A Heart Adrift

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"This tale of second chances and brave choices swept me away."--Jocelyn Green, Christy Award-winning author of Shadows of the White City

It is 1755, and the threat of war with France looms over colonial York, Virginia. Chocolatier Esmée Shaw is fighting her own battle of the heart. Having reached her twenty-eighth birthday, she is reconciled to life alone after a decade-old failed love affair from which she's never quite recovered. But she longs to find something worthwhile to do with her life.

Captain Henri Lennox has returned to port after a lengthy absence, intent on completing the lighthouse in the dangerous Chesapeake Bay, a dream he once shared with Esmée. But when the colonial government asks him to lead a secret naval expedition against the French, his future is plunged into uncertainty.

Can Esmée and Henri'sshared vision and dedication to the colonial cause heal the wounds of the past and reunite them?


"Laura Frantz has a way with story, lacing her books with hope and starlight. A Heart Adrift contains a considerable amount of both."--Kimberly Duffy, author of A Tapestry of Light and Every Word Unsaid

"A lush treatise on love lost and found at the intersection of ambition and desire. This long-established queen of epic historical fiction is at the height of her game."--Rachel McMillan, author of The London Restoration and The Mozart Code


Endorsements

"The perfect blend of history, faith, and love in all its forms, this tale of second chances and brave choices swept me away. Laura Frantz brings colonial coastal Virginia to life so well, I could almost taste the salty sea breeze. Expertly crafted and elegantly penned, A Heart Adrift proves once again why this author ranks among my all-time favorites. Highly recommended for fans of historical fiction."

Jocelyn Green, Christy Award-winning author of Shadows of the White City

"Laura Frantz has a way with story, lacing her books with hope and starlight. A Heart Adrift contains a considerable amount of both. It's a sweetly satisfying novel that is as addictive as the chocolates Esmée Shaw creates and Henri Lennox craves. A slow-burn romance aches with longing and the possibility of second chances, but it's the relationship between vastly different sisters that stole my heart: gentle Esmée, who finds all she's ever wanted against the backdrop of crashing waves and an isolated island, and vivacious Eliza, a woman who discovers everything she was always meant to be in the loss of all she thought she was.

"A Heart Adrift firmly anchors readers during the stirrings of the hardly remembered French and Indian War. And in the middle of that storm, it shines a light on providential grace and the beauty of redemptive love."

Kimberly Duffy, author of A Tapestry of Light and Every Word Unsaid

"A Heart Adrift is a lush treatise on love lost and found at the intersection of ambition and desire. While Esmée was endearing to me as a woman with agency and intellect, persevering against the rigid constructs of her time period, Henri's passion to forge a life with the woman he loves while danger looms awakened every last one of my romantic sensibilities. Laura Frantz's rich tapestry of history and heroism is destined to dazzle readers of Susanna Kearsley and Diana Gabaldon--all while luring new fans with its intricate plot, delicious pacing, and welcome intrigue. This long-established queen of epic historical fiction is at the height of her game. And I know I speak for many when I happily say I cannot wait to see where she sweeps us away to next!"

Rachel McMillan, author of The London Restoration and The Mozart Code


The Author

  1. Laura Frantz

    Laura Frantz

    Laura Frantz is a Christy Award winner and the ECPA bestselling author of a dozen novels, including An Uncommon WomanTidewater Bride, The Frontiersman's DaughterCourting Morrow LittleThe Colonel's...

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