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The Frontiersman's Daughter

4.02  ·  Rating Details ·  3,218 Ratings  ·  327 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, 416 pages
Published August 1st 2009 by Revell
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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 C 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 C ...more
~4.5 Stars~

I really liked the way this book was written and how it went through different stages of Lael’s 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 character…especially 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 reasonable…Although I did get really annoyed
Joanne Bischof
Nov 19, 2016 Joanne Bischof 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 he ...more
Feb 28, 2010 Casey rated it it was amazing
I had heard wonderful things about this book, but really wasn’t prepared for how blown away I was going to be!
THE FRONTIERSMAN’S 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 heroine’s choice- I had no idea in this novel! It kept me completely entranced in the story. The wate
Dec 03, 2014 Kelvey 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 she’s around 24 years old. Obviously, there’s a lot that goes on, and I loved that! It wasn’t a perfect arch of a storyline, it was just her life.
The characters were realistic and sometimes even made me want to strang
Jun 18, 2013 Tweety 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 bi
May 17, 2012 Jane rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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. Ye
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
Jan 08, 2011 Michelle 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 18, 2009 SheLove2Read 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
Rachel Thompson
Nov 27, 2011 Rachel Thompson 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 lo
Keli Gwyn
Oct 07, 2010 Keli Gwyn rated it it was amazing
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Debut author Laura Franz writes like a seasoned professional. The Frontiersman’s 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 Click’s 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 24, 2012 April 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 Christy 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 and/o
Jeannette Garcia
Aug 22, 2012 Jeannette Garcia 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
Sep 10, 2009 Ruth rated it it was amazing
The Frontiersman’s Daughter by Laura Frantz is a stunning debut novel, a completely absorbing tale of a young girl’s coming of age in the wilds of late eighteenth century Kentucky. Lael Click’s 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 doesn’t help that in recent years, the Christian fiction market didn’t seem to have all that much room for colonial frontier fictio ...more
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 impressiv ...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 wi
Elise Wilson
Nov 12, 2010 Elise Wilson rated it really liked it
In her debut novel, Frantz delves into the history of Kentucke, late 1700s. The story is told mostly in the context of the adventures of its heroine, Lael Click, an interesting character to say the least. Lael is an independent spirit (some call "wild"), unconventional (ahead of her times for a young woman) and she is (self-described), "fickle." Did I mention fickle? Okay. I believe the only constant in Lael's life is her deep love of home and family.

And this is what I most appreciated about the
The Frontiersman's Daughter was very engaging and I read it for five straight hours until I finished the book. I could not set this novel aside once I hit the middle of the book. It carried me through to the end. There were some slow spots and I thought it was a bit too long, but the story itself was fantastic! I particularly enjoyed the romantic elements.

There were some poignant and sad moments in this story where I was on the verge of tears as I read. This author knows how to write with passi
Aug 29, 2009 Janna rated it it was amazing
Ahhh, sweet peace in my soul... that is what I'm experiencing in the wake of closing the back cover of "The Frontiersman's Daughter" after finishing the last page. A sense that all is right with the world because Lael Click is going to be alright. How is it that in just a day I can care about Lael so much that it matters to me that she is going to be okay? It is possible because Laura Frantz has penned a beautiful historical epic that sent me back in time to get familiar with Lael as she is grow ...more
Jul 26, 2012 Emilee 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 fat ...more
Elizabeth S
May 17, 2012 Elizabeth S rated it it was amazing
Laura Frantz has written a novel that has singing prose and great historical detail. Being a lit geek I really do care about the poetry of the words and Frantz does it beautifully.
The romance is realistic and historically correct. I loved that part because I have found too many books that don't pay much attention to that.
Lael is not only a girl with a different name she is also a character I can relate to. Her bitterness toward people is understandable. The spiritual parts of the book are jus
Oct 04, 2011 Alexia rated it it was amazing
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This is by far the best book I have read this year/EVER! Frantz is an amazing author. If she can make me, a lover of Regency period and ballrooms, fall in love with Kentucky fort life and Indians then she is just incredible. I really wasn't into the cover or theme of the book, so I held off reading it; what a mistake! I am so lovesick right now having just finished it. This must be read! You won't regret it, regardless of what time era or theme you enjoy!
Aug 05, 2012 Aimee rated it it was amazing
The Frontiersman's Daughter begins when Lael Click is a 13-year-old girl with a father who lived with the Shawnee for a few years and adopted some of their strange ways, and a mother who is hiding secrets of her own. The Click cabin in the deep woods of the Kentucke settlement is full of secrets and silence, and Lael longs to know the truth. Occasionally, a tall and handsome Shawnee warrior rides near the cabin, and calls her to come onto the front porch and let down her long blonde hair. It see ...more
Bobbi Rightmyer
Sep 09, 2009 Bobbi Rightmyer rated it it was amazing
I was honored to receive a review copy of Laura Frantz’s first novel, The Frontiersman’s Daughter. I first discovered Frantz’s wonderful prose on her blog, Imagination, and was pleased to learn her first book was being released in August. We have become “bloggy” cyber friends and I look forward to meeting her in real-life at the Kentucky Book Fair in November.

The Frontiersman’s Daughter is the story of Lael Click, a strong frontierswoman who battles life while dealing with many family secrets. H
Gwendolyn Gage
Aug 16, 2011 Gwendolyn Gage rated it really liked it
If you enjoyed the "Christy" TV series, and like your novels featuring more than one romantic interest for the heroine, you're going to love The Frontiersman's Daughter.

Lael comes of age in 18th century Kentucke territory, shadowed by her father's legendary reputation as a settlement founder and former captive of the Shawnee. While her hope for love and marriage is banked on a childhood friend, she stirs up trouble when she catches the eye of a white Shawnee warrior. And just when she thinks she
Kate (Too Read or Not Too Read)
This is a difficult book to review. I'm of two minds with this one.

I will start with the positives:
Laura Frantz has a beautiful writing style. I just fell in love with Love's Reckoning and couldn't wait to read more. The way she describes the surroundings, the fort, the homesteads, the people, the dress, she can transport you back to the time. You can imagine everything she is writing with such clarity. I love when a story does that and The Frontiersman's Daughter does that easily.

However, movin
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Christ-follower, history lover, wife, mom, author. Felt called to write since age 7 and have been writing ever since. My first love is 18th-century fiction, especially colonial history. I feel blessed beyond measure to write books. I hope you are doubly blessed reading them!
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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
“She swam nearer and her breath caught. Lying atop the rock was a bow and quiver full of arrows beside a pair of beaded moccasins. She spun around in the water, joy bubbling up inside her. But before she could take a breath, firm hands caught her ankles and tugged her under. She came up sputtering and laughing, but he’d still not surfaced. So he swims like a fish. She remembered he could also run like a deer, overtaking her in the woods all those years before. “Yellow Bird.” The voice behind her seemed almost to drown her with its depth. She turned to Captain Jack, hard pressed to keep her pleasure down. How many days since they had walked in the meadow? Too many, from the feeling inside her. In one glance she took in the doused eagle feathers of his headdress and the fine silver bands encircling his solid upper arms. Shimmering with water, Captain Jack’s hair was blue black. The beads about his neck were the same startling jade as his eyes and made him even more appealing. Suddenly shy, she ducked beneath the water, then swam away. Would he follow? They did a dance of sorts in the warm current, circling, gliding, swaying. Each time he caught her she pulled free and swam farther downriver than she’d ever been before. But he continued to woo her, pursuing her until she was so breathless she could only lie upon her back and float, the river like a watery bed.” 3 likes
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