by Laura Frantz
About the book
Unflinching and plainspoken, Tessa Swan is not your typical 18th-century woman. Born and bred on the western Virginia frontier along with her five brothers, she is a force to be reckoned with.
Quiet and courageous, Clay Tygart is not your typical 18th-century man. Raised by Lenape Indians, he returns a hero from the French and Indian War to the fort that bears his name, bringing with him Tessa’s long-lost friend, Keturah, a redeemed Indian captive like himself.
Determined to avoid any romantic entanglements as fort commander, Clay remains aloof whenever he encounters the lovely Tessa. But when she is taken captive by the tribe Clay left, his hand–and heart–are forced, leading to one very private and one very public reckoning.
Intense, evocative, and laced with intricate historical details that bring the past to life, An Uncommon Woman will transport you to the picturesque and dangerous western Virginia mountains of 1770.
Isn’t this book gorgeous? The cover is absolutely stunning! And, not only the cover, but if you crack it open and begin to read, you will discover … the story–
This is such a beautiful story of life on the frontier during those early pioneer days.
Tessa is a delight to read about. She’s a real frontier girl. Doesn’t know anything about living like the ‘town girls’. She’s barefoot and brave. A hard worker, knows the river like the back of her hand. And yet, she’s all lady. When given a choice of a present from the local general store, she chooses a pretty fan.
Clay is also a character worth knowing. He’s had a rough life. Lost his family, lived with the Lenape, returned to the whites, and is a captain in the Army. In some ways, he’s both Indian and white man.
Clay and Tessa are drawn to each other, and yet, circumstances are such that they can’t really pursue a relationship.
I greatly enjoyed this window into the lives of people living during those days on the wild frontier. Never sure if they were going to be safe or would be taken captive by Indians.
Laura Frantz does a beautiful job at portraying this vividly, and brought it all to life right before my eyes. This is the way to read history!
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