As 1754 is drawing to a close, tensions between the French and the British on Canada’s Acadian shore are reaching a fever pitch. Seamstress Sylvie Galant and her family–French-speaking Acadians wishing to remain neutral–are caught in the middle, their land positioned between two forts flying rival flags. Amid preparations for the celebration of Noël, the talk is of unrest, coming war, and William Blackburn, the British Army Ranger raising havoc across North America’s borderlands.

As summer takes hold in 1755 and British ships appear on the horizon, Sylvie encounters Blackburn, who warns her of the coming invasion. Rather than participate in the forced removal of the Acadians from their land, he resigns his commission. But that cannot save Sylvie or her kin. Relocated on a ramshackle ship to Virginia, Sylvie struggles to pick up the pieces of her life. When her path crosses once more with William’s, they must work through the complex tangle of their shared, shattered past to navigate the present and forge an enduring future.

Laura Frantz is an absolute go-to author for me. This story rises right to the top as one of my favorites. I love history and learned so much through this story.  Laura has an amazing way of taking a piece of history, no matter how small, and creating an absolutely beautiful and heartfelt and faithful story around it. There were a few people from her other novels in this story as well—a fun surprise. And I love that faith is the central message. Yes, it’s a romance, but that’s not the main focus, nor does the story touch on anything that I wouldn’t feel comfortable giving a teenager to read. I loved reading historical fiction as a teen and would have found Laura’s books right up my alley.

*I received a complimentary copy of this book. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.


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