My thoughts: First, the disclaimer. "I was provided a free copy of this book. All opinions are my own." That done, A MOONBOW NIGHT is only the second book I read by Ms. Frantz. and I loved them. So when this book became available, I was excited for the opportunity to read it.
The story is full of description. Rich, vivid descriptions that enable the reader to see what the characters see, and almost smell the buttery crusty cornbread and feel the spray of the waterfall.
Unfortunately, the story itself dragged. Sion was a strong, Daniel Boone type man, leading a group of surveyors through the wilderness. Tempe is a strong pioneer woman who is used to the wilderness, but torn between the settlers and keeping peace with the Indians--ones who butchered her fiance in cold blood the eve of their wedding. I really liked Tempe's brother, Russell, Sion's friend, Nate, Sion and even Tempe.
As a romance, it was a fail. There were zero romantic tension between the characters, but they did come together as a couple in a very slow, kind of secondary to the story sort of way. The writing itself is beautiful. Ms. Frantz is a very talented story teller and can definitely put words together. My attention was caught--a little--by River, when he was caught in a snare, but the author solved that flair of interest quickly by revealing what happened. The only other draw to the story was whether the characters would survive--or not--the impending Indian attack, but given the genre of the book, that was a given.
Not an altogether unpleasant read. Fans of Ms. Frantz or historical pioneer stories might be enthralled.