoods Kentucky girl finds herself debuting in Pittsburgh’s high society, she wonders if she will ever find love. Love’s Fortune, by Laura Frantz, is a heart-gripping, page-turning tale of a high society family in Pittsburgh in the 1850s.
From the Publisher:
With two very different horizons stretched out before her, one young woman stands on the cusp of an unknown future.
Sheltered since birth at her Kentucky home, Rowena “Wren” 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, Wren makes the journey with him and quickly finds herself in a whole new world–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, Wren feels she may never be comfortable in high society. Will she go her own way . . . to her peril?
With her signature attention to historical detail and emotional depth, Laura Frantz brings 1850s Pennsylvania alive with a tender story of loss, love, and loyalty.
My Thoughts on Love’s Fortune:
I haven’t read the previous two books in The Ballantyne Legacy series by Laura Frantz, but I didn’t feel like I was missing any backstories while reading Love’s Fortune. In that aspect, this book served as a solid “stand alone” title, though now I’m eager to find the others in the series to read.
One of my favorite parts about reading historical fiction is learning about new aspects of history, and Love’s Fortune introduced me to the high society of Pittsburgh in the 1850s. Though I’ve read other books set in this time period, the setting of Pittsburgh, complete with the steamboat industry and the anti-slavery moment, was new to me.
For much of the story, I was eager turning pages, wondering what would happen next and how the story might end. About halfway through the book I found myself in a Catch 22 – glad for a longer story (the book is just shy of 400 pages) but eager to reach the conclusion. The build up was intense, and I thoroughly enjoyed losing myself amongst the characters.
When I reached the climax, however, I was let down. Laura Frantz had done such an incredible job of building up the tension in the story, that the seemingly sudden resolution of all the major storylines was disappointing. There was no slow decline or easy let down of the tension. The story was just “over” and the characters all went on to their “happily ever after.”
Because of the “abrupt” ending, I have to give Love’s Fortune three stars. Up until the ending, I would have given it five stars.
Disclosure: I received a free copy of Love’s Fortune from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group, in exchange for my honest review. You can purchase a copy from Amazon or your favorite bookseller.