Two sisters. One man. When he chooses one, will the other destroy their love?
On a bitter December day in 1784, Silas Ballantyne arrives at the door of blacksmith Liege Lee in York County, Pennsylvania. Silas is determined to finish his apprenticeship quickly and move west. But becausehe is a fast worker and a superb craftsman,Liege endeavors to keep him in Lancaster by appealing to an old tradition: the apprentice shall marry one of his master’sbeautiful daughters.
Eden is as gentle and fresh as Elspeth is high-spirited and cunning. But are they truly who they appear to be? In a house laced with secrets, each sister seeks to secure her future. Which one will claim Silas’s heart—and will he agree to Liege’s arrangement?
In this sweeping family saga, one man’s choices in love and work, in friends and enemies, set the stage for generations to come. This is the Ballantyne Legacy.
This was one of the strongest books I read in the past year – Christian or otherwise – laced with faith yet never sacrificing passion or thoughtfulness. ~Christy Award Judge
Stunning…if you seek a story of great substance, spiritual depth, and superior prose, look no further. ~Relz Reviewz
The emotional conflicts, historical setting in a very new America, and well-defined characters in Frantz’s faith-based historical romance will appeal to a wide readership. ~Booklist
- The novel opens with Eden and Elspeth Lee being told one of them is to wed an apprentice, a common practice in the 18th-century. How would you have responded to this news? What would you have wanted for your daughter or yourself if you lived in that era?
- Is the time period of the book familiar to you? Would you have liked to have lived in early America shortly after the Revolution was won? Why or why not?
- Eden is dismayed by Elspeth’s behavior from the very start of the novel. Have you ever had a family member or friend act in self-destructive ways? How has their behavior affected your life? How might the Lees have dealt with Elspeth differently?
- Eden sees something remarkable in Silas and sets aside her own hopes for the future to ensure his. Would you have been so unselfish? Do you think she acted wisely or unwisely in refusing to marry him and venture to Pittsburgh?
- Silas tells Eden that “The Ballantyne name begins or ends with me.” What other factors motivate Silas to become more than a blacksmith? In chapter 27, Eden realizes that the greatest rival for his affections might be his work. Do you agree or disagree?
- God promises through Scripture that He will bring good out of every situation, even tragedies that befall believers. How did this prove true for Eden? Several caring people play significant roles in her life in the course of the novel. Who was your favorite and why? Are you a mentor or how can you be a mentor to a person in need?
- When did you suspect that David Greathouse might mean Eden harm? Do you think Silas was right to warn her David’s intentions might be less than honorable? How would you have handled the situation if you were Silas? Eden?
- What is Eden’s greatest strength? Her greatest flaw? At book’s end, what is the greatest challenge she faces? What is Silas’s greatest flaw? His strength?
- Do you have a favorite scene or character? Why did this resonate with you?
- If Love’s Reckoning were to be made into a movie, who would you cast for the roles of Silas, Eden, and Elspeth? The secondary characters?
- What do you think will happen next in the story of the Ballantyne family? What do you hope will happen?
- What spiritual lessons from the book will stay with you?