Wednesday, February 10, 2021

TIDEWATER BRIDE By Laura Frantz, Reviewed by Winnie Thomas

Rich with historical detail and filled with memorable, authentic characters, Laura Frantz’s newest novel grabbed my interest from the first page and held it captive to the end. Set in James Towne, Virginia in 1634, Frantz brings this slice of American history alive to the point where I could vividly imagine being present in the scenes.

Be prepared to fall in love with Xander Renick and Selah Hopewell as they navigate life among the rigors of Colonial America. Xander is a wonderful hero—compassionate, industrious, and capable. Selah is spunky, independent, and caring, and I enjoyed seeing their relationship progress and grow. The fantastic cast of secondary characters added color and extra interest to the tale.

Packed with adventure, intrigue, twists and turns, and romance, this beautifully written story is historical fiction at its finest. Uplifting inspirational themes of hope, courage, and healing are deftly woven throughout and give extra depth and dimension to it. This book is bound for my keeper shelf and is sure to make my list of top reads of the year.

*I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy from Revell. All opinions are my own.

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BackCover Blurb:
Selah Hopewell seems to be the only woman in the Virginia colony who has no wish to wed. True, there are too many men and far too few women in James Towne. But Selah already has her hands full assisting her father in the family's shop. And now she is in charge of an incoming ship of tobacco brides who must be looked after as they sort through their many suitors.

Xander Renick is perhaps the most eligible tobacco lord in the settlement. His lands are vast, his crops are prized, and his position as a mediator between the colonists and the powerful Powhatan nation surrounding them makes him indispensable. But Xander is already wedded to his business and still grieves the loss of his wife, daughter of the Powhatan chief.

Can two fiercely independent people find happiness and fulfillment on their own? Or will they discover that what they've been missing in life has been right in front of them all along?

Bestselling and award-winning author Laura Frantz takes you to the salty shores of seventeenth-century Virginia in this exploration of pride, honor, and the restorative power of true love.
Revell Publishing, January 2021
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