Loves Reckoning

Title:  Love’s Reckoning
Author:  Laura Frantz
Pages:  407
Year:  2012
Publisher:  Revell
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                Love’s Reckoning is the beginning of a new historical romantic series written by Laura Frantz titled “The Ballantyne Legacy”.  This story is set in 1784 in Pennsylvania.  Liege Lee has been thrown out of the Quaker Society and has shunned all religion.  There is no Bible in the house and no one is allowed to attend church.  However, in the name of courtship, he will allow one of his daughters to attend church with Silas.  Liege is greedy, selfish, and a tyrant.
                Silas Ballantyne has left his homeland of Scotland to make a new life in America.  His past is has many painful memories, and he is hoping to start anew in America.  He is an apprentice iron worker and has agreed to take a position in York County, Pennsylvania.  He is a Christian, trusting in God to protect and guide him.  He has a dream to go further west in Pennsylvania to Fort Pitt.  He must complete his apprenticeship before realizing his dream.  He arrives in York at the home of Liege Lee, his new boss.  Liege has two beautiful daughters, Elspeth and Eden.  Unbeknownst to Silas, Liege is planning to follow a tradition whereby the apprentice is “encouraged” to marry one of the employer’s daughters in order to keep the business in the family.  Will Silas be forced to wed?  What about his dreams of the west?
                Elspeth Lee is unwed and pregnant.  She has been confined to the house during her “illness”.  She won’t say who the father is and doesn’t regret her choices.  She has spent most of her life in the shop with her father learning the ins and outs of iron working.  She does the bookkeeping for her father.  She often uses that as an excuse to get out of helping around the house.  Her father has made a proposal that if Silas arrives before the baby is born, he will marry Eden.  If he arrives after the baby is born, then he will marry Elspeth.  Once the baby is born, she shows completely no interest, leaving the care of the baby to Eden and their mother.  She is not a nice young woman.  She plots and schemes to get her way and will do anything to get what she wants and she wants Silas.  She finds church tiresome and tedious.
                Eden Lee is a gentle, obedient and dependable daughter.  She pretty much runs the household.  She does not want to marry anyone.  She has plans to leave for Philadelphia and work at an orphanage, but no one knows her secret.  Marriage wound ruin her dream.  She meets Silas and they form a friendship.  He reads to her from his Gaelic Bible and gives her verses of Scripture on scraps of paper to feed her hungry heart God’s word.  Her sweet innocence and heart draw Silas as no other has ever done.  Soon their friendship grows to love.  They must always be on the lookout for Elspeth’s nasty schemes.
Can they ever be together as they each have their own dreams?  How can God allow events to happen that might separate them forever?  Will Eden find the love she is searching for and give her heart to God?  I could tell you the answers to these questions, but that would spoil the enjoyment of reading the book for yourself.  Pick up a copy and discover the answers.
My rating is 3.5 stars.
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