Engraved on the Heart by Tara Johnson ~ Review

Lucie's Review:

Keziah Montgomery struggles to live up to her Confederate family's weighty expectations to marry well, and keeping her epilepsy a secret. The war disrupts well laid plans, and when her childhood friend, now Dr. Micah Greyson, comes back into her life Keziah must decide if her faith, and the love that she's found, is worth going against everything her family stands for, and the marriage they have arranged for her.

I wasn't sure what to expect of this debut, so I plunged in with an open mind, and I'm sure glad that I gave it a shot! Well written, with complex characters, and a heroine that we can cheer for from beginning to end. I admired Keziah for her willingness to take action, and live out her beliefs in spite of the dangers.

Keziah really comes into her own over the course of the book, her faith is a big part of who she is, and it gives her the strength to do things that she would never have dreamed of on her own. She tries to be a good and respectful daughter despite disagreements with her parents. She is kind, compassionate and brave.

Micah understands Keziah's secret from the start, and he wants to help her find solutions to give her relief. He introduces her to another side of the world that she has lived in her whole life. But Micah has secrets of his own, that catch up with him. He is a man of strong conviction, her admires Keziah's faith, and he is willing to sacrifice for what is right.

Well written and realistic attitudes for the time period. I admired Keziah's faith and fortitude, as well as her courage. This was a touching read, with plenty of action, and surprises along the way, full of faith, and realistic characters. A fantastic debut novel, and I can't wait to read more from her in the future!

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