Saturday, February 20, 2021

Review: Tidewater Bride by Laura Frantz



They're both too busy for love . . . but love is not too busy for them

Selah Hopewell seems to be the only woman in Virginia Colony who has no wish to wed. True, there are too many men and far too few women in James Towne. But Selah already has her hands full assisting her father in the family's shop. And now she is in charge of an incoming ship of tobacco brides who must be looked after as they sort through their many suitors.

Xander Renick is perhaps the most eligible tobacco lord in the settlement. His lands are vast, his crops are prized, and his position as a mediator between the colonists and the powerful Powhatan nation surrounding them makes him indispensable. But Xander is already wedded to his business and still grieves the loss of his wife.

Can two fiercely independent people find happiness and fulfillment on their own? Or will they discover that what they've been missing in life has been right in front of them all along?

My Thoughts:

Another author Frantz read that is rich in historical detail, concerning Jamestown in 1634. At this time the men outnumber the women and England has been sending over what has been dubbed as tobacco brides. Kind of like modern day speed dating, but where these women have especially been sent over to marry. 

Selah Hopewell is probably the only single woman that is allowed to stay single, and she keeps herself fairly busy. The man that she secretly loves appears to be keeping to himself and he is very busy as well.

Xander Renick has been married before and lost his wife. He really didn't seem to be too much in a hurry to wed again. These two were so perfect for each other and their slow burn romance burned hotter and brighter every time they saw each other or spoke to one another. I could not wait until these two finally figured out how perfect they were for each other.

I watched the first season of a show about Jamestown and the brides that came and it ended up more or less being a soap opera. This story, I think really captured the ambience of the time and place, the dangers of attack from the Native Americans, or the attacks some unscrupulous men may have been plotting on the Native Americans. These were perilous times as life and land were at stake and these women willingly ventured to the New World to begin new lives with strangers. This was a very good historical with a few surprises of the life and times and the danger that the Jamestown folks face.

I received a copy of this novel from the publisher. I was not required to post a positive review and all views and opinions are my own.

About the Author:

Laura Frantz is a Christy Award winner and the ECPA bestselling author of eleven novels, including An Uncommon Woman, The Frontiersman's DaughterCourting Morrow LittleThe Colonel's LadyThe Lacemaker, and A Bound Heart. She is a proud mom to an American soldier and a career firefighter. When not at home in Kentucky, she and her husband live in Washington State. Learn more at

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