A Moonbow Night

A Moonbow Night

After fleeing Virginia, Temperance Tucker and her family established an inn along the Shawnee River. It's a welcome way station for settlers and frontiersmen traveling through the wild Cumberland region of Kentucke--men like Sion Morgan, a Virginia surveyor who arrives at the inn with his crew looking for an experienced guide. When his guide appears, Sion balks. He certain...

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Title:A Moonbow Night
Author:Laura Frantz
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ISBN:0800726626
Format Type:Paperback
Number of Pages:384 pages

A Moonbow Night Reviews

  • Beth
    Jan 22, 2017

    Intense and gripping, heartfelt and gorgeous, Laura Frantz’s latest release did not disappoint. I’ve yet to read a novel of hers that I haven’t loved. With A Moonbow Night, it wasn’t long before I was swept away by the richness of the setting, the fascinating historical detail and the stunning depth of characters.

    The descriptions of the mysterious, dangerous beauty of the wilderness had me enthralled. Frantz imbues her words with a particularly vibrancy, almost making the forest of Kentucky a ch

    Intense and gripping, heartfelt and gorgeous, Laura Frantz’s latest release did not disappoint. I’ve yet to read a novel of hers that I haven’t loved. With A Moonbow Night, it wasn’t long before I was swept away by the richness of the setting, the fascinating historical detail and the stunning depth of characters.

    The descriptions of the mysterious, dangerous beauty of the wilderness had me enthralled. Frantz imbues her words with a particularly vibrancy, almost making the forest of Kentucky a character in and of itself. The woods hold splendor in way the sunlight dapples through the trees and the way a moonbow reflects from the waterfalls, but there is also a deceptiveness about them, when friends might turn out to be foes and past terrors might show themselves again.

    This is the setting of the Moonbow Inn, Tempe Tucker’s home, and a haven for weary travelers passing along the Shawnee River. Tempe’s family, her lame but determined brother, her mother, widowed, yet not, and a serving girl who is nearly family round out the characters in Tempe’s daily life, as well as add another layer of intrigue to the mystique that is the Moonbow Inn. Despite his ways with the woods, surveyor Sion Morgan finds himself drawn to the inn and its inhabitants.

    In a way, A Moonbow Night is a somewhat of a departure from Frantz’s usual work. The prose is as lyrical and compelling as I come to expect from one of her novels. The difference here, perhaps, is the thread of atmospheric tension that hasn’t been explored to such a length and depth as it has in this story. There is a tangible nature to the foray into dangerous territory, and, as a result, the character development and historical context take center stage.

    When Tempe is appointed as a guide for Sion’s surveying party, she must depend on both her keen insight of the Kentucke wilderness, as well as her stoic protection of precious memories and hopes of a future denied to her – memories that surface more and more as her regard for Sion grows. Sion himself has memories he’d prefer to stay buried, but the two of them can’t help but admire the other’s tenacity and determination. While there is more of a focus in this story on the historical details and the riveting plot, there is an exquisite romance, made even tenderer by its tentative and slow-moving progression.

    The novel’s secondary characters are varied – some causing strife, while others are a voice of peace – Sion’s friend, Nate, soon claimed a special place in my heart with his tough, wiry outward appearance and his strong faith and mental fortitude. Nate’s faith is a balm to Sion, whose own faith is a tattered, hardened thing. Nate’s unassuming, matter-of-fact faith and Tempe’s love of the land and the God who created it work together to tear down his defenses.

    Tempe is a character that drew me in; prone to solitude, and even melancholy, pieces of her character peel away layer by precious layer. Her joy in nature and her surrounding gave me a renewed appreciation for God’s creation, and the concept of a moonbow reminds me that truth and beauty can always be found in even the darkest of times. The culmination of faith, love and well-being in the story’s end made me sigh with relief and then contentment. Another gorgeous story complete, leaving me bereft in the happiest of ways. A Moonbow Night is on my favorites list for 2017 and will certainly be hard to top. Highly recommended for fans of historical fiction with strong characterization and a riveting plot.

    I received a copy of this novel from the publisher. This review is my honest opinion.

  • Carrie Schmidt (Reading is My SuperPower)
    Feb 04, 2017

    When you pick up a book by Laura Frantz, you are immediately swept away by the exquisite lilt of the narrative, by the vibrancy of the setting, and by the life in the characters. A Moonbow Night is no exception.

    I especially love reading her Kentucke books, the name given by various Indian tribes to the hunting ground that would become the state in which I now live. The rich history comes alive in ways I would have not predicted, and I must confess to a squeal of history geek delight when Daniel

    When you pick up a book by Laura Frantz, you are immediately swept away by the exquisite lilt of the narrative, by the vibrancy of the setting, and by the life in the characters. A Moonbow Night is no exception.

    I especially love reading her Kentucke books, the name given by various Indian tribes to the hunting ground that would become the state in which I now live. The rich history comes alive in ways I would have not predicted, and I must confess to a squeal of history geek delight when Daniel Boone swaggered across a scene or two. In many ways, the Kentucke wilderness in A Moonbow Night becomes a character all its own, and with each Kentucke book I read by Laura Frantz I develop a greater appreciation for the men and women who bravely lived and died and fought and sacrificed to settle the state I find so beautiful. (As a side note, the snippets and snatches from historical accounts included at the beginning of each chapter were another highlight of the book for me!)

    Tempe and Sion are wonderfully layered protagonists, each possessing rich emotions and poignant depth. Both of them have suffered greatly at the hands of the frontier, and both have left parts of their hearts behind in graves dug in the aftermath of Indian raids. While one has rejected God nearly completely, save the wisdom of his most trusted friend, the other clings to Him with one hand while holding Him at a wary distance with the other. And considering the example she has in her father, it’s really no wonder (If ever a character needed to be purse whomped, it is Tempe’s father.)

    And let’s not forget to mention the romance, aye? (Side note…. There’s something so swoony about these frontiersmen and their ‘ayes’. Blissful twitterpated sigh.) While A Moonbow Night isn’t drowning in romance, a certain kissing tree … and a certain cave scene … and a … well, you get the idea. It’s not lacking in romance by any stretch of the imagination. And since Laura Frantz has a distinct gift for making every word count, trust me when I say to make sure you read this from the comfort of your favorite fainting couch or facsimile thereof

    Bottom Line: A Moonbow Night by Laura Frantz is a book you’ll want to devour in one sitting, yet somehow simultaneously find a way to savor each word so it lingers as long as possible. The beauty of the landscape, the richness of the history, the heart of the characters – all of these will beckon you to settle amongst the pages and immerse yourself in a world of wilderness and courage and discovery. And above all, steady and true, shines the moonbow with its promise of hope and restoration after a season of despair. A promise we could all use a little of today, aye?

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  • Carrie Turansky
    Jun 21, 2016

    Laura Frantz is a master at transporting readers back in time! From the first page to the last I was swept away to the frontier and captivated by its beauty, danger, and romance. Tempe’s bravery and tender heart make her an admirable heroine, and Sion’s strength and determination make him her perfect match. A Moonbow Night is an all-around delightful read for lovers of historical romance.”

  • Emilee
    Feb 28, 2017

    I just wish there were more books out there like this one! This is absolutely my favorite kind of fiction.

    Laura Frantz is an amazing storyteller. The history is fascinating. She takes the reader back to a dangerous time in American history. Many men and women risked their lives to live in freedom and have land of their own. Tempe is the heroine. She is fearless and she has a reason to be. Sion is the quiet and somewhat mysterious hero. There is a lot of adventure in this story and wonderful cha

    I just wish there were more books out there like this one! This is absolutely my favorite kind of fiction.

    Laura Frantz is an amazing storyteller. The history is fascinating. She takes the reader back to a dangerous time in American history. Many men and women risked their lives to live in freedom and have land of their own. Tempe is the heroine. She is fearless and she has a reason to be. Sion is the quiet and somewhat mysterious hero. There is a lot of adventure in this story and wonderful characters that I hated to say good bye to when I read the last page. The ending was sweet and satisfying.

  • Jocelyn Green
    Jul 18, 2016

    As timeless as it is historical, A Moonbow Night is the shining embodiment of everything Laura Frantz does best, from her trademark attention to detail to the unfolding of rich and textured love in a setting no less complex. To read this novel is to take a journey along with the characters, inhabiting the story with all five senses. Truly, a book to savor and revisit.

    I loved that at the beginning of each chapter, the author included a brief quote, usually from someone who lived in the time and p

    As timeless as it is historical, A Moonbow Night is the shining embodiment of everything Laura Frantz does best, from her trademark attention to detail to the unfolding of rich and textured love in a setting no less complex. To read this novel is to take a journey along with the characters, inhabiting the story with all five senses. Truly, a book to savor and revisit.

    I loved that at the beginning of each chapter, the author included a brief quote, usually from someone who lived in the time and place of her setting. These little gems really added to the intensity of the story, helping me grasp that real people experienced similar trials to those I was reading. As a lover of history, I really enjoyed this aspect.

    Faith and the Scriptures were woven into the story so naturally, so powerfully, the spiritual element deepened the story in important ways. Never preachy or trite, all references to God were completely appropriate.

    A Moonbow Night will appeal greatly to lovers of historical fiction. While there is love and romance in the novel, too, the historical aspect dominates in what I found to be a refreshing way.

  • Susan Snodgrass
    Jan 04, 2017

    Settling down into a Laura Frantz book is somehow akin to embarking on a long anticipated journey along a much loved road. Her descriptions of everything..locales, people, clothing, homes, food....are so poetic that they cause the reader to slow down and savor every word lest they miss something precious. Her turns of phrase and word usage relevant to the period flow like a river going downstream.

    Her historical research is impeccable. Her knowledge of the period is vast, bringing the 1770s fron

    Settling down into a Laura Frantz book is somehow akin to embarking on a long anticipated journey along a much loved road. Her descriptions of everything..locales, people, clothing, homes, food....are so poetic that they cause the reader to slow down and savor every word lest they miss something precious. Her turns of phrase and word usage relevant to the period flow like a river going downstream.

    Her historical research is impeccable. Her knowledge of the period is vast, bringing the 1770s frontier to life! She inserts many actual events into the story, bringing delight to the heart of the history buff. Like me.

    Reading one of Frantz's good books is not just a pleasant way to spend a few days. No, reading a Laura Frantz novel is a distinct experience that the reader does not soon forget.

    These characters, even secondary ones, come alive under Frantz's pen, settling down in the reader's heart to stay as we find ourselves nearly a part of their very lives. We feel their emotions as they walk along the wooded trails, careful of Indian sign, and work to stay hidden from the dangers of the time.

    This is not a quick read, nor is it always a pleasant tale. The reader is aware of the dangers facing the settlers in the mostly untamed frontier of Kentucke. Hearts break seemingly as sure as the dawn rises each day and sometimes as quick. Yet we feel the hand of God in these lives, along with their longings and joys.

    Sion Morgan and Tempe Tucker are names sure to be kept in my heart for years to come, like many of Frantz's characters through the years. Also, the Moonbow Inn will remain in my memory. I wish that I could visit for just a while, listen to the falls and see the moonbow night.

    Escaping into this novel was a pleasurable delight for me and I truly hated to leave its pages. I loved living in that world just for a few days while reading the novel! A Moonbow Night is sure to be a top read in 2017. Every moment was pure enjoyment. Don't miss this one. Laura Frantz is at her very finest within these pages and in this world.

    *I was provided with a preview copy of this book by Net Galley. My review is my own honest opinion.

  • Rachael
    Jan 23, 2017

    It's been said that a picture is worth a 1,000 words. In the case of Ms. Frantz, her words paint a fantasy so real the reader IS there- not just seeing a picture, but being a part of it. Pulled back into the early settlers lives of Kentucke, the words appeal to all senses creating amazing imagery and a magnificent tale. The five stars was a given since I stayed up well into the night to finish!

    This historical has all the great elements of a splendid story of a young lady with a recovering heart.

    It's been said that a picture is worth a 1,000 words. In the case of Ms. Frantz, her words paint a fantasy so real the reader IS there- not just seeing a picture, but being a part of it. Pulled back into the early settlers lives of Kentucke, the words appeal to all senses creating amazing imagery and a magnificent tale. The five stars was a given since I stayed up well into the night to finish!

    This historical has all the great elements of a splendid story of a young lady with a recovering heart. She feels free outdoors, roaming the woods, collecting herbs, and enjoying Gods beautiful, majestic nature that surrounds her.( This is where we become soul mates. The beautiful outdoors and all it's wonders is where I spent many hours growing up. I still feel freedom and pleasure when among God's beautiful creation.) It's a dangerous time as it's next to impossible to tell who is friend or foe. The air is thick, the atmosphere tense, and the dangers of being early settlers very real.

    Love and hurt, a growing faith, a wonderful historical backdrop, and realistic characters all combine to produce a splendid and powerful narrative.

    I highly recommend this novel and once again a great story will be added to my forever shelves!

    "She wouldn't argue Sion's intentions with Esther. Best leave him with to the Lord."

  • Charity Andrews
    Jan 05, 2017

    First of all, if you haven’t ever heard of a moonbow, it’s pretty much what it sounds like. A lunar rainbow.

    Secondly, let me just say that if you are looking for a “Hallmark” style book, keep on walking. Laura Frantz doesn’t do anything halfway and this is proof!! There’s a reason why she is my favorite such a popular author.

  • Pepper Basham
    Jan 06, 2017

    Of one thing I am certain, Laura Frantz’s writing holds as spellbinding a quality as the stories she weaves with such intricate detail. A Moonbow Night is no different. Steeping in imagery thick with the mountains and hollows of frontier Appalachia, Laura introduces us, not only to riveting characters as alive to history as the famous Daniel Boone, but also to a culture, faith, and setting that breathes off the page.

    Tempe Tucker is a true-to-life Appalachian woman with grit, tenacity, and a stre

    Of one thing I am certain, Laura Frantz’s writing holds as spellbinding a quality as the stories she weaves with such intricate detail. A Moonbow Night is no different. Steeping in imagery thick with the mountains and hollows of frontier Appalachia, Laura introduces us, not only to riveting characters as alive to history as the famous Daniel Boone, but also to a culture, faith, and setting that breathes off the page.

    Tempe Tucker is a true-to-life Appalachian woman with grit, tenacity, and a strength to survive all that the beautiful-yet-dangerous landscape might provide. As one of the few inn’s along the Shawnee River in the wilds of Kentucky, her family live by ingenuity, hard-work, willpower, and faith.

    One of the many passages I LOVED LOVED in this book is:

    “Scripture.”

    “Say any by heart?”

    “Some. But I’d rather live it by heart.”

    Sion Morgan enters her world as a Virginia surveyor looking for an experienced guide to lead his crew. He gets more than he bargained for in Tempe Tucker….but so does she. Sion’s quiet, somewhat aloof, and yet surprising personality tugs upon the strings around Tempe’s heart.

    They seem to be two people born of a similar strength and a similar pain, yet of a very different spiritual views…until Tempe’s faith and directness wiggle through Sion’s doubt with a quiet perseverance. It’s beautiful to see how Tempe becomes Sion’s guide in more ways than a navigator through the Kentucky wilderness, but also a shepherdess, of sorts, toward a deeper treasure for his soul.

    Secondary characters pack the pages with levity, increasing depth, heartache, and challenges, and as usual in a Laura Frantz book, just as no sense is spared, neither is any emotion.

    Like the expert guide, Laura leads us on a journey as beautiful as it is dangerous. As gripping as it is revealing – and we are left with a masterpiece of words in our hands and hearts.

    Someday I hope to write a story as poetic and profound as A Moonbow Night. Thank you, Laura, for sharing your gift of storytelling with the world.

    I received this copy from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group

  • Olivia
    Jan 27, 2017

    While the first few chapters were a bit slow to get into, I thought the book was gentle, sweet, and full of many emotions. The author moves the story at a slow pace, revealing the beauty of the untrod American countryside as well as the rawness of the open country ravaged by Indians intent on keeping their land. The mentions of the Boones were some of my favorite parts :)

    Some might find this too emotional, but honestly I thought it was beautiful. The spiritual message was profound and played a g

    While the first few chapters were a bit slow to get into, I thought the book was gentle, sweet, and full of many emotions. The author moves the story at a slow pace, revealing the beauty of the untrod American countryside as well as the rawness of the open country ravaged by Indians intent on keeping their land. The mentions of the Boones were some of my favorite parts :)

    Some might find this too emotional, but honestly I thought it was beautiful. The spiritual message was profound and played a great part into the story. Nate's love of Scripture made me happy. Sion and Tempe's slowly blooming love was realistic and deep.

    Content wise there were a couple kissing scenes, one particular scene of bathing in the river might be a bit awkward to some readers, and a few vague mentions of womanly things. There is also violence and mention of scalpings.

    *I received this from the publisher in exchange for an honest review*