A Moonbow Night
On the vast, uncharted Kentucky frontier of 1777…
Coming January 2017
After fleeing Virginia, Temperance Tucker and her family established an inn along the Shawnee River. It’s a welcome way station for settlers and frontiersmen traveling through the wild Cumberland region of Kentucke–men like Sion Morgan, a Virginia surveyor who arrives at the inn with his crew looking for an experienced guide. When his guide appears, Sion balks. He certainly didn’t expect a woman. But it is not long before he must admit that Tempe’s skill in the wilderness rivals his own. Still, the tenuous tie they are forming is put to the test as they encounter danger after danger and must rely on each other.
With her signature sweeping style and ability to bring the distant past to vivid life, Laura Frantz beckons readers to join her in a land of Indian ambushes, conflicting loyalties, and a tentative love that meanders like a cool mountain stream.
“A Moonbow Night captures the wilds of a young and unyielding American frontier with breathtaking action and Laura Frantz’s signature mastery in storytelling. The effortless merging of narrative with intelligent dialogue allows the spot-on historical research to shine. Sion’s understated valor is in perfect step with Tempe’s independence, making them a pairing that will keep readers turning pages and rooting for them to the end. This is an exquisite novel of love and loss, and a sweet reminder that even in an untamed world, the gentle grace of God heals all wounds.”
—Kristy Cambron, author of The Illusionist’s Apprentice and the Hidden Masterpiece series
- “From the very first page, A Moonbow Night charmed me into its story, a story as earthy, rugged, and beguiling as the early American terrain upon which it has been laid. Once inside its embrace, the book offers everything this reader wants: fidelity to history with rich sensory details of time and place; names we’ve known fleetingly from the annals of the past who quicken on the page; fictional friends for whose happiness and romantic redemption we yearn. Tempe is a Kentucke heroine worth our time and heart’s investment – waif on the outside, steel on the inside, kind in every situation. In Sion we find a hero worthy of the title; he’s willing to grapple with his past to own his present and claim his lady. The plot iscomplex, tense, and layered and resolves in a most satisfying conclusion. This remarkable, elegantly written novel pulses with life and is a must-read for allwho love historical romance.” ~Sandra Byrd, author of A Lady in Disguise
- “As timeless as it is historical, A Moonbow Night is the shining embodiment of everything Laura Frantz does best, from her trademark attention to detail to the unfolding of rich and textured love in a setting no less complex. To read this novel is to take a journey along with these characters, inhabiting the story with all five senses. Truly, a book to savor and revisit.””~Jocelyn Green, award-winning author of The Mark of the King
- “Laura Frantz is a master at transporting readers back in time! From the first page to the last I was swept away to the frontier and captivated by its beauty,danger, and romance. Tempe’s bravery and tender heart make her an admirable heroine, and Sion’s strength and determination make him her perfect match. A Moonbow Night is an all-around delightful read for lovers of historical romance.” ~Carrie Turansky, the award-winning author of A Refuge at Highland Hall and Shine Like the Dawn
A Moonbow Night
(Spoiler alert—these questions assume you’ve already read the book)
1. A Moonbow Night is my most historical novel to date. How does this story differ from historical romance? What contrasts did you note as a reader?
2. What is your favorite scene in the novel? Who is your favorite character? Least favorite?
3. In Kentucky history, 1777 is known as “the year of the bloody sevens.” Those first settlers coined that phrase as it was a very dangerous time of strife and bloodshed, yet people were coming into the wilderness like never before. Would you have had the fortitude and courage to face a vast forest with only footpaths at best, buffalo and other wild animals, extreme weather conditions, and the constant threat of Indian attack? Why or why not?
4. Tempe Tucker is a prototype of real historical heroines in frontier Kentucky, women like Rebecca Boone, who was said to be equal to men in her fortitude and endurance as well as her sharpshooting. I had the pleasure of creating a heroine who helped play a part in winning the West as much as the frontiersmen did. Unfortunately, few women are given credit for their heroic deeds, yet I doubt men could have done what they did without them. In what ways— physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually—were women of that day indispensable?
5. Sion Morgan has had a challenging past, but like many men of his day, he presses on. Name some of his heroic qualities as well as those qualities you wish he’d had but did not find in the story. Keep in mind that we are all flawed and growing in grace.
6. Tempe’s father, August Tucker, is a captive of fear. How does his irrational, unfounded fear affect his family? How has fear held you captive in your own life? What steps have you taken to overcome it?
7. Sadly, atrocities among Native Americans and settlers were committed on both sides. The death of Daniel Boone’s oldest son, James, was particularly heartrending because it was committed by at least one Indian whom the Boones counted as a friend. Betrayal wounds in especially deep ways. Yet Daniel Boone was said to never have held a grudge. How is this humanly possible? How might Boone have escaped the prison of unforgiveness regarding his beloved firstborn son?
8. Did the Appalachian landscape come alive to you as you read the novel? What particularly did? Which season would you have enjoyed most as a pioneer woman in that time period?
9. What sort of future do you think Tempe and Sion have? How might Tempe’s life have been different had she wed James Boone instead?