Laura Frantz was one of the first Christian romance authors I read when I was just starting out in the genre, so it was with a happy sigh that I dove into this new book! The first book I read of hers, Courting Morrow Little, is one I still re-read at least once a year, enjoying the history, drama, and romance intertwined throughout the story. An Uncommon Woman reminded me of that story, with its twists and turns, and a love that endured through many trials.
Tessa Swan has lived in the wilderness of Western Virginia her entire life, born to a life without luxuries like pristine ribbons and books to call her own. Her father killed by Indians and her best friend of childhood stolen away by them, she lives in fear of another attack. When Colonel Clay Tygart comes to the nearby fort, she doesn't expect anything to come of it. However, he bears a former captive upon arrival, and it's none other than Tessa's best friend, Keturah. Having lived with the Indians for years, Keturah has one foot in each world, and she must decide what is best for her. As Tessa and Clay try to support her, they grow closer, and it doesn't go unnoticed. Their love is undeniable, but with so many threats looming around them, it will take all their strength to keep from being pulled apart.
Tessa and Clay were a pair I fell in love with from the very beginning! For being a war hero, Clay was very humble, and he seemed to put others at ease with very little effort. He was quiet, kind, and unwilling to put himself before anyone else. A hero to be admired. A heroine to be cheered, Tessa was a perfect match for him. Instead of letting her prejudice get the best of her, she saw past her best friend's former captivity and saw the human being who just needed comfort. She stood up for Keturah and for herself. Clay was, at times, frustrating, and Tessa didn't beg for his attention. Clay had to realize what he was doing wrong and then fix it, and once that happened, it put a smile on my face. A lovely romance for a refreshing couple.
A must read for any fan of the Christina romance genre! It's a book you won't be able to put down once you start.
**I received a free copy via NetGalley and this is my honest review.**