Laura Frantz' latest book Moonbow Night is set in the days of Daniel Boone when our country was largely unexplored. With a lush backdrop one could hardly expect trouble to find its way into peaceful meadows and spectacular waterfalls. Yet, in 1777, the Revolutionary War was being fought on the one hand and surveyors were marking off land to be taken by settlers eager to own acreage. Danger surrounds the world of Temperance Tucker and her family. Fronting the Shawnee River, her family built the Moonbow Inn, a haven for travelers and traders alike. Her father had trouble with surveyors and lived well hidden beyond the inn. He trained Tucker to hunt, shoot and track better than most men. Her brother, mother and dear friend cooked and cared for weary travelers.
Sion Morgan led a surveying team over the dangerous territory. Weary and hungry his team stopped at the Moonbow and here is where the story really begins. As fate would have it, the group needs a guide into dangerous areas filled with Native Americans who have no patience for these surveying "land stealers." Temperance is charged with guiding the team at the behest of her father. The danger is great but it doesn't take long for Sion to realize she can hold her own to his skill with tracking and shoots as well as he. She is an unwilling guide but the story provides her a rich journey and the love of a man worthy of her.
I received a copy of Moonbow Night from Revell for an honest review and I enjoyed many hours reading it. I was intrigued by the title and all the more so when I learned that "Moonbows or lunar rainbows are rare natural atmospheric phenomena that occur when the Moon’s light is reflected and refracted off water droplets in the air."
I would love to see a moonbow! Laura Frantz is a wonderful story teller, weaving history into the lives of the rich characters she creates. If you enjoy historical fiction I recommend you reserve a copy of this book for your collection. I am in awe of the men and women who settled our country and faced countless trials with more courage than I can imagine.