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Love's Fortune

(The Ballantyne Legacy #3)

4.29  ·  Rating details ·  1,397 Ratings  ·  247 Reviews
Sheltered since birth at her Kentucky home, Rowena Ballantyne has heard only whispered rumors of her grandfather Silas's vast fortune and grand manor in Pennsylvania. When her father receives a rare letter summoning him to New Hope, Rowena makes the journey with him and quickly finds herself in a whole new world--filled with family members she's never met, dances she's nev ...more
Paperback, 400 pages
Published September 16th 2014 by Fleming H. Revell Company (first published September 9th 2014)
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Inspirational historical fiction doesn't get any better than a Laura Frantz novel, and Love’s Fortune is no exception. Frantz’s novels are my favorite for two important reasons – the rich historical details and the gradually-built, tension-filled romance. Her characters are always memorable and their motivations realistic. After getting to know the Ballantyne’s over the course of their three novels, I was sad to say goodbye to them, but utterly satisfied with the conclusion of their story.

Oct 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Guys, you know if you've visited my blog at any given time, you can find a post about romance. Be it in book form or a movie or TV miniseries, I'm pretty much addicted to a good love story. There's a reason why Laura Frantz is one of my favorite writers. It's not because she pens good romances, it's because she pens epic, unforgettable, heart-tugging, amaaaazing romances.

Since I first read The Frontiersman's Daughter way back when, I'm beginning to think that nobody knows the frontier better tha
Mar 05, 2015 rated it really liked it
SUMMARY: Sheltered since birth at her Kentucky home, Rowena Ballantyne has heard only whispered rumors of her grandfather Silas's vast fortune and grand manor in Pennsylvania. When her father receives a rare letter summoning him to New Hope, Rowena makes the journey with him and quickly finds herself in a whole new world--filled with family members she's never met, dances she's never learned, and a new side to the father she thought she knew. As she struggles to fit in during their extended stay ...more
Love's Fortune by Laura Frantz
Time Frame: 1823-1850
Location: Kentucky and Pittsburgh, PA
Main Characters:
Wren Ballantyne aka Rowena
Ansel Ballantyne: Wren's father
James Sackett: Single, handsome steamboat captain, close friend to Ballantynes
Silas Ballantyne: Grandfather, patriarch
Benett Ballantyne: Grandson to Silas, and heir
Izannah Turlock: Wren's cousin, and now best friend
Andra Ballantyne: Aunt who attempts to make her over for the Pittsburgh "season"


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Jan 31, 2018 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars
Exquisite. Enthralling. Laura Frantz pens yet another novel rich with emotion, beauty, and historical depth.

Book three in the Ballantyne Legacy series, Love's Fortune delves into the life of Rowena (Wren) Ballantyne, who lives a simple existence in Kentucky with her father, Ansel. Though missing her mother, she loves her home. Then everything changes with a letter from her father's family... family she scarcely remembers. Grandfather Silas and Grandmother Eden Ballantyne. Uncle Jack and Aunt El
Brooke Barenfanger
Breathtaking and intoxicating. Surely there are other words to describe Laura’s writings, but I can think of no others at the moment. The moment I met Wren Ballantyne—Silas and Eden Ballantyne’s granddaughter—I knew I would love her. Her personality, I felt, was similar to Eden’s. Wren was sweet, innocent, and unpretentious.

Wren’s love interest was James Sackett, an old friend of her father’s. I could not help but admire and like James from the very beginning. He had a certain aura of authority
May 14, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2014
Wren's story was an enjoyable journey. It was also rewarding to get updated on characters from the prior Ballantyne novels.

I'm sad to say that this book was disappointing. While I enjoyed the historical backdrop, the dual povs, seeing characters from previous books again, and the engaging writing, the MCs failed to compel me in any way. There was also a big grey cloud of melancholy hanging over this entire book and it was definitely a downer. The h spends more than half of the book being ungrateful and feeling sorry for herself. Her father, Ansel, a favourite character of mine from the previous book, was frustrating ...more
Aug 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Love’s Fortune is the third book in the Ballantyne Legacy series. If you have not read the previous books, I encourage you to do so simply because Love’s Reckoning and Love’s Awakening are beautifully written and contain characters who have stayed with me, long after I returned the books to my bookshelf. Love’s Fortune can now be placed in that same category…with characters who were able to burrow into my heart for keeps.

Rowena “Wren” Ballantyne is a character that I could not help but love. Her
Joy W. Doering
Aug 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This book is everything I hoped it would be and more. What better way to end the Ballantyne Legacy series than with a sweet story that covers three generations, giving you a connection to the characters you knew and loved before, while not diminishing the individual journey of Rowena "Wren" Ballantyne and braw James Sackett. I will confess I am a "Frantz-natic" but all that aside, I simply loved this book. Who can't relate to having their world turned upside down? What happens when home and ever ...more
Jan 01, 2014 rated it liked it
(It really needs to be 3.5, but Goodreads hates away at .5 ratings)

Guess what? It’s release day for Laura Frantz’ latest and final installment of the The Ballantyne Legacy series! Happy release day Laura! Now let’s dive right in shall we?

As Frantz has the ability to do, she paints a story that flows with each page. As with the previous installments in the story, besides the romance of the main characters, it’s a story of family. I think that’s one thing I appreciated most about this novel. With
Nov 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own-it

I have read all of the books in this series but this one might just be my favorite. While you could read the books apart from each others, since it is a family, I recommend starting at the first book.

This book grabbed me and sucked me in until the end, I don't think I ever set it down. Rowena or Wren is a great character and I loved reading about her life. Her attitude with life and simple ways make this book so much better. James is also a great lead male character. He is smart and not an over
{About the Book}

Sheltered since birth at her Kentucky home, Rowena Ballantyne has heard only whispered rumors of her grandfather Silas's vast fortune and grand manor in Pennsylvania. When her father receives a rare letter summoning him to New Hope, Rowena makes the journey with him and quickly finds herself in a whole new world--filled with family members she's never met, dances she's never learned, and a new side to the father she thought she knew. As she struggles to fit in during their extend
Charity Andrews
Sep 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing
There are only a handful of authors that I adore enough to pre-order their books and read them right away. Laura Frantz is absolutely one of those. Her knowledge of American history is astounding and beautiful. She is so passionate about history and authenticity that she writes her manuscripts in longhand first.

Love's Fortune is the last book in a The Ballantyne Legacy Trilogy. This book revolves around Wren Ballantyne. Raised in the wilds of Kentucky during the early 1800's, she is wild, free a
Sep 04, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: historical
This was not a favorite; but still a very well written Laura Frantz read. I think I would have enjoyed Wren's story more had she been in Kentucky. The square going on around Izannah and Wren and James and Malachi did annoy me. I don't much care for that type of story-line. Frantz does create moments of whimsy and creativity in her writing that will keep me returning for more. I also would have loved to have finally read that Andra was keeping company with something other than bitterness and disd ...more
Nov 03, 2013 rated it really liked it
As always, Laura Frantz's storytelling is nothing short of fantastic! Book 3 in the series The Ballantyne Legacy, Love's Fortune not only allows readers to experience the grander of days gone by, but gives a most satisfying ending. I'm glad to have had the chance to finally read this!
The final book in The Ballantyne Legacy nicely brings the family full circle, and I enjoyed revisiting characters featured in the first two books of the series. Wren and James are featured in Love's Fortune, and I rooted for them to finally find a way clear to each other.

Admittedly, at times I had a hard time understanding James' obstacles, which I think were delineated better later in the book. Most of the time, I just wanted to hug Wren and take her back to Kentucky.

As a native Pittsburgher, I
Laura Frantz's historical novels are always a treat and her rich historical details satisfying. I was a little disappointed, however, with the last twists and turns of the story. They seemed to be rushed and out of character.
Dana Kamstra
This is a book that kept me up all night. Laura Frantz’s writing is so polished and she always chooses the right words to tell a story. In this case, it is a story about an honest and simple heroine thrust in an artificial and complicated city. In some senses, a love square even develops.

Love’s Fortune continues the Ballantyne Legacy by introducing readers to Wren Ballantyne, grand-daughter of Silas Ballantyne. The setting is against a time of change. Tension is rising due to abolitionists and t
Rachelle Cobb
Nov 18, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shame on me for never having reviewed any of Laura Frantz's books before. I've read and enjoyed each and every one and couldn't believe, when it came time to write this review, that I've never devoted a blog review to her before!

Time to fix that--and what better time to do it than with the book that quickly became my favorite of Laura's.

With a heroine I could well relate to and a sweeping love story that beckoned me to read it slowly (when usually I devour books in a few days), Love's Fortune ha
Oct 11, 2013 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars

The final installment of The Ballantyne Legacy series follows Wren Ballantyne, a lovely heroine. Raised in Kentucky, Wren has a different way of life than her Ballantyne family. A simpler, quieter way of life. One filled with more freedom to express emotions rather than the constraints of rules and the obligations of society.

When Wren is thrust into the world of Pennsylvania, her life is turned upside-down. Meeting family members she’s never known, seeing a different side of her father,
Mar 19, 2014 rated it it was amazing
The crowning glory of Laura Frantz's Ballantyne series, "Love's Fortune" is a literary legacy in its own right. Flawless characterizations, compelling romantic tension, tender conversations, gripping family expectations and an inspirational thread that leaves no doubt that a loving God can mastermind His intentions in spite of thoroughly tangled human complications.

Rowena "Wren" Ballantyne has never met her Pennsylvania family until her father Ansel receives a letter urging him to return home i
Reet Champion
Rowena “Wren” Ballantyne’s life is tossed into turmoil when she leaves her beloved Kentucky home. Thrust into a world of wealth and polish she longs for the simple life she had with her father. But with the family patriarch ill he has decided it is time to return home. And Wren has to learn the ways of a lady. If that isn’t job enough Wren must face up to demanding and wild relatives who seek only to browbeat her. Determined to go through with the grueling process Wren submits. But there is obvi ...more
Heidi Robbins (Heidi Reads...)
This author's style of writing has a unique quality to it that's hard to describe. It's subtle, evocative, and definitely transports the reader back in time to be fully immersed in the setting. Wren's transition between two vastly different worlds amidst family and societal drama is a compelling story, with several characters dealing with struggles and secrets, danger and heartbreak. Wren is an admirable heroine as she remains true to her upbringing and personality while also learning to become ...more
J.C. Morrows
“Love’s Fortune” is the first book by Laura Frantz that I have had the pleasure of owning but it will not be the last!

It will only take a few sentences before you will find yourself sucked into the story.

No matter what is going on around you at that moment, you will hear the sound of bare feet running, thick skirts swishing and the quiet of a country barely settled.


I have a particular fondness for this story-line as I have Gaelic roots myself and more than a passing interest in the beaut
Elaine Cooper
Sep 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing
So I am forced to bid a sad farewell to a much-loved trilogy: The Ballantyne Legagy by Laura Frantz. This third and final book, “Love’s Fortune,” only forged my love of this three-generation family saga even deeper.

This third story involves the daughter of Ansel Ballantyne. Because of dangerous circumstances in Pittsburgh, Ansel had been forced to seek refuge elsewhere and raise his only child, Rowena (known as “Wren”) in the beauty, simplicity and music of Kentucky. Far from the luxury of her n
Dec 05, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Wren captured my heart from the very first page. Forced to shuck her Kentucky roots for the big city and even bigger expectations of the Ballantyne kin she barely knows. I felt her floundering confusion as she wrestled to find her place in a 'foreign' land. I wanted to throttle her father for being so clueless. Gah! Just like a man to pull the rug out from under his daughter and then leave her to gain her own footing again. Grrrr.

Luckily Wren has pluck and I love how she stayed true to herself.
Katrina Epperson
Laura Frantz brings us a historical romance with a hint of suspension. Her use of vivid imagery brings the story to life and pulls the reader in. The plot flows effortlessly and kept me turning the pages. Even though this is the third book in the series, it's easily a stand alone novel. Her well developed characters weaved their way into my heart. Rowena "Wren" Ballantyne has just lost her mother and is dealing with many emotions, but lets music soothe her soul. Dealing with her grief suddenly t ...more
Anne Osterlund
Nov 16, 2014 rated it liked it
Wren has grown up the humble daughter of a man who crafts fiddles in frontier Kentucky. But after her mother’s death, her father changes and decides to return to the wealthy estate where he was born. And to bring Wren with him.

James Sackett is a riverboat pilot. The son of questionable parentage, his loyalty lies with the family who employs him—the Ballantines. Or at least, with the head of that family. But with the family’s patriarch suffering a mysterious illness, a rumored price on James’s he
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The Ballantyne Legacy (3 books)
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