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?
In this sweeping family saga set in western Pennsylvania, one man’s choices in love and work, in friends and enemies, set the stage for generations to come. Love’s Reckoning is the first entry in The Ballantyne Legacy, a rich, multi-layered historical quartet from talented writer Laura Frantz, beginning in the late 1700s and following the Ballantyne family through the end of the Civil War.
So I have been waiting for this book, oh, sense, I finished The Colonel’s Lady! And it was well worth the wait! This novel, if anything, showed how flexible and how great a writer Ms. Frantz is. It takes you out of that Kentucky mindset and places you in Pennsylvannia (this land was once untamed) and introduces you to two wonderful people: Eden and Silas. And some not so wonderful people. Who shall remain nameless. Eden is a character who fits her time. Somehow she is strong and admirable and sensitive and sweet. You can’t help but like her. And Silas, what a hero! I like that he’s so reluctant to know Eden at first, it makes the romance so much sweeter. I found the ending unique. I wasn’t expecting it. But it worked. Spiritually, Eden learns that life may not go as planned, but that has never stopped God. Such a great book that you won’t want to put down. Highly Recommended!
P.S. Want to know more about this book? Stay tuned, yours truly has interviewed the lovely Ms. Laura Frantz!