Publisher's Note:  

From the beloved author of The Frontiersman's Daughter and Courting Morrow Little comes a new Kentucky novel...On the vast, uncharted Kentucky frontier of the 1770s, Temperance Tucker has learned to be fleet of foot, accurate with her rifle, and silent about the past. But her family secrets complicate her growing attraction to a handsome Virginia land surveyor with a harsh history of his own. Will the hurts and hardships of the past prevent them from a fulfilling future?


With her signature sweeping style and ability to bring the distant past to vivid life, Laura Frantz beckons readers to join her in a land of Indian ambushes, conflicting loyalties, and a tentative love that meanders like a cool mountain stream.

This book was sent to Compass Book Ratings for review by Revell

A Moonbow Night

by Laura Frantz

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Overall Review:  

A Moonbow Night by Laura Frantz takes place in colonial America.  1777 was full of exploration, Native American conflicts, illness and brave people who faced the unknown.  This book contains all of these elements and more.

Frantz writes of two main characters: Tempe and Sion.  Each of them has experienced devastating losses under brutal circumstances.  The story follows them as they face the challenges of an uncertain future and discover healing from their emotional wounds.

The historical aspects of the novel are instructive and fascinating, but the book is written in such a way that one feels as though it is a beautiful poem--not the sort of poem that rhymes and uses repetitive phrasing--but the type of poem which causes the reader to feel deep emotions.  It flows and resonates in just the right ways.

Readers hoping for fast-paced instant action will not be satisfied, but if one plans to savor the experience and really connect with the characters, this book is for you.  Enjoy this trip back in time to a different era.  Romance, heartache, danger and adventure are all included in this journey.

Content Analysis:  

Profanity/Language:  None 

Violence/Gore:  Character fires a gun and hits a wall; reports of people being killed by Native American conflicts, some details including scalping, tomahawking and skin shredding; several instances of people being injured and bleeding; a man strikes his adult daughter in the face; characters contemplate suicide, but do not; a person is stabbed and shoved off of a cliff; characters are taken captive and struck by weapons; the body of a deceased person is found. 

Sex/Nudity:  Woman is described as "bosomy;" a man is bathing unclothed and a woman encounters him, she does not see him below his chest; a woman is accused of being a hussy; non-married characters kiss and embrace.

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Death of loved ones, warfare, suicide, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.

Alcohol / Drug Use:  

Men sip ale; A man likes to drink  too much; Whiskey is used as a medicinal aid.

Reviewed By Susan
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