Monday, January 9, 2017

A Moonbow Night by Laura Frantz

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The setting is over the time of the Revolutionary War and Daniel Boone's exploration west into Kentucky. It's a time of Indian raids and much bloodshed. Temperance Tucker and her family have been involved in some of this bloodshed and there is loss and grief poignant throughout the book.

Temperance, the main character of the book, along with Sion, the secondary main character, have both lost their first loves to the Indians and then of course, they fall in love. I can't say the book wasn't well-written, it was, but for me, it was a little too graphic. And yes, I don't like a lot of violence of any kind in the books I read. And yes, I know that that can make fiction even less realistic, especially when writing about frontier life. But to me there's a way of saying someone was killed by the Indians without describing the torture that might have occurred before their death. It's not that there were lots of violent descriptions, it was just a little too much for me.

The genre of the book is historical romance and there is definitely that aspect of the book, but to me the majority of the book lies around death, dying or wanting to die to be with deceased. Temperance almost had a careless attitude toward life because she thought if she would die, then she could be with her fiance. And that carried through for about 3/4 of the book.

I did enjoy the stealth employed by Temperance and Sion, the way they knew how to sneak through the woods, to cover their tracks, to move soundlessly. I loved the way Laura brought out the beauty of the untainted frontier, the flowers, the trees, etc. She was very intentional about mentioning beauty. I liked that.

I also liked one of the last sentences of the book because I think it is so true for today, "The moonbow was shattering...reminding her that even on the darkest nights there was a glimmer of hope, of promise, however hazy."  With God, that is so true.

So, in conclusion, I would like to read another book by Laura Frantz before I make a final decision on whether or not I like her style. But I do say the book was well-written, just not my style of content.

This book was given to me by Revell. I am not required to write a positive review.

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