Saturday, May 26, 2012

A Love Forbidden, a review

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.

Several different things set this book apart from many others I've read.   First, the premise is unusual.   Even if you've read books indulging in the fight between cultures, so to speak, I don't believe many can focus so well as this book.   It is real, raw, challenging, and even sweet.   Secondly, there is a unique cast of characters.   You have Shiloh...who really didn't want to be in this part of the world.  And then Jesse.   And Jesse may or may not be able to help her along her way as missionary. You will have to see for yourself!  Lastly, the location- I thought settling the scenes in the Rockies was unique, and well done.   I loved all the challenges they met in the sense that they seemed to be a part of life, truly and realistically.    It was not easy to do what Shiloh did, and to be the people the Utes were.   I cannot wait until I can read this book again. Definitely a favorite!  

As a side note, I have always wanted to work on a reservation, with Native Americans. I am an anthropology major, and this book spoke to my heart on many levels. I will gladly share my enjoyment with it! 

Thank you to Revel/Baker Publishing for a complimentary copy in return for my honest review!

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