Monday, May 16, 2011

A Heart Divided

Author: Kathleen Morgan
Publisher: Revell
May 2011
ISBN: 978-0-8007-1884-8
Genre: Inspirational/historical/romance

The Caldwells and the Wainwrights have been feuding for decades. Still, Sarah doesn’t want to cooperate when her father pressures her into distracting a ranch hand while he and her brothers rob the Wainwright’s. But the man is no hand—he’s actually Cord Wainwright. And her father and brothers attempt to kill him. Sarah knows things have gone too far.

When Cord recognizes Sarah in town, he exercises a citizen arrest and takes Sarah back to his ranch, since the sheriff is out of town for awhile. But things go from bad to worse. When another brother risks life to rescue Sarah, and Sarah cares for him as well as Cord’s injured brother, the passion between Cord and Sarah boil over. Will they end up betraying each other—or their families?

A HEART DIVIDED is the first book in Ms. Morgan’s Heart of the Rockies series, and it is very good—and also very familiar. In fact, I was convinced I read this book before—but I couldn’t find any information on whether this is a reprinting or not. From all appearances it appears not. Maybe I read this book as it went through critique groups—or maybe I read one eerily similar.

Notwithstanding, this is a book that held my attention, even though I knew what would happen next. I loved the passion between Cord and Sarah, though Cord struggled with a spirit of anger (not saying it wasn’t deserved) and Sarah also struggled with her loyalty to her family (even though she didn’t agree with them) and the man who arrested her—yet cared so kindly for her and her brother.

If you are looking for a really good historical romance with the flavorings of the Hatfields and the McCoys, then A HEART DIVIDED is a great book to pick up. You will not be disappointed. $14.99. 329 pages. 4.5 stars

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