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 confinesuntil 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 Gods plan amid such turbulent times.Battling an angry fianc, 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....
|Title||:||Engraved on the Heart|
|Number of Pages||:||400 pages|
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Engraved on the Heart Reviews
I really enjoyed this book. I thought the characters were well developed and the overall story line was pretty well done. I would say a lot of this book was a tad predictable but that isn't necessarily bad. People who really love Civil War fiction and history would enjoy this story as it takes you into the Underground Railroad from a different perspective. My husband has been a Civil War reenactor so you could say that Civil War history is pretty common and read about in our house! There were ti ...more
A strong debut from Johnson. I enjoyed the chemistry between Keziah and Dr. Greyson as well as the how the author captured the divisiveness of the war. My favorite secondary character was Hiriam, a slave in Keziah's household. While it is a well-written and compelling story, I felt it was a tad predictable.
Tara Johnson’s debut novel about life during the civil war is one of the best books I’ve read this year. She has done a fabulous job of showing us what life was like in the south; the Underground Railroad, slavery, and being an abolitionist in the south during that time. The author’s descriptions of people and places will pull you further into the book. I found myself unable to stop reading. There was so much happening that I needed to know what was next.
The heroine deals with epilepsy, of which ...more
Fresh and captivating yet beautifully nostalgic. Tara Johnson draws you in from the first page and doesn’t let go until the last. You will dance at balls and meander through the countryside on horse drawn carriage as you reminisce and revere the beauty and social complexities of the Old South. This provocative and elegant novel is set in the Civil War era, resplendent with all the trimmings of the time with a fresh perspective from a true Southerner; Tara navigates us through the breathtaking re ...more
"Most wisdom comes through trial (...) but there's great peace in surrender"
I am absolutely impressed my Tara Johnson's debut! There heart and care woven throughout this story. The setting just comes alive and it was torture to put this book down when I had to. Obviously there has been an amount of research to bring this story alive, and I believe the author did a splendid job. My heart twisted with sorrow as I pondered on the society's thoughts in the 1800's and if we have truly walked away fr ...more
I’m always happy to find well-done inspirational novels to share with my students, and Tara Johnson’s debut novel fits that bill! Engraved on the Heart features a sweet love story set in the South during the Civil War time period. The hero and heroine face down family and culture to join the abolitionists in standing for the value of all people.
The main character works through her own issues on personal worth, as well. Instead of thinking of herself as “trash, addled, and worthless” she learns ...more
The story line in this book grabbed my attention and my heart within the first thirty pages. Once my heart and mind was engaged, I was pulled through this read in one sitting losing sleep. ( As I’ve heard said, “ Who ever bragged about how much fun or memories the made sleeping.” Sometimes it’s overrated!)
I did enjoy the characters we are introduced to in this read. Some with great courage...so much so that it made me wonder what I would do with such circumstances. For Civil War buffs or those ...more
Through the eyes of pop-off-the-page characters, readers are whisked into turbulent Confederate Savannah, from charming balls to the intrigue and danger of the Underground Railroad. Woven throughout this vibrant tale are strong spiritual threads sure to inspire. Lovers of Civil War fiction will rejoice to add Engraved on the Heart to their collections. I’ll be looking for more from Tara Johnson!