The Red Review

So Many Books… So Little Time!

by Laura Frantz

Rating: 4 out of 5.

“Did she realize she held his heart? Not just a piece of it. The entire whole of it.”

A Heart Adrift

Four years ago, I came across an audiobook that I honestly could not stop. I was finishing my senior year of college. I had classes all day except for a short lunch break. I was so engrossed in my book that during my lunch break, I rushed to the friend’s house I was staying with and listened during every moment, all the way until my professor started lecturing. 

This book was Frontiersman’s Daughter by Laura Frantz. 

Needless to say, I am quite a fan of Laura Frantz’s writing. Although I definitely have my favorites, there is not one of her books that I wouldn’t put in my top favorite books. Her writing style, depth of characters, sense of inner turmoil, heart-stopping romance, and the true twists and turns that leave you eager for more, are just a few of the reasons why she is one of the greats. Her stories never progress the way I think they will, but always end leaving me satisfied and full of hope. I apologize to all of your families now as it’ll be a while till they see you again! 

The same can be said of Frantz’s latest release, A Heart Adrift. 

It is 1755, and the threat of war with France looms over colonial York, Virginia. Chocolatier Esmée Shaw is fighting her own battle of the heart. Having reached her twenty-eighth birthday, she is reconciled to life alone after a decade-old failed love affair from which she’s never quite recovered. But she longs to find something worthwhile to do with her life.

Captain Henri Lennox has returned to port after a lengthy absence, intent on completing the lighthouse in the dangerous Chesapeake Bay, a dream he once shared with Esmée. But when the colonial government asks him to lead a secret naval expedition against the French, his future is plunged into uncertainty.

Will a war and a cache of regrets keep them apart, or can their shared vision and dedication to the colonial cause heal the wounds of the past? Bestselling and award-winning author Laura Frantz whisks you away to a time fraught with peril–on the sea and in the heart–in this redemptive, romantic story.

Loss. Death. Broken Expectations. Love. Danger. 

Old warship sailing the sea and struggling in a heavy storm.

Anyone who has ever experienced the pain of broken expectations and love will not only relate to Esmée and Henri, but will find hope in their story. Life does not progress in the way that we think it would, nor would choose. But God is a God of redemption and restoration. Both characters experienced years of heartbreak and unfulfillment, but instead of becoming bitter and hardened by the passing of years, they grow in their faith and maintain their compassion. 

I will admit, the first portion of the book is slow going. But I think it was honestly due to my desire for the characters to become reacquainted. When they began to move towards each other, geographically, I started speed reading to get to that moment where their eyes lock after 10 years apart. 

The story does progress well and as with any novel by Laura Frantz, there are many more twists and turns that move the story in a very different direction than the reader assumes. 

I read this new release during a winter storm in the warmth and comfort of a bubble bath. My book definitely demonstrates my journey through its pages with its many watermarks and warped pages, which simply endears this book further with me. Does anybody else have books that have seen such love as well? It’s always a joke with my father (a fellow book fanatic) that the more clearly used a book is the more valuable it becomes!

I’d recommend curling up by the fireplace with a cup of coffee and your favorite chocolate, and journey back to 1755 Virginia… you’ll thank me later!

I was given a free copy of the book, but the opinions in this review are completely my own.

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***4 Hearts: Compelling Characters, Well-Written, Interesting Storyline, Unable to Stop (.5), Desire to ReRead (.5)

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