Laura Frantz was one of the authors I was most delighted to meet at the ACFW conference last weekend. In writing about Native Americans and cross-cultural relationships, I’m always excited to find other authors dealing with similar issues, and I discovered Laura through reading Courting Morrow Little this summer.
Bibliophile though I am, it’s been a while since I enjoyed a book as much as I did this one. While it seemed at first glance to move a bit slower than many current novels, the story soon swept me up so completely I had a hard time putting it down to work on my own novel. Laura Frantz is truly a gifted writer, with the ability to transport her readers to another time and place—in this case, frontier Kentucky—and characters crafted so finely I seemed to be living the story myself. And such a sweet, lovely, humble lady she proved to be when I introduced myself to her in the ACFW bookstore. It always touches me how published authors are just as excited to hear someone loved their book as I am when my family or critique partners tell me they like my story. 🙂
In the early days of the American Revolution, Morrow Little is haunted by the loss of her mother and siblings to a Shawnee raid in her early childhood, and she cannot understand her father’s strange friendship with a chief and his mysterious half-Shawnee son, Red Shirt. As her father’s health fails and community suspicions rise about her family’s friendliness with the Indians, Morrow must decide whom to trust…with her life and with her heart.
This book opened a new side of our country’s early history to me, as well as proving one of the most beautiful romances I’ve read in some time. I wish I could know Morrow and Red Shirt in real life! If you enjoy historical fiction with depth, try to find a copy of Courting Morrow Little. I don’t think this story of love, healing, and forgiveness will leave you untouched.