The American Revolution is finally over, and Sophie Menzies is starved for good news. When her nearest neighbor, General Seamus Ogilvy, finally comes home to Tall Acre, she hopes it is a sign of better days to come. But the general is now a widower with a small daughter in desperate need of a mother. Nearly destitute, Sophie agrees to marry Seamus and become the mistress of Tall Acre in what seems a safe, sensible arrangement. But when a woman from the general’s past returns without warning, the ties that bind this fledgling family together will be strained to the utmost. When all is said and done, who will be the rightful mistress of Tall Acre?
Continue reading for my thoughts on The Mistress of Tall Acre and also for an excerpt from the book.
Laura Frantz takes readers back to the immediate aftermath of the American Revolution in her newest historical romance release. Although the war is over, tensions still run high and anyone connected to the losing side is not only ostracized but also runs the risk of losing their home. Sophie’s father abandoned the family and returned to Scotland at the start of the fight, her mother is dead, and her soldier brother is missing. Her only company is an elderly servant until she meets a little girl from the neighboring property, Tall Acre. Lily Cate has been brought home by her father, but why does she talk of leaving Williamsburg in the middle of the night without any of her belongings? We soon learn that Seamus is involved in another battle, this time with his late wife’s family over Lily Cate’s future.
The Mistress of Tall Acre is a lovely period romance that I felt could have been longer. Lily Cate is charming. Her father is an honorable man, determined to do what is right for his family and plantation workers even when it goes against convention and what is expected as a member of Washington’s inner circle. There are insights into the workings of an 18th century estate and what it meant to be a slave. Fans of Revolutionary history will also appreciate references to difficulties the new country faced. For example: does British law still apply when the land is no longer a British colony? In conclusion, I found this novel to be an enjoyable read and Laura Frantz continues to be on my list of go-to Christian fiction authors.
Thank you to Revell for my complimentary copy of The Mistress of Tall Acre, which I received in exchange for my honest review.
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Publisher: Revell (a division of Baker Publishing)
Publication Date: 08 September 2015
Page Count: 400