Author: Laura Frantz
Genre: Historical Romance
Release Date: January 4, 2022
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's shared vision and dedication to the colonial cause heal the wounds of the past and reunite them?
Reviewer: Cheryl Wood
Warning: Must have chocolate on hand when reading A Heart Adrift. I was pulled in from page one and loved the story of Captain Henri and Esmee and their journey. Watching Esmee who she is and what she wants and not what others expect of her kept me up late into the night.
A Heart Adrift is a story filled with real life struggles that we all might have, history, a second chance at romance and our relationship with God. Ms. Frantz is a master storyteller brining the colonial time-period to life through her words. I am a fan of Laura’s book and always look forward to her new releases. A true gem of a story, and well worth your time to read.
I received a copy courtesy of Revell through Interviews and Reviews in exchange for an honest opinion.
Reviewer: Mindy Houng
“Did she realize she held his heart? Not just a piece of it. The entire whole of it.”
I do so love second chance romance and Esmee and Henri have it down perfectly in 1755 Virginia. Laura Frantz has a beautifully lyrical way of writing that transports the reader to the heart of York, Virginia. The story is infused with such realistic backdrop of the port city and such rich and fascinating history ranging from building a lighthouse operated by a woman to delicious details involved in chocolate and candy making during the colonial times to dangers of privateering in the midst of war against the French. I loved Esmee’s strength of character and Henri’s generous compassionate heart. Even in times of terrible grief and suffering, Esmee and Henri hold onto each other and to their faith to guide them.
If you are looking for a heart-warming historical romance, you will absolutely love this newest book by Laura Frantz.
I received the book from the publisher and was under no obligation to post a positive comment. All opinions are my own.
Reviewer: Linda Klager
I loved the cover of this book and could picture Esmee Shaw thinking about her sea captain.
This was a beautifully written book. It was also full of historical information that was new to me. The author did a great job researching facts in the time period around the Revolutionary War.
I liked that the author mentioned someone being adrift several times and especially the phrase "A Heart Adrift." I also give the author kudos for including Scripture from The Holy Bible in this storyline. That makes this book so much more meaningful to me.
Esmee and Henri Lennox were sweethearts 10 years prior, but because Esmee's own mother was married to an admiral and there were times when her mother did not see her husband, Esmee did not want the same future in her marriage. Their courtship ended with heated words and later both regretted it. Esmee and Henri did meet again and were planning to get married, but first Henri needed to depart on a secret mission.
Esmee became a chocolatier after her Mother's death. She loved making these wonderful sweets but wanted more and something that she could do in her own rights. After all, it was her mother that began to make the wonderful and delightful chocolates.
I liked the fact that at the back of the book, Laura mentioned that historically, women were leading out by becoming lighthouse keepers. Esmee loved lighting up the lighthouse to help to save men and women from shipwrecks.
There was some danger not only to Henri during his mission, but also to Esmee in the book. Because of Esmee's great faith in God and her prayers for help, God did act on her behalf.
This was the first novel that I have read by Laura Frantz, and it will not be the last one for me to read.
This book was provided courtesy of Revell through Interviews & Reviews.
Reviewer: Carolyn Bryant
A Heart Adrift is another beautifully crafted offering from gifted storyteller Laura Frantz.
I was completely immersed in this moving story from its beginning to its dramatic, surprising end. Ms. Frantz’s evocative, expressive prose, and attention to detail, transport you to colonial Virginia and make the fictional story come to life. Her nautical metaphors are enjoyably genius.
The endearing characters, especially Esmée and Henri, capture your heart and touch your soul. The historical element, including descriptions of chocolate making, lighthouses, and privateering, is amazing and well-researched. The second chance romance with its bittersweet history tugs at your heartstrings. I also appreciate the strong faith element woven throughout the story.
I loved this worthwhile, satisfying read and highly recommend it especially for fans of historical romance.
This book was provided courtesy of Revell through Interviews & Reviews.
Reviewer: Joy Hannabass
I haven't read a Laura Frantz book for a while so I was more than thrilled with the chance to read A Heart Adrift. The amazing book cover drew me in from the beginning. Isn't it just stunning? And now for the story. Set in 1755 colonial York, Va., Chocolatier Esmée Shaw runs her mom's Chocolate shop. I love her character because she has such a caring personality, always willing to help those in need. And always thinking of her old flame Henri and wonder if she will ever see him again. Will the war, the distance, and the years keep the two apart forever?
Esmée is just the sweetest. I enjoyed getting to know her so much, and oh my, all that chocolate! I could literally smell the chocolate as I read this book. Henri had to grow on me somewhat, but I found that the two are just perfect together. The attention to vivid details takes this book to a different level.
Author Laura Frantz does a fantastic job of research as well as creating wonderful characters and writing a story her readers will not soon forget. I can't seem to get Esmée and Henri off my mind. I am sure I will be reading this one again in the near future.
I think anyone who enjoys a good clean historical fiction with elements of faith running through will love this book. A Hearts Adrift by Laura Frantz deserves Five Stars from me.
I received this book courtesy of Revell through Interviews & Reviews for my honest opinion.
Reviewer: Laura J. Davis
I am never disappointed with a Laura Frantz book, and A Heart Adrift confirms that opinion.
Set in colonial York, Virginia, we meet Esmée Shaw, a chocolatier who has devoted her life to helping the poor and running a chocolate shop her deceased mother started. We also meet Henri Lennox, a sea captain who had a falling out with Esmée. Both are still in love with each other, and both are reluctant to rekindle something that might fall apart again.
The author has outdone herself with a moving story that immediately captures your attention. While a long book (over 400 pages), you do not notice it as the chapters are short and riveting. There is romance, but also intrigue and danger. Frantz has presented a history of the era that brings the characters to life and allows the reader to walk in Colonial Virginia.
The faith element in this book is beautiful. The transformation of Eliza (Esmée's sister) is so moving I think she deserves her own book. I want to know what happens to her.
If you love historical romance, you will love this book. I highly recommend it!
I received this book courtesy of Revell through NetGalley.
Reviewer: Lori Parrish
I have been a fan of Laura Frantz forever! She never disappoints me. Ever!
This book has all the ingredients for a super read, and I was all in from the beginning. And to tell you the truth, this book will make your mouth water for the chocolate. I loved living in 1755 Virginia and in a lighthouse, no less! These are my favorite stories.
Frantz keeps you eagerly turning page after page to see what happens next. I do love that about her. Her stories are so unique that they have you thinking about the characters long after the book is finished, and she also makes you want more stories.
Henri and Esmee are two such characters. They are perfect for each other even if they don't think so. I just adored them. Because they stood by in what they believed in.
I loved every minute of this book. It was awesome! I highly recommend this book.
I received this book courtesy of Revell through NetGalley. I was not required to write a positive review. All opinions are my own.
We are listed in The Book Reviewers Directory!