Book Review: Courting Morrow Little

I took a chance on a new author with a book on a good sale, only to find out a couple days later my book club was reading it. So, I moved it to the top of my pile, and I’m so glad I did. Courting Morrow Little by Laura Frantz is quite a treasure.

Home wasn’t a place, she was coming to realize. Home was family.

Book Description from Amazon

6973752Morrow Little is haunted by the memory of the day her family was torn apart by raiding Shawnee warriors. Now that she is nearly a grown woman and her father is ailing, she must make difficult choices about the future. Several men–ranging from the undesired to the unthinkable–vie for her attentions, but she finds herself inexplicably drawn to a forbidden love that both terrifies and intrigues her. Can she betray the memory of her lost loved ones–and garner suspicion from her friends–by pursuing a life with him? Or should she seal her own misery by marrying a man she doesn’t love?

This sweeping tale of romance and forgiveness will envelop readers as it takes them from a Kentucky fort through the vast wilderness to the west in search of true love.

What I Thought

This book overflows with the theme of forgiveness. Clearly, Ms. Frantz did her research, and I found it very interesting that the book was well-balanced between the British Red Coats, the American Blue Coats, and the various Indian tribes. It was also clear that Ms. Frantz loves the lands she so carefully described within the book.

But she creates more than a beautiful place or a wide angle view of historical events. The author creates believable characters that wrestle with tragedies of the late 1700s: Indian raiding parties, a military intent on squelching the hostilities by any means, and the frequent brutality of  the white man’s push west across America.

Yet in the midst of heartache, she spins a story that has you believing that people can overcome prejudice, can find common ground, and with God’s help, can find a better way. The hope of God’s perfect plan infuses the difficulties the characters face and kept me turning pages when I didn’t like the realities of American history. And the forgiveness many of the characters strived for gives me hope for our current generation.

The Bottom Line – 5 stars

While Laura Frantz’s writing style is easy to read, some of the events within this book are not. Yet she stays focused on God and the hope that can be found in Him, which makes even the hard parts worth reading. If you like historical fiction, I do not think you’ll be disappointed.

About the Author

2986307I was born and raised in Kentucky, living first in Ashland, Mammoth Cave, Bowling Green, and then Lexington. But my heart has always been in Berea, Madison County, the place my family has resided since the 18th-century. I came to know Christ there at the age of 12, was baptized, and spent my childhood roaming through the woods and swimming in the rivers of my books.

It was never a desire of mine to be published. I simply love to write for the sheer joy of writing – and that was enough. But as Proverbs 16:9 says, “The heart of a man plans his way, but the Lord establishes his steps.”

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DISCLOSURE: I purchased this book on my own and was not asked by the author or publisher for a review. The opinions expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”