RATING: 4.5 Stars
If you thought Love’s Reckoning was great, well have I get something to tell you – Love’s Awakening is amazing, so much better!! There are just so many elements in the story that are to be admired: the romance, chemistry, forgiveness, love and faith.
Ellie Ballantyne, youngest child of Silas and Eden, has left finishing school. But back at her family home in Pittsburgh, Ellie finds that her parents are away on a long trip and her siblings don’t seem to want her to stay. When she opens a day school for young ladies, she begins tutoring the incorrigible daughter of the enemy Turlock clan. The Turlocks are slaveholders and whiskey magnates, envious of the powerful Ballantynes and suspicious of their abolitionist leanings. As Ellie becomes increasingly tangled with the Turlocks, she finds herself falling in love with an impossible future–and Jack Turlock, a young man striving to free himself from his family’s violent legacy. How can she betray her family and side with the enemy? And will Jack ever allow her into his world?
Masterful storyteller Laura Frantz continues to unfold the stirring saga of the Ballantyne family in this majestic tale of love, loyalty, and the makings of a legacy. With rich descriptions of the people who settled and civilized a wild landscape, Frantz weaves a tapestry of characters and places that stick with the reader long after they turn the last page.
What really brought this book together were the different elements of love. Elli didn’t judge people by their name or background. Her tender and caring heart wanted to help all those who needed her assistance, especially Chloe Turlock, in becoming a woman. I love it how Chloe, out of her innocence, agreed to the teaching because of Jack, her brother. She realised that he needed someone who would love him, whom he needed, despite his ignorance. Her intervening made me laugh at times, giving the story a great feel to it. From then on their chemistry just advanced and the tension only got greater. Jack loved Ellie, however didn’t want to tarnish her reputation, so he restrained himself, ready to escape this temptation. Ellie, though fragile, loves him and would do anything to ensure his innocence. As you can probably guess, it made for heart-breaking moments.
In case you’re wondering who my favourite Character is, its Chloe. I love her innocence, and personality. She is vulnerable and in desperate need of love. In the way the novel is written, I feel like I can give that to her and be part of her life. Getting to know her was so much fun and she really made such an impression. Without her there would have been no book, actually. She ties things together and is the light and hope when things look bleak and dark.
I hadn’t expected sweet, gentle and caring Eden to have such ill-tempered children, especially at the beginning of the novel. Considering everything I learnt about Eden and Silas, I was rather shocked! Their oldest child was impatient and rude, disregarding Ellie. However the more I read the book, I understood her point of view and began to respect her. She was also naïve, about Elspeth. This frustrated me, but I got over it… I love it how Ellie got along with her brother, and shared a special bond regarding music. They had such a special bond, I was somewhat envious (only because I find it cool J )
Considering reading this book, haven’t got to it yet or want to read it now?? Well I would encourage you to get onto it ASAP!!!