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Love's Reckoning

(The Ballantyne Legacy #1)

4.23  ·  Rating details ·  3,188 ratings  ·  388 reviews
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 ...more
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Published September 1st 2012 by Revell Books
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This novel made me quite breathless and I had that aching feeling in my chest that rarely happens these days. I love it when I care so much that I can barely breath while reading perilous scenes. I didn't want to stop reading because the author's plot kept me turning the pages. The story was not at all predictable, which increased my anxiety over Eden's future as well as what would happen to Silas. The story can best be described as achingly beautiful. The last time I had this ache in my heart ...more
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This definitely took awhile for me to get interested in. But once I did, I was hooked! Love's Reckoning was laced with faith, but not at all preachy.

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
Wheesht. One of the worst books I’ve read and the worst of this year. The gripe list is so long on this one! If you’re not in the mood for a rant, folks, move along. I don’t feel like discussing it. There are a lot of positive reviews out there if you like the book. Prior to this book I was recommending this author but I cannot. This is not historical fiction. This was a mess of historical time travel and grave historical inaccuracy. And then the huge shocker was tawdry and out of the blue and ...more
Jun 27, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Stunning. Heart-wrenching. Breathless. Not since Gone With the Wind have I read an epic novel that has stolen my heart, my breath, my sleep to such a jolting degree. Love’s Reckoning marks Laura Frantz not only as a shining star in Christian fiction today, but a shooting star who soars skyward to the glittering heights of Rivers and Higgs.

Feb 25, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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Love's Reckoning is the second book I've read by Laura Frantz and I absolutely loved it! From the beginning on I was enthralled with the story and how things would turn out - I could hardly put it down once I was a couple chapters in (although I had to in order to get some sleep). I finished it in about two days (and this is a large book - over 400 pages!) so
Aug 27, 2012 rated it liked it
This review originally appeared on the Historical Novel Society website. Review copy received from publisher via HNS.

Eden Lee’s tyrannical father is determined that his new apprentice, Silas Ballantyne, will marry one of his daughters. The family assumes it will be bold, beautiful Elspeth, whose illegitimate child is being passed off as her mother’s son. Timid, quiet Eden deplores the deception but does not want to marry; she has other plans, and soon learns that Silas too has ambitions beyond a
Excellent storytelling. I was captured on the first page and read it in one sitting. The ending (epilogue) was abrupt. I couldn't tell if my version got truncated, but otherwise a great story.
Valerie L
Apr 29, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: regency
2 main reasons for giving it only two stars. The rape scene - besides being bad enough, it seemed really out of place - like the author threw it in to make it a climax and then could end the story. Next was the dark feeling that hung over the entire book. Maybe it was supposed to be suspenseful, but it really just made it dark, uncomfortable and not as fun to take in.

Why 2 stars? Because the main hero and heroine were wonderful characters, and the writing was okay.
Margaret Chind
Coming into reading this book I already knew a handful of things. One, I already consider Laura's previous books to be on my keeper shelf and consider her a favorite author. Two, Courting Morrow Little was an incredible read and perhaps one of my ultimate favorites. Three, The Colonel's Lady has a palpable romance (like Julie Lessman good!) that keep me turning pages even soon after having a baby (and many distractions). Four, this is a new series and I love series beginnings! Five, have you ...more
SUMMARY: 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 ...more
Jul 24, 2015 rated it really liked it
Recommended for ages 18+

Laura Frantz writes in such a way that pulls you to the characters and story. This book was sweet and amazing. I didn't expect what happened toward the end, but the author dealt with it in a good way, not giving unnecessary details. I enjoyed the first half of the story the best...(view spoiler) A profound book to read, although I'd like to read it again more recently to give a more
Jul 20, 2013 rated it did not like it
I read this book in 7 hours..I was SO into it!...& I have never been soo Disappointed because I LOVED 'courting morrow little'. But as soon as it got to where david stole her away..(Really)....& raped her, EVERYThing about it became a cheap drama book!! (Which is getting so Popular it would seem..gggrr) I do not call a book filled with fake drama a christian book!. I call it bad writing. I would not Recommend it to any young person.
......So Disappointed....
Jul 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Eden Lee longs to make a fresh start in Philadelphia, to escape her father Liege's temper and her sister Elspeth's selfish machinations. Her fiery hair and family reputation mask a quiet spirit that hungers after God, desiring nothing more than the freedom to exercise her fledgling faith freely. But before she can make good on her dream of escape, her blacksmith father's new apprentice arrives, setting into motion plans of marriage and familial expectations that threaten to derail Eden's closely ...more
Sep 28, 2016 rated it did not like it
Lots of problems with this one.

For starters, the writing could be confusing. A character would leave, or move across the room, but a few lines down, they were somewhere else with no accounting for it. I'd go back and reread, and it was still confusing.

This book is one of those with modern sensibilities wrapped up in watered down history. Just because they are wearing a corset, doesn't mean this is historical. When the virginal 19 year old introduces herself to an unknown man by her first name,
Jan 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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Sep 24, 2018 rated it did not like it
I couldn't even finish this book. I hung in for 80% of the book because I wanted to see the happy ending. And believe me.... it needed one, because the whole book was one big depressing OVER-INFLATED story. Boy does this author know how to drag a story out.

My biggest problem though with "Christian" books is the fact that the heroine is almost always written as this supposedly humble person, who is loving and cares for others. But sadly it usually comes across as them being the doormat for all
Nov 28, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Oh, how I love a Laura Frantz novel! This is her fourth novel, and the first in The Ballantyne Legacy series, which will span over four books, and four generations; an epic family saga, indeed! I only wish we didn't have to wait so long in between books.

Laura has a tremendous talent to craft beautiful novels, and create images in the reader's mind that truly leave a lasting impression. From unique characters, detailed descriptions, high tension moments of uncertainty, to sweet, tender encounters
Gwendolyn Gage
Nov 29, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Who will arrive first? Silas Ballantyne, the new blacksmith apprentice, or Elspeth's baby? If the baby comes first, Liege Lee is determined that his daughter Elspeth will be given in marriage to Ballantyne, and the babe's true parentage kept a secret. If the apprentice comes first, then his daughter Eden will marry him. But Silas Ballantyne's plans have no room for marriage, regardless of tradition. He will finish out his required years of apprenticeship, and then head West.

Instead of the strong
Dec 07, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I love novels that so completely fill my heart, overflowing story, characters and the romance of love…love of faith in Christ and the romantic love that promises more than just a happy ending for characters I’ve fallen in love with.

What’s the first word we think of when we want to describe a book we’ve adored? Love. It seems too simple, too cliché a description for when I think of Eden and Silas upon the page.

There is a rhythm, a cadence to their story, the words sweeping me into eighteenth
When I pick up a novel by Laura Frantz, I settle in to savor the story, and Love's Reckoning is definitely a story to savor. I enjoyed every minute that I spent reading it.

Eden Lee is a wonderful character. At times, I desperately wanted her to stand up for herself, to defend her self-worth, but with a domineering father and sister and a mother that didn't defend her, it was easily understandable that she didn't. The Lee home is a home of secrets and lies, and it was all Eden could do to rise
Sadie VanderKodde
Jun 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I saw this book recommended by Becky Wade as a book she tells everyone to read. I love Becky's writing, so I was intrigued to see what she loves reading. I was not disappointed. This story is exactly what I love in a romance - slow, budding romance that turns into fierce love. I appreciate that it wasn't rushed, yet didn't feel like it was dragging out. I wanted it to continue. Other reviews I've read describe it as "heart-wrenching" - a true descriptor if ever there was one. When things were ...more
This was heart wrenching and rather depressing. It was engagingly written, but I had a hard time enjoying it. The h was so weak, the villains were one-dimensional, the plan between the MCs was so idiotic, and the situation that drove the MCs apart was impossible. And not in a "I'm so curious how it's all going to work out" way, but rather an "oh, come on! Seriously?!"

I do have to mention that the H did somewhat redeem himself in the end. He stayed true to the h during their separation (view
Elise Wilson
Sep 12, 2012 rated it really liked it
I would actually give this a 4-1/2 star rating -- it's just that good.

I have now read all four of Laura Frantz's books. And anyone who has read my reviews of them know that while I liked all of them and considered them good reads, Courting Morrow Little (CML), her first novel has always been my favorite. (I just love the story of Morrow and Red Shirt.) So being an avid fan of Frantz, I pre-ordered her latest book, "Love's Reckoning" to ensure delivery on my Kindle at midnight on the eve of it's
Nov 27, 2011 rated it it was amazing
After reading a Laura Frantz novel I love setting down to type up a review because I don't have to watch my words. Often times, especially this past summer, the books I have been reading haven't been the best and it's hard to say what I liked about the story (if anything at all!) while still trying to be respectful and mindful of the hard work that the author has put into the story. I believe I can safely say I don't think I'll ever have to worry about writing a negative review for this author. ...more
Jan 06, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: favorites
Love’s Reckoning begins in 1784 when Silas Ballantyne arrives in York County, Pennsylvania, to finish his apprenticeship with Liege Lee. Silas is a strong, driven, God-fearing man who plans to go west after his apprenticeship. Little does he know, Liege intends for Silas to marry one of his daughters: Elspeth, the cruel elder sister,or Eden, the gentle and loving sister.

My Thoughts:
This book had a slow pace, yet it was appropriate for the progression of the storyline. Eden and Silas
Lydia (Overweight Bookshelf)
Jan 02, 2012 rated it it was amazing
GIVEAWAY and full review here:

Here is the problem with the Laura Frantz’s books: they make me want to play hookey for work, from life…basically from reality until I read cover to cover. Her books are not the usual sort that I can read for an hour or two and pick up the next day. No, I become so committed and invested in the characters that it is inconceivable to pull myself away for longer than it takes to brew another cup of espresso. Basically, Love’s
Sep 08, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Silas Ballantyne needs only to complete his blacksmith apprenticeship before he can finally embark on his journey to the west. Eden Lee dreams of escaping her dysfunctional family and joining the Quaker hospital. Liege Lee, Eden's father and Silas' employer, appeals to the tradition of the apprentice marrying one of the master's daughters. Liege decides that Elspeth, Eden's sister, should wed Silas, but will Silas agree to such a plan? The developing kinship between Eden and Silas threatens to ...more
Nov 27, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
There are few books anymore that I am wildly eager to read, but hand me a book with Laura Frantz's name on the cover, and I promise you, I will go into hiding until I've read that book from cover to cover. When I had no choice at times but to place my bookmark inside this haunting novel, my heart just ached to be back within its pages.

That was my journey with Love's Reckoning--a breathtakingly beautiful tale of a yearning love between two gentle souls. Eden's sweet spirit was always in danger of
Aug 08, 2012 rated it really liked it
Silas Ballantyne arrives in rural Pennsylvania to finish his blacksmith's apprenticeship. As he gets to know Eden Lee, the younger daughter of his master, he finds himself falling in love with her. Eden longs to be free of her father's house and her older sister's scheming. When her sister sets her sights on Silas, Eden steps back, though she has fallen in love with the young blacksmith. Against all obstacles, a betrothal is created between Silas and Eden. Yet something happens that forces them ...more
Marian Baay
Mar 04, 2012 rated it it was amazing
With this first book in The Ballantyne Legacy Laura Frantz leaves a lasting impression on my heart!
A story about lies and deceit and how love can heal the deepest wounds.

Eden and Elspeth Lee are sisters, but as different as night and day. Elspeth is a frivolous girl who lives for her own pleasure, while Eden is quiet, gentle and caring.
The day blacksmith apprentice Silas Ballantyne enters the Lee household, both sisters are attracted to him and soon jealousy and rivalry begins. According to an
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Laura Frantz is passionate about all things historical, particularly the 18th-century, and writes her manuscripts in longhand first. Her stories often incorporate Scottish themes that reflect her family heritage. She is a direct descendant of George Hume, Wedderburn Castle, Berwickshire, Scotland, who was exiled to the American colonies for his role in the Jacobite Rebellion of 1715, settled in ...more

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“Tears glinted in her eyes. "I want no secrets between us, Silas."

"No secrets," he echoed, his mouth near the gentle curve of her ear. "Then you should know I can hardly breathe for thinking of you. You're the most maddening lass I've ever known, and every day without you near is an agony to me." Taking her face between his hands, he moved to kiss her, but the sound of approaching horses gave him pause.”
“That she was thirsty for heavenly things, there could be no doubt.” 9 likes
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