On a bitter December day in 1785, Silas Ballantyne arrives at the door
of master blacksmith Liege Lee in York, Pennsylvania. Just months from
becoming a master blacksmith himself, Silas is determined to finish his
apprenticeship and move west. But Liege soon discovers that Silas is a
prodigious worker and craftsman and endeavors to keep him in Lancaster.
Silas becomes interested in both of Liege’s daughters, the gentle and
faith-filled Eden and the clever and high-spirited Elspeth. When he
chooses one, will the other’s jealousy destroy their love?

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Laura Frantz credits her grandmother as being the catalyst for her fascination with Kentucky history. Frantz's family followed Daniel Boone into Kentucky in the late eighteenth century and settled in Madison County, where her family still resides. Frantz is the author of The Frontiersman's Daughter and Courting Morrow Little and currently lives in the misty woods of Washington with her husband and two sons.

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