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Selah Hopewell seems to be the only woman in the Virginia colony who has no wish to wed. True, there are too many men and far too few women in James Towne. But Selah already has her hands full assisting her father in the family's shop. And now she is in charge of an incoming ship of tobacco brides who must be looked after as they sort through their many suitors. Xander Reni Selah Hopewell seems to be the only woman in the Virginia colony who has no wish to wed. True, there are too many men and far too few women in James Towne. But Selah already has her hands full assisting her father in the family's shop. And now she is in charge of an incoming ship of tobacco brides who must be looked after as they sort through their many suitors. Xander Renick is perhaps the most eligible tobacco lord in the settlement. His lands are vast, his crops are prized, and his position as a mediator between the colonists and the powerful Powhatan nation surrounding them makes him indispensable. But Xander is already wedded to his business and still grieves the loss of his wife, daughter of the Powhatan chief. Can two fiercely independent people find happiness and fulfillment on their own? Or will they discover that what they've been missing in life has been right in front of them all along?


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Selah Hopewell seems to be the only woman in the Virginia colony who has no wish to wed. True, there are too many men and far too few women in James Towne. But Selah already has her hands full assisting her father in the family's shop. And now she is in charge of an incoming ship of tobacco brides who must be looked after as they sort through their many suitors. Xander Reni Selah Hopewell seems to be the only woman in the Virginia colony who has no wish to wed. True, there are too many men and far too few women in James Towne. But Selah already has her hands full assisting her father in the family's shop. And now she is in charge of an incoming ship of tobacco brides who must be looked after as they sort through their many suitors. Xander Renick is perhaps the most eligible tobacco lord in the settlement. His lands are vast, his crops are prized, and his position as a mediator between the colonists and the powerful Powhatan nation surrounding them makes him indispensable. But Xander is already wedded to his business and still grieves the loss of his wife, daughter of the Powhatan chief. Can two fiercely independent people find happiness and fulfillment on their own? Or will they discover that what they've been missing in life has been right in front of them all along?

30 review for Tidewater Bride

  1. 4 out of 5

    Melissa Tagg

    Laura Frantz is one of my favorite authors of historical romance. Her writing never fails to awe me with its lyrical tone and vivid descriptions. I so appreciated the depth of these characters and the slow-burn romance, and there was just enough action to keep the plot moving while giving the characters time to breathe. A perfect Saturday read, both captivating and compelling!

  2. 4 out of 5

    Sarah Sundin

    Laura Frantz‘s novels are always a treat, and Tidewater Bride is no exception. The lush writing, well-researched history, and characters with depth always draw me in. I loved this journey to colonial Jamestown, insight into life in that era, the respectful portrayal of Native Americans, and the sobering look at the shift from the use of indentured servants to the use of slaves. And the romance! Selah and Alexander’s slow-growing, slow-burning romance will leave you sighing. Don’t miss this book!

  3. 5 out of 5

    Abigail

    Oh my word, I am in love!! Laura Frantz does it again, y'all! She has masterfully ingrained yet another beautiful story into my heart. At the beginning of this book, I was a little overwhelmed by everything because my brain was automatically attempting to figure out how this book would go, which was not the brightest idea because Mrs. Frantz took me on a roller coaster of twists, turns, and emotions. Like in all her books, the characters were amazing and I want to know them in real life. Selah w Oh my word, I am in love!! Laura Frantz does it again, y'all! She has masterfully ingrained yet another beautiful story into my heart. At the beginning of this book, I was a little overwhelmed by everything because my brain was automatically attempting to figure out how this book would go, which was not the brightest idea because Mrs. Frantz took me on a roller coaster of twists, turns, and emotions. Like in all her books, the characters were amazing and I want to know them in real life. Selah was such a sweetheart and I saw a lot of myself in her (although I would probably have been married sooner than her, I am far from an independent woman like herself, lol). Selah's character blended so well the Xander's character which made for the perfect chemistry. Speaking of Xander, Xander was a sweetheart from the beginning and I just knew that I would love him. Although he is not my all-time favorite Frantz men, he definitely is higher up on the list! He was so complex yet so loveable. The romance in this book made cause my head to spin. It was a slow burn, cat and mouse, we're going to dance around one another for a good portion of the book type of romance, but it fits perfectly with this story. It was so adorable!! The faith in this book was stronger than the others (from what I can recall), not that I complained in the past nor am I complaining now. I feel like this story called for more faith content though. Everything about this book has me in book heaven. I love Laura Frantz's books and I do not think I will ever stop loving them. I honestly am already counting down the days till her next release and this one just was released today!! I highly recommend this book to everyone. It.is.amazing!! *FTC: I received this book from Revell in exchange for my honest opinion. All thoughts are my own. I was NOT required to write a positive review.*

  4. 5 out of 5

    Susan Snodgrass

    I have been a fan of Laura Frantz since her very first book, The Frontiersman's Daughter. I suspect that I will forever be a fan of her work. She has chosen her genre well because she writes a historical novel like no other. I get so caught up in her books that I lose all sense of time and find myself nearly an actual part of her stories. 'Lord, wilt Thou not help?' Frantz knows her history. Her research is incredibly impeccable; so much so, that I find myself anxious to do research into the time I have been a fan of Laura Frantz since her very first book, The Frontiersman's Daughter. I suspect that I will forever be a fan of her work. She has chosen her genre well because she writes a historical novel like no other. I get so caught up in her books that I lose all sense of time and find myself nearly an actual part of her stories. 'Lord, wilt Thou not help?' Frantz knows her history. Her research is incredibly impeccable; so much so, that I find myself anxious to do research into the time period myself, just to learn more! Her turns of phrase always leaves me wanting to know more and more. Her depictions of characters, even scenery are so moving, I picture walking along the same paths her characters walk. Reading a Laura Frantz book is not just a few hours' worth of entertainment, but an unforgettable experience as she takes her readers on a journey through the wonderful and indeed, dangerous times in our nation's history. Her books are to be read leisurely so they can be absorbed and cherished. For that is what they are to me. Cherished treasures for my keeper shelf. Highly recommended. I received this book from Revell Publishers via Net Galley. I received no compensation and the opinion in this review is expressly my own.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Paula Shreckhise

    Laura Frantz is a wonderful storyteller, immersing us in a tale of life in distant 1634 James Towne, Virginia Colony. She aptly conveys the everyday struggles from merchanting, to owning and farming land, to dealing with the native people who live nearby. Her background in history and fine research shine through. She brings the characters to life, showing the customs of the era and personalities of Xander and Selah. Though based in part on the real inhabitants of that long ago community, Ms. Fra Laura Frantz is a wonderful storyteller, immersing us in a tale of life in distant 1634 James Towne, Virginia Colony. She aptly conveys the everyday struggles from merchanting, to owning and farming land, to dealing with the native people who live nearby. Her background in history and fine research shine through. She brings the characters to life, showing the customs of the era and personalities of Xander and Selah. Though based in part on the real inhabitants of that long ago community, Ms. Frantz gives us a winsome child in Watseka , a young Indian girl living with Selah Hopewell and her family. This is part of a peace gesture where children are exchanged to live in the opposite culture for a time. Xander Renick is a laudable hero. He is kind, prosperous and an envoy between the Powatan and the English settlement of James Towne. He lost his Indian wife to sickness but is pursuing Selah. This was a thoroughly enjoyable read in one of my favorite time periods. A history lesson packaged in a beautiful story. It seemed to wrap itself around me with spiritual truths and the comfort the characters found in their faith. However, it was not without tension and exciting conflict. The story is brought to a satisfying conclusion. *I received a complimentary copy of this book from Revell on behalf of the author. I was not required to give a favorable review. All opinions are my own.*

  6. 5 out of 5

    Deanne Patterson

    What I loved reading about Tidewater Bride is the obvious research the author has put into this book. The book starts out in James Towne,Virginia Colony Spring 1634. We find our main character, Selah Hopewell, a cape merchant's daughter in charge of the tobacco brides though she has no intentions of being marriage minded herself. Xander Renick is the uppermost eligible tobacco grower in the area. He keeps himself distant from the others but he is indispensable because of his knowledge and his posit What I loved reading about Tidewater Bride is the obvious research the author has put into this book. The book starts out in James Towne,Virginia Colony Spring 1634. We find our main character, Selah Hopewell, a cape merchant's daughter in charge of the tobacco brides though she has no intentions of being marriage minded herself. Xander Renick is the uppermost eligible tobacco grower in the area. He keeps himself distant from the others but he is indispensable because of his knowledge and his position as a mediator between the colonists and the powerful Powhatan nation . He is still grieving the loss of his wife, daughter of the Powhatan chief. Can two very independent people find a happiness that may have been right in front of them the whole time? The perfect blend of history,slow burn romance,suspense,faith and family. Every book I read by this author tops the last one. I just love her writing style and how engaged I become with the characters. I highly recommend this book to history lovers and if you haven't tried this author's books yet you must! Pub Date 05 Jan 2021 I was given a complimentary copy of this book. Thank you. All opinions expressed are my own. in charge of the incoming tobacco brides

  7. 4 out of 5

    Jocelyn Green

    What an entirely satisfying story, from beginning to end. Not only did I love the characters, but I found the setting, the daily routines and hardships, and the interactions with the Native Americans both fascinating and historically significant. This is something Laura Frantz consistently provides: the history she shines a spotlight on is important and meaningful. She makes me want to know more about it. She makes me want to go back and write in these earlier centuries again! This was her first What an entirely satisfying story, from beginning to end. Not only did I love the characters, but I found the setting, the daily routines and hardships, and the interactions with the Native Americans both fascinating and historically significant. This is something Laura Frantz consistently provides: the history she shines a spotlight on is important and meaningful. She makes me want to know more about it. She makes me want to go back and write in these earlier centuries again! This was her first book set in the 1600s, and I do hope it won't be her last. With lyrical prose, she reminds us that history is bursting with life and still relevant to us, as well. Bravo, Laura! Tidewater Bride is another exemplary work of historical romance.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Melanie

    Tidewater Bride was a phenomenal read. I've long been a fan of Laura Frantz's stories, so I could hardly wait to read this new book. It surpassed my already high expectations! The main characters were amazing. They had such depth and I loved getting to see their romance progress. The setting was very interesting and unique. I enjoyed the "tobacco bride" aspect and also thought the little bit of danger in the story really added a suspense that I loved. All in all, Tidewater Bride was amazing and I Tidewater Bride was a phenomenal read. I've long been a fan of Laura Frantz's stories, so I could hardly wait to read this new book. It surpassed my already high expectations! The main characters were amazing. They had such depth and I loved getting to see their romance progress. The setting was very interesting and unique. I enjoyed the "tobacco bride" aspect and also thought the little bit of danger in the story really added a suspense that I loved. All in all, Tidewater Bride was amazing and I highly recommend it to fans of historical romance. I am eager to see what Laura Frantz writes next. :) *Disclosure of Material Connection: I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention/review it on my blog. I was not required to give a positive review, only my honest opinion - which I've done. All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own and I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.*

  9. 4 out of 5

    Staci

    James Towne, Virginia Colony, 1634 Painting the setting and creating the atmosphere for the time and location is beautifully done in this novel. The days of starvation have passed, but life in James Towne isn't an easy one. There are many more men than women and thus, bride ships from England begin arriving with the hopes of increasing the population. Selah Hopewell, the young adult daughter of a mercantile owner, has no desire to marry but enjoys helping the women traveling from England find hus James Towne, Virginia Colony, 1634 Painting the setting and creating the atmosphere for the time and location is beautifully done in this novel. The days of starvation have passed, but life in James Towne isn't an easy one. There are many more men than women and thus, bride ships from England begin arriving with the hopes of increasing the population. Selah Hopewell, the young adult daughter of a mercantile owner, has no desire to marry but enjoys helping the women traveling from England find husbands. Widower Xander Renick is an eligible bachelor with his vast amount of land and tobacco business. He continues to mourn the loss of his wife and isn't seeking marriage either. Their romance is a slow burn. Adding to the tension in the story is an evil man that is held in high esteem in James Towne. Another beautifully penned novel by the talented Laura Frantz. My gratitude to publisher Revell for a complimentary copy of the novel. I was not required to post a review and all opinions expressed are my own.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Heidi Robbins (Heidi Reads...)

    I can always count on this author to transport me to an historical era with well-researched details and mannerisms true to the time period. The harsh realities of early colonial life make me grateful for those early settlers, but the joys are focused on as well. Selah's relationships with her close family and few friends are what she cherishes the most. I especially enjoyed her father, mother and brother and their personalities and mannerisms. Even though the story seems to start out on the slow I can always count on this author to transport me to an historical era with well-researched details and mannerisms true to the time period. The harsh realities of early colonial life make me grateful for those early settlers, but the joys are focused on as well. Selah's relationships with her close family and few friends are what she cherishes the most. I especially enjoyed her father, mother and brother and their personalities and mannerisms. Even though the story seems to start out on the slow side, it allowed me to get a sense of their lives and the pace steadily increases as more complications arise. The turbulent political climate of the town itself, along with the additional strain of tensions with the Native Americans, are the background for the events in the lives of the characters. Secrets from the past are revealed to Selah as her relationship with Xander develops, and it's a bit heartbreaking to learn of injustices unresolved. Their romance is hopeful and sweet among long hard days of work, and their stolen moments together were all the more special. A wonderful reading experience and highly recommended for fans of historical fiction! Disclosure statement: A complimentary copy of this book was provided from a tour group, publisher, publicist, or author, including NetGalley, OR was borrowed from the library, including OverDrive, OR borrowed from Kindle Unlimited, OR purchased. A review was not required and all views and opinions expressed are unbiased and my own.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Maureen Timerman

    I like this author, and this book doesn’t disappoint, and loved the historical aspect. This is how our country began with these brave souls. Our country at this time belonged to England, people their put up money for the settlements, and in return they earned on their investment, in the form of crops. We are with the people that are sending the crops back to the mother country, namely her tobacco. Thus we have farmers requiring brides paying with tobacco. How we get from the beginning of this boo I like this author, and this book doesn’t disappoint, and loved the historical aspect. This is how our country began with these brave souls. Our country at this time belonged to England, people their put up money for the settlements, and in return they earned on their investment, in the form of crops. We are with the people that are sending the crops back to the mother country, namely her tobacco. Thus we have farmers requiring brides paying with tobacco. How we get from the beginning of this book to the end will keep you page turning. There is some sweet romance, kidnapping, and perhaps murder. We see this all pulled together, and when the story concludes I actually wanted more! I received this book through Net Galley and the Publisher Revell, and was not required to give a positive review.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Brittany

    Tidewater Bride was a beautiful novel! I felt fully immersed in the time period and completely enthralled in the difficulties and triumphs of these characters. Selah and Xander had such wonderful interactions as their relationship began to grow from friendship and admiration to a deep devotion. I loved their scenes together. This story explored the fragile relationship between the Powhatan nation and the Virginia Colony communities, the reality of slavery, the importance of family, the difference Tidewater Bride was a beautiful novel! I felt fully immersed in the time period and completely enthralled in the difficulties and triumphs of these characters. Selah and Xander had such wonderful interactions as their relationship began to grow from friendship and admiration to a deep devotion. I loved their scenes together. This story explored the fragile relationship between the Powhatan nation and the Virginia Colony communities, the reality of slavery, the importance of family, the difference between worship for show rather than a true heart for God and his people, and the devastation that greed can bring into a person’s life. I loved reading this fascinating book and know that I will be thinking about these characters for a long time to come. I received a complimentary copy of this book. All opinions are my own. You can read this review on my blog: https://brittreadsfiction.wordpress.c...

  13. 4 out of 5

    Kailey

    I have yet to read a Laura Frantz novel that I didn’t love! This one was amazing! You can tell how much she loves her stories by how much research and detail goes into them. I loved how this novel told some of Pocahontas’s story. I would highly recommend this book! I couldn’t put it down! I received a complimentary copy from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. All opinions expressed are mine alone.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Mayda

    Set in the colony of Virginia in 1634, this work of historical fiction contains a wealth of information about the lives of the colonists at that time, including farmers who raise tobacco and the merchants who sell goods. Also featured prominently in the story are the Powhatans, a Native American tribe. Selah and her family are merchants; Alexander has a successful tobacco farm. He is a widower, having married a Powhatan princess who died of a fever, leaving him with a son. Selah remains unmarrie Set in the colony of Virginia in 1634, this work of historical fiction contains a wealth of information about the lives of the colonists at that time, including farmers who raise tobacco and the merchants who sell goods. Also featured prominently in the story are the Powhatans, a Native American tribe. Selah and her family are merchants; Alexander has a successful tobacco farm. He is a widower, having married a Powhatan princess who died of a fever, leaving him with a son. Selah remains unmarried at age 26, and although they have a attraction for each other, neither one expresses a desire to be more than friends. The tale is rich with descriptions of the time period. Indeed, the prose is nearly poetic in its flow and in its dialogue. The characters are well defined and come alive on the page, even the scoundrels. Though there is a romance in the story, as well as a side storyline about “tobacco brides,” this novel is so much more. It deals with unscrupulous but powerful people, the mistreatment of slaves, the uneasy truce with Native Americans, and the lack of rights for women, as well as the problems of just trying to live in such an environment. This well-written novel is highly recommend for readers who like historical fiction.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Gretchen

    Laura can do absolutely no wrong in my eyes.❤️This 17th century love story is so gentle & pure. The story itself is quite captivating & the romance is so well developed & built up. I truly feel that Laura’s novels have gotten increasingly romantic with each book she writes. It is not necessarily related to the number of swoon-worthy moments but the build up & yearning of the characters. I appreciated that the romance was really there from the start of the book & was steady throughout. I enjoyed t Laura can do absolutely no wrong in my eyes.❤️This 17th century love story is so gentle & pure. The story itself is quite captivating & the romance is so well developed & built up. I truly feel that Laura’s novels have gotten increasingly romantic with each book she writes. It is not necessarily related to the number of swoon-worthy moments but the build up & yearning of the characters. I appreciated that the romance was really there from the start of the book & was steady throughout. I enjoyed the story’s setting (especially because I’ve visited historic Jamestown & it’s fascinating!) & felt connected to the characters instantly. Like always, Laura paints a vibrant & interesting picture that gives her readers the feeling that they’re living in that historical time.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Michelle

    I have been a fan of Laura Frantz's work since reading her first novel The Frontiersman's Daughter when it was first released. For many years, Courting Morrow Little has been my favorite of her novels, but I believe Tidewater Bride has replaced that beloved book as my favorite. In Tidewater Bride, Frantz transports her readers back to the world of early Colonial Jamestown in 1634. This Jamestown is more settled than the earliest Jamestown that we often read of in the history books. Those who hav I have been a fan of Laura Frantz's work since reading her first novel The Frontiersman's Daughter when it was first released. For many years, Courting Morrow Little has been my favorite of her novels, but I believe Tidewater Bride has replaced that beloved book as my favorite. In Tidewater Bride, Frantz transports her readers back to the world of early Colonial Jamestown in 1634. This Jamestown is more settled than the earliest Jamestown that we often read of in the history books. Those who have read Deanne Gist's first novel, A Bride Most Begruding, or have watched the British TV show Jamestown should be familiar with the concept of the tobacco brides. Tidewater Bride opens with the arrival of a ship of tobacco brides. The novel opens with the arrival of a bride ship, this novel is about so much more than just the tobacco brides. It is a deep novel which encompasses the political and diplomatic situation of Jamestown Colony in the 17th century, especially regarding the relations between the colony and the Powhatan Confederacy, it is during the early years of the slave trade, and it stands out that our hero Xander Renick refuses to enslave Africans, and relies on indentured servants for his land. Some readers may quickly realize the story of Xander and his first wife, a Powhatan woman named Mattachanna mirrors the story of John Rolfe and Pocahontas. I highly recommend Tidewater Bride to those who enjoy historical fiction. **My thanks to Netgalley and the publisher Revell for the e-copy I was given in exchange for an honest review**

  17. 5 out of 5

    Rachael

    Review to come...just wow! Beautiful scenery, poignant moments, characters that come alive. Once again Laura Frantz makes prose poetry with her archaic words and descriptive scenic views. A romance that grows through respect and love...perfectly done! Just a few thoughts as I mull this one over...beautiful faith theme as well.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Courtney Clark

    Laura Frantz continues to prove her mastery of the historical romance genre with every novel she pens. I am impressed, once again, with the immersive setting, beloved characters, intriguing events, and overall riveting story of Tidewater Bride. My list of fav Frantz books is long because she’s one of my favorite authors of early America settings. This book is top 4! She introduces eras and places I wouldn’t normally be interested in, or I don’t know much about. She takes readers all the way back Laura Frantz continues to prove her mastery of the historical romance genre with every novel she pens. I am impressed, once again, with the immersive setting, beloved characters, intriguing events, and overall riveting story of Tidewater Bride. My list of fav Frantz books is long because she’s one of my favorite authors of early America settings. This book is top 4! She introduces eras and places I wouldn’t normally be interested in, or I don’t know much about. She takes readers all the way back to Colonial James Towne here with high historical accuracy which vividly depicts the period and people. I enjoy how Frantz introduces time-specific customs, clothing, language, and day to day life in her stories in a natural way. In this case, I really appreciate her informational author’s note (it had me googling historical events!). Selah and Xander’s friendship and growing romance unfold at the perfect pace. Their connectedness and backstory are both surprising and poignant, while their current circumstances offer further challenge. Selah is an intelligent and capable woman who demonstrates an admirable respect of her family and trust in God’s will. Xander is a formidable hero who deftly balances the ruggedness needed for survival at such a time with a protective tenderness for all in his care — from his laborers, beloved aunt, son, to his patience with Selah. He’s definitely made my list of book boyfriends due to his rugged charm and wits. 😉 Besides being a captivating story with a tender romance, Tidewater Bride spurs me to think about story and plot beyond the typical. Its presentation of a central romance with several other complex factors influencing pace and story direction is unique and smart. Its themes anchor the characters and reveal their hearts in a relatable way: trust, endurance, the lows of grief, joy, uncertainty, hope. It is a remarkable piece of historical fiction that I am happy to gush over and recommend! Thank you to Revell for the review copy. This is my honest review.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Loraine

    Set in James Towne, Virginia Colony in 1634, widowed Alexander "Zander" Renick is a tobacco plantation owner who uses indentured servants to run his plantation. His neighbor, Ustis Hopewell, runs the merchant store with the help of his daughter, Selah Hopewell. James Towne has had good times and bad with the neighboring Indians. Zander spent many years with the nearby Indians and is trying to keep peace between the two groups while running his plantation and looking for a new wife. Filled with a Set in James Towne, Virginia Colony in 1634, widowed Alexander "Zander" Renick is a tobacco plantation owner who uses indentured servants to run his plantation. His neighbor, Ustis Hopewell, runs the merchant store with the help of his daughter, Selah Hopewell. James Towne has had good times and bad with the neighboring Indians. Zander spent many years with the nearby Indians and is trying to keep peace between the two groups while running his plantation and looking for a new wife. Filled with a host of engaging and some not so engaging characters, each of them felt true to the time period. Frantz' historical research was obvious throughout the novel and she brought early James Towne to life. She depicted every day life during that time period with all its highs and lows beautifully. I especially enjoyed the addition of the children and the dogs that played such an important role in the growing relationship between Zander and Selah. And, as always, Frantz enriches her novel with great spiritual content. Another excellent historical novel from Laura Frantz.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Beth

    Oh, my heart! The history, the romance! The poetic turn of phrase that is so characteristic of a Laura Frantz novel. It was all too easy to adore Tidewater Bride. Simple yet profound obstacles keep these characters apart. James Towne is a precarious place, the peace and calm of the moment a hard won thing. The specter of starvation and war hangs heavily over it's residents. None more than Selah Hopewell, who feels responsible for her family at the sacrifice of her own wishes, as well as Xander Re Oh, my heart! The history, the romance! The poetic turn of phrase that is so characteristic of a Laura Frantz novel. It was all too easy to adore Tidewater Bride. Simple yet profound obstacles keep these characters apart. James Towne is a precarious place, the peace and calm of the moment a hard won thing. The specter of starvation and war hangs heavily over it's residents. None more than Selah Hopewell, who feels responsible for her family at the sacrifice of her own wishes, as well as Xander Renick, who feels responsible for keeping the peace between the colonists and the Powhatan nation. Tensions are high as Xander reconciles what is best for his son, as well as Selah, the one he hopes might become more to him one day. Exquisite historical details and tender romantic tension build the foundations of this novel. Add to that a plot that is thick with what-ifs and unknowns, and the story is one I couldn't stop thinking about whenever I had to set it down. I always feel like I learn something from a Frantz novel and found the aspect of the tobacco brides to be intriguing. Like other brides of history, these ladies give up their homes and sail for a land they consider uncivilized and potentially dangerous to marry someone they don't know. It seems unthinkable now and makes for an interesting feature to center the story. Fans of historical fiction and sweet historical romances are sure to enjoy this latest offering by Laura Frantz.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Cassie

    I am thrilled to be on Laura's launch team for Tidewater Bride and share this novel with you. If I had to rank my favorite Laura Frantz novels, this one definitely would be towards the top! “Time in all its sweet fleetingness seemed to gather round, causing her to impress his beloved features on her heart like flower petals between pages.” This novel follows the lives of Selah and Xander, both hard-working, busy individuals who start to fall in love, even if they don't have the time for it. I have I am thrilled to be on Laura's launch team for Tidewater Bride and share this novel with you. If I had to rank my favorite Laura Frantz novels, this one definitely would be towards the top! “Time in all its sweet fleetingness seemed to gather round, causing her to impress his beloved features on her heart like flower petals between pages.” This novel follows the lives of Selah and Xander, both hard-working, busy individuals who start to fall in love, even if they don't have the time for it. I have to say, the slow burn of this romance was paced perfectly. I loved the little moments between Selah and Xander as they thoughtfully chose to pursue each other and forge a life together. The way their relationship unfolds against the backdrop of Virginia Colony was beautiful. While the romance was obviously my favorite part, I was also drawn to the struggles the characters faced, both in personal matters and in making a living in the colony. From family sicknesses, long separations from loved ones, and making peace with the Powhatans, to keeping a mercantile and tobacco business running, these characters had their fair share of hardship. But those hardships only made the beauty of Selah and Xander's relationship shine through that much brighter on the pages. Thank you to the author and publisher for the #gifted copy of Tidewater Bride. These are my honest thoughts on the novel.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Laur (reviews on hold)

    Colorful and interesting, Tidewater Bride by Laura Frantz, is a masterfully spun tale, the delicate story fabric being interwoven with historical-fiction-romance, pieces of real history, and Christian ideals. The characters are believable, the atmosphere picturesque, the plot well-paced. Tobacco brides were a commodity of trade that were imported from England to James Towne, VA, USA, via ship passage in the 1630's. A tobacco farmer could bid on a perspective bride in auction, and buy her for 150 l Colorful and interesting, Tidewater Bride by Laura Frantz, is a masterfully spun tale, the delicate story fabric being interwoven with historical-fiction-romance, pieces of real history, and Christian ideals. The characters are believable, the atmosphere picturesque, the plot well-paced. Tobacco brides were a commodity of trade that were imported from England to James Towne, VA, USA, via ship passage in the 1630's. A tobacco farmer could bid on a perspective bride in auction, and buy her for 150 lbs of prime good leaf tobacco, (an extravagance denied many), only after the women disembarked, were churched, then lodged in married households being looked after, until their choices of husbands were made. There was a courting period, and if the young woman was agreeable, she would give her dowry she had to marry the gentleman, becoming mistress of his manor. However, as the time period depicts, it wasn't an easy life. Much life in Virginia was still an ongoing fight for survival, and there was all sorts of Indian unrest. Ms. Frantz' notes at the end of the book are most fascinating. Alexander Renick's character was inspired by John Rolfe, just as Mattachanna was inspired by Pocahontas. Helpful sources of research came from Pocahontas's own people. This story would appeal to those who like the Christian-romance, Historical Fiction genres. My thanks to NetGalley and Revell Publisher, for an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Elizabeth

    Laura Frantz stuns me again with her immersive historical settings and wonderfully compelling characters. Her writing style is just gorgeous and the facts she weaves into her stories fascinate me. I loved stepping into the early days of James Towne, Virginia, and meeting Selah Hopewell and Xander Rennick as their romance slowly unfolded. The plot was a little on the slow side at the beginning, but once events started unfolding, I was completely invested! The revelation at the end took me by surp Laura Frantz stuns me again with her immersive historical settings and wonderfully compelling characters. Her writing style is just gorgeous and the facts she weaves into her stories fascinate me. I loved stepping into the early days of James Towne, Virginia, and meeting Selah Hopewell and Xander Rennick as their romance slowly unfolded. The plot was a little on the slow side at the beginning, but once events started unfolding, I was completely invested! The revelation at the end took me by surprise and I never saw it coming. This was another great read by Frantz and at this point I don’t think it’s possible for her to write something I don’t love. I received a complimentary copy of this book. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Rachelle Cobb

    People ask me my favorite book. I just found it.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Beth Erin

    featured on FaithfullyBookish.com A devoted fan of historical fiction, I cherish the familiarity of literarily rambling through the late 1700 backwoods of Kentucky or Virginia. However, the heart call of storied places yet to be explored is undeniable. Set more than 100 years earlier than any previous Frantz story, Tidewater Bride possesses a daring frontier flair. As the author invites readers to experience the early years of James Towne, heightened adversity, timeless bravery, and genuine compas featured on FaithfullyBookish.com A devoted fan of historical fiction, I cherish the familiarity of literarily rambling through the late 1700 backwoods of Kentucky or Virginia. However, the heart call of storied places yet to be explored is undeniable. Set more than 100 years earlier than any previous Frantz story, Tidewater Bride possesses a daring frontier flair. As the author invites readers to experience the early years of James Towne, heightened adversity, timeless bravery, and genuine compassion permeate the story. Engaging characters grieve, struggle, and eventually triumph. This inspiring story of unity, hope, and love is precisely what the world needs at such a time as this. Tidewater Bride is a story I look forward to revisiting in the years to come and I highly recommend it. I received a complimentary copy of this title from the publisher. I was under no obligation to post a review. The opinions expressed are my own.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Susan

    Laura Frantz is one of the top Christian authors of fiction set in colonial America. She continues to set a bar of excellence that is hard to beat. Tidewater Bride will not disappoint her fans. Beautifully written, Ms. Frantz laces the drama with historical detail that is a tribute to her research skills as well as love for the colonial era. Her expertly crafted characters, beautiful descriptions of scenery and realistic depiction of the hardships and moral dilemmas faced by the early colonists Laura Frantz is one of the top Christian authors of fiction set in colonial America. She continues to set a bar of excellence that is hard to beat. Tidewater Bride will not disappoint her fans. Beautifully written, Ms. Frantz laces the drama with historical detail that is a tribute to her research skills as well as love for the colonial era. Her expertly crafted characters, beautiful descriptions of scenery and realistic depiction of the hardships and moral dilemmas faced by the early colonists capture my imagination. Tucked within is a subtle faith thread that lies at the core of her works, one that readers have come to expect from her books. This novel belongs on my keeper shelf. I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author/publisher and was not required to write a review. All opinions expressed are my own.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Danielle Urban

    Tidewater Bride by Laura Frantz is an amazing journey back to the 17th century. Women were needed and thus, brides arriving on ships were started. This novel, shows that plus much more. Indentured servants, Indians, and something deeper can be found in this rich tale. Two protagonists have their hands full. One being the most important man in the colony and the other with her duties keeping the incoming brides out of trouble and helping her father. Both are fierce and independent. They don't rea Tidewater Bride by Laura Frantz is an amazing journey back to the 17th century. Women were needed and thus, brides arriving on ships were started. This novel, shows that plus much more. Indentured servants, Indians, and something deeper can be found in this rich tale. Two protagonists have their hands full. One being the most important man in the colony and the other with her duties keeping the incoming brides out of trouble and helping her father. Both are fierce and independent. They don't realize it yet but there is more to life than what they have. Love, new beginnings, and hope is on the horizon. Laura Frantz writes well. I was deeply engaged in this story. A powerful tale that brings history alive. The struggles and fears back then come to full focus in this read. The characters are entertaining and likable. I was rooting for them the whole way. Overall, I look forward to reading more books by Laura Frantz in the future. I received this copy from the publisher. This is my voluntary review.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Rebecca

    4.5 stars "Time will tell I love thee well. As the daughter of a successful town merchant, Selah Hopewell's days were full, even before she was tasked with overseeing a ship load of tobacco brides. Everyone was hopeful that bringing in an abundance of purported genteel ladies would help tame the often raucous nature of the James Towne port community. Selah had no clear intentions of marrying anytime soon herself, if at all, for there was only one man who had managed to capture her attention; the w 4.5 stars "Time will tell I love thee well. As the daughter of a successful town merchant, Selah Hopewell's days were full, even before she was tasked with overseeing a ship load of tobacco brides. Everyone was hopeful that bringing in an abundance of purported genteel ladies would help tame the often raucous nature of the James Towne port community. Selah had no clear intentions of marrying anytime soon herself, if at all, for there was only one man who had managed to capture her attention; the widower Xander Renick, and his attention, as the most successful planter in the entire region, was almost always on fields of liquid gold; his prized tobacco. But perhaps she had judged him too severely, because there were those rare moments when his gaze would linger, or amusement would flare up briefly in the corner of his eyes . . . just long enough to give Selah cause to pause and perhaps wonder. Attraction aside, there were many things that Selah didn't know or pretend to understand about the elusive Master Renick, who had hurriedly married an Indian princess, only to grieve deeply following her death, leaving their young son behind in Scotland after a trip they had taken there. Xander's friendly relations with the local Indians increasingly put him in the middle of heated political discussions among those who wished to push the indomitable Powhatans further out of the region. When Selah begins to avoid unwanted advances from a man that Xander loathes, their relationship takes a sudden turn towards friendly, and then yet again towards something more precious, for once Xander makes his intentions crystal clear, Selah is incapable of denying her heart. The Tidewater Bride is the quintessential embodiment of inspiring historical romance. Vividly describing life in colonial James Towne, the author adds her own aura of elegant enchantment to the colonists' daily struggles to fight the elements while managing vast fields of valuable crops, endeavoring to treat those indentured into employment with fairness and grace, continually diffusing political squalls, and yet carving out enough time to bare one's heart and soul before another . . such were the circumstances that surrounded Xander and Selah's tender beginnings. . . until things took a turn for the unimaginable worse. In her end notes, Frantz credits the words of well known historical figure John Rolfe, penning his eloquent words from the mouth of Xander Renick; "It is she to whom my heart and best thoughts are and have been a long time so entangled, and enthralled in so intricate a labyrinth that I could not unwind myself thereout." It's no wonder that this is one of the author's favorite stories. "Truly joy cometh in the morning. And the evening too." I received a copy of this book from the author and publisher. I also purchased a copy. The opinions stated above are entirely my own.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Kristina

    Tidewater Bride by Laura Frantz is a fascinating historical novel. It is well-written with developed characters. The pace starts off a little slow, but it soon picks up. I soon found myself engrossed in the story. It is rich with historical details. It is obvious that the author did her research. I found myself wanting to know more about the time-period and area after reading Tidewater Bride. It was interesting learning about the Powhatan people. The romance between Selah Hopewell and Xander Ren Tidewater Bride by Laura Frantz is a fascinating historical novel. It is well-written with developed characters. The pace starts off a little slow, but it soon picks up. I soon found myself engrossed in the story. It is rich with historical details. It is obvious that the author did her research. I found myself wanting to know more about the time-period and area after reading Tidewater Bride. It was interesting learning about the Powhatan people. The romance between Selah Hopewell and Xander Renick developed slowly which I appreciated. I enjoyed the interactions between Selah and Xander. Tidewater Bride is more than a historical romance. The story has the tobacco brides searching for husbands, illness in the area, merchandise being arriving and being sold, Powhatan nations concerns, a man determined to win Selah’s hand, and much more. I thought it was interesting when colonist children and Powhatan children were exchanged (a peace gesture). The Hopewell family took in an adorable girl named Watseka while Selah’s brother went to life with the Powhatan’s. One little incident could have caused an uprising. The descriptive writing brought the story to life. Christian elements are beautifully woven into the story. Laura Frantz crafted a multifaceted, engaging story. The story has history, romance, suspense, and intrigue. I look forward to reading her next enriching novel. Tidewater Bride is a fascinating historical tale with a bevy of brides, Indian injustices, swamp sickness, a missing moppet, and a rare romance.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Jeanne Alfveby Crea

    Fabulous Historical Fiction, Tidewater Bride is an experience to be savored! The Tidewater Bride by Laura Frantz is definitely going on my keeper shelf with all her other beautiful historical fiction stories! They are more than beautiful stories, they are an escape to another time and place, and an experience to be savored. The vivid descriptions of people and places in Tidewater Bride, immediately draw the reader into the story. You will find yourself in Jamestown, Virginia, 30 years after it wa Fabulous Historical Fiction, Tidewater Bride is an experience to be savored! The Tidewater Bride by Laura Frantz is definitely going on my keeper shelf with all her other beautiful historical fiction stories! They are more than beautiful stories, they are an escape to another time and place, and an experience to be savored. The vivid descriptions of people and places in Tidewater Bride, immediately draw the reader into the story. You will find yourself in Jamestown, Virginia, 30 years after it was founded, and the adventure continues upriver to a prosperous tobacco farm. Selah Hopewell and her family, and Xander Renick will linger with you long after you turn the last page. I highly recommend Tidewater Bride! Laura Frantz is a master storyteller of inspirational historical fiction! Rest. Wait patiently. Fret not. Thank you to the author and publisher for allowing me to read an early copy of Tidewater Bride. All opinions are my own.

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