Thursday, July 15, 2010

Courting Morrow Little - REVIEWED

“Counting your steps on only makes the journey longer.” (p. 237)

Morrow Little has a long journey indeed from the time she boards the keelboat in Fort Pitt, Pennsylvania until she once again makes herself at home on the Red River with her father. Longer still is the journey she must take through pain and sorrow, fear and uncertainty to find healing, forgiveness and the truest definition of the word home. Once again, Laura Frantz has swept me away to another time and place, and I have known what it was like to survive on the frontier in the late 1700’s.

Courting Morrow Little is a title that is mildly deceptive. While Morrow is indeed courted – a process that nearly carried me to the brink of insanity with longing and urgency – there is so much more that takes place that is far more meaningful and significant. Laura Frantz truly knows how to weave a tale that keeps you holding your breath chapter after chapter. It’s bad enough to wade through the soldiers at the fort along the Red River, but Morrow’s choices grow ever more painful as she realizes that the one man who has truly stolen her heart is the one person who she blames for stealing all that was once precious and dear to her.

Dear reader, if you want to know what it feels like, what is smells like, what it sounds like to live on the Kentuke frontier in the late 1700’s now you no longer have to wonder. Laura Frantz carries you through war-ravaged villages, Indian raids, vicious attacks by vengeful American soldiers, heartache, separation, and tragedy with such realistic details that you will dream of your time on the frontier. Some characters you will grow to love like Loramie and his family, Trapper Joe and his wife Good Robe, and Red Shirt….oh, Red Shirt! And other characters will make your skin crawl! (a certain Virginian soldier comes to mind!)

As the icy winds of winter brush your face and the smell of roasting meat makes your mouth water, you will experience Morrow’s emotional and profoundly satisfying journey into womanhood. You will not be spared sorrow or heartache, but when she finally reaches home – you will know without a doubt what that means.

I cannot recommend this book – nay, this experience enough. Courting Morrow Little is a tale you won’t soon forget! Laura Frantz….I salute you!


Laura Frantz credits her 100-year-old grandmother as being the catalyst for her fascination with Kentucky history. Frantz's family followed Daniel Boone into Kentucky in 1792 and settled in Madison County, where her family still resides. Frantz is the author of The Frontiersman's Daughter and currently lives in the misty woods of Washington state with her husband and two sons.


Mocha with Linda said...

I enjoyed this book. It didn't get as bogged down as I felt the first one did.

Carrie Fancett Pagels said...

I am almost done reading CML. What a lovely book. I hope to review this on my blog soon and give away another copy of CML. God bless you Laura and your sharing heart.