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The Mistress of Tall Acre

October 26, 2015
Mistress of Tall Acre
Laura Frantz
Historical Fiction
September 1, 2015


Description of the book

The American Revolution is finally over, and Sophie Menzies is starved for good news. When her nearest neighbor, General Seamus Ogilvy, finally comes home to Tall Acre, she hopes it is a sign of better days to come. But the general is now a widower with a small daughter in desperate need of a mother. Nearly destitute, Sophie agrees to marry Seamus and become the mistress of Tall Acre in what seems a safe, sensible arrangement. But when a woman from the general’s past returns without warning, the ties that bind this fledgling family together will be strained to the utmost. When all is said and done, who will be the rightful mistress of Tall Acre?

Triumph and tragedy, loyalty and betrayal–readers find it all in the rich pages of this newest historical novel from the talented pen of Laura Frantz. Her careful historical details immerse the reader in the story world, and her emotional writing and finely tuned characters never cease to enchant fans both old and new.

My review of Mistress of Tall Acres

I was not able to put this book down. I read all 401 pages in a day and a half. This was the first book I have read by Laura Frantz. I will definitely seek out others written by her.

I fell in love with her characters. Sophie Menzies is a woman I could empathize with. She was living all alone on Three Chimney’s plantation in Roan, Virginia. It is the end of the Revolutionary War. She is despised by her neighbors because her father is a British sympathizer. He has left the country. She is waiting for her brother to return now that the war has ended.

Her neighbor, General Seamus Ogilvy, has returned to Tall Acre with his five year old daughter, Lily Cate. Sophie befriends Lily Cate. The General is having trouble getting reacquainted with his daughter now that he is home. Sophie helps the General reconnect with his daughter and he reciprocates by helping her with chopped wood and food.

The General and Sophie enter into a marriage of convenience. Now, I don’t usually like these marriages of convenience. They seem so cliche. This one isn’t. Sophie loves the General and he has no clue. (typical man, clueless)

The story that Frantz has spun gives a good look into what it might have been like to survive the war. Sophie may have survived, but she was destitute. She needed Seamus’s help in more than one way. It is wonderful to see things through her practical eyes. I loved the period details that were splashed throughout the story.

This is a book that I’m sure any historical fiction reader will enjoy.

Thank you NetGalley for giving me the opportunity to receive a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

About the author


Award-winning author Laura Frantz is passionate about all things historical, particularly the 18th-century, and writes her manuscripts in longhand first. Her stories often incorporate Scottish themes that reflect her family heritage. She is a direct descendant of George Hume, Wedderburn Castle, Berwickshire, Scotland, who was exiled to the American colonies for his role in the Jacobite Rebellion of 1715, settled in Virginia, and is credited with teaching George Washington surveying in the years 1748-1750. Frantz lives and writes in a log cabin in the heart of Kentucky.

According to Publishers Weekly, “Frantz has done her historical homework.” With her signature attention to historical detail and emotional depth, she is represented by Janet Kobobel Grant, Literary Agent & Founder, Books & Such Literary Agency of Santa Rosa, California.

Readers can find Laura Frantz at

About Terry Houchin

Hi, my name is Terry Houchin. I live on the on the Gulf Coast of Texas with my husband of thirty-eight years and our two dogs, Miley and Shadow. I have two grown sons and a grandson. I am a retired teacher who loves gardening and reading. I am currently working on writing a novel.

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