Love's Awakening

Love s Awakening The path to true love lies somewhere between two feuding families In the spring of Ellie Ballantyne leaves finishing school and returns to the family home in Pittsburg only to find that her pare

The path to true love lies somewhere between two feuding families In the spring of 1822, Ellie Ballantyne leaves finishing school and returns to the family home in Pittsburg only to find that her parents are away on a long journey and her siblings don t seem to want her to stay Determined to stand her ground and find her place in the world, Ellie fills her time by openinThe path to true love lies somewhere between two feuding familiesIn the spring of 1822, Ellie Ballantyne leaves finishing school and returns to the family home in Pittsburg only to find that her parents are away on a long journey and her siblings don t seem to want her to stay Determined to stand her ground and find her place in the world, Ellie fills her time by opening a day school for young ladies.But when one of her students turns out to be an incorrigible young member of the Turlock family, Ellie knows she must walk a fine line Slaveholders and whiskey magnates, the Turlocks are envious of the powerful Ballantynes and suspicious of their abolitionist leanings As Ellie becomes increasingly entangled with the rival clan particularly the handsome Jack Turlock she finds herself falling in love with an impossible future Will she betray her family and side with the enemy Masterful storyteller Laura Frantz continues to unfold the stirring saga of the Ballantyne family in this majestic tale of love and loyalty This is the Ballantyne Legacy.

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  1. Laura Frantz is passionate about all things historical, particularly the 18th century, and writes her manuscripts in longhand first Her stories often incorporate Scottish themes that reflect her family heritage She is a direct descendant of George Hume, Wedderburn Castle, Berwickshire, Scotland, who was exiled to the American colonies for his role in the Jacobite Rebellion of 1715, settled in Virginia, and is credited with teaching George Washington surveying in the years 1748 1750 Frantz lives and writes in a log cabin in the heart of Kentucky.According to Publishers Weekly, Frantz has done her historical homework With her signature attention to historical detail and emotional depth, she is represented by Janet Kobobel Grant, Literary Agent Founder, Books Such Literary Agency of Santa Rosa, California.Readers can find Laura Frantz at laurafrantz.

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  1. Another beautifully written and historically rich novel from Laura Frantz This novel, 2nd in the Ballantyne Legacy series, tells the story of Silas and Eden s daughter, Ellie She s a Ballantyne through and through, but her heart is won by Jack Turlock, son of a man and woman who loathe the Ballantynes I haven t read many multi generational series recently, so it was lovely to delve into Love s Awakending The opportunity to revisit characters from a previous book 20 years later lends a story so m [...]


  2. I took a chance on another new author to me and it was certainly worth it This read was full of excitement, love, encouragement and unfortunately sadness Unwavering hope and trust in Christ certainly prevails itself in this read This book was some what like a roller coaster in life with it s many up s and down s I did feel like something was missing at the end of this book though and I think for me it was Chloe.


  3. I was thoroughly convinced that Love s Awakening wouldn t come close to the first book, Love s Reckoning, but I quickly realized that was a wrong assumption Laura Frantz always writes such sweeping stories Ellie returns home from being finished at school, eager to do than be a pretty pawn in a marriage Though quiet and genteel, Ellie has a strong spirit From her to decision to opening a day school to her realization of her families abolitionist activities, the plot points of the story was beaut [...]


  4. SUMMARY In the spring of 1822, Ellie Ballantyne leaves finishing school and returns to the family home in Pittsburg only to find that her parents are away on a long journey and her siblings don t seem to want her to stay Determined to stand her ground and find her place in the world, Ellie fills her time by opening a day school for young ladies.But when one of her students turns out to be an incorrigible young member of the Turlock family, Ellie knows she must walk a fine line Slaveholders and w [...]


  5. Ellie Ballantyne comes home from boarding school to find that her life has gone along without her and that her skills are not wanted by her siblings, so she opens a day school for young ladies One of her young student s is Chloe Turlock, the daughter of her family s old rival who has always been jealous of the Ballantynes Ellie finds her self growing and involved with the Turlocks, especially Chloe s handsome older brother Jack Will she be able to bridge the gap between the feuding families A [...]


  6. Elinor Ellie Ballantyne, just twenty years old and the jewel of her father s heart, flees finishing school and the matchmaking mamas of Philadelphia society, hungry for home and purpose She is determined to shed some measure of her sheltered upbringing and embrace the Ballantyne steel of her heritage, vowing to make her own way in the world But much has changed in her absence, and Ellie is ill prepared for the simmering tensions between the pro slavery and abolitionist movement, nor the depth of [...]


  7. I love words that take you by the hand and lead you deeper into the story what reader doesn t Love s Awakening is one such title I have been hording until just the right reading moment and that moment presented itself to me and it was so worth the wait I didn t expect anything less than what I received between the gorgeous covers of this historical romance Characters that brim with spice and spunk and a determination to do what is right in the eyes of God History is rich in filling between the c [...]


  8. Ellie Ballantine is homeward bound, finished with finishing school and fleeing the hounding of the Philadelphia Matrimonial Society She heads west toward her esteemed family s estate of New Hope Then runs headlong into a massive storm And Jack Turlock.As the son of one of the largest whisky makers in America, trouble is Jack s heritage He is familiar with the inside of taverns and the local jail than he is with any form of gentility But when he sees the stranded young woman in a Pittsburg taver [...]


  9. Once again, author Laura Frantz has crafted a literary masterpiece that sweeps the reader along the banks of the weeping willow and poplar tree lined Allegheny River to the elegant surrounding plantations shrouded in secrecy, deceit, betrayal, and hidden passions.The lovely Ellie Ballantyne decides it is high time to return to her family s plantation, New Hope, after spending time at a finishing school in Philadelphia As she encounters a dangerous storm on her way home, who should offer to escor [...]


  10. After having read five books by this author, I m of a mind that nobody has mastered the craft of weaving a delightfully entertaining and romantic tale better than Laura Frantz From the very first chapter to the very last line of every book, and possibly none so than with her latest, Love s Awakening, I have been hooked The second book in the Ballantyne Legacy is a winner With complex and engaging characters, historic Pittsburgh has been brought to life as I ve never seen it before Being a nativ [...]


  11. I want to give this a 4.5 I liked it so much better than the first book, which felt so dark and dreary, especially with Elspeth I liked Jack and Ellie I was really into the story and the suspense with the slaves I found that I didn t care so much about the love aspect and was really into Silas and Ellie s relationship and Ellie s relationship with Chloe.


  12. A wonderfully written, historically interesting, and poignant tale of redemption in Christ and staying true to one s convictions Engaging as always, this Laura Frantz book hooked me with an easy to read style, multiple povs, and complex family dynamics My only complaint is that the characters who were very judgmental were a little single faceted Frantz tried to develop those characters , but most were caricatures Aside from that minor quibble, there was much to enjoy in this book The slow develo [...]


  13. Ellie Ballantyne leaves finishing school in the spring of 1822 and returns to her family home in Pittsburgh When she arrives home, she finds that her parents are away and her siblings don t seem like they want her around Determined to stay as find her place in the world, Ellie opens a day school for young ladies She has no idea what her school will lead to or how it will effect her future Jack Turlock isn t glad about the sea of his sister going to a day school, in fact he s out right opposed to [...]



  14. This book, second in the Laura Frantz s Ballantyne Legacy , is just wonderful I was provided with an early copy and decided to re read the first in the series, Love s Reckoning , which brought it all back in wonderous beauty Love s Awakening takes up when Silas and Eden Ballantyne s youngest daughter, Ellie, is 20 years old and back home from finishing school She feels that she is definitely in the way at home, her parents off on a trip, and her siblings are busy, so she decides to start a day s [...]


  15. They that love beyond the world cannot be separated by it Death cannot kill what never dies William Penn.The son shall not suffer for the iniquity of the father, nor the father suffer for the iniquity of the son The righteousness of the righteous shall be upon himself, and the wickedness of the wicked shall be upon himself The Holy Scriptures, in the Book of Ezekiel.Love s Awakening is the best possible title for this novel Cause that s what it s about And that theme, the them of love awakening, [...]


  16. I absolutely LOVE it This is the first book from Laura that I ve had the opportunity to read I loved it and I love her Laura s way of writing is beautiful and riveting From the prologue I was intrigued if not a little what is going on D I think if I had read the first in the series I would have known better what was going on Anyway Laura caught me up and filled me in as the book progressed Starting out with a bang and throwing me right into the lives of the characters right out of the gate I abs [...]


  17. Love s Awakening by Laura FrantzRevell Publishers5 Stars A year is a long time to wait for something you really, really want but I can tell you when it comes to a Laura Frantz novel it will be well worth the wait So it was when I opened Love s Awakening and was transported to Allegheny County, Pennsylvania 1822 There I met the youngest daughter of Silas and Eden Ballantyne, Elinor Ellie Louise After seeing an ad extolling her monetary value in a bulletin from The Matrimonial Society of Philadelp [...]


  18. Love s Awakening is the second book in The Ballantyne Legacy series, and the books just keep getting better and better In Love s Reckoning, there were several moments where I just floored at the turn of events In Love s Awakening, I experienced that too, along with heartbreak, and joy.Love s Awakening follows the Ellie Ballantyne, the youngest daughter of Silas and Eden Ballantyne Ellie leaves her finishing school before her term is over with, but believes she is quite finished On her way home, [...]


  19. Love s Awakening is the 2nd book in The Ballantyne Legacy by Laura Frantz I ll admit it.My expectations were high.I had fallen completely and thoroughly into the world she created in the first book in the series, Love s Reckoning, last September you can read my review here and have been eagerly waiting for the rest of the story to unfold.Love s Awakening did not disappoint.In Love s Awakening, we meet Ellie Ballantyne, the youngest daughter of Silas and Eden Ballantyne, as she s returning home f [...]


  20. Love s Awakening is the second book in The Ballantyne Legacy and I can easily say that I enjoyed this book as much as the first one With this story we are taken back to Pittsburgh,PA during 1822 The main character of the story is Elinor Ballantyne, who is fresh out of finishing school and headed home when she finds herself running into Jack Turlock, a sworn enemy of her family Determined to find her place in the world she opens a day school and one of the students she agrees to take on is Chloe [...]


  21. I m so glad I discovered Laura Frantz last year My life is better for reading her books Need an example of why Well then, please, continue reading friends of the Internet.The first in the Ballentyne Series, Love s Reckoning, had a lot of sadness and darkness Yet, there was something to the reality Laura Frantz portrayed Sometimes hard and horrible things happen But in that, Frantz showed us how beauty can yet rise from the ashes of hurt, pain and suffering After reading the second installment, L [...]


  22. Review on review R2XJ5RP3Review on my blog to be posted 9 24 christianbookshelfreviewsSince I really loved book one in the Ballantyne Legacy series, Love s Reckoning, my expectations for Love s Awakening were very high This book exceeded my expectations and, like book one, is now a favorite read of mine.The characters were fantastic and so real I loved Jack, Chloe, and all of the Ballantynes It s hard to choose a favorite character, since they were all so great, but Jack was probably my favorit [...]


  23. Ellie Ballantyne comes home suddenly to find her parents on a trip and her siblings busy with other things To keep herself from being bored, Ellie decides to start tutoring the young ladies of Pittsburg in the social graces When one of her students is discovered to be a Turlock, tension already high between the two families escalates even higher As Ellie finds herself drawn and to the secrets her family is hiding and to one of the Turlock men, Jack, she soon finds herself torn in two direction [...]


  24. MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOKLaura Frantz is one of the reasons I love historical fiction I really liked Jack Turlock, even thought his was the not so perfect life and Ellie Ballantyne because she was just a typical young lady, and the two make a great couple I enjoyed watching their characters develop throughout the story, and the tensions and twists and turns in their relationship with their parents is enough to keep your nose in the book reading till the very last page The vivid details of the his [...]


  25. I liked the story, yes But this book just didn t hook me like the first book in the series, be that because the guy was even wallowing in self pity and being extranoble because he doesn t want to taint the lass with his name and the implications, or because the girl was just kind of boring, I don t know Ellie is supposed to be as gentle as her mother with her father s Ballantyne steel buried deep inside Maybe I missed that passage but I didn t read it like that at all To me she was like a child [...]


  26. I really enjoyed Love s Awakening the second book in the Ballantyne Series Love s Reckoning was a great book, but somewhat dark and sad It dealt with real life issues that are sometimes hard to read about But in Love s Awakening the saga contines with Silas and Eden s children with love, trust and longing to please God Ellie is the youngest Ballantyne child sent away to finishing school while the rest of the family deal with helping slaves to freedom She returns home unexpectedly to be thrown in [...]


  27. This was an easy inbetween don twanttothinktoomuch book As such, it was ok The premise on the blurb interested me, a young girl starting a school for herself, but I was disappointed in the rather minor role this played in the novel The love plot is nearly abandoned at times, making 420 pages a rather long stretch for me.The characters are all fairly flat, the plotline rather predictable and certain matters not done thorougly However, the relationship between Chloe and Ellie is very touching, and [...]


  28. I had ridiculously high expectations for Love s Awakening because of how much I absolutely loved Love s Reckoning which was my favorite book of 2012 So I was a little bit afraid to start this book, but I ve got to say, I had nothing to worry about It was SO good and I think I might ve enjoyed it a little bit that the first one.Laura Frantz has a way of painting the setting and making me feel as if I can see it perfectiy and a way of making me feel so much for the characters.All the characters w [...]


  29. Having read Laura Frantz s Love s Reckoning , I was so excited to get a copy of the second book in the series, Love s Awakening The story of Ellie Ballantyne and Jack Turlock won my heart The two come from neighboring estates and walk the same circles in society but are limited by their families differences that at many times seem to crush the budding love between these two This story was so beautifully written, with such richly drawn characters that it was impossible to put down and I found mys [...]


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