A Moonbow Night: Review and Giveaway

A MOONBOW NIGHT
by
LAURA FRANTZ

  Genre: Historical Romance / Christian
Publisher: Revell / Baker Publishing Group
Date of Publication: January 3, 2017
Number of Pages: 384

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After fleeing Virginia, Temperance Tucker and her family established an inn along the Shawnee River. It’s a welcome way station for settlers and frontiersmen traveling through the wild Cumberland region of Kentucky—men like Sion Morgan, a Virginia surveyor who arrives at the inn with his crew, looking for an experienced guide.

Though he balks when Tempe is appointed to lead his team through the wilderness, it isn’t long before Sion must admit that her abilities may outmatch his own. But can the tenuous tie they are forming survive the dangers waiting just around the bend?

With her signature sweeping style and ability to bring the distant past to vivid life, Laura Frantz beckons you to join her in a land of Indian ambushes, conflicting loyalties, and a tentative love that meanders like a cool mountain stream.

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PRAISE FOR
A MOONBOW NIGHT:

 

“From the very first page, A Moonbow Night charmed me into its story, a story as earthy, rugged, and beguiling as the early American terrain upon which it has been laid. The book offers everything this reader wants: fidelity to history with rich, sensory details of time and place; names we’ve known fleetingly from the annals of the past who quicken on the page; fictional friends for whose happiness and romantic redemption we yearn. Tempe is a Kentucky heroine worth our time and heart’s investment—a waif on the outside, steel on the inside, kind in every situation. In Sion we find a hero worthy of the title, willing to grapple with his past to own his present and claim his lady. The plot is complex, tense, and layered and resolves in a most satisfying conclusion. This remarkable, elegantly written novel pulses with life and is a must-read for all who love historical romance.”

Sandra Byrd, author of A Lady in Disguise

A Moonbow Night captures the wilds of a young and unyielding American frontier with breathtaking action and Laura Frantz’s signature mastery in storytelling. The effortless merging of narrative with intelligent dialogue allows the spot-on historical research to shine. Sion’s understated valor is in perfect step with Tempe’s independence, making them a pairing that will keep readers turning pages and rooting for them to the end. This is an exquisite novel of love and loss, and a sweet reminder that even in an untamed world, the gentle grace of God heals all wounds.”
Kristy Cambron, author of The Illusionist’s Apprentice and the Hidden Masterpiece series

“As timeless as it is historical, A Moonbow Night is the shining embodiment of everything Laura Frantz does best, from her trademark attention to detail to the unfolding of rich and textured love in a setting no less complex. To read this novel is to take a journey along with the characters, inhabiting the story with all five senses. Truly, a book to savor and revisit.”

Jocelyn Green, award-winning author of The Mark of the King

 

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A Moonbow Night follows the story of Tempe, a server at an inn, and Sion, a surveyor looking for land. I’m often not a huge fan of pioneer stories, but this one caught my attention right from when I read the book summary and it didn’t disappoint. I absolutely loved both Tempe and Sion and I love how this story is told from both their points of view. I really enjoyed all the history. I honestly never thought about how people had to have gone out in the search for land, that it could have been a job, a way of income. I just figured the pioneers found a place to settle and settled. So surveyor was a new word for me, and it was exciting to learn something new. I enjoyed how well detailed A Moonbow Night was and the adventure it unfolded.The best part about this book is the characters. You can tell that Frantz spent a great deal of time developing these characters. They each have their own quirks and distinct personality! Sion was probably my favorite. He’s kind of quiet at times, like a man of few words. But he’s an observer and very calculating. By the end of the novel Sion will completely win your heart. Not to say I don’t love Tempe, she’s great too, perhaps a little bit on the fiery and fierce side, but she’s strong and determined.

The only thing I wished with this book was a little bit more of a love story. I mean, there is a love story, but it’s soft, on the side lines, and takes a back seat to the story. There’s plenty of history and adventure to capture anyone’s intrigue, but I felt like Sion and Temp had such good chemistry I was wanting more there between them. It was so subtle that I wasn’t as excited as I could have been for them. Now don’t kid me wrong, the love story was gentle and cute, but I was hoping for more of a love story that swept me off my feet. But the gentle and subtle love works well for this story. I don’t think the love story was meant to be the driving point of the book. I think the journey of these pioneers and what they went through was the beating heart of this book.

If you like history, pioneers, great characters, great story and a cute, subtle love then be sure to check out this book!


Laura Frantz is a Christy Award finalist and the author of several books, including The Frontiersman’s Daughter, Courting Morrow Little, The Colonel’s Lady, The Mistress of Tall Acre, and the Ballantyne Legacy series. She lives and writes in a log cabin in the heart of Kentucky.



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2 thoughts on “A Moonbow Night: Review and Giveaway

  1. This sounds like a great book for me because I prefer the focus to be more on the story and less on the romance. Plus all the historical aspects really round it out. Thanks for the great review!

  2. Becca Rose, So happy you took time for Moonbow, thank you! Great review! Love that you found the characters likable, especially our hero:) You pointed out the distinct difference between romance novels and historical novels like this one – well said! Thank you for taking time for this Kentucky story. It’s a pleasure to be on your beautiful site!

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