Selah Hopewell seems to be the only woman in the Virginia colony who has no wish to wed. True, there are too many men and far too few women in James Towne. But Selah already has her hands full assisting her father in the family’s shop. And now she is in charge of an incoming ship of tobacco brides who must be looked after as they sort through their many suitors.
Xander Renick is perhaps the most eligible tobacco lord in the settlement. His lands are vast, his crops are prized, and his position as a mediator between the colonists and the powerful Powhatan nation surrounding them makes him indispensable. But Xander is already wedded to his business and still grieves the loss of his wife, daughter of the Powhatan chief.
Can two fiercely independent people find happiness and fulfillment on their own? Or will they discover that what they’ve been missing in life has been right in front of them all along?
Bestselling and award-winning author Laura Frantz takes you to the salty shores of seventeenth-century Virginia in this exploration of pride, honor, and the restorative power of true love.
Tidewater Bride by Laura Frantz is an amazing journey back to the 17th century. Women were needed and thus, brides arriving on ships were started. This novel, shows that plus much more. Indentured servants, Indians, and something deeper can be found in this rich tale. Two protagonists have their hands full. One being the most important man in the colony and the other with her duties keeping the incoming brides out of trouble and helping her father. Both are fierce and independent. They don’t realize it yet but there is more to life than what they have. Love, new beginnings, and hope is on the horizon.
Laura Frantz writes well. I was deeply engaged in this story. A powerful tale that brings history alive. The struggles and fears back then come to full focus in this read. The characters are entertaining and likable. I was rooting for them the whole way. Overall, I look forward to reading more books by Laura Frantz in the future.