Set in 1779 Kentucky, this frontier novel is rich with details of the time period. Frantz paints a vivid picture of the tough life out in the wild and yet her characters demonstrate that it was possible to have a wonderful life. The determined protagonist Roxanna will become your favorite.

Arriving at Fort Endeavor, Roxanna Rowan learns her father has died in battle. Forced to take his place as scrivener, as she is without funds to go back to Virginia, she spends a lot of her time with Colonel Cassius McLinn, and finds him to be kind, though others tell her to be wary of him. Cassius has no idea how to tell Roxanna he was the one who accidentally shot her father, and the guilt eats away at him. Roxanna must look deep down inside of herself to forgive Cassius, unless she can determine it was someone else who fired the fatal shot. (REVELL, Aug., 352 pp., $14.99)
Reviewed by: 
Patsy Glans