Unflinching and plainspoken, Tessa Swan is not your typical 18th-century woman. Born and bred on the western Virginia frontier along with her five brothers, she is a force to be reckoned with.
Quiet and courageous, Clay Tygart is not your typical 18th-century man. Raised by Lenape Indians, he returns a hero from the French and Indian War to the fort that bears his name, bringing with him Tessa’s long-lost friend, Keturah, a redeemed Indian captive like himself.
Determined to avoid any romantic entanglements as fort commander, Clay remains aloof whenever he encounters the lovely Tessa. But when she is taken captive by the tribe Clay left, his hand–and heart–are forced, leading to one very private and one very public reckoning.
Intense, evocative, and laced with intricate historical details that bring the past to life, An Uncommon Woman will transport you to the picturesque and dangerous western Virginia mountains of 1770.
What to say? What to say? I signed up to review this book on a whim. Sometimes not the smartest idea, especially after not completely enjoying a book I previously read by the same author. (I liked it, a lot, I just didn’t find it to be my favorite of her books.) Yet if I had not requested this book I would not have found and read a book, in this case, An Uncommon Woman that redeemed Frantz for me. That’s all I need to say but to make this a full review I have to add that I loved the way the characters, particularly, Tessa were not the normal 18th century people you expect to find in book featuring a dark time in history.
Much like Alone Yet Not Alone you’ll find yourself quickly pulled into a grieving family, a fearful community, a bitter man, and an Indian raised soldier’s story.
In the backdrop of a small fort settlement An Uncommon Woman is a spectacular story of courage, overcoming grief, and the love of a soldier and a woman who must brave the wilderness and find their place. Not to be missed by any historical fiction lover or someone who enjoys a tale with courageous characters that you can feel the air they breathed — the descriptions are so well written.
I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from the author. All views expressed are only my honest opinion.