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An Uncommon Woman

3.68  ·  Rating details ·  3,461 ratings  ·  366 reviews
Unflinching and plainspoken, Tessa Swan is not your typical 18th-century woman. Born and bred on the western Virginia frontier along with her five brothers, she is a force to be reckoned with.

Quiet and courageous, Clay Tygart is not your typical 18th-century man. Raised by Lenape Indians, he returns a hero from the French and Indian War to the fort that bears his name, bri
Paperback, 384 pages
Published January 7th 2020 by Fleming H. Revell Company (first published January 2020)
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Melissa Tagg
Dec 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
AHHHHHHHHH I love Laura Frantz's books so ridiculously much and I adored every moment of this story and the only, ONLY downside is that I finished it in a day and now I'm gonna have to wait a whole year for the next one...

Okay, deep breath.

So yeah, loved this one. The thing about Laura Frantz's books is you're just completely immersed in them from the opening pages...her storyworld comes alive in the best of ways. The romance is delightfully gradual. (I always, always vote for romance that takes
Michelle Griep
Apr 21, 2020 rated it really liked it
One word. Clay. Sweet hot mercy! He is quite the hero. If nothing else, you should read this story for this man alone. But that's not the only reason...

Author Laura Frantz has a melodic way of writing. You can hear the lilt in the settlers voices. Feel their pain and angst. Experience all the danger of the late 1700s. And while I love reading about the era, I wouldn't want to have lived in the eighteenth century.

Heroine Tessa Swan is an enigmatic, feisty woman. I love her independent spirit and
Deanne Patterson
Jan 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Deanne by:
The undisputed Queen of frontier romance has done it again.
Transporting us back in to time where things were a little uncivilized but the heart of people were the same. Same hopes,dreams,longings and fears we face today.
The plot is richly descriptive and your imagination will flow with this one as you become immersed in the story line.
The characters are as resilient as the land they dwell upon full of life,dreams and charm.
This early American historical is remarkable and Laura Frantz's best wor
Apr 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Adventures and danger in every chapter! I love American 18th century history!
Jan 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-in-2020
Living in the frontier comes to life through the vivid imagery of Laura Frantz. I could see the fort used for safety, the simplicity of the cabins outside the fort, the ferry used to cross the river and more in 1770 Western Virginia. The scenery is alive.

The storyline is compelling as well. Tessa is considered old to still be single and lives with her widowed mother and five brothers outside the fort walls. She is tough by necessity but yearns for a safer existence with just a touch of refinemen
*sighs* This book...this book was so good. Though it was not my favorite book by Mrs. Frantz, this book still transported me back to the Virginia frontier during the 1700s. I love this setting so much. The plot was intriguing and it was very difficult to put this book down.

The characters, like in all of Mrs. Frantz's books, were amazing and I loved seeing them grow and mature throughout this book. Tessa was a hoot and her character was amazing. Her love, compassion, and servant-like attitude rea
Susan Snodgrass
Dec 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
'Fear was never far away. She'd felt its cold clutch since childhood.'

Sometimes, you read the last word in a book and you just sit there, unable to think properly because your heart is so incredibly full. Such is the emotion that a book by Laura Frantz evokes in this reader.

''Everyone on the frontier had a chair that sat empty, a place unoccupied. Who would be next?'

Tessa Swan has lived on the Buckhannon River on the Virginia frontier all her life, plainspoken in her ways and a force to be recko
Jocelyn Green
Laura Frantz is on a very short list of auto-buy authors for me. And I don't mean ebooks--I take great delight in seeing as many of her spines on my bookshelf as possible. I know that with her stories, I will get history, vivid imagery, beautiful prose, heartachingly dear characters, and an all-immersive experience. An Uncommon Woman delivered all of this, just as I expected it would. It's a novel meant to be taken slowly, and rewards those willing to take it at its own pace. I can't wait to see ...more
Heidi Robbins (Heidi Reads...)
I'm always amazed at how this author brings history to life and I feel transported to an era and location that I don't think I would have done well in. What stood out to me was the fear of an Indian attack on a daily basis. It's a fear for good reason, as we see in the novel, and the details about the differences between the various tribes were fascinating. The brutality that existed at the time is astounding to me. Tessa is tired of the constant anxiety and dreams of finer things, while also ex ...more
Sep 29, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A solid 4 stars. My only (mild) qualm is that it took quite some time for any significant event to ‘happen’. However, the delay in actionable events occurring didn’t take away from the overall story. It all felt intentional and well-written—not a result of poor writing or story development. Frantz took the time to develop the characters and in doing so you, as the reader, become emotionally attached to them and their love story. I really enjoyed this book; the back half with all the action is qu ...more
5+ stars

I have started 2020 with what will most likely prove to be one of my favorite reads of the year.

Laura Frantz has been one of my favorite authors since I first read The Frontiersman's Daughter. She brings a unique voice to fiction that soothes the soul and allows the imagination to take flight to a distant time, filled with the adventure and hardships in the settling of a new world. Her stories are pervaded with memorable characters that are filled with strength and integrity that is unma
May 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
An Uncommon Woman was a lovely read. Frantz's stories are on my must-read list, as I always tend to enjoy her historicals...and this was no different.

I found the characters to be authentic. I liked how Tessa was "uncommon" and the way she and Clay connected to each other was nice.

The story had quite a few moments of danger and I didn't know how things would end up. I have to say, the ending was good and I really enjoyed the read. I am looking forward to Frantz's next release!

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Jun 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
No words of praise can do the writing of Laura Frantz justice! As she is my most beloved author, I feel that every book she writes is the best every time I read or reread them. It’s no different with this one. This book moved me & made me cry multiple times. I was so invested in the setting, characters, & story. Her novels are gorgeously vivid and truly read like you’re watching a movie.

I loved everything about this story. I fell in love with the Swan family immediately. I loved the family dyna
May 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Every time I read a Laura Frantz novel, I'm catapulted back in time to the summer I uncovered a treasure trove of books in my friend's garage. We'd been hunting for her much older sister's Nancy Drews without success but we did discover a box of old library discards that included some Elizabeth George Speare books. The Witch of Blackbird Pond and Calico Captive were my favourites and I read them multiple times that summer.

Fast forward into my adult reading life and my discovery of all things Lau
I love the time period this book is set in (1770's pre-Revolutionary America). It's an often overlooked era that has always fascinated me. Laura Frantz is an author who writes this time period very well, and transports you into that world. At times, it reminded me of the movie version of Last of the Mohicans, in that I could easily picture the landscape and the people. However, for me, the slow burn romance seemed a little dragged out and the story overburdened with the drudgery of day-to-day li ...more
Dec 31, 2019 rated it really liked it
I look forward to this authors books every year. They are always a special treasure of a well woven storytelling. This one is no different.

The setting is set so incredibly well, that the reader is taken along on the adventure of those who long ago set off to a new frontier to establish homes, communities, and towns. There was so much danger in that- whether it be seen or unseen-they risked their lives to live differently, to experience a new place, and to put down roots in their own land.

There i
Dec 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
"All her life had been spent looking over her shoulder."

Tessa Swan was an uncommon woman, living life deep within the mountains along the dangerous Virginia frontier; she was plainspoken, hard working, and lovely to look upon; occasionally allowing herself the small luxury of dreaming about a different sort of life, the kind where one did not have to fear if the next Indian attack might strike more tragedy among her family and friends.

"The journey out was always more comfortable that the journey
Jan 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
An Uncommon Woman was, without a doubt, one of the best historical fiction books that I have read in a long time. The beautifully unfolding romance captivated me and I was completely immersed in this dangerous and dramatic frontier setting.

The author did a wonderful job of crafting a story with rich details that made it easy for me to envision what life was like at this time in our history. There were so many interesting side characters in this story, too. I loved learning more about Keturah, as
Dec 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Like all of Laura Frantz’s other books, this one deserves to be savored. I wanted to read it quickly, yet I didn’t want to go too fast and have it end too soon. This book is rich in detail that will totally immerse you in the story. I immediately loved Clay and Tessa. I keenly felt their losses. I know this is a book that I will definitely read again! I loved it so much!

I received a complimentary copy from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. All opinions expressed are m
I didn’t want this story to end, but like all good things, end it did. I instantly wanted to hug the book, and then flip back to the beginning and start it all over again! I laughed, I cried, I held my breath in anticipation and sighed with contentment. Vivid, realistic, and filled with drama this story is everything I could have asked for and more!

Occasionally a book will come along that so envelops my imagination that not only am I feeling what the characters are going through but I hear the s
Dec 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Laura Frantz has taken us on another American frontier adventure. A time when danger can lurk behind any corner, where keeping your land seems a never ending war, and one is keenly aware that tomorrow is never guaranteed. There are so many great things about this book. First off, her writing style is just beautiful and uniquely her own. A true artist. Secondly, the characters are so well thought out. They’re complex, and especially with Clay, there is still an element of mystery at the end. Good ...more
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The complication of life with Indian people and the frontier is so intensely woven together into the complicated list that comes down to reality.
Personally, I always enjoyed stories about Indian captives returned, and this book did a beautiful job of portraying that heavy life.
I liked Tessa a lot. I loved her life and the way she was quick to step in where needed. I loved her rough frontier woman upbringing and the way that shone in her charac
Jan 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
With a sweep of her phenomenal quill, masterful wordsmith, Laura Frantz, has written a breathtaking, emotive novel set on the Virginia frontier—as hauntingly beautiful as it is heartrending.

The lovely, straightforward Tessa Swan, has no interest in courting as the threat of Indian ambushes and meeting the domestic needs of five brothers takes precedence over such. However, when Clay Tygart, raised by the Lenape Indians returns to the fort, she finds herself quite unwillingly intrigued. Tall, ado
RJ Recommended Read! UNCOMMON WOMAN by Laura Frantz is exactly what this early American history lover pines for, and then some. I am obsessed with 1700s American history. I’ll read fiction and non-fiction from that time period, but I especially crave romances featuring these brave people.

This book fed that craving with not only the history I love, but settled in around a river with families who tried to cultivate a life in this wild place.

The only life Tessa Swan and her brothers remember are wh
Set along the Buckhannon River in West Virginia in 1770, Tessa, her mother, and her 5 brothers have a large farm as well as a ferry station on the river. But times are tough as the Indian tribes in the area resent the creeping encroachment of white settlers on their lands. Tessa has already lost her father to an Indian attack, and her family is ever watchful. Colonel Clay Tygart has been sent from Pennsylvania to command a nearby fort named for him. Tygart, once an Indian captive, is sensitive t ...more
Melissa (LifeFullyBooked)
Jan 08, 2020 rated it really liked it
Whenever I pick up a historical fiction novel, I think, "why am I reading this? I don't even like historical fiction." But every single time, Laura Frantz changes my mind. Her characters, her sense of place, the intricate plotting--they all capture my attention and pull me into the story, transporting me to a different time and place. Frantz's books are ones that I always intend to savor, yet they are so compelling that I want to consume them in a big gulp. An Uncommon Woman is no exception.
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Grace Mullins
Jun 29, 2019 marked it as to-read
So excited for this! I love Frantz's frontier novels. 😍 ...more
Jan 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Tessa Swan is an amazing woman. She is bright, passionate, and strong-willed. She is also beautiful, compassionate, and hard-working. But, Tessa is also just like every woman who’s ever walked the face of this earth — she, too, has insecurities and fears and doubts. While it is clear that Clay, the fabulous hero of An Uncommon Woman, is very attracted to Tessa for a plethora of reasons, Tessa still worries that she is not good enough for him. I completely understand Tessa’s feelings, as unfounde ...more
Laura Frantz is at her finest writing 18th century American frontier novels! An Uncommon Woman is definitely one of her best works, in my opinion. Such a treat to read; I felt like I was transported back to the colonial forests of Kentucky, with hostile Indians lurking just beyond the tree line. Such a tumultuous time, but Laura Frantz beautifully illuminates the simple joys and hardy souls of the frontier folk.

It was a pleasure to follow the journeys of Tessa Swan and Clay Tygart, harsh though
Denise Weimer
Jul 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Rich, active, and sensory, this romantic and adventuresome yarn set in 1770 western PA and VA put me in mind of immersion into a mountain river. "Betimes," it took my breath away. "Ofttimes," I found myself rereading a sentence twice or thrice, just to get the weft and warp and full weight of it. Laura Frantz has a way of stating things a notch or two beyond the normal, and also of capturing a depth of what's going on beneath the surface, in the mood and emotions of the characters, in a succinct ...more
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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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