An Uncommon Woman: fiction book review

An Uncommon Woman by Laura Frantz immediately captured my attention. Usually it is Frantz’s name that draws me to a book as I trust her stories to be beautifully woven time and time again. This time however it was the title! I just couldn’t resist.

Frantz is a talented writer with vivid vocabulary and the ability to paint a picture in great detail. This new novel by Frantz does not disappoint, the things we love about her writing remain true. The story is captivating and I appreciate that the romance is slower to evolve, while the story continues at an engaging pace.

The pages are filled with adventure and Frantz’s attention to the smallest details really keep the reader engaged. The characters are deep and evolve through the story, and while the plot twists and turns their development continues. The characters themselves are both interesting and endearing. Watching the relationships and the dynamics between them is particularly enjoyable.

A true frontier romance, as you follow Tessa and Clay on their journey you experience them as they mature and their romance as it deepens. I so appreciate Frantz’s attention to historical detail and find myself completely immersed in the story.

I will continue to look for Frantz’s works as must reads and I highly recommend this one. Thank you to the publisher for providing me a copy of this book. All opinions I shared here are my own.


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.

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