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Lovely but tough as nails, Lael Click is the daughter of a celebrated frontiersman. Haunted by her father's former captivity with the Shawnee Indians, as well as the secret sins of her family's past, Lael comes of age in the fragile Kentucky settlement her father founded. Though she faces the loss of a childhood love, a dangerous family feud, and the affection of a Shawnee ...more
Paperback, 413 pages
Published August 1st 2009 by Fleming H. Revell Company
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This is a hard one to review. It is both wonderful and exasperating all at once. The writing is lovely, the story a good one. It captured my attention immediately and kept me coming back. There were really only two flaws but they were significant enough to cause problems.

1. (May or may not be considered a flaw, depending on personal preference) The author takes an inordinate amount of time describing surroundings and writing about the daily chores of living. Life on the 18th century frontier is
This was my first book by Laura Frantz and I have to say that I thoroughly enjoyed it! I had seen this book at bookstores, and to be honest, the cover really put me off. But, trust me, this book was so well-written!
The book starts out with Lael being 14-16 years old and ends when she’s around 24 years old. Obviously, there’s a lot that goes on, and I loved that! It wasn’t a perfect arch of a storyline, it was just her life.
The characters were realistic and sometimes even made me want to strang
I had heard wonderful things about this book, but really wasn’t prepared for how blown away I was going to be!
THE FRONTIERSMAN’S DAUGHTER has it all. Adventure, romance, grudges, war, a gutsy heroine and not one, but two awesome heros!
From the first page where Lael let down her hair in the presence in a war party of Shawnee I was hooked. Usually in a romance I can ultimately tell who will be the heroine’s choice- I had no idea in this novel! It kept me completely entranced in the story. The wate
When I wasn't bored, I hated it. Lael was very flighty, and falls in love with three different characters and jumps around between them throughout the novel. Loyalty and good judgment are qualities that she is severely lacking. Alot of questions were left unanswered, which is surprising considering the length of the book. I would have loved for the book to address what happened to Captain Jack, it was hinted he died, but never confirmed. I thought it indicative of Lael's character that she had C ...more

This book was Chock-a-block full of beautiful descriptions, I couldn't get enough. In style it reminded me of Lady in the Mist, because of those charming word pictures. I would love to see what Kentucky looks like now, I never cared to before. Congratulations to the author for making me want to camp out there. And this won't be my last of Laura Frantz's books, she has made her mark.

I especially liked the attention to details, the herbs used for healing, the doctoring of the time and a little bi
To say that Laura Frantz has created a novel that is well written doesn't even begin to scratch the surface of the excellent quality of writing that is found between the pages of this novel. God has given Laura an amazing gift, and I cannot emphasis enough how much I appreciate what she's done here in Lael's story. It's a substantial 412 pages of deep, meaty substance; each word a scrumptious morsel to be savored.

It isn't very often that I read a book where the words seem to come off of the page
Where I got the book: Kindle freebie.

I've got to say at the outset that I liked this book a whole lot more than Frantz's latest, Love's Reckoning. The somewhat loosely constructed plot of The Frontiersman's Daughter revolves around Lael Click, the daughter of a remarkable father who was instrumental in founding their small part of Kentucky (called Kentucke because this is the 1800s) and spent some time living with the local Indians to boot, during which time her mom ran off with her uncle. Ye
This is an incredibly moving and absorbing debut novel.

Lael (pronounced Lay-elle) Click is the 14 year old daughter of a noted frontiersman, guide, hunter and leader in pre-Revolutionary War era Kentucky (or Kentucke as its called in the book).

They live in the shadow of her father's 4 year captivity by the Shawnee. He attempted to save a group of miners lives by offering to join the Shawnee instead of being slaughtered, when they were set upon by a war party. What transpired was that only the
Rachel Thompson
I received a free copy of this book. This isn't the type of book I normally go for, though I do enjoy Christian romances from time to time.

Set in the 1700's in the wild territory of Kentucke, Lael Click is the daughter of a rather famous frontiersman who was captured and spent time with the Shawnee, learning their language and some of their customs. One day, a Shawnee warrior known as Captain Jack appears, making it pretty clear that he wants Lael. At first Lael is afraid, sure that she is in lo
Keli Gwyn
Debut author Laura Franz writes like a seasoned professional. The Frontiersman’s Daughter melds powerful characters, artistic description and a captivating storyline into a feast sure to satisfy readers who crave stories with heart. Told through the eyes of the strong, determined, courageous daughter of one of the first white men to settle in Kentucke, the story follows Lael Click’s journey from a girl of thirteen to a woman of twenty as she deals with loss, love and the need of the Lord in her ...more
It was clear to me right away why all of my friends love Laura Frantz's books. Seriously, she has got a way with words that very few authors can replicate. It's an almost lyrical, haunting style that transported me to the back hills of Kentucky (referred to as Kentucke), and drew me into the relationships between Lael, Ma Horn, Ian, and Susanna, that it was oh-so-very-hard to turn that final page.

I couldn't help but compare The Frontiersman's Daughter to two other stories that I've watched and/o
Jeannette Garcia
I can't believe that I have put off reading this book for far too long. It came highly recommended and definitely did not disappoint. The writing was incredible... scenes were so descriptive, I felt like I was on the frontier with the characters. My heart broke for Simon early on. I felt like he always loved Lael but was just too caught up in taking the easy way out. I still was hoping that he never married Piper and that he would end up with Lael... and then there's Captain Jack. Oh goodness! I ...more
I just devoured the last half of this novel without even realizing that time had passed. I wish it had a better cover. Honestly, this one is pretty, but it doesn't do the contents of the novel justice. Full review to come later. I don't like to review immediately after I've finished a book :) Once again I'm surprised that this is the author's debut novel.

Review time! I was a bit thrown by this book. What I expected to be light and fluffy was actually full of depth! Frantz does not shy away from
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The author took her time with this one — I couldn't be sure that it was a romance because I couldn't quite predict where it would go; the heroine's life journey is long, and the path meanders a bit. The hero is not who you think it would be, and when he's introduced into the story, you wonder later, "Why at that moment?" There are other men in the story that could easily have been the hero, so there is no clear indication who to root for when each of these men are introduced
Elise Wilson
In her debut novel, Frantz delves into the history of Kentucke, late 1700s. The story is told mostly in the context of the adventures of its heroine, Lael Click, an interesting character to say the least. Lael is an independent spirit (some call "wild"), unconventional (ahead of her times for a young woman) and she is (self-described), "fickle." Did I mention fickle? Okay. I believe the only constant in Lael's life is her deep love of home and family.

And this is what I most appreciated about the
The Frontiersman’s Daughter by Laura Frantz is a stunning debut novel, a completely absorbing tale of a young girl’s coming of age in the wilds of late eighteenth century Kentucky. Lael Click’s story reawakened my love of this time period in history, an appreciation that had fallen by the wayside when I finished my last required U.S. history class in high school. It doesn’t help that in recent years, the Christian fiction market didn’t seem to have all that much room for colonial frontier fictio ...more
Virginia Campbell
In her soaring debut, THE FRONTIERSMAN'S DAUGHTER, Laura Frantz sets a high standard for others to follow. With enviable skill as a story teller, Ms. Frantz draws us into the tumultuous, inspiring life of Lael Click. We are privileged to follow Lael from age thirteen to age twenty-one. A span of just eight years, but an eventful and amazing time in the rawness of Colonial America. Lael is the daughter of a legendary frontiersman, who parents her with love and influences her thoughts and actions ...more
There was a lot to like about this book. It absolutely immersed me in the Kentucky of the late 18th Century. Everything about it felt authentic - the dialogue, the descriptions of living in the wilderness, and the pace of the characters' lives. Also, the author writes beautifully, and uses a richness of language that really invokes deep emotion. I like the history to have equal time in historical romance, and the history here was a living, breathing character. The author's research was impressiv ...more
The Frontiersman's Daughter was very engaging and I read it for five straight hours until I finished the book. I could not set this novel aside once I hit the middle of the book. It carried me through to the end. There were some slow spots and I thought it was a bit too long, but the story itself was fantastic! I particularly enjoyed the romantic elements.

There were some poignant and sad moments in this story where I was on the verge of tears as I read. This author knows how to write with passi
Ahhh, sweet peace in my soul... that is what I'm experiencing in the wake of closing the back cover of "The Frontiersman's Daughter" after finishing the last page. A sense that all is right with the world because Lael Click is going to be alright. How is it that in just a day I can care about Lael so much that it matters to me that she is going to be okay? It is possible because Laura Frantz has penned a beautiful historical epic that sent me back in time to get familiar with Lael as she is grow ...more
I loved it! I'm so glad Lori Mauldin shared this book with me. I have wanted to read this for some time. It totally met my expectations. It was very much about the history aspect but also very much about Lael, the main character. Her story starts out when she is 13. She loves her family and her home. She goes through a lot of trials in her life, although I didn't find this book too sad or stressful at all. There is Indian trouble and intrigue. But it is not the main focus. Who she is, as her fat ...more
Elizabeth S
Laura Frantz has written a novel that has singing prose and great historical detail. Being a lit geek I really do care about the poetry of the words and Frantz does it beautifully.
The romance is realistic and historically correct. I loved that part because I have found too many books that don't pay much attention to that.
Lael is not only a girl with a different name she is also a character I can relate to. Her bitterness toward people is understandable. The spiritual parts of the book are jus
This is by far the best book I have read this year/EVER! Frantz is an amazing author. If she can make me, a lover of Regency period and ballrooms, fall in love with Kentucky fort life and Indians then she is just incredible. I really wasn't into the cover or theme of the book, so I held off reading it; what a mistake! I am so lovesick right now having just finished it. This must be read! You won't regret it, regardless of what time era or theme you enjoy!
Review originally published 10/17/09 @ Black 'n Gold Girl's Book Spot

I love to read all types of stories featuring different time periods in the history of our country. I can't remember the last time I read a Christian fiction book based around the frontier beyond the Cumberland Gap. Most of the new fiction I've been seeing has been based around the Civil War or later life farther West. The Frontiersman's Daughter is a refreshing change. It's late 18th century!

I really enjoyed this story especia
Jenny Q
Rating: 4.5 Stars out of 5

I love stories of frontier life. I am continually amazed at the strength of the people who carved out our nation one homestead at a time. The Frontiersman's Daughter is an exceptional tale of one young woman's struggle to discover her place and purpose on the edge of the wild Kentucky frontier. I was instantly drawn into Lael's story and I found myself smiling when she was happy and crying at her heartbreak; at times applauding her bravery and at others cursing her stup
Lael Click is the daughter of a well known Kentucky Frontiersman. Her father has a mysterious past that he will not discuss with her. At one time he was feared to have died because he was taken by the Shawnee Indians.
When this book begins Lael is fourteen and is infatuated with her best friends brother. Before that love can blossom Lael is torn from her family by her father.
She learns from Ma Horn what herbs, roots, plants and bark are useful for treating sickness and injuries. Those skills are
Bobbi Rightmyer
I was honored to receive a review copy of Laura Frantz’s first novel, The Frontiersman’s Daughter. I first discovered Frantz’s wonderful prose on her blog, Imagination, and was pleased to learn her first book was being released in August. We have become “bloggy” cyber friends and I look forward to meeting her in real-life at the Kentucky Book Fair in November.

The Frontiersman’s Daughter is the story of Lael Click, a strong frontierswoman who battles life while dealing with many family secrets. H
Kali M
I read this book because it came highly recommended by a friend, but I have to admit I was somewhat put off by the corny title and cover and finally read it because my friend wouldn't stop asking if I'd read it yet. I've said before that I like historical fiction as long as "it's not some crappy romance disguised as history" (if quoting yourself is wrong, then I don't particularly want to be right). I've also mentioned in other reviews how much I dislike Christian genre books--I feel like the au ...more
Gwendolyn Gage
If you enjoyed the "Christy" TV series, and like your novels featuring more than one romantic interest for the heroine, you're going to love The Frontiersman's Daughter.

Lael comes of age in 18th century Kentucke territory, shadowed by her father's legendary reputation as a settlement founder and former captive of the Shawnee. While her hope for love and marriage is banked on a childhood friend, she stirs up trouble when she catches the eye of a white Shawnee warrior. And just when she thinks she
A "treasure". I dearly loved this book. It touched my heart so much with it's slowly cresting storyline. It was not rushed, the author took her time with this complicated character who endures so much in order to be independent, loved and accepted. The chronicles of her flighty romantic ways are one to look deeply into when you find yourself being judgemental. Remembering that at some point in time we were that way too. This book goes beyond the common boundaries of time and circumstance and enc ...more
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Christ-follower, history lover, wife, mom, author. Felt called to write since age 7 and have been writing ever since. My first love is 18th-century fiction, especially colonial history. I feel blessed beyond measure to write books. I hope you are doubly blessed reading them!
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“So Captain Jack’s come a-courtin’.” Her hands stilled on the basket. “Who?” “The tall Shawnee who come by your cabin.” The tall one. Lael felt a small surge of triumph at learning his name. Captain Jack. Oddly, she felt no embarrassment. Lifting her shoulders in a slight shrug, she continued pulling the vines into a tight circle. “He come by, but I don’t know why.” “Best take a long look in the mirror, then.” Lael’s eyes roamed the dark walls. Ma Horn didn’t own one. “Beads and a blanket, was it?” She nodded and looked back down. “I still can’t figure out why some Shawnee would pay any mind to a white girl like me.” Ma Horn chuckled, her face alight in the dimness. “Why, Captain Jack’s as white as you are.” “What?” she blurted, eyes wide as a child’s. Ma Horn’s smile turned sober. “He’s no Indian, Shawnee or otherwise, so your pa says. He was took as a child from some-wheres in North Carolina. All he can remember of his past life is his white name—Jack.” 4 likes
“Since you’re no’ going tae ask, I’ll just tell you tae come,” he called. “Come as you are. But if you dinna hurry, we’ll miss Christmas.” Christmas. She felt the delight of it clear to her toes. He leaned forward in the saddle, looking frozen. “Are you coming, Lael lass, or are you no’?” “I—well . . .” She turned and flew into the cabin, smoothing her hair, banking the fire, and disposing of her uneaten supper all at once. Suddenly she reappeared at the door. “I don’t even know where we’re going!” “Tae Cozy Creek. Till the new year.” 2 likes
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