An Uncommon Woman

An Uncommon Woman

4 Stars -- Sweetness, amusement, and intense drama

Great characters with good hearts but relatable rough edges.

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One of the reasons I enjoy Laura Frantz is that she strikes an excellent balance on description for me–just enough to picture the scene before my characters without overwhelming me with everything around them. She’s also very good at creating characters with good hearts but relatable rough edges. Tessa and Clay from An Ucommon Woman exemplify this. I’d really love to know more about a couple of the minor characters, but perhaps future books will tell their story. Otherwise, the supporting cast was varied and (in most cases, as appropriate) delightful.

The storyline itself contained moments of sweetness, moments of amusement, and moments of intense drama. While the ending was believable, it was felt too subdued, perhaps a bit cut off. I would have liked to see more between Tessa and Keturah, perhaps some between Clay and his Indian brother. Still, I was content and can easily move on to another book.


Unflinching and plainspoken, Tessa Swan is not your typical 18th-century woman. Born and bred on the western Virginia frontier along with her five brothers, she is a force to be reckoned with.

Quiet and courageous, Clay Tygart is not your typical 18th-century man. Raised by Lenape Indians, he returns a hero from the French and Indian War to the fort that bears his name, bringing with him Tessa’s long-lost friend, Keturah, a redeemed Indian captive like himself.

Determined to avoid any romantic entanglements as fort commander, Clay remains aloof whenever he encounters the lovely Tessa. But when she is taken captive by the tribe Clay left, his hand–and heart–are forced, leading to one very private and one very public reckoning.

Intense, evocative, and laced with intricate historical details that bring the past to life, An Uncommon Woman will transport you to the picturesque and dangerous western Virginia mountains of 1770.

Genres: Christian Historical, Christian Romance, FICTION
Publisher: Revell
Publication Year: 2020
Length: 384 pages
ISBN: 9780800734954

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