A LOVE FORBIDDEN
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.
Rife with complications and conflict, this historical romance set my heart on fire and my blood to boiling! With so much emotion in every page this one should come with a Kleenex alert -- at least for me.
First there is the setting -- the sweeping backdrop of one of North America's not-so-finest hours. I've always been both compelled and appalled by stories that center around the treatment of Native Americans in both our countries (I'm Canadian) and Morgan really captured some moments as I imagined them.
She set her characters in A Love Forbidden smack in the middle of historically accurate action which made the read all the grittier. The stark contrast between whites with an honest (if misguided) desire to help the Natives and the dishonest actions of the government serves to advance the tumultuous plot and pits Jesse and Shiloh against each other despite their attraction.
That forbidden love (perfect tie-in with the title) takes the reader on an emotional roller coaster ride right along with the hero and heroine. It seems, at times, that their coming together is simply impossible with all the daunting hurdles that have to be overcome. But there are tender moments too and along with sweet there's some lovely heated, toe-curling ones.
The powerful inspirational thread of forgiveness lends itself beautifully to the circumstances both Shiloh and Jesse find themselves in. Spiritual meshes seamlessly with romance and adventure in an unforgettable tale of surviving love.
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