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The Mistress of Tall Acre

4.29  ·  Rating details ·  2,857 ratings  ·  421 reviews
The American Revolution is finally over, and Sophie Menzies is starved for good news. When her nearest neighbor, General Seamus Ogilvy, finally comes home to Tall Acre, she hopes it is a sign of better days to come. But the general is now a widower with a small daughter in desperate need of a mother. Nearly destitute, Sophie agrees to marry Seamus and become the mistress o ...more
Paperback, 393 pages
Published September 8th 2015 by Revell (first published September 1st 2015)
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The Revolutionary War has finally ended, and Sophie Menzies, though nearly destitute at her once-prosperous home of Three Chimneys, is hopeful that life will rebuild and her brother will return home from war. When her neighbor General Seamus Ogilvy returns to Tall Acre, she believes that it is a sign of happier times to come. The general is now a widower with a small daughter to raise on his own. When Sophie’s home at Three Chimneys is threatened, she is left with very few options and agrees to ...more
Sometimes you come across a novel on your TBR at JUST the perfect time. Don’t get me wrong, my favorite genre is mystery/thriller, but sometimes you just want a change. “The mistress of Tall Acre” filled a need for me. I loved it!

A delightful cross between “Jane Eyre” and “Gone with the wind”, this historical love story was well researched, and kept me turning the pages despite other things I had to do.

Set in the years directly following the American Revolution, the novel is set on a five-thousa
Feb 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Another new favorite! This book is scrumptiously, delightfully dramatic. Sophie has spent her life quietly and recently lost her mother, her only friend. The Revolutionary War has just ended, but her father deserted his family long before to run back to Scotland, where his loyalties are, and her brother is missing in the war. To make matters worse, she gets a letter informing her that her home, Three Chimneys, has been confiscated for her father's Tory views and for unpaid back taxes.
Enter Lily
Laura Frantz' historical fiction never lets me down. It is shortly after the Revolutionary War. Seamus Ogilvy, one of Washington's generals, has returned to his estate, Tall Acre. His wife has died during the 8 years he has been fighting in the revolution, and he has brought home his 5 year old daughter, Lilias Catherine known as Lily Cate. Sophie Menzies, his nearest neighbor, at Three Chimneys has been left by her father a loyal Tory as he returned to Scotland, and she has no idea what has hap ...more
3.5 to 4 stars. I enjoyed this book more than I expected to. It's set during an interesting moment in history, and one which I as an Australian know little about. The British have just been forced to concede defeat and withdraw as rulers of the American colonies. Many individuals are still in the throes of deciding whether they will return to Britain or commit their loyalty to the newly independent America.

Sophie and General Ogilvy lived on neighbouring farms in Virginia, and their story unfold
Aug 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Books like this are why I can't get things done. Each and every time I think I have received and read Ms. Frantz's books in less than a day. It's been a long while since I've been so excited to read a book and this story did not disappoint. If you've followed my reviews of this book's predecessors, you know I've enjoyed them all, but that I'm pretty much obsessed with Red Shirt the hero from Courting Morrow Little. Nobody could top him in my book - until today. Yes. It is on record, in writing, ...more
My Thoughts: I have loved every single one of Laura's books I've read and this one was no exception. It was very easy to be drawn into Sophie's world. She may be the daughter of the midwife, but because of her father's Tory leanings, she has been ostracized. Yet the moment that she meets Lily-Cate, my heart melted. Both for Sophie and for the little girl. And Seamus wasn't sure how to manage the females in his life. But he does. It takes him some time though.

There is so much that happens to help
Oct 19, 2020 rated it liked it
I liked but did not love this. The story was good but not one that I enjoyed as much as others written by Laura Frantz. I found myself wanting to hurry it along. It dragged on in some parts and I felt disappointed at times in the way the story went (for lack of a better way of saying it.) The two characters didn’t profess their love until very near the end. I found myself feeling a little frustrated having to read through so much to get there. I will admit though, given the circumstances in the ...more
Rachelle Cobb
Feb 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: audiobook
Exquisite! Listened to the audiobook—best narrator I’ve ever heard (her name is Aimee Lilly).
Deanne Patterson
May 21, 2015 rated it liked it
I was disappointed in this book. I had been looking forward to reading it for some time now. This is an author that I enjoy her books a lot but I did not find this to be a strong story. I enjoyed the Ballantyne series much more with it's rich historical detail . I do hope her next book picks up and is a stronger story. ...more
Feb 17, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2015
Delightful story of hardship set just following the Revolutionary War.

The main character Sophie Menzies was such an admirable heroine. She made multiple decisions to take the moral high ground rather than to put her own interest first. I cannot imagine how difficult it was to make the decisions she made.

Secondary character Lily Cate shined a light of innocence and faith that helped tie the story together.

Laura Frantz delivers a fine novel once again.

A huge thank you to Relz Reviews and Revell fo
Sep 01, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2015
Laura Frantz is a go to historical author for many and there’s very good reasons why this is the case. She has a writing style that captivates, she brings to life eras long past, and she creates characters you become completely invested in. So was I shocked when her newest release followed this exact same pattern and maybe even be her best yet?

Not at all friends. Not at all.

I really enjoyed getting a glimpse into the life of Americans right after the Revolutionary War. What a time that must have
Sweet and heartfelt, with a dash of suspense, The Mistress of Tall Acre is another lovely novel from Laura Frantz. I quite adore this author's books, beautiful historicals that they are, with such a lyrical writing style. And this one was another I really enjoyed!

Set mostly during the aftermath of the American Revolutionary War, it follows the lives of Sophie Menzies and General Seamus Ogilvy. One a Patriot war hero, the other the daughter of a staunch Loyalist.
With the war ended, things strugg
Feb 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Where to start?? The Mistress of Tall Acre was a fabulous historical romance and another stellar read from Laura Frantz. I absolutely loved the characters and really felt for them as the story progressed. So many things happened, including a super shocking element near the end that I did. not. expect.

I loved the relationship between Sophie and Lily Cate and how the child seemed to have felt an instant connection with Sophie -- so sweet! I also liked how there was a sliver of suspense in The Mis
Mar 02, 2015 rated it really liked it


Where can I begin? This book was just AWESOME!! From the very first page, I was enraptured by this wonderfully and beautifully written tale. I was enchanted from the beginning to the end. This novel was definitely one of those books that I didn't want to end! I know sadly all good things must come to an end. :(

Oh my GOODNESS, the book cover is just gorgeous!! I'm glad to have finally read a novel where the book cover and the story itself goes hand in hand. I must say I was very intrigued
This story grabbed my attention right away but it wasn't until about half way through that I became gripped by the drama. Then ... oh my!... I felt the thrill and struggle to love and be loved, the angst and sorrow of tragedy and loss, the joy and peace of a new beginning, and then again the heart rending sorrow of betrayals from the past. There is no doubt you will be drawn into this story!

I loved the three main characters! Sophie Menzies is a gentle yet strong character who works hard, loves w
Jun 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I have a new book to add to my all-time favorites list! The Mistress of Tall Acre pulled me back in time, and into the hearts and lives of Sophie Menzies and Seamus Ogilvy. This is one of those stories that, even after I finished reading it, stayed with me. I can’t stop thinking about these deep and complex characters.

Seamus Ogilvy is wounded not only physically, but emotionally, as well. He struggles to understand how to be a father to a young daughter who fears him. He must reconcile the loss
Anne Osterlund
Jul 12, 2016 rated it really liked it
Seamus Ogilvy left his home, Tall Acre, in Virginia to fight in the Revolution. He returns a war hero, a widower, and the father of a five-year-old girl he has never known. A little girl who has nightmares every night, is terrified of her father’s wounded hand, and appears to trust the young woman next door.

Sophie Menzies is still waiting for the war to end. The daughter of a Tory, she remained behind—and a loyal patriot—while her father fled to England. But her brother has not returned from his
Aug 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, review, 2015
Historical fiction, no matter the market or genre, is hit or miss for me. I enjoy history, but certain periods in time do little to capture interest. Perhaps it might have something to do with having seen a period drama visualize a period in history that didn’t appeal, or maybe it’s simply the aptitude of the characters effect. Whatever, many historical novels just aren’t my cup of tea. Laura Frantz’s writing has delighted readers everywhere and her latest has been met with no less enthusiasm. I ...more
Nicki Olsen

*My Thoughts*

I wish I could be one of those people that can start out by saying, "I have long been in love with Laura Frantz's writing", but alas, I cannot. I can say however that I have been in love with her writing ever since the very first page I read of Love's Fortune. Laura truly did open the doors to my love of all things Historical Fiction and has helped show me the beauty of our past. I proceeded to BEG for every single book she had ever written...I'm only missing o
Heidi Robbins (Heidi Reads...)
There's something about Laura Frantz's writing that transports me to the setting of the book and I am completely immersed! There are so many rich historical details from a time period I don't often read about- post American Revolution. I was surprised to learn about much of the turmoil that was still going on after the war was over. The characters were easy to envision and had many layers to them. Sophie is so strong and dignified but her desperate circumstances are humbling. She immediately dev ...more
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Jul 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Opening the cover of a Laura Frantz novel is like opening a long asked for treasured gem! Recently I was able to set aside uninterrupted time and fully immerse myself in the rich read of The Mistress of Tall Acre. The first sentence caught me and held me long into the night as the story of Seamus, wee Lily Cate and Sophie unfolded. Interesting to note I found myself reading this near Independence Day and my appreciation for the price our forefathers paid made the reading of this book even greate ...more
Charity Andrews
Aug 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Mercy Me. Another epic win for Laura Frantz. Is anyone surprised? I know I’m not!!

Seamus Ogilvy is a heralded war hero as a general in the Revolutionary War. Once it is over, he comes back to a broken home. His wife has died and his daughter is being cared for by his sister-in-law. Unwilling to give her back to her father, he is forced to take her, in the dead of night, back home to Tall Acres. His neighbor, Sophie, agrees to marry him to be a mother to Lily Cate. As their love grows and the pas
Feb 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This was a fantastic read! This book grabbed me early on and I couldn’t put it down. I loved sweet Lily Cate and Shamus and Sophie were charming characters. The story was exciting with several twists and turns and lots of surprises. The ending was superb and the book was truly lovely. One of my favorite reads in 2019!
Carrie Turansky
Jul 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing
The Mistress of Tall Acre was a wonderful story! I fell in love with the characters and stayed up late to see what would happen to them. Laura Frantz is a gifted writer, and this story is sure to please those who enjoy dramatic and romantic historical fiction.
Mar 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2015-reviews
wow. review to come as soon as I can process my thoughts. And right now I am in a historical fiction slump after read this awesome book.
Carrie Schmidt (Reading is My SuperPower)
History, romance, and suspense all combine with Laura Frantz’s poetic writing style to bring readers another captivating novel filled with characters that quickly become the dearest of friends.

I only have one problem with Laura’s books – I always find myself in a reading-speed dilemma. On the one hand, I want to exercise all of my reading superpowers and turn those pages as fast as I can because I must find out what happens next. On the other hand, I feel the need to force myself to slow down an
Mar 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Once again as I've come to expect, Ms. Frantz has penned a story that takes you on a journey, rich with poetic description, that continues to build in intensity as it moves along. I recently noted that I am re-reading some paragraphs in order to grasp the visual of what she is describing. Laura Frantz truly has "a way with words" as they say and you will find yourself wanting to savor every one of them.

End of the Revolutionary war, 1783. Miss Sophie Menzies and General Seamus Ogilvy are two very
Aug 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Laura Frantz has yet to disappoint me with any of her sweeping novels. From the very first page, I knew this book would be a special one, and I was right. She transported me to the fragile beginnings of the United States after the Revolutionary War into a beautiful tale of love, loss, and childlike trust.

Sophie's character was one that I could relate to immediately - independent, fiercely loyal, and quick to love. Her relationship with Lily Cate was sweet as it could be, and it blossomed the mo
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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 Vi ...more

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