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An uncommon woman
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377 pages ; 22 cm

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Unflinching and plainspoken, Tessa Swan is not your typical 18th-century woman. Born and bred on the western Virginia frontier along with her five brothers, she is a force to be reckoned with.

Quiet and courageous, Clay Tygart is not your typical 18th-century man. Raised by Lenape Indians, he returns a hero from the French and Indian War to the fort that bears his name, bringing with him Tessa's long-lost friend, Keturah, a redeemed Indian captive like himself.

Determined to avoid any romantic entanglements as fort commander, Clay remains aloof whenever he encounters the lovely Tessa. But when she is taken captive by the tribe Clay left, his hand--and heart--are forced, leading to one very private and one very public reckoning.

Intense, evocative, and laced with intricate historical details that bring the past to life, An Uncommon Woman will transport you to the picturesque and dangerous western Virginia mountains of 1770.

Author Notes

Laura Frantz is a Christy Award winner and the ECPA bestselling author of eleven novels, including The Frontiersman's Daughter , Courting Morrow Little , The Colonel's Lady , The Lacemaker , and A Bound Heart . Learn more at

Reviews 2

Publisher's Weekly Review

Christy Award--winner Franz (A Bound Heart) takes readers on a romantic adventure in 1770 Virginia in this enjoyable work. Tessa Swan lives with her mother and five brothers on the outskirts of Fort Tygart where tensions run high between the whites and Native Americans. Several years earlier, one of Tessa's best friends, Keturah, was captured by the Lenape Natives, and recently, Tessa's father was killed by them, as well. When Col. Clay Tygart, also a former captive of the Lenape, returns to the fort with the long-lost Keturah, the young woman struggles to return to her previous life. Tessa and Clay experience an immediate connection, but Clay fights his feelings for her due to his own belief (and experience) that everyone he cares for ends up getting hurt. But thanks to Tessa's influence, Clay begins to rediscover the faith of his youth, which he will need as he struggles to keep the fort safe from attack. When Clay realizes he and Keturah are connected through their shared history living among the Lenape tribes, he fears the whole community, especially Tessa and her family, is at risk. Franz captures the challenges of life on the frontier in this skillful though straightforward inspirational romance. (Jan.)

Booklist Review

After her father was killed in an encounter with Native Americans, Tessa, living on a homestead in 1770 West Virginia, has to help her ma feed and clean up after Tessa's five brothers, so she's in no hurry to marry. But then Colonel Clay Tygart, raised by the Lenape and fresh from the French and Indian War, appears with Keturah, Tessa's long-gone childhood friend who had also been captured by the Lenape. Clay and Tessa are attracted to each other, but, knowing that his life is ill-suited for a wife and family, Clay tries to keep their relationship platonic. Just as they're ready to admit their feelings, Tessa is kidnapped and Clay is in pursuit. This is a fascinating look at life in the wilderness, and Frantz does an especially good job depicting the uneasy dynamics among the Native Americans, settlers, and the returned captives, who often find their loyalties divided. Tessa makes a worthy heroine, and Clay is both honorable and courageous in this satisfying, historical tale by the popular Christy Award winner.--Candace Smith Copyright 2020 Booklist