The Mistress of Tall Acre
As Sophie Menzies waits patiently for her brother to return safely from the American War of Independence, her home is in the process of being seized by the government. Her neighbor General Seamus Ogilvy returns a war hero and is kind to Sophie, who is alone at Three Chimneys. Needing a helper for his young daughter, he proposes to her, offering her a reprieve from the anonymous threats aimed at her once-Tory household. Seamus’ daughter, Lily Cate, is an integral character as the romance between Sophie and Seamus blossoms. She is adored by them both. The novel takes a refreshing twist with one of its characters, yet tragedy strikes, and the couple needs to overcome both emotional and legal obstacles to remain together at Tall Acre.
With the kindling of the characters’ slow-paced romance, readers feel the tension and become fully invested with the story, which includes several subplots. As the story arc progresses, the moods change as we experience grief, loneliness, fear, hope and joy alongside Sophie and Seamus. The post-American Revolution setting is shown as a tense, uneasy time with unregulated government and progressive ideals. This country, one in which in which former Loyalists and colonial settlers eager for a new beginning live as neighbors, struggles to adapt to its newly independent status. The author includes quotes of faith to guide the unforgettable characters’ path, and they turn to Him to lighten their load, making this novel a beautiful blend of inspirational and historical romantic fiction. It is no surprise that Laura Frantz is a favorite writer in the genre.