Tuesday, January 11, 2022

A HEART ADRIFT - Laura Franz - One Free Book

Bio: Laura Frantz is a Christy Award winner and the ECPA bestselling author of more than a dozen novels, including An Uncommon Woman, Tidewater Bride, The Frontiersman’s Daughter, Courting Morrow Little, The Colonel’s Lady, The Lacemaker, and A Bound Heart. She is a proud mom of an American soldier and a career firefighter. When not at home in Kentucky, she and her husband live in Washington State.

Welcome, Laura. Can you please provide a brief description of A Heart Adrift? A Virginia chocolatier and a privateering sea captain collide after a failed love affair a decade before. Will a war and a cache of regrets keep them apart? Or will a new shared vision reunite them?

Your novel takes place in the mid-1700s. What historical events were occurring during this time period? The novel opens at the beginning of the French and Indian War (also called the Seven Years’ War), which pitted England and its colonies against France and their allies, all in a quest for territory. George II was on the English throne, and the conflict lasted for seven long, bloody, costly years, all played out on American soil and at sea.

What draws you to this era? Colonial America is an unending source of powerful historical men and women who made our nation what it is today. It’s fascinating history right down to the garments they wore. My regret is that all my story ideas will outlast me and I won’t find time for all the novels I’d love to write! I’m continually fascinated by our colonial ties to Great Britain and how so many of us have ancestry there.

Your novel is set in colonial York, Virginia. What type of research was required to accurately portray this setting? I prefer a global approach to research—taking a look at all that was going on internationally as well as colonially in as many arenas as I can delve into. What was being invented in 1755 or so? What was in fashion? What were people eating? What religions were being practiced? Who was in power politically and why? What was the state of medicine and justice? I also like to visit the very site I’m writing about—tour museums, walk about, and get the lay of the land, so to speak. Being on-site really makes the novel come alive for me.

Can you please tell readers about your two main characters, Esmée Shaw and Henri Lennox? Both Esmée and Henri are more mature at ages twenty-eight and thirty-five, respectively. As a privateer, Captain Lennox has sailed around the world more than once, and though he has experienced many locales, his heart is still tied to Virginia. Esmée is not so well traveled, but she is an experienced chocolatier and a benefactress ashore. Together they make a heart-melting combination, or so I hope!

Both Esmée and Henri are dedicated to the colonial cause. What does this entail? Both are very colonial-minded. They are intent on Virginia’s continuance as a leader among the British colonies, share a heart for what would become the seeds of the United States Navy in time, and are mariners in general, including keeping the first lighthouse in the Chesapeake region.

Your two protagonists share a long history together. Can you provide some insight on their shared past? To start, Henri has a terrible sweet tooth! That aside, when he and Esmée first meet, their mutual attraction has nothing to do with her chocolate shop. He finds her delightfully feminine, intelligent, and fun. In turn, she is smitten with his renowned privateering reputation and benevolence. Alas, their romance is not to be realized for a decade, but perhaps love is sweeter the second time around.

What do you hope readers will experience when reading A Heart Adrift? I hope readers enjoy the story immensely with all its poignancy and can read between the lines to see that the valleys of life are often the high road, achieving our ultimate good and God’s glory. This novel is perhaps my most sophisticated yet, dealing with themes of love, loss, forgiveness, and restoration.

What are you working on next? I’ve just finished a novel set entirely in Scotland, tentatively titled The Rose and Thistle, which releases in January 2023. Of all the novels I’ve written, this story has been the hardest to let go of. I so hope readers love it like I do!

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Thank you, Laura, for sharing A Heart Adrift with my blog readers and me. I’m eager to read it.

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traveler said...

This historical sounds fascinating and captivating. Anne in NM.

Jackie Smith said...

Love Laura's books. Count me in!
Jackie in GA

Bonnie M. said...

I love historical fiction and would love to read this one!

Caryl Kane said...

Laura Frantz in one of my MUST read authors!
Caryl K in TX

Connie Porter Saunders said...

Laura is a fantastic author. So looking forward to reading this new book!
Connie from Kentucky

Holly Ison said...

I love historical stories and this sounds like a really good one. Can’t wait to read it! Holly from KY

Anonymous said...

Laura Frantz is an epic author for me! I don't think you can go wrong with this author, plus there is a chocolate factory involved. Chocolate and Laura Frantz, and you bet I am definitely intrigued!
Perrianne Askew
perrianne (DOT) askew (AT) me (DOT) com

Lis K said...

I love her books!
Lis in VA

Elly said...

Oh, I just finished reading this book and LOVED IT😍 It was amazing!!!

Lucy Reynolds said...

One of my favorite historical authors I would love to read and review this one. Blessings from WV.

Abigail Mitchell said...

Can't wait to read this!
Abigail in VA

Sharon Bryant said...

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Anonymous said...

Oops! I forgot to leave my location of central Texas.
Perrianne Askew
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Melanie Backus said...

Sounds like a great read!
Melanie Backus, TX

Melissa M. said...

Interesting story idea!

-Melissa from TN

Pam said...

I enjoy stories written about colonial America, and this one keeps coming up in various places. I'd love to see what all the enthusiasm is about!

Pam in OH