Thursday, May 24, 2012

Book Review - "A Love Forbidden"

I was so excited to receive Kathleen Morgan's "A Love Forbidden!"  I loved book 1 of her Heart of the Rockies series, "A Heart Divided," and could not wait to get back in the lives of the Wainwright family!

Shiloh has forever lived in the shadow of her older sister, Jordan, and Shiloh has never been able to forgive her for what happened to her friend, Jesse.  When Shiloh takes a teaching position with Ute Indian children, she never dreams that she will see Jesse once again, but she does and he is not as excited to see her as she is him. There is a great amount of tension between the whites and the Utes and Jessie being half-Ute is caught in the middle when he feels his heart growing more in love with Shiloh.  When family circumstances force Shiloh to return home for a time, Jesse accompanies her and chooses his mother's people over his love.  However, when Shiloh returns to her teaching position, the tension is higher and Jesse is afraid he may have lost her forever and is forced to confront his feelings once again.

Kathleen Morgan does such a wonderful job bringing her characters to life and weaving together so many things in the book.  The cultural and political differences and tension are a main story line, but then there are family and sibling relationships, and domestic violence tied in as well.  Several of the characters are dealing with issues in their own lives that are consuming them with guilt and they must seek forgiveness; these scenes are moving and well-written.  I am looking forward to more books in this series as I love this family and these characters!  I would love to read more about each of the characters, including finding out if Nick and Jordan ever find their "happily ever afters" and how life continues on for Cord and Sarah and Shiloh and Jesse.  I highly recommend this series to anyone who enjoys historical fiction!

“Available May 2012 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.”

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