The Frontiersman's Daughter: A Book Report . . . Review!

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Since homeschooling my two children, book report time has become one of my favorite activities . . . not so much the children’s favorite as my own. I love to learn about their unique opinions on a book and determine how well they retained the author’s message. With that in mind, I have taken a challenge to produce some book reports of my own. Being a grown up now, we’ll just call them book reviews . . . it just sounds more grown-up.

The Frontiersman’s Daughter by Laura Frantz was a truly enjoyable read for my first “official” book report . . . Oh, I mean book review! This story follows the life of a young woman, Lael Click, and her family living in a barely civilized Kentucky settlement. The author was very descriptive in the smallest details of frontier living, no doubt, gained from the author’s grandmother, whom she recognizes on the dedication page of the book. I believe this book truly grasps the frontier spirit, lifestyle and language, which makes the book fascinating and educational. I learned many phrases, terms and slang that I had no knowledge of previously.

Excerpt from novel:

“Here and there hung linsey dresses, a pair of winter boots, some woolen leggins, strings of dried apples and leather-britches beans, bunches of tobacco, and other sundry articles.”

This story takes a look at the frontier life, as seen by a young woman, just coming of age. I enjoyed the perspective of the heroine, Lael, whose caring spirit and nature are constantly pushing her to confront difficult issues, typical & not-so-typical to frontier life. She makes some amazing discoveries along her journey that come though enduring some heavy losses and trials. Lael is ultimately challenged in her faith and beliefs throughout these trials. The author was good at keeping me guessing, which is not typically easy to do. Lael’s story is full of interesting frontier citizens; Native American’s and new exciting strangers that help teach her and challenge her. The author is talented at uncovering the true trials and temptations that a young woman on the untamed frontier would have face. This book may also be a good selection for a young teen woman, struggling with today’s peer pressure and purity. I enjoyed the fresh perspective on this time in America’s history and I think you may, as well.

You can read more about this book and the author at http://www.laurafrantz.net/

You can also pre-order your book there.

Learn more at the publisher’s main site, as well. http://www.revellbooks.com/

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  1. Heather,
    This is just a lovely review and I thank you from the bottom of my heart. Bless you, in your busy life, to take time for my book and then pen such thoughtful, insightful words!

  2. You are most welcome Laura. I am happy to spread the news, reviews and share your book. I look forward to the next one. God bless!

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    Mrs. Mac


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