The Colonel’s Lady by Laura Frantz
Genre: Christian, Historical Romance
Dates Read: February 6-12, 2019
Synopsis: In 1779, when genteel Virginia spinster Roxanna Rowan arrives at the Kentucky fort commanded by Colonel Cassius McLinn, she finds that her officer father has died. Penniless and destitute, Roxanna is forced to take her father’s place as scrivener. Before long, it’s clear that the colonel himself is attracted to her. But she soon realizes the colonel has grave secrets of his own–some of which have to do with her father’s sudden death. Can she ever truly love him? (from Goodreads)
I started off really liking this book. The imagery was great, the characters vivid…but it was so slow. At first I let the descriptions soak in, but after a while I just wanted to be done with the story.
On top of that, Roxanne started off smart, but gradually she became dumber. She kept contradicting herself, as well, and was kind of hypocritical. Although admitting she loves him despite whatever wrongs he may or may not have committed, she just refuses to believe that Cass loves her, although I’m not sure why. She comes up with reasons why he would do things for her when it’s so glaringly obvious that he loves her. It’s not until she realizes that she could actually lose him that she has her aha moment, which was honestly too late for me.
The battle at the end, along with the “big reveals” seemed way too easy for me with a lot of deus ex machina at play. Things just fell into place way too smoothly. I would have liked more involvement in the battle itself, instead of seeing it mostly from the sidelines. I also wanted the book’s villain to be a bit more…villain-y. I mean, if he’s going to be that obvious, at least make him over-the-top evil. Put a glint in his eye, give him a nasty scar with a sufficiently nasty backstory, maybe have him stroke his equally evil cat while smoking a cheroot? His demise seemed too simple. Oh, that friend Roxie made a couple hundred pages earlier? Here he is to save the day. I wish there’d been more description of how he came to be there.
Despite all that, this is a good book. I don’t want my distaste for Roxanna’s character or the way things were tidied up at the end to discolor my overall opinion of the book. There was one scene in particular when Cass thought Roxie might die that I had to reread about three times because it was so sweet. Honestly, most of the times people were upset with Cass, I totally agreed with him. He was definitely the best, most fully formed character in this novel. They all called him hard, but I thought he acted as he should. If he were lax with them, they would have all died a long time ago.