When I was faced with the choice of the two books that Laura Frantz had written, I immediately grabbed “Courting Morrow Little”. I think I downed that book in about 2 gulps. But after I finished that book and raved about it to my friends, family, my blog and Amazon, I kind of forgot about Frantz’s other book “The Frontiersman’s Daughter”.
What a mistake that turned out to be!!! It took me about a chapter to get into the book, but after that, I had a hard time putting it down. I’m still recovering from my sleep deprivation.
Lael Click is the daughter of the legendary frontiersman, Ezekial Click (who’s life & story is modeled after Daniel Boone). At the beginning of the novel, Lael is a fresh-faced, spunky thirteen year old girl. As she grows up, you see her character develop into a mature, young woman who is content with being the only one of her friends who is never to marry. She comes back to the homestead she grew up at; her father has passed away and her mother, who never cared that much for Lael to begin with, is settled in a town far from home, remarried and finally able to rid herself of being a Click. Lael decides to not wait around for a man to come along and help her with the farm, but rather, she decides to take it on herself. Only once she lets herself become completely vulnerable and follow God’s will for her life, does she come to realize what amazing things the Lord has in store for her.
“The Frontiersman’s Daughter” is a beautiful, coming-of-age novel and you can’t help but root for the heroine. it is so refreshing to read a novel that is not “cookie-cutter” and I honestly had no idea how the story would pan out. But I was happy with the ending. 🙂
Read this book. You’ll love it. A novel by Laura Frantz is not one to pass over.