Courting Morrow Little by Laura Frantz
After having her family ripped away from her by Shawnee Indians, Morrow Little has never been the same. Now, as a young lady, Morrow has caught the attention of every bachelor in town. As men vie for her attention, Morrow must decide who she wants to marry. As her father grows ill and the danger around them becomes more threatening, will Morrow choose to marry for duty or for love?
I really enjoyed reading this book. It started out slow, but it ended up being the perfect pace for the book. Looking back now, the plot was always moving forward and something was happening- so, I don’t know why it felt slow at the time. There was so much I loved about this book, but I don’t want to give too much away!
At only five years old, Morrow’s mother and sister were killed and her brother was taken away from her and her father. Throughout the book, it is obvious that this event has had a heavy impact on her life. She holds the memory of her loved ones close to her heart, and it is so sad to see how this traumatic experience has caused her so much pain and hurt.
Because her brother, Jess, was taken from her, Morrow is always wondering about him. Is he alive? Will she ever see him again? Does he even remember her after all these years? The pain of not knowing if he is alive or where he is, is a constant reminder of what the Shawnee Indians did to her family.
Morrow struggles with several things, many of them related to that fateful day when she was five. When her father befriends Shawnee Indians, Red Shirt and his father, Morrow has a difficult time understanding how her father can so easily forgive the people who hurt them so deeply. Morrow has much turmoil over how her father can accept the people who took away their happiness. This is a big struggle that Morrow has to come to terms with through the course of the novel.
Red Shirt and Morrow first come face to face in the barn. In this first interaction, Morrow is frightened because she did not know that Red Shirt was in the barn with her. Before she runs out, he says to her, “I’m not going to hurt you” (53). In that moment, with those words, I thought “I hope she falls for him!” I just knew that I already liked Red Shirt.
Because of what the Shawnee Indians did to her family, she has grown angry and fearful of them. Her heart has grown hard towards the Shawnee and she is unable to forgive what they have done. However, Morrow slowly warms up to Red Shirt, but she is always cautious of him. I think she fears him, but is also equally intrigued by him. He always seems to show up around Morrow’s house when she is outside, so I began to anticipate his visits. Every time Morrow went out to do something, I wanted him to appear.
Their relationship develops at a steady pace, and Red Shirt is patient with Morrow as she learns to see him for who he is rather than who she thinks he is. Morrow must learn forgiveness, and her friendship with Red Shirt helps her open her heart and release it from the anger and hurt she has held on to. But, did her friendship with Red Shirt open her heart to something more?
Another theme the novel explores is love. This excerpt from the book puts it best:
“‘Then you know love bears all things,’ he said.
The fragment of Scripture, so unexpected, so simply stated, gave her pause. Love beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things. The simple utterance seemed to cast down all her disappointments and failures, her unmet expectations and fears, and turn them to ashes. How was it, she wondered, that he always managed to condense a matter in so few words and restore reason?” (252-253)
This quote shows how an enduring love perseveres through everything. Both in the good times and the bad times, Morrow and her husband would be able to get through it all, together. Their love for one another was strong and they would go to great lengths for one another.
I thought it was beautiful that Ms. Frantz incorporated 1 Corinthians 13:7 in her novel. It truly describes the love that the main characters in this book had for one another. In the NIV, this verse is, “[Love] always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres”.
Morrow has a difficult choice to make. But, with so many suitors, which path in life will she choose? Will she marry a man she does not have feelings for? Or will she follow her heart and marry the man she loves?
Don’t miss out on this book. The characters are wonderful and they stick with you long after you’ve finished the book (I know they stuck with me!). These characters, coupled with themes of forgiveness and an enduring love, make this novel one that can’t be missed.
Rating: 5 stars