Friday, August 9, 2013

Courting Morrow Little

Title: Courting Morrow Little
Author: Laura Frantz
Publisher: Revell
Pages: 362
ISBN: 978-0-8007-3340-7

Synopsis:
Caught between the wilderness and civilization, Morrow Little must find her way to true love.

Morrow 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.

Review:

This is the second book written by Laura Frantz, it isn't a sequel to The Frontiersman's Daughter, but a couple of characters were mentioned. We are sent back in to the wilderness of Kentucke to follow Morrow Mary Little. She spends quite a bit of her life trying to get over the loss of her mother and baby sister, killed by the Shawnee Indians and of her brother who was taken hostage when she was five.

At the age of sixteen, Morrow was sent to visit her aunt in Philadelphia, only to have the Revolutionary War break out in earnest shortly after she had arrived. She spends two years working in her aunts dress shop sewing for the British military and their ladies, but she is ready to go back to her home and to her father.

When she returns, she is happy to get back to her old way of life, however she is disheartened to find her father isn't as healthy as he once was and is determined to help him as much as possible, even if that puts her in the mix with two Shawnee who have come to their door for many years, a chief and his son, Red Shirt. Morrow realizes that they aren't people that she has always thought and slowly her mind and heart work toward forgiveness. Morrow also comes to the realization that the Shawnee aren't the main cause of the problems surrounding their community, but her own people.

Courting Morrow Little was another beautifully written story by Laura Frantz. The detail to the story is just phenomenal. You can tell how much research has gone into the work. Each character brings something unique, whether frustrating and fascinating. I really liked following Morrow through her decisions. She is determined to live her life as best as can and protect the people she cares about. She does her best to put everyone elses needs ahead of hers. I also enjoyed reading about Red Shirt and the life he lived. I only wish the story was a little longer or there was a sequel to this one. Morrow and Red Shirts stories were interesting to follow.

Too Read!
4 out of 5

2 comments:

Kara said...

I loved this one as well! I agree, it is obviously well researched and the details she includes are quite well done. I loved how tender and careful Red Shirt was with Morrow. I could easily enjoy a sequel! Come on, Ms. Frantz. Pretty please? ;)

Kate said...

Yes, yes, and yes! Red Shirt was a great character! I would love to see a sequel to this one as well. There is a lot to be explored. :-)