Love's Awakening since the last page turned on Love's Reckoning. I'm glad to report that I wasn't disappointed.
I felt like Laura balanced very well the development of Ellie and Jack Turlock's relationship with larger plot motions focused on slavery, family discord, and the return of a major character from the first book in the series.
Ellie is a unique character in that she is a gentle and demure while also maintaining self-determination and a level-head in a few trying situations. She is at some points in the book consumed by her developing feelings for Jack while also maintaining herself in the process.
I am always impressed when an author can track human emotions through happiness, passion, and sorrow without losing the stand-out characteristics of a main player or letting the historical angle of a book falter. Laura Frantz always gets these details right and her books are always a pleasure.
Disclosure: My review is based on a publisher-provided galley.