A MOONBOW NIGHT
Genre: Historical Romance / Christian
Publisher: Revell / Baker Publishing Group
Date of Publication: January 3, 2017
Number of Pages: 384
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After fleeing Virginia, Temperance Tucker and her family established an inn along the Shawnee River. It’s a welcome way station for settlers and frontiersmen traveling through the wild Cumberland region of Kentucky—men like Sion Morgan, a Virginia surveyor who arrives at the inn with his crew, looking for an experienced guide.
Though he balks when Tempe is appointed to lead his team through the wilderness, it isn’t long before Sion must admit that her abilities may outmatch his own. But can the tenuous tie they are forming survive the dangers waiting just around the bend?
With her signature sweeping style and ability to bring the distant past to vivid life, Laura Frantz beckons you to join her in a land of Indian ambushes, conflicting loyalties, and a tentative love that meanders like a cool mountain stream.
PRAISE FOR A MOONBOW NIGHT:
“From the very first page, A Moonbow Night charmed me into its story, a story as earthy, rugged, and beguiling as the early American terrain upon which it has been laid. The book offers everything this reader wants: fidelity to history with rich, sensory details of time and place; names we’ve known fleetingly from the annals of the past who quicken on the page; fictional friends for whose happiness and romantic redemption we yearn. Tempe is a Kentucky heroine worth our time and heart’s investment—a waif on the outside, steel on the inside, kind in every situation. In Sion we find a hero worthy of the title, willing to grapple with his past to own his present and claim his lady. The plot is complex, tense, and layered and resolves in a most satisfying conclusion. This remarkable, elegantly written novel pulses with life and is a must-read for all who love historical romance.” —Sandra Byrd, author of A Lady in Disguise
“A Moonbow Night captures the wilds of a young and unyielding American frontier with breathtaking action and Laura Frantz’s signature mastery in storytelling. The effortless merging of narrative with intelligent dialogue allows the spot-on historical research to shine. Sion’s understated valor is in perfect step with Tempe’s independence, making them a pairing that will keep readers turning pages and rooting for them to the end. This is an exquisite novel of love and loss, and a sweet reminder that even in an untamed world, the gentle grace of God heals all wounds.” —Kristy Cambron, author of The Illusionist’s Apprentice and the Hidden Masterpiece series
“As timeless as it is historical, A Moonbow Night is the shining embodiment of everything Laura Frantz does best, from her trademark attention to detail to the unfolding of rich and textured love in a setting no less complex. To read this novel is to take a journey along with the characters, inhabiting the story with all five senses. Truly, a book to savor and revisit.” —Jocelyn Green, award-winning author of The Mark of the King
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A Moonbow Night – A Review
“The woods were an unending palette, its unearthly hues evidence of the a Master’s hand. Spring always renewed her sense of wonder. Soon the fireflies would flare along the riverbank, tiny lights against the endless rush of green.”
First, I want to state this is not my kind of book that I’d like to read due to its main themes of romance and Christianity so when I offered to review this book I looked upon it as challenge. It’s a challenge I’m glad I took on.
From the very first sentence the author, Laura Frantz had me hooked on this story. A Moonbow Night follows the story of Temperance (Tempe) and her family after they established an inn along the Shawnee River. At first you think Tempe is your typical “I have to be saved” woman, but she’s not. Her Pa taught her well growing up to fend for herself. Tempe can shoot with the best of the men in the era the story is set in. The author crafted her character so well that I was left inspired by Tempe.
A Moonbow Night is a story of loss and connecting. It does revolve mainly around Tempe herself, but you get glimpse’s of her parents, brother, land surveyors, and Indians. When her brother retells the story of the murder of Tempe’s first love it made me tear up. I got lost in time reading the story wanting to know what was next on the horizon. Then when a Moonbow is explained it makes you hope you get to experience it and maybe I have and just never realized it.
Laura’s use of historical language is superb with the writing carrying the story well. The quotes before each chapter were well chosen, especially the Willa Cather quote. Her descriptions of the landscape placed you right in the center of the story.
If you like historical fiction novels that leave you fulfilled after reading them – then this book may be for you. The Christianity touches were just enough and not overwhelmed the story.
Laura Frantz is a Christy Award finalist and the author of several books, including The Frontiersman’s Daughter, Courting Morrow Little, The Colonel’s Lady, The Mistress of Tall Acre, and the Ballantyne Legacy series. She lives and writes in a log cabin in the heart of Kentucky.
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I’m so glad you took the challenge. Your review is refreshing & honest & more. I especially like how you unearthed the good parts of the story for you personally & that Tempe inspired you. And that a part of that lost, dark history was moving to you. Thanks for inspiring me, the author. Great review, Christena. & I thank you!
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Thank you for your feedback Laura. Often so many of the book’s I’ve reviewed the authors have kept quiet. Your comments mean a lot. Moonbow is a fantastic story and I’m so glad I read it.
You’re welcome. I hope someday to be able to get my copy autographed.