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The Colonel's Lady

4.17  ·  Rating details ·  4,148 ratings  ·  408 reviews
In 1779, when genteel Virginia spinster Roxanna Rowan arrives at the Kentucky fort commanded by Colonel Cassius McLinn, she finds that her officer father has died. Penniless and destitute, Roxanna is forced to take her father's place as scrivener. Before long, it's clear that the colonel himself is attracted to her. But she soon realizes the colonel has grave secrets of ...more
Paperback, 406 pages
Published August 1st 2011 by Fleming H. Revell Company (first published 2011)
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Oh my goodness this was amazing!!!
I don't even think I can write something decent to honour it.
I was wrong, so wrong when I said after reading Heyer's The Nonesuch, that my next read might seem poor in comparison.

Poor this certainly was not. It is undoubtedly the most breathtaking, passionate romance since Jane Eyre. Many aspects reminded me of it; we have an orphaned heroine who faces struggle after struggle, never wavering in her faith in God, a tormented hero constantly fighting within
Oct 15, 2010 rated it it was amazing
I couldn’t write this book review right after closing the final page of “The Colonel’s Lady”. Why? My heart was too full.

Ever read a book that all you want to do when you finish is go back to page 1 and start all over again? Ever read a book and want to savor every single word as it leaves the page and enters your heart? Ever read a book and never want it to end??

I can tally all of these qualities for Laura Frantz’s latest book and so much more that is impossible to include in a 200 word review.
Oct 07, 2010 rated it it was amazing
BEAUTIFUL book!!! Wish there were more stars to give!!!
Review to come soon :)
SUMMARY: In 1779, when genteel Virginia spinster Roxanna Rowan arrives at the Kentucky fort commanded by Colonel Cassius McLinn, she finds that her officer father has died. Penniless and destitute, Roxanna is forced to take her father's place as scrivener. Before long, it's clear that the colonel himself is attracted to her. But she soon realizes the colonel has grave secrets of his own-some of which have to do with her father's sudden death. Can she ever truly love him? Readers will be ...more
Oct 06, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Nobody writes frontier romance like Laura Frantz! The Colonel's Lady is yet another example of Christian fiction at it's finest. This book is not simply a historical romance but a story of loss, hope, and the resilience of the human spirit. The beautiful and dangerous Kentucke territory has never been more alive to me and characters have never spoken to me more in any Christian book I've read. From the first shocking accident of an on edge militia to the tender ministrations and care of a lover ...more
Jul 19, 2011 rated it it was ok
Ok, I give this author gold stars for her obvious passion for Kentucky and for history. Her research is good. However, reading this, I cannot get into it as believability. I don't think Roxanna would just pick up and follow her father to his fort (and I think Frantz is sort of copying from The Last of the Mohicans with that one). Especially at the beginning of the book, the characters are stiff and very one dimensional. The conversations the two main characters have, are so convenient and ...more
Oct 08, 2014 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Tweety by: Anne
4 1/2 stars

Laura Franz always writes an engrossing tale! She's so difficult to put down! This book was no different.

I don't know why, but despite that I've yet to give one of Laura Frantz' books five stars. Don't let that put you off, while this didn't make five it was a solid four and there's nothing about the book that I didn't like. (The hero and heroine not being able to love each other because of goodness knows what, aside).

I had fun, even though I know when I pick up one of Frantz' books
Gwendolyn Gage
Aug 16, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: top-favorites
"The Colonel's Lady" is, without a doubt, the best book I've read all year. Laura Frantz is an exceptional author.

The plot gripped me from the beginning, and the author lost no time revealing the book's theme of love, forgiveness, and war-time intrigue. Colonel McLinn has accidentally shot his scrivener while on campaign in the Kentucke wilderness during the American Revolution. His scrivener's dying request is for McLinn to take care of his only daughter, Roxie. Imagine McLinn's surprise and
Jennifer Mccann
Jan 28, 2014 rated it did not like it
Well, this is my first, and likely my last "Christian" novel. And admittedly, this is a rant.

First, the heroine, Roxie, is just plain stupid. I know you need conflict for this story, but the conflict of a stupid person doing stupid things is not good. That's not conflict. It is stupid to set out alone for the frontier. It is stupid to decide to follow an army like a camp follower. It is stupid to simper.

Here is her character: Oh I will pray on it. Oh God help me. I am an old, plain, lame
Amanda Geaney
Jan 19, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Originally posted to https://christianshelfesteem.wordpres...

Originally published in August 2011, The Colonel’s Lady by Laura Frantz is now available as an audiobook. Set in 1779, the story opens with five women and a child huddled in a cave attempting to evade a band of Indian raiders. Among the group headed to Ft. Endeavor in the Kentucky Territory is Roxanna Rowan. She has travelled all the way from Virginia to meet her father, who is about to resign his commission. Upon their safe arrival,
Aug 21, 2018 rated it it was ok
I was lukewarm on this one. There were parts that were stellar, and other times when things fell apart. There were also threads left hanging.
May 12, 2011 rated it it was amazing
4.5 Stars

I was very excited to read this book because it is set in the Kentucky frontier in the late 1700's. The author is very knowledgeable about Kentucky history and you can tell she has a great love and respect for the area. She makes you feel like you are right there at the fort with Roxanna and Cass. I was very impressed with the detail of the setting as well as the depth of the story.

The story was heavy at times, often melancholy and a little sad, which isn't what I normally read.
Apr 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-in-2016
Beautifully written love story that is rich in historical detail. The Colonel's Lady is set in Revolutionary War Kentucke Territory.

I highly recommend this novel for fans of Lori Benton.
Jun 18, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I'm a little late to the Laura Frantz party, my book blogging friends have been singing her praises for a while. But now I see the appeal. I found her writing style lyrical and poetic and reminiscent of another one of my favorite authors, Tamera Alexander.

The Colonel's Lady is the kind of novel you'll want to savor on lazy Saturday afternoon (even if your lazy afternoon means reading a good portion of it in parking lots while playing family chauffeur). Whether you can while away a rainy day on
Carrie Schmidt (Reading is My SuperPower)
This book had it all - breathless romance (seriously, I sometimes held my breath along with Roxie lol), puzzling mystery (The ending took me completely by surprise), heartwarming friendships, and threads of God's redemption and grace woven throughout. This was my first read by Laura Frantz - it won't be my last!
Jul 25, 2015 rated it did not like it
Shelves: romance, historical
Beautiful cover, ridiculous story. I am a big time sucker for 18th century romance like Anne Greene's Masquerade Marriage. I don't mind if it's mildly cheesy. I am forgiving if it's sappy. But this book was just plain dumb.
Actually, it was so dumb I loved reading it. ;)You gotta give Laura Frantz some credit--she is something more than the usual tepid fluff written by so many authors. She manages to make her fluff special, unique--gloriously cheesy. ;)
The plot is supposedly about a brave
Jul 16, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Once again, Laura Frantz has brought the breathtakingly foreboding land of 1779 Kentucky into vivid life. Don’t let this cover fool you—inside is filled with a realistic view of frontier life during the war. The Colonel’s Lady is an intense story of two people caught up in not only a war against a nation, but also a war against their hearts.

At the opening of the book we meet Roxanna Rowan who, after months of traveling to the isolated Kentucky fort to surprise her father, is heartbroken to learn
Aug 24, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I have a new favourite author and her name is Laura Frantz. The Colonel's Lady, her latest novel set in 1779 is in a word - breathtaking.

Roxanna Rowan is determined to visit her father who is a scrivener for Colonel Cassius McLinn. The only problem is his location - a remote fort in Kentucky. Unfortunately, once she arrives at the fort she discovers her father has been killed on a campaign. Penniless and having no where else to go, Roxanna is forced to remain at the fort. However, the longer she
Feb 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction
This was such a great story! The writing itself is absolutely beautiful and engaging. I felt the story was kind of slow in the first 15-20% of the book, but the rest of the story from there makes up for it. There were pleasant, unexpected plot twists and well-developed characters. I also felt that faith was not portrayed in a patronizing or corny kind of way throughout the story (there may have been a brief moment here or there where it was corny, but generally, the intertwining of faith was ...more
Bobbie Defacci
Aug 13, 2012 rated it liked it
3 1/2 Stars. I at first couldn't put down this book. I enjoyed the integrity of the Christian writing and the development of the characters. The conflicting romance between Roxannne and Cass was at first very believable and you really felt for these star-crossed lover's. After awhile Roxanne started to get a little annoying, especially after Cass made his big confession. The book went downhill from here for me. This was my first Laura Franz book and I will try another because overall the book ...more
Deanne Patterson
Apr 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: library-copy
Beautiful Colonial story about Kentucke Territory. I feel like I was at the remote fort and experiencing all that took place first hand . This novel is so rich in historical detail that I find myself asking myself why I didn't read this sooner instead of waiting til it was the group book read of the month. This is my 5th Laura Frantz book read and I think there are 2 books left of hers I haven't read yet and I hope to have a chance to read them sooner rather than later.
Tena Rees
Mar 18, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition

I thought this would be good. Stopped reading at 30%. Boring and dull. Couldn't care less about the characters. Dialogue was stupid. Roxanna the former slave began every sentence with "laws". What is that supposed to mean? Absolutely no chemistry between H and h. They were both uninteresting. Blah and pointless.
Madeline Ruth
Dec 26, 2015 rated it really liked it
The best by Frantz, so far, in my opinion ...more
2.75 stars.

I enjoyed many aspects of this book. The masterful portrayal of this period of American history was interesting and engaging to the end. The author did a wonderful job bringing this time period to life, conveying the raw beauty and lurking danger of the Kentucke frontier. The angst and the conflict between the MCs was also poignant and lovely. Instead of contrivances that are seemingly present in almost all romance these days, the circumstances surrounding this story felt like they
Read my full review here. I started off really liking this book. The imagery was great, the characters vivid...but it was so slow. And on top of that, Roxanne started off smart, but gradually she became dumber. She kept contradicting herself, as well, and was kind of hypocritical. Although admitting she loves him despite whatever wrongs he may or may not have committed, she just refuses to believe that Cass loves her, although I’m not sure why. She comes up with reasons why he would do things ...more
Kellyn Roth
Jan 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: review-to-come
Good book! Had an interesting premise and kept my interest fairly well, though I admit to skimming a couple times in the middle when nothing seemed to be happening.

A little bit much as far as physical attraction goes between the hero and heroine ... it was just a LOT. :P Seemed like everything about their relationship was based on their wanting each other. And yeah, physical attraction is good, but so is ... literally every other aspect of a relationship??? Which it didn't seem they developed at
Aug 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I officially have a new favorite CF hero and have added another Laura Frantz book to my favorites list. I love the colonial time period and the story was written so well I felt like I was there. I love how she built up the relationship between the two main characters. It was soooo romantic and sweet I did NOT suspect who the British spy was, so that was an awesome twist! Also, can I just say I love a man in a tricorn hat? ...more
Aug 16, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Fleeing the heartbreak of her mother's death and the shattered promises of a broken engagement, Roxanna Rowan is resigned to a life of spinsterhood. In a time of war she undertakes the dangerous journey west to join her father at Fort Endeavor in the Kentucke territory, where he serves as scrivener to the legendary commander Cassius McLinn. When she arrives at the fort, Roxanna's hopes for her future are dashed when she discovers that her father has been killed. Alone and penniless, surrounded ...more
Susan Snodgrass
Jan 23, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I have read and own all Laura Frantz's books and I wish I could give this book 10 stars! It was that good. Not often do I continue to think about a book long after I've closed the last page, but I do with her books. She doesn't just write to give a reader something to read, a bit of fluff with a few scriptures thrown in. Her books cause you to think about your own walk with Christ.

Roxanna Rowan is heading to Fort Endeavor after her mother has died and her engagement is broken. She means to
Dec 06, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2011
The Colonel’s Lady is Laura Frantz’s third novel. The setting is the late 1700′s Kentucky where not only is there a war going on but tension is also high among the Native Americans and the people moving into their land and territory.

The Colonel’s Lady has many themes: hope, forgiveness, honor, and love. Not only do you get a sweet romance but a mystery too. You meet many characters, all unique, and some with secrets. Roxanna and Cass are flawed just like you and me and you will find yourself
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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
“I've been thinking of something your father said - that the true measure of love is what one is willing to give up for it. He was talking about freedom - fighting for liberty. But I believe 'tis the same for love as war.” 46 likes
“His tender tone turned her heart over. She obliged, tilting her head back slightly and looking up at him in the firelit darkness. When he bent his head and his mouth met hers, she gave a little sigh, her lips parting slightly in surprise and expectation. He kissed her with the same sure decisiveness with which he did everything else, his mouth trailing to her cheek and chin and ear, returning again and again to her mouth and lingering there, his breath mingling with her own.

She felt adrift in small, sharp bursts of pleasure. Was this how a man was suppose to kiss a woman? Tenderly... firmly... repeatedly? His fingers fanned through her hair till the pins gave way and wayward locks spilled like black ribbon to the small of her back. In answer, her arms circled his neck, bringing him nearer, every kiss sweeter and surer than the one before. Soon they were lost in a haze of sighs and murmurs and caresses.”
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