The Frontiersman’s Daughter
Set in 1777, this is the coming-of-age story of Lael Click, who lives in Kentucky, in Indian Territory. Lael is haunted by her father’s former captivity with the Shawnee Indians, as well as the secrets of her family’s past, and struggles to find herself amidst the pressures of daily life in the frontier. Drawing strength from the rugged land and her relation, Ma Horn, Lael learns important lessons in life and love. Ma Horn’s faith shows Lael how she needs to trust in God. And as in all proper frontier romances, Lael faces the difficulty of choosing from the love of three different men: the Shawnee warrior, the son of a rival family, and a Scottish doctor.
Frantz does an excellent job shaping Lael from girlhood to adulthood, from the frontier to Virginia, and back again to the frontier. The story is a slow starter but gets interesting and ends up being a powerful journey of love and redemption. Recommended for those interested in the time period and lovers of Christian frontier fiction.