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An Uncommon Woman

4.46  ·  Rating details ·  421 ratings  ·  138 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,
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
Deanne Patterson
Jan 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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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
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
*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
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
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
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.

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
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
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
Libby May
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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
Trisha Robertson (Joy of Reading)
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
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 ...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
Paula Shreckhise
Through the beautiful prose of Laura Frantz, I was taken back to the rich history of our western frontier in 1770’s Virginia. I was mesmerized by the story as if I were right there alongside the characters.
Clay Tygart was captured and raised by the Lenape Indians. After returning to civilization, he is now a colonel on his way to command a fort that bears his name on the far reaches of western Virginia. Tessa Swan is an uncommon woman living at Swan Station, not far from the fort, on the
Jan 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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.
Nov 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
An Uncommon Woman by Laura Frantz is a lovely adventure that takes the reader back to a time in the late 1700’s to a time I’ve always dreamed of living. Frantz takes the reader on a tour of the rough life on the frontier where Native Americans are warring and the frontier people are working so hard to live and protect their lives, loves, and homes.
Tessa is a strong-willed young woman that dreams of a better life yet is stronger than most women I know.
Clay, what a guy! He’s the protector of
Jan 10, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Absolutely nobody writes frontier fiction like Laura Frantz. Not only do each of her characters have a depth that fascinates me as a reader, but she does lush pioneer scenery as though she’s walked in the 18th century. The issue that I have with each of her stories is that they’re simply not long enough. They’re over much too soon.

Tessa and Clay’s story is set in the wild’s of Pennsylvania and western Virginia and I fairly devoured it. Being a native of the area, I’ve grown up with the stories
Becky Lewis
If Laura Frantz’s name is on it, that is enough to tell me I’m going to love a novel, and most probably, consider it a favorite. An Uncommon Woman is no exception. Ms. Frantz takes the reader back to colonial Virginia, but the far side of the Appalachians, where the Buckhannon River runs free and life is hard. At a time when the Colonies are bursting at their seams, some have traversed the mountains to make the wildlands their home. But with Indian tribes both mistreated and feared, life on the ...more
Dec 31, 2019 rated it really liked it
There are few authors who can evoke Colonial era America like Laura Frantz. The hardship of frontier life, the starkness of the forts, the strain between the native tribes and the ever-encroaching whites--all is classic Frantz. I especially liked how she wove in the complexity of captives who are returned to the white world (some with greater "success" than others).

Tessa is marvelous--both practical and feminine, tough yet tenderhearted. And her great aunt Hester is a hoot (and tough as nails).
Nov 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I was so very happy to get this Book.
Laura Frantz is an excellent historical story teller. I try never to miss any of her books and this one was no exception. I was very excited to get to read this. Laura never disappoints!
Her writing style is original and true to the books she has written.
The cover is absolutely gorgeous!! I love that it matches the story within.
I loved this new tale that takes you to the frontier with the Indians! Lenape to be exact.
I always enjoy a good story with the
Jan 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A wonderful story!

There is such a beauty to Laura Frantz's writing style that resonates with my soul. Slipping into her stories is like slipping into my coziest pajamas with a cup of hot chocolate. Evocative, beautifully descriptive, with the ability to transport me to a different time that is at once familiar and yet foreign. . .

I have to wonder if each new book of hers will automatically become my favorite. I loved An Uncommon Woman! For all the reasons I just mentioned and more. The language
Jan 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
First impressions:
My stars. What a captivating, beautiful, gut-wrenching book.

Full review:
Tessa Swan was born and bred on the frontier. The only girl among five brothers, she's immensely practical while also longing for a finer life than she's known. In 1770 tensions are high with local Indian tribes, and the new Fort Tygart offers more protection than the settlers have had in the past, though it does not ease the ache of loss from those killed or captured in the conflicts.

A former Indian
Jan 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: empty-shelf-2020
This book, Y'all! This book is a historical lover's dream!
Laura Frantz brings the 1770's to life in a very real way. With her vivid imagery and storytelling Ms. Frantz has created real, believable characters and their world of fort life in 1770 Virginia to life on every page.
The budding romance between Tessa and Clay is swoon-worthy and shows Laura Frantz's talent at her finest.Tessa's desire for a flounced petty coat at the opening in the book just shows her sweetness. Clay was the perfect
Jan 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is only the second Laura Frantz novel that I’ve read and now I’m wondering why, because I’ve really enjoyed both of them! Her writing style pulls you in to the story and you just want to keep reading. I am definitely adding her back list to my TBR!

This story is one to be savored. The descriptions and writing style made me feel completely immersed in Clay and Tessa’s lives. Their story is filled with so much depth and emotion. They are both wonderful characters that you root for the entire
Jan 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I get plain giddy when I have a new Laura Frantz book in my hands. Her books are some of my all time favorites and I know whatever she writes will be amazing. This story I enjoyed, though I had to mull it over for a few days before writing my review. While this story seemed to move a bit slower, I enjoyed the characters and setting immensely. I loved Clay's character and I wish we could have gotten more of a back story because a book just about his past would be great. The history starts on page ...more
Dec 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Love and Danger on the Frontier

If you want to feel like you’ve done some time-traveling, get yourself a copy of this not-to-be-missed book, An Uncommon Woman. Laura Frantz’ interest, research and knowledge of the 18th century American frontier is exemplary. The vivid descriptions and accurately nuanced dialogue almost made me forget I was sitting in a 21st century recliner as I was reading. Though fraught with danger, the storyline flowed nicely while revealing several layers of issues to
Michelle Ule
Dec 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Loved it.

I read Laura's well written historical fiction because it maps with my family's history. Laura does a fine job describing life during the perilous years of European push to colonize the North American frontier. While her story is told from the European point of view, she does not forget what the Native Americans lost.

There is poignancy, fear, tension, and resolution in this tale. I was surprised by the very many twists in what at first blush seemed a romantic historical fiction.

It is.
Nicole Wegscheider
Dec 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing

Laura Frantz’s book, An Uncommon Woman is a fascinating historical fictional novel that reveals the native Indian and white man challenges. This story takes place in the Buckhannon River, Western Virginia during 1770.

On military assignment, Colonel Clay Tygart is tasked to return Keturah to her family. She is a kind-hearted and exceptionally beautiful white woman abducted by the native Indians years ago. As they travel together to Fort Tygart in the Western Virginia, they
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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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