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Keziah Montgomery makes an excellent heroine, as she risks not only her societal standing and emotional well-being but also physical health, to give others the freedom she's been taught is a pipe dream. Never having had any autonomy or self-determination, she realistically struggles with how to change her life so she can live it on her own terms. The struggle itself is what makes her journey, both failures and successes, so memorable and Keziah worth rooting for. In fiction, Christian fiction in particular, it is unfortunately rare to see a heroine taking a stand for others or doing anything proactive if she also has a disability or illness. Couple Keziah's unique trajectory with the attitudes toward epilepsy in her era, and you have some pretty intense stakes. Throw in a sweet romance and I was sold, as I'm sure other readers will be as well.
Micah Greyson is a hero to fall for, one who is perfect for Keziah but shines on his own. His sharp mind and compassionate nature only enhance his masculinity, and his efforts toward the Underground Railroad are both commendable and tightly written. Micah's secret also gives him unique motivations and higher stakes than most heroes in his position. Kudos to Tara for turning a trope on its head, as it's normally the heroine who deals with such a secret.
The secondary characters were a pleasure to get to know and in some cases, villains I loved to hate. Jennie and Nathaniel were two of my favorites, because they had complex motivations and great potential for their own stories. I also loved what Tara did with Hiriam, a character whose story would normally lie untold while his character stayed flat. Ma Linnie provides a maternal thread and some unexpected comic relief.
Finally, Tara is a master of the plot twist and the spiritual thread. Just when you think you can take a breather, something happens to place the characters in greater peril. The pacing is on point and the stakes never unbelievable. As to spiritual threads, Tara weaves them in without making Engraved's Christianity overbearing. The back of the book promises a sequel in 2019, and I already can't wait. My mind is spinning with possibilities--will it be Jennie's story? Nathaniel's? Someone entirely new? The wait is going to try my patience...
In the meantime, pick up Engraved on the Heart. You're going to love it.
I wasn’t sure what to expect but the cover and the blurb were so atractive for me because I love Civil War novels.
Well this book didn’t disappoint, and I’m amazed a debut novel could be so good.
Keziah Montgomery has been misunderstood so many years because of her epilepsy spells. Her parents see her as a week and limited person who must be shielded from the hardships of life. Yet she dreams of a life full of love that seems so out of reach... until her schoolbum appears as a grown man, a physician none the less. Micah has been in love with Kizzie since childhood but has always feared of telling her. Her family is Confederate and his father fighted for the abolitionists. This one of the reasons her family despises him and ignores his suggestions for treating Kizzie’s malady. Meanwhile Micah opens her eyes to the situations most slaves endure and quite unexpectedly Kizzie starts to function, with great sangre, as a conductor of slaves to freedom “underground railroad”. At the same time the war developes and Kizzie’s brother is reported dead. Her father falls ill and on her deathbed makes Kizzie promise she’ll marry an older and despicable man to ensure her and her mother’s care. Micah Words for the “underground railroad” too and he’s shocked when he realizes Kizzie is also part of it. I won’t spoil you the story, but things get very complicated... I was so captivated with this book that I couldn’t put it down!
I loved the characters: Micah with his passion for the cause and his generous heart, Keziah has an impacting transformation through out the story. She turns from inescure to a compassionate and strong woman ready to defend what she believes to be true, even at the cost of her life.
The romance between Micah and Kizzie is tender and clean. I think there’s more drama and suspense than romance in it, and I like that.
The secondary characters are so endearing, especially Hiriam, he’s my favorite and Ma Linnie is hilarious, so she added a bit of humor to the story. This novel has everything: love, forgiveness, drama, adventure and suspense.
And it has an enlighting message behind: about trusting God and letting Him guide you in your choices. About prayer and trust in God.
I loved when Kizzie realizes that God is enough for her, she can lack anything else if that’s His Will, but He’ll never forsake us but quite the contrary, He loves us madly.
I would definitely s book to anyone who likes historicals. It’s a beautiful story that will surely touch your hearts. And you’ll shed a tear or two...
I received a gifted copy from the author through netgalley. But later, I won a copy from a goodreads giveaway, so now I won the book. This will be one that I’ll reread from time to time.
Well done Tara Johnson! Looking forward to reading more of your books!
Hopefully Micah and Kizzie will continue to appear in a sequel. I would love to know what happening to Kizzie’s family after the war ends...
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