Book Review of Love’s Fortune by Laura Frantz

About the book …

Rowena (Wren) Ballantyne loves her simple life in Kentucky where she and her father, both skilled musicians, craft beautiful violins. But her father receives an unexpected letter that his father’s health is declining and his help is needed with the family business—one that he walked away from twenty years earlier out of necessity. For the first time in her life, Wren travels with him to meet her wealthy grandparents and extended family in Pennsylvania.

It doesn’t take long until Wren realizes that although many of her relatives are welcoming and kind, there are expectations of her as a Ballantyne. She must learn to eat, dress, and carry on conversation like a lady of standing. Rowena struggles to find her place in 1850s Pennsylvania society, but she agrees to a “season” where her sole purpose is to attract a suitable husband. Torn between family honor and the man she loves, Wren must decide if she’s going to be loyal to the family or her own heart.

My review …

Love’s Fortune is one more reason why I claim Laura Frantz as one of my favorite authors. Her writing style is elegant, and her ability to put the reader back into another time is unsurpassed.

Wren is someone I’d like to befriend. She's genuine, through and through. Talented and beautiful, I’m in awe of her unselfish heart and willingness to do whatever is needed of her by the family, even when it comes at a cost to her. The author creates a wonderful hero in James Sacket. I enjoyed his backstory and connection to the family. Strong and intelligent, he’s also a self-sacrificing, gentle, and generous man. Both hero and heroine struggle between choosing what appears to be the “right thing” and what their hearts desire.

As a fan of Love’s Reckoning and Love’s Awakening (Books 1 and 2 in the Ballantyne Legacy series), I savored spending more time with the Ballantyne family, and it was satisfying to see that not only had the family grown, but patriarch Silas Ballantyne was still a wise and loving man of God. I enjoyed seeing how his legacy became a part of the family—not only his faith, businesses, and wealth—but also how his love for music and the violin was passed down through his son to his granddaughter Rowena.

Many readers will be able to relate to questions raised in this novel. Where is God in our difficult circumstances? Does the Lord answer prayers of some, but not others? Although there is a spiritual tone throughout the story, it is subtle and never preachy.

This novel works well as a stand-alone, so don’t be put off if you haven’t read the first two in the series. However, I highly encourage you to also read Love’s Reckoning and Love’s Awakening. It will give you an even bigger appreciation for the Ballantyne legacy.

DISCLOSURE: I was graciously provided a copy of Love’s Fortune by Revell Publishing. I was not required to write a positive review and the opinions I have expressed are my own. 

Now, here’s something extra! Enjoy this video of “Behind the Cover,” which shares some of the process that went into creating the cover for Love’s Fortune.

Christy Award finalist and author, Laura Frantz, is passionate about all things historical, particularly the 18th-century, and writes her manuscripts in longhand first. Her stories often incorporate Scottish themes that reflect her family heritage. She is a direct descendant of George Hume, Wedderburn Castle, Berwickshire, Scotland, who was exiled to the American colonies for his role in the Jacobite Rebellion of 1715, settled in Virginia, and is credited with teaching George Washington surveying in the years 1748-1750. Her family resides in Kentucky and Virginia.

Laura currently lives in the misty woods of Washington with her husband and two sons.


  1. It's fascinating to see how the Love's Fortune cover was created. I'm a big fan of Laura's books too, and was blessed to read the first part of this installment of the Ballantyne Legacy before publication. Can't wait to get back into this story and find out what happens!

    1. Thanks for stopping by, J! I love seeing the creative process behind book covers, and I think Revell did a great job of sharing this one through the video. Glad you enjoyed it too! Have fun reading the rest of the story. :-D


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