"Love's Fortune" by Laura Frantz is an angst-filled story of love and loss that takes place in mid- 1800's Kentucky and Pennsylvania. The main character, Wren, spent most of her growing up years sheltered by her father in Kentucky. But her life changes in dramatic ways when her father gets a letter asking him to return to his roots in Pennsylvania. Suddenly Wren finds herself in the midst of High Society where not only does she meet her entire extended family, but she finds out that many expectations have been immediately placed upon her and her future.
Even though this book takes place in a slightly earlier time period, I felt like the story lines and lavish gowns could be taken right out of a "Downton Abbey" episode. Being a huge "Downton Abbey" fan, I also really enjoyed this book and setting that the book takes place in. I loved reading the descriptions of all the elaborate affairs, beautiful clothing and extravagant homes. Though I'm thankful not to have lived in that time period, it's fun to visit it through a novel such as this one.
I do have a confession to make, though. I turned to the last page of the book when I was about halfway through because I couldn't stand the suspense. Even knowing how it ended, my anxiety level was quite high throughout the book. The amount of drama, intrigue and hardship kept me wanting to know what happened next, and thus kept me up late at night. :) I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys Christian historical fiction with romance as a main theme.
Disclaimer: I received this book for free from Revell in exchange for an honest review.