Engraved on the Heart*
By Tara Johnson
Reluctant debutante Keziah Montgomery lives beneath the weighty expectations of her staunch Confederate family, forced to hide her illness for fear of a scandal. As rumors of war arrive on their doorstep, Keziah sees little cause for balls and courting. Despite her discomfort, she cannot imagine an escape from her familial confines — until an old schoolmate 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, but when the enchanting Keziah waltzes back into his life, his well-ordered plans are turned upside down. Torn between the life he has always known in Savannah and the fight for abolition, Micah struggles to discern God’s will amid such turbulent times.
Tensions increase in the Montgomery household as Keziah conceals her Underground affiliation from her nosy Southern belle cousin and overbearing parents determined to marry her off to the wealthiest suitor. As Keziah and Micah face their own battles, they discover some convictions are worth a sacrifice … but as circumstances threaten to keep them apart, they will learn if love is truly strong enough to endure the pain of war.
(From the back of the book)
What originally attracted me to this book was the cover. The somewhat sullen silhouette of the woman in a gorgeous blue dress with pearls adorning her neck left me curious. I had never heard of Tara Johnson before but I was intrigued. It’s been a while since I’ve read any Civil War fiction so that was also something I was intrigued by. I started reading, and then couldn’t stop. I would look down and see that I read 30 or 40 pages in what felt like no time. It was such an unexpectedly quick read. The story is elegantly written, full of suspense, danger, foreboding, and a little romance. There’s something for everyone in this book. Characters were well written, dialogue was realistic and at just the right amount (not over dialogue filled where it feels like a screenplay instead of a book), and the descriptions of war and it’s affects on people and how they thought about it were eye opening. I think that’s one of the best things about this book. She gives the reader a window into the thoughts and ideals of the people on both sides of the war. The north thought they had the advantage but at the same time the people in the south thought they had the advantage. Both sides thought they would win. I had never thought of it quite like that before. She presented several ideas that felt like this for me throughout the book. Love the themes of grace and love. This book is so well written. I can’t wait to read more books by this author.
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