An Uncommon Woman

Reviewed by:

Jane Ahrens, Church Librarian

Review Introduction:


An Uncommon Woman


Laura Frantz



Publication Date:

January 2020


Print Book


372 pages


Western Virginia in the 1770’s is not for the faint of heart. Tessa Swan who has been born and raised on
the frontier along with five brothers is a courageous and outspoken woman. Clay Taggert, raised by
Lenape Indians, takes command of a fort bearing his name after distinguishing himself in the Seven
Years’ War. He brings along Keturah, Tess’s childhood friend, who was an Indian captive like himself.
Tessa tries to reconnect with Keturah who has forgotten much of her childhood with her family before
being taken by the Indians.
Charged with keeping peace with the local tribes, Clay is trying to avoid any romantic involvement with
Tessa. When Tessa is captured by the Indians, Clay is determined to rescue her and the nature of their
relationship changes.
This novel contains many historical details which come alive through the challenges and the tragedies
these early pioneers face. What I found especially interesting was the relationship between the settlers
and the Indians and how difficult it was at times for released captives to adjust to life outside of the
Indian tribes.


Rating (1 to 5):


Suggested Audience:

Older teens and adults

Christian Impact:

The characters relied on their faith to face the tragedies and
challenges of pioneer living and continued to persevere.

An Uncommon Woman

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