Review: Engraved on the Heart by Tara Johnson

"Kizzy Montgomery, you stubborn thing, wake up." 

Title:  Engraved on the Heart
Author: Tara Johnson
Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers
Release Date:  July 1, 2018 
Genre: Historical Romance
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Reluctant debutante Keziah Montgomery lives beneath the weighty expectations of her staunch Confederate family, forced to keep her epilepsy secret for fear of a scandal. As the tensions of the Civil War arrive on their doorstep in Savannah, Keziah sees little cause for balls and courting. Despite her discomfort, she cannot imagine an escape from her familial confines—until her old schoolmate Micah 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, until the enchanting Keziah walks back into his life and turns his well-ordered plans upside down. Torn between the life he has always known in Savannah and the fight for abolition, Micah struggles to discern God’s plan amid such turbulent times.
Battling an angry fiancé, a war-tattered brother, bounty hunters, and their own personal demons, Keziah and Micah must decide if true love is worth the price . . . and if they are strong enough to survive the unyielding pain of war.


MY THOUGHTS

Endearing comes to mind when I think of Engraved on the Heart by Tara Johnson. Set in the Civil War times, it brings readers to the heat of the moments between the ignorance of societal priorities to the  injustices of slavery. The romance weaves through this story with historical details, lending to bittersweet moments and uncertainty.  Add in the faith elements, Engraved on the Heart allowed readers to ponder on individual roles and God's presence. It's a matter of the heart, and Tara Johnson's debut novel is a solid representation of historical fiction that ties in rich details with a plot that engages and a message that touches.


"If God ordains. . .. . .he clung to the memory with a fierceness that gave him courage, yet taunted him with bittersweet pangs of remorse."  (not continuous source)


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Tara Johnson is an author, speaker and passionate lover of stories. She loves to travel to churches, ladies retreats and prisons to share how God led her into freedom after spending years living shackled as a people-pleasing preacher’s kid.


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