Thursday, May 24, 2012

A Love Forbidden by Kathleen Morgan

Book Description:
Moved by the desire for adventure and a yearning to help the Ute Indians, twenty-year-old Shiloh Wainright impulsively accepts a teaching position at the White River Indian Agency in northwestern Colorado. The new job, however, isn't what she imagined it would be, and Shiloh soon finds herself caught in the cross fire between the Utes, their unyielding Indian Agent, and the unrealistic demands of the US government. Her unexpected encounter with Jesse Blackwater, an embittered half-breed Ute and childhood friend, only complicates matters as they battle their growing feelings for each other amidst the spiraling tensions threatening to explode into a catastrophic Indian uprising.
Set amongst the wilds of the Colorado Rockies in 1879, this is a tale of a forbidden love and a faith tested in the cauldron of intolerance and the harsh realities of life on the untamed frontier. Bestselling author Kathleen Morgan deftly explores themes of mercy, fidelity to one's beliefs despite what others think or do, and compassion for those different from oneself as she plumbs the depths of the human heart and the healing power of God's love.

My Thoughts:
This was a great book.  Shiloh takes a teaching position in Colorado.  It turns out that the agency isn't all they represent themselves to be.  She has a friend who is Ute, Jesse Blackwater, that she has known since childhood.  He fears for her safety and their friendship begins to turn into something more. 
I loved how the author shows the difference between the Ute and white ways of life and that the characters get to experience those.  The attraction between Jesse and Shiloh is very well written and not over the top.  Descriptions of the scenes makes it feel that you are there seeing them for yourself.  The author also did a great job of including faith throughout the story without it feeling like it was forced on  you, it was just a part of the story.
I rate this a 5/5.  The author is a wonderful storyteller!
Thank you to Revell for the review copy of this book.  I received this book in exchange for an honest review and the opinions stated above are 100% mine.

Available May 2012 from your favorite seller of Revell Books, a division of Baker Publishing Group.


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