Title: Tidewater Bride
Author: Laura Frantz
Genre: Historical Fiction
Publishing Date: Jan 5, 2021
Length: 398 Pages
About the Book:
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.
As one who reads A LOT of historical fiction, I enjoy getting to dive back into time periods that are rarer to find in fiction. This story gripped me right from the beginning and I managed to read it in a single day. The characters were easy to connect with and the setting was beautifully crafted so that I felt as if I’d been sucked right into the heart of Colonial America. The author’s love of history was evident through the pages and only served to further captivate me into the narrative. I liked that the romance didn’t feel rushed or forced, but developed naturally through Selah and Xander’s long-standing friendship. I grew so fond of the characters that I wasn’t ready to let them go in the end. I liked that faith was not simply added to the story but was so richly etched into the being of the characters that it flowed through them as if second nature. I thoroughly adored this read and can’t wait to see what Laura Frantz comes up with next.
*I received a copy of this book from Revell Publishers. Thoughts and opinions expressed are mine alone.