By Michelle Ule
Laura Frantz' A Moonbow Night delights the senses with a rich historical read.
Set in southeastern Kentucky during the early years of the Revolutionary War, A Moonbow Night tells a frontier tale of heartbreak, violence, threat and joy.
Which is exactly what happened on the western side of the Cumberland Gap when my ancestors traveled through a generation later.
Daniel Boone's real family are characters and the mixture of fact from their family's tragedy propells A Moonbow Night emotionally.
I enjoyed the book very much.
The family lives in relative isolation not far from a waterfall, where they run an inn that caters to travelers along the road through southern Kentucky.
Her father lives hidden from home, an outlaw with excellent tracking skills in that wild land of unruly Native Americans who understandably don't want their land taken away.
When King George across the water stirs up his soldiers and incites the Native Americans to further rebellion, every movement in the wilderness becomes fraught with danger.
Into this country comes a surveyor, Sion, who just wants to finish his job with his scalp intact. He needs a tracker.
To his surprise, and that of Tempe--who was drafted into the job to keep her father safe--he gets a woman.
They head west with a half-dozen men employing clanking surveying chains--right into land the Native Americans are killing to keep.
Powerful imagery and careful observation of the land, flora and fauna enrich the reading experience in a satisfying way.
Her prose is so beautiful, you almost don't care how savage the story turns.
Except, of course, you're cheering on Tempe and Sion--when you're not feeling as disquieted as Tempe is about the surveying task.
I've read a lot of history about this place and era. Frantz' story detailed a way of life in an authentic fashion while providing insight into a time long ago.
How can people be so brave in the face of such danger and brutality?
Can I ever live up to the sacrifices my family made to travel through that part of the world?
Enjoy A Moonbow Night and draw your own conclusions.
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Michelle Ule is the descendent of pioneers who crossed through the Cumberland Gap through
Her most recent historical undertaking will be published in October 2017: Mrs. Oswald Chambers; a biography of the woman who comipled the best selling devotional of all time. Learn more at her website www.michelleule.com