Sunday, February 04, 2024



It’s 1754 and as the year is coming to a close, tensions are extremely high between the French and the British on the Canada’s Acadian shore.  Seamstress Sylvie Galant and her family wish to remain neutral but are caught in the middle.  With their land sitting in between two rival forts, staying neutral is not an easy accomplishment.  It’s a difficult time to celebrate Noël with talk of war looming among the locals.  William Blackburn, a British Army Ranger, isn’t helping the situation.  British ships begin to appear on the horizon, and when Sylvie comes in contact with William Blackburn, he confirms that the invasion is imminent.  Sylvie must not only protect herself and her family, but also the Acadians and their land.

The Seamstress of Acadie written by Laura Frantz is a phenomenal story.  Frantz does an amazing job of transporting the reader to the Canadian shores of Acadie.  With the brilliant description of the shores, to the aroma of the apple blossoms, to the beautiful landscape, I felt as if I was living in Acadie.  Sylvie is a wonderful and inspiring heroine who felt like family and a close personal friend.  I loved everything about Henrietta, Nolan, and Eulalie as well.  They were lovable and fantastic characters that kept me flying through the pages.  I learned so much from this story, a time period and a location that I was unfamiliar with.  This heartbreaking story had so many similarities with the way things are in the world today, with wars and unrest.   This unputdownable book is one that is on the top of my “best books I’ve ever read” list.  This amazing story is one that is a must read for all historical fiction fans.  This is definitely a story I will never forget.  It deserves way more than five stars. I highly recommend it.



Rating: 5 out of
Author:  Laura Frantz 
Publisher: Revell 
Publication Date: January 9, 2024
Pages: 408
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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.


Bestselling, award-winning author, Laura Frantz, has been writing stories since age seven. She is passionate about all things historical, particularly the 18th-century and her novels often incorporate Scottish themes that reflect her family heritage. She is a direct descendant of George Hume, Wedderburn Castle, Berwickshire, Scotland, who was exiled to the American colonies for his role in the Jacobite Rebellion of 1715, settled in Virginia, and is credited with teaching George Washington surveying in the years 1748-1750. Proud of her heritage, she is also a Daughter of the American Revolution. Though she will always consider Kentucky home, she and her husband live in Washington State. 

According to Publishers Weekly, "Frantz has done her historical homework." With her signature attention to historical detail and emotional depth, she is represented by Janet Kobobel Grant, Literary Agent & Founder, Books & Such Literary Agency of Santa Rosa, California. Foreign language editions include French, Dutch, Spanish, Slovakian, German & Polish.

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