I just finished Love's Awakening. It was the first book I have read written by Laura Frantz. I will be reading more, including book 3! This book developed the characters carefully and you begin to become very fond of them. As the book progressed you could see that the author had done her homework and knew the time period, the situation and culture of the people of this setting well. That it would be hard to find parental support in a marriage between two families that had serious bad feelings about each other is an understatement. This caused the tension to be there, knowing how Ellie and Jack's feelings had to be suppressed, and hidden at best. This book revolved around the theme of the underground railroad, and slavery problems of that era. The author clearly paints the picture of the experiences that were prevalent in this time period. Can't wait to read the next book.