In the second installment of the Ballantyne Legacy series, we are reunited with familiar characters from the first book and introduced to some new ones. Frantz’s family saga is a rare treat for fans that will stay with readers long after they finish.
Ellie Ballantyne returns home to Pittsburgh after graduating from finishing school. Her parents are on an extended trip and her siblings couldn’t care less, so she decides to open a day school for the local young ladies. Among the students is the daughter of the Turlocks, who are slaveholders and whiskey sellers. Jack Turlock wants to distance himself from his family and get out of the family business; he turns to Ellie and learns the power of being an abolitionist and the ways of the Underground Railroad. Will the families feel betrayed and blood be spilled, or can there be a compromise for Ellie and Jack to have their own legacy to pass down to their future generations? (REVELL, Sep., 416 pp., $14.99)