The Mistress of Tall Acre by Laura Frantz {Historical Romance Review}

Historical Romance


THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION is finally over, and Sophie Menzies is starved for good news. When her nearest neighbor, General Seamus Ogilvy, finally comes home to Tall Acre, she hopes it is a sign of better days to come. But the general is now a widower with a small daughter in desperate need of a mother. Nearly destitute, Sophie agrees to marry Seamus and become the mistress of Tall Acre in what seems a safe, sensible arrangement. But when a woman from the general's past returns without warning, the ties that bind this fledgling family together will be strained to the utmost. When all is said and done, who will be the rightful mistress of Tall Acre?

Triumph and tragedy, loyalty and betrayal--you will find it all in the rich pages of this newest novel from the talented pen of Laura Frantz.


My Thoughts

Being a family member of someone away at war has always been difficult but can you imagine how hard it would be during the American Revolution? You could go months and months without hearing from your loved one. That's where Sophie Menzies finds herself. The war is over but she hasn't seen or heard from her brother. Without him her life as she knows it will forever be changed.

Her neighbor, General Seamus Ogilvy, has returned from war and brought along a bright spot in her day in the form of his young daughter Lily Cate. Sophie quickly falls in love with Lily Cate and finds herself becoming entangled with Seamus as well. Before too long a marriage of convenience between Seamus and Sophie comes about to benefit both of them. Seamus needs a mother for his daughter and Sophie needs a way to save her estate.

Just when all seems to be falling into place nicely and the two begin to fall in love a twist appears in bodily form that changes everything for everyone. I enjoyed the unexpected suspense that was included in the storyline. Laura Frantz did a masterful job of keeping me guessing as to what was really happening.

I have read several of Laura Frantz's books but this one comes in at the top part of the list. I felt like I learned a little bit more about the circumstances surrounding this point in history due to the historic details that were woven throughout. I liked the complex story and the characters that were depicted. I also liked how the story didn't feel rushed (especially towards the end) and came to a conclusion that felt finished. Lastly I like that it is a stand alone novel. I love, love, love a good series but every once in a while it's nice to get the whole story in one volume.

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