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The Frontiersman's Daughter

4.08  ·  Rating details ·  3,992 ratings  ·  386 reviews
Lovely but tough as nails, Lael Click is the daughter of a celebrated frontiersman. Haunted by her father's former captivity with the Shawnee Indians, as well as the secret sins of her family's past, Lael comes of age in the fragile Kentucky settlement her father founded. Though she faces the loss of a childhood love, a dangerous family feud, and the affection of a Shawnee ...more
Paperback, 413 pages
Published August 1st 2009 by Fleming H. Revell Company
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This is a hard one to review. It is both wonderful and exasperating all at once. The writing is lovely, the story a good one. It captured my attention immediately and kept me coming back. There were really only two flaws but they were significant enough to cause problems.

1. (May or may not be considered a flaw, depending on personal preference) The author takes an inordinate amount of time describing surroundings and writing about the daily chores of living. Life on the 18th century frontier is
Aug 06, 2011 rated it did not like it
When I wasn't bored, I hated it. Lael was very flighty, and falls in love with three different characters and jumps around between them throughout the novel. Loyalty and good judgment are qualities that she is severely lacking. Alot of questions were left unanswered, which is surprising considering the length of the book. I would have loved for the book to address what happened to Captain Jack, it was hinted he died, but never confirmed. I thought it indicative of Lael's character that she had ...more
Mar 19, 2020 rated it liked it
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There are several things to enjoy about this novel such as historical details and the main female character's toughness and kindness for others. Overall, I didn't love this one like I have other novels by Laura Frantz.
~4.5 Stars~

I really liked the way this book was written and how it went through different stages of Laels life. It started out with Lael as a thirteen-year-old and went all through her life until she was around twenty-three or twenty-four. I loved how we got to see her grow as a characterespecially near the end of the book. Lael did have many love interests throughout the story (around 3-4), but with a time span of about ten years, I think that was reasonableAlthough I did get really annoyed by
Joanne Bischof
Nov 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing
It's hard to believe that this was Laura Frantz's debut novel! This book has been on my Kindle for some time, often calling my name but I found myself so caught up in Laura's more recent releases, that I hadn't carved out the time to go back to the very beginning and open the pages of this beauty. I am so glad that I finally did! Having read The Frontiersman's Daughter, it is absolutely no surprise why Laura holds such a special place in Christian historical romance. Her writing is superb and ...more
Feb 28, 2010 rated it it was amazing
I had heard wonderful things about this book, but really wasnt prepared for how blown away I was going to be!
THE FRONTIERSMANS DAUGHTER has it all. Adventure, romance, grudges, war, a gutsy heroine and not one, but two awesome heros!
From the first page where Lael let down her hair in the presence in a war party of Shawnee I was hooked. Usually in a romance I can ultimately tell who will be the heroines choice- I had no idea in this novel! It kept me completely entranced in the story. The
Heidi Robbins (Heidi Reads...)
This is a book that really touched my heart. It's an epic story spanning the years, a time of harsh struggles, where joy is found in simple and lovely things- a close friend, the beauty of nature, the excitement of dancing. Throughout the story as she grows into a young woman, Lael yearns to know and understand her own heart, and find peace. It's gentle, sobering, gritty, and realistic. I appreciated the historical details and I loved learning more about this time period and setting in our ...more
Mar 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A gorgeously written novel of loss, love, & growth. Lauras writing reads almost lyrically as she describes Laels life in the woods of colonial Kentucky. This novel is what I would call a more heavy story in my opinion, but worthy of every moment spent reading it. Family secrets & love matches abound as Lael journeys from girlhood to becoming a woman.

Laels character is one of the most round and real to me characters Ive read in a while. She is high spirited and her fathers daughter
Jun 18, 2013 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Tweety by: Beth

This book was Chock-a-block full of beautiful descriptions, I couldn't get enough. In style it reminded me of Lady in the Mist, because of those charming word pictures. I would love to see what Kentucky looks like now, I never cared to before. Congratulations to the author for making me want to camp out there. And this won't be my last of Laura Frantz's books, she has made her mark.

I especially liked the attention to details, the herbs used for healing, the doctoring of the time and a little
Dec 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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This was my first book by Laura Frantz and I have to say that I thoroughly enjoyed it! I had seen this book at bookstores, and to be honest, the cover really put me off. But, trust me, this book was so well-written!
The book starts out with Lael being 14-16 years old and ends when shes around 24 years old. Obviously, theres a lot that goes on, and I loved that! It wasnt a perfect arch of a storyline, it was just her life.
The characters were realistic and sometimes even made me want to strangle
I just devoured the last half of this novel without even realizing that time had passed. I wish it had a better cover. Honestly, this one is pretty, but it doesn't do the contents of the novel justice. Full review to come later. I don't like to review immediately after I've finished a book :) Once again I'm surprised that this is the author's debut novel.

Review time! I was a bit thrown by this book. What I expected to be light and fluffy was actually full of depth! Frantz does not shy away from
Rachel Thompson
Nov 27, 2011 rated it it was ok
I received a free copy of this book. This isn't the type of book I normally go for, though I do enjoy Christian romances from time to time.

Set in the 1700's in the wild territory of Kentucke, Lael Click is the daughter of a rather famous frontiersman who was captured and spent time with the Shawnee, learning their language and some of their customs. One day, a Shawnee warrior known as Captain Jack appears, making it pretty clear that he wants Lael. At first Lael is afraid, sure that she is in
May 17, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, on-kindle
Where I got the book: Kindle freebie.

I've got to say at the outset that I liked this book a whole lot more than Frantz's latest, Love's Reckoning. The somewhat loosely constructed plot of The Frontiersman's Daughter revolves around Lael Click, the daughter of a remarkable father who was instrumental in founding their small part of Kentucky (called Kentucke because this is the 1800s) and spent some time living with the local Indians to boot, during which time her mom ran off with her uncle.
Mar 08, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was *so* close to a 5 star read. I just loved the way the author told Lael's story, and especially how the people around her ministered to Lael and taught her the truths of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
4.75 stars
Oct 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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Timeless coming-of-age tale!
Laura Frantz has established herself as one of my favourite authors, and Lael Click is hands down a heroine that I won't forget quickly - alongside Ma Horn, Titus, Susanna & Will, and Ian Justus.
Beth Erin
Jan 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This was a pleasure read for me but I love it so much that I added it to my top 2018 favorites post on

My heart was so torn for Lael! This is a delightfully engrossing read and the audio is wonderful as well. I'm so glad I borrowed this story!
Keli Gwyn
Oct 07, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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Debut author Laura Franz writes like a seasoned professional. The Frontiersmans Daughter melds powerful characters, artistic description and a captivating storyline into a feast sure to satisfy readers who crave stories with heart. Told through the eyes of the strong, determined, courageous daughter of one of the first white men to settle in Kentucke, the story follows Lael Clicks journey from a girl of thirteen to a woman of twenty as she deals with loss, love and the need of the Lord in her ...more
Jan 08, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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To say that Laura Frantz has created a novel that is well written doesn't even begin to scratch the surface of the excellent quality of writing that is found between the pages of this novel. God has given Laura an amazing gift, and I cannot emphasis enough how much I appreciate what she's done here in Lael's story. It's a substantial 412 pages of deep, meaty substance; each word a scrumptious morsel to be savored.

It isn't very often that I read a book where the words seem to come off of the page
Jul 26, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I loved it! I'm so glad Lori Mauldin shared this book with me. I have wanted to read this for some time. It totally met my expectations. It was very much about the history aspect but also very much about Lael, the main character. Her story starts out when she is 13. She loves her family and her home. She goes through a lot of trials in her life, although I didn't find this book too sad or stressful at all. There is Indian trouble and intrigue. But it is not the main focus. Who she is, as her ...more
I don't know what it is about Laura Frantz's writing that is so engaging. Even when the story is less than happy, I still can't put it down. Her books are rich in historical details, the characters are always wonderfully developed (whether I like them or not is another story), and the relationships that she portrays are always compelling. This book was no exception.

However, I had a hard time liking the h. She cried a lot. It seemed like she was crying every other chapter and the Vulcan in me
Jul 18, 2009 rated it it was amazing
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This is an incredibly moving and absorbing debut novel.

Lael (pronounced Lay-elle) Click is the 14 year old daughter of a noted frontiersman, guide, hunter and leader in pre-Revolutionary War era Kentucky (or Kentucke as its called in the book).

They live in the shadow of her father's 4 year captivity by the Shawnee. He attempted to save a group of miners lives by offering to join the Shawnee instead of being slaughtered, when they were set upon by a war party. What transpired was that only the
There was a lot to like about this book. It absolutely immersed me in the Kentucky of the late 18th Century. Everything about it felt authentic - the dialogue, the descriptions of living in the wilderness, and the pace of the characters' lives. Also, the author writes beautifully, and uses a richness of language that really invokes deep emotion. I like the history to have equal time in historical romance, and the history here was a living, breathing character. The author's research was ...more
Jan 24, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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The author took her time with this one I couldn't be sure that it was a romance because I couldn't quite predict where it would go; the heroine's life journey is long, and the path meanders a bit. The hero is not who you think it would be, and when he's introduced into the story, you wonder later, "Why at that moment?" There are other men in the story that could easily have been the hero, so there is no clear indication who to root for when each of these men are introduced
Jan 09, 2011 rated it really liked it
It was clear to me right away why all of my friends love Laura Frantz's books. Seriously, she has got a way with words that very few authors can replicate. It's an almost lyrical, haunting style that transported me to the back hills of Kentucky (referred to as Kentucke), and drew me into the relationships between Lael, Ma Horn, Ian, and Susanna, that it was oh-so-very-hard to turn that final page.

I couldn't help but compare The Frontiersman's Daughter to two other stories that I've watched
Jeannette Garcia
Aug 22, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I can't believe that I have put off reading this book for far too long. It came highly recommended and definitely did not disappoint. The writing was incredible... scenes were so descriptive, I felt like I was on the frontier with the characters. My heart broke for Simon early on. I felt like he always loved Lael but was just too caught up in taking the easy way out. I still was hoping that he never married Piper and that he would end up with Lael... and then there's Captain Jack. Oh goodness! I ...more
It's 1777 in the newly developing Kentucke Indian Territory. Lael Click is 13 years old when a group of Indians approach her home and one Indian brave asks her to let down her hair that nearly touches the ground. This is the beginning of the coming of age story of Lael Click along with her family.

This story is one that grows with each chapter. Although Lael often fights God's will for her, as she matures, she finds that the love she has for one man changes as he shows his true colors. Then her
Sep 10, 2009 rated it it was amazing
The Frontiersmans Daughter by Laura Frantz is a stunning debut novel, a completely absorbing tale of a young girls coming of age in the wilds of late eighteenth century Kentucky. Lael Clicks story reawakened my love of this time period in history, an appreciation that had fallen by the wayside when I finished my last required U.S. history class in high school. It doesnt help that in recent years, the Christian fiction market didnt seem to have all that much room for colonial frontier fiction. ...more
Virginia Campbell
In her soaring debut, THE FRONTIERSMAN'S DAUGHTER, Laura Frantz sets a high standard for others to follow. With enviable skill as a story teller, Ms. Frantz draws us into the tumultuous, inspiring life of Lael Click. We are privileged to follow Lael from age thirteen to age twenty-one. A span of just eight years, but an eventful and amazing time in the rawness of Colonial America. Lael is the daughter of a legendary frontiersman, who parents her with love and influences her thoughts and actions ...more
Laura Frantz is a wonderful writer and I'll be checking soon to see if she has any other books published!

So why only 3 stars? I think the book would have greatly benefited if 100 pages would've been chopped off. Several parts dragged and some scenes went into way too much detail. I realize that historical writers do a ton of research and so they're tempted to add all of these cool facts. But simply put: readers don't want to read a gajillion pages about herbs.

The main character didn't end up
Oct 06, 2011 rated it did not like it
I wanted to stop reading at the 25% mark, when Lael was still only 13 years old, but I kept reading for all those people who think it's not fair on the author to give a low rating without finishing the book. Well, that means the book went from a 2-star Did Not Finish to a 1-star.

It was long. Too long. And it was boring.

The entire book was written from Lael's point of view, and I didn't find her that interesting as a character. She was alone most of the time, which meant the action (such as it
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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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“So Captain Jack’s come a-courtin’.” Her hands stilled on the basket. “Who?” “The tall Shawnee who come by your cabin.” The tall one. Lael felt a small surge of triumph at learning his name. Captain Jack. Oddly, she felt no embarrassment. Lifting her shoulders in a slight shrug, she continued pulling the vines into a tight circle. “He come by, but I don’t know why.” “Best take a long look in the mirror, then.” Lael’s eyes roamed the dark walls. Ma Horn didn’t own one. “Beads and a blanket, was it?” She nodded and looked back down. “I still can’t figure out why some Shawnee would pay any mind to a white girl like me.” Ma Horn chuckled, her face alight in the dimness. “Why, Captain Jack’s as white as you are.” “What?” she blurted, eyes wide as a child’s. Ma Horn’s smile turned sober. “He’s no Indian, Shawnee or otherwise, so your pa says. He was took as a child from some-wheres in North Carolina. All he can remember of his past life is his white name—Jack.” 5 likes
“Since you’re no’ going tae ask, I’ll just tell you tae come,” he called. “Come as you are. But if you dinna hurry, we’ll miss Christmas.” Christmas. She felt the delight of it clear to her toes. He leaned forward in the saddle, looking frozen. “Are you coming, Lael lass, or are you no’?” “I—well . . .” She turned and flew into the cabin, smoothing her hair, banking the fire, and disposing of her uneaten supper all at once. Suddenly she reappeared at the door. “I don’t even know where we’re going!” “Tae Cozy Creek. Till the new year.” 2 likes
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