Title: A Love Forbidden
Author: Kathleen Morgan
Series: Heart of the Rockies
Released: May 1, 2012
Shiloh Wainwright has a compassionate heart and a desire for adventure, because of that she accepts a job teaching at the White River Indian Agency. The twenty year old is eager to use her skills to improve the lives of the Ute Indian children. She’s also excited to start a fulfilling and independent life on the Colorado frontier.
What she gets isn’t at all what she expected, however, with unyielding Indians and a demanding US government and she soon finds herself stuck in the crossfire. She soon realizes that this more of a challenge than she expected. Her unexpected encounter with a half-Ute childhood friend doesn’t ease matters as they try and battle their feelings for each other amongst and unforgiving world.
Jesse Blackwater had hoped that Shiloh was a part of his past and never to be thought of again, until he sees her again at an Indian celebration. Now he can’t get her from his mind nor fight the attraction he feels, but doesn’t want. He gave up the White Man’s ways and doesn’t want to return or get mocked for who he decided to marry.
Will they be able to forge the massive gap between their cultures or will they be ripped apart? Will Shiloh give up everything for him or him for her? Will Shiloh be able to show Jesse that God is real and does love him?
When I started to read this book all I could think of was that I really wanted this book to be good. The cover, both front and back, drew me in made me really want this book to be one of the best I’ve ever read. Thankfully I’d read one of the author’s books before do I knew her writing style, but nothing really prepared me for this book.
This book is unlike anything I’ve ever read before. It really is in it’s own category. It captured my attention and heart from the first page and I couldn’t put it even if I wanted to. The author went above and beyond my expectations and wowed me with this unique book.
This book has a ton of history and facts in it and it made it so much more enjoyable. Mostly everything was historically accurate and if you’re the type of person that loves to learn about Indians (like me), you’ll love this book. The time this author spent trying to make this book perfect is evident through every turn of the page.
The romance wasn’t typical Christian romance either. The kisses were more throughout and much more passionate, not to mention the characters had more realistic feelings and thoughts during the course of the book. It’s still a Christian romance, I would just have to say it’s more realistic in what a person would feel, even a Christian, when you’re in love. Again something I didn’t expect from this book.
Also, this wasn’t a predictable romance. It was a romance that could’ve gone three ways, she lived like a Ute, he live like a white man, or they didn’t live together at all. Though you always want the couple to make it, this is one of those books where I wouldn’t have been surprised for the romance to not work out at all. It was a nice and suspenseful change from the predictable.
All of the characters were well portrayed in this book as well. The author seemed to take great pains to make each character unique and memorable in their own way. This book just shows what an experienced author can do and it shows just how much experience this author has. This is definitely one of my favorite books ever and I highly look forward to reading more from this author particularly in this series.
Overall, a fantastic book, no complaints. This book is perfect for romance lovers though probably not best for the younger readers but still a great book. I give this book a five out of five.
I received this complimentary copy of this book from Revell specifically for this review. All opinions expressed are my own.