The stunning cover art of Engraved on the Heart caught my attention, and the blurb intrigued me. The author described life during the tumultuous Civil War so well, and I was quickly drawn into the story by the great characters. Keziah (Kizzie) Montgomery is thought of as a weak invalid, even by her well meaning parents who shield her from life's hardships. Her dreams of living a normal life seems out of reach until Micah, a former schoolmate and now doctor, reappears in her life. Micah opens Kizzie's eyes to the hardships of slavery and the quest for freedom, and she begins to share his passion. He offers medical suggestions to improve her condition, however her parents, unyielding Confederates, despise him and shun any medical help he offers. Numerous hardships fall upon Kizzie and her family, including death, sickness, and an unwanted promise to marry (to name a few.) The story has many twists, heartbreaks, and discoveries, and Kizzie's growth is substantial. Their relationship encounters many obstacles, but faith provides the perfect light to guide them through their darkest moments. This is a wonderful debut for Tara Johnson, and I look forward to more of her work. I received a copy of this book from the publisher via TyndaleBlogNetwork.
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Dr. Micah Greyson never hesitates to answer the call of duty, no matter how dangerous, until the enchanting Keziah walks back into his life and turns his well-ordered plans upside down. Torn between the life he has always known in Savannah and the fight for abolition, Micah struggles to discern God's plan amid such turbulent times.
Battling an angry fiancé, a war-tattered brother, bounty hunters, and their own personal demons, Keziah and Micah must decide if true love is worth the price . . . and if they are strong enough to survive the unyielding pain of war.Reluctant debutante Keziah Montgomery lives beneath the weighty expectations of her staunch Confederate family, forced to keep her epilepsy secret for fear of a scandal. As the tensions of the Civil War arrive on their doorstep in Savannah, Keziah sees little cause for balls and courting. Despite her discomfort, she cannot imagine an escape from her familial confines—until her old schoolmate Micah shows her a life-changing truth that sets her feet on a new path . . . as a conductor in the Underground Railroad.
Dr. Micah Greyson never hesitates to answer the call of duty, no matter how dangerous, until the enchanting Keziah walks back into his life and turns his well-ordered plans upside down. Torn between the life he has always known in Savannah and the fight for abolition, Micah struggles to discern God’s plan amid such turbulent times.
Battling an angry fiancé, a war-tattered brother, bounty hunters, and their own personal demons, Keziah and Micah must decide if true love is worth the price . . . and if they are strong enough to survive the unyielding pain of war.
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Engraved on the Heart
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8.20 x 5.40 x 1.50 Inches
The stunning cover art...
What a great book to g...
What a great book to get lost in, and it held me to the end, and then I wanted more. The author sets this book in the deep South, Savannah to be exact, and at the cusp of the Civil War, and we put faces to different points of view. We also find our main character, Kezzie suffers from a condition that could have her end up in an institution, and Micah has a father with abolitionist roots, not something either wants during this time in history. This is not a sweet romantic novel, no this is a read that will have you wondering who is going to survive, a book with a lot of facts and action in it, and one that you will be screaming "No" to. I received this book through the Tyndale Blog Network, and was not required to give a positive review.
A captivating story of courage and conviction
In her debut novel, Engraved on the Heart, Tara Johnson has authored a captivating story of courage and conviction in the face of hatred and danger. This book is truly an inspiring piece of historical fiction with memorable characters and significant themes that resonate with purpose and meaning. Ms. Johnson's thoughtful research and careful attention to historical details thoroughly enriches the story with depth and authenticity. The plot flows easily from scene to scene, effortlessly building to an ending that is utterly surprising yet intensely satisfying. The main characters are endearing and unforgettable. Having a genuine vulnerability that makes them wholly relatable and inspiring, they possess the strength and determination to survive and thrive despite the many physical, emotional, and spiritual challenges they face. As the story unfolds, the characters struggle through real, heart-wrenching trials that test their faith exceedingly. Yet, even as the struggles grow darker and more desperate, the light of God's grace and mercy shines through with purpose, acceptance, hope, and love. Well-written and extremely compelling, this book is perfectly enthralling. Engraved on the Heart is tender, emotionally stirring, and ultimately uplifting. It is a novel that I will not soon forget. The impression it has forged on my thoughts and on my heart is sure to be a lasting one. This novel was enjoyable, thought-provoking, and moving. I recommend it enthusiastically. *I was given a copy of this novel from the publisher. A review was not required. The review I have written contains opinions that are entirely my own.
The thing that drew me...
The thing that drew me into selecting this book, as always, was the book cover. It intrigued me and beckoned me to learn more about the young girl on the front. The story starts off with a start, with Keziah "Kezzie" at a ball and collapsing, and very soon afterwards we find out what the illness is that strikes Kezzie at will. It is here at the ball that she meets up with an old childhood friend, Micah who just returned from studying to be a doctor. So nonetheless, it is Micah who tends to her and discovers her secret. Over time, Micah introduces Kezzie to the other world that is happening around her, the slaves that are being sent away from the south via the underground railroad. She becomes involved and soon discovers the trials and troubles that can be brought forth with her involvement. The story is well written and it dives into subjects that I haven't encountered before in a book, that is, within the Christian fiction realm. There were some parts, such as the capture of a fugitive slave at the hands of Peterson that was just a bit too graphic for me. Otherwise, it was a story that weaved it's wave between the antebellum world and the chances that many took to be part of the underground railroad. I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher and was under no obligation to post a review.
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