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Thursday, July 22, 2010

"Courting Morrow Little" by Laura Frantz

This book has an unmistakable charm about it. Set in the time of Lewis and Clark out on the American frontier, Morrow Little lives a troubled life. Although many men ask for her hand in marriage, none really catch her eye. The fact that a Native American killed her mother and sister whilst kidnapping her brother does not help her spirits. Eventually, Morrow finds her true love, marries, and has children. The romance is not at all graphic. Mentionings of nursing may upset the stomachs of some readers. Morrow is a typical bag of estrogen, always crying and sewing. Still, the reader does not feel Frantz is stereotyping; back then, that's just how most women were. Also, the fact that smoking and drinking are taken so lightly--and even considered for medicinal purposes--enhances the true feel of the time and place [no matter how ignorant the people were]. Christian morals are given, as are some unquoted Bible verses. The notion of forgiveness is really expounded upon. Engrossed in the book, readers realize the woman on the cover does not quite resemble the Morrow described. Nonetheless, this is an engrossing romance novel for those that like sappy stories with Native American adventure and suspense.

Available July 2010 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group

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