REVIEW of A Moonbow Night, by Laura Frantz

moonbow-nightThis book tells a little-seen side of the Revolutionary War, the fate of the frontier families in the wilds of Kentucke surrounded by hostile Indians goaded onto the warpath by King George.

At the remote Moonbow Inn, Temperance Tucker and her family work to feed travelers and stay clear of trouble. They have had enough encounters with, and heartbreak from, the Indians in the past. When Sion Morgan, a broad-shouldered surveyor, comes through the territory, Tempe finds herself intrigued by his gruff but dependable presence. With the tribes on the warpath, she signs on as a scout to help Sion and his men reach their destination. But the trip through Kentucke contains more pitfalls than anyone has foreseen, leading the reader to wonder whether either of them will make it back to the Moonbow Inn alive.

The setting of the book is as lushly drawn as any of the characters. The Moonbow Inn and nearby waterfall glow like a beacon in the wilderness. The historical tie-in with Daniel Boone was interesting and added a richness to the plot.

I had trouble at first connecting with the characters, particularly with Sion. His motivations and past, which unfolded gradually with the story, were never fully fleshed out. Tempe came alive sooner for me, although I still wished to know more about the characters in her family.

The Christian themes in the book were handled deftly, and the theme of love and loss explored in some depth. I didn’t enjoy this book as much of some of Frantz’s other titles, but still, I would recommend it to anyone who enjoys American historical novels.

*I received a free copy of this book from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. All opinions expressed are my own.

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