Sunday, May 15, 2011

A Heart Divided, Kathleen Morgan

The saga of the Caldwell's and Wainwrights unfolds against the backdrop of the beautiful Rocky Mountains in 1878. A feud that spans over 20 years threatens to destroy the future.

Jacob Caldwell and Edmund Wainwright are both driven and controlled by a deep, dark hatred of each other. Each one blaming the other for there mistakes and hardships. Both bound tightly by ineffectiveness and blind to the destruction they have left in their wake.

Born on the night that his older brother was shot and his mother died Cord Wainwright has built walls around his heart to protect himself from further hurt. The only daughter of Jacob she is bound by her family through a promise she made her dying mother and her own loyalty to her father. In constant turmoil about the life her father has forced them to live, Sara is constantly on guard for attack.

Against her better judgment Sara takes part in a robbery. Pressured by her father, she is sent to distract the ranch hand while her brothers and father rob the Wainwright home. Little did she know that the man she was to distract was Cord Wainwright. Little did either on know that this would change the course of their life forever. This one act would set in motion things that would bring the feud to a boiling point.

These two are set on a path that could easily bring more destruction or could lead to the healing of both families. The book is filled with twists and turns and keeps the reader constantly guessing and hoping for a good outcome. Kathleen Morgan does an excellent job of creating characters that are filled with depth and emotion. One can not help but be drawn into the story - to the point of having great empathy for the different characters and their struggles.

I especially loved Nick - with his gentle and kind spirit his words are filled with wisdom. Always looking for the good and seeking reconciliation he guides the others on this journey that will change all things.

An amazing read.

Thank you Revell for this review copy.

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