Love’s Fortune by Laura Frantz
The Ballantyne Legacy, Book 3
Revell, September 2014
The final installment of The Ballantyne Legacy series follows Wren Ballantyne, a lovely heroine. Raised in Kentucky, Wren has a different way of life than her Ballantyne family. A simpler, quieter way of life. One filled with more freedom to express emotions rather than the constraints of rules and the obligations of society.
When Wren is thrust into the world of Pennsylvania, her life is turned upside-down. Meeting family members she’s never known, seeing a different side of her father, and trying to navigate the life of a well-bred Ballantyne overwhelms her senses. Her old life is gone, replaced by a foreign one.
I love the Ballantyne family, and I loved meeting Wren in this book. She has a different perspective on life in Pittsburg than her family because of her humble upbringing. Her opinions were fresh and exciting, revealing much about how she was raised.
This series has been quite the journey. What started with the hard work and dedication of one man turned into three generations of family, wealth beyond imagination, and the promise of continued prosperity. There is a sense of family woven throughout Love’s Fortune, seeping into the lives of each character. These generations of Ballantynes are growing, expanding, and moving forward. Love’s Fortune was the perfect ending to this series, and it has become my favorite novel of the series.
And I obviously loved Jamie. I wish he would have been more forthright about his feelings for Wren earlier in the novel, but then we wouldn’t have all the angst. And when he tells Wren to call him Jamie, and then every time she does call him that afterwards, swoon. Here’s an excerpt from one of the early scenes I loved between Jamie and Wren:
“Reaching out an ungloved hand, she touched the great wheel, her soft shoulder brushing his arm. A start shot through him at her nearness- at her audacity. The wheel was almost a sacred thing, handled by a chosen few. His was likely the first in steamboat history to feel a woman’s hand. Hiding a wry smile, he forced his attention back where it belonged.” (30)
Basically, I recommend this book. But first, I recommend you read the series in order. It makes this final novel so much more fulfilling and complete.
Rating: 4.5 stars (only because it took me a while to get into it)
I am on Laura Frantz’s launch team and was provided a complimentary copy of this book from the author. This is my honest opinion.