Sunday, May 15, 2011

A HEART DIVIDED by KATHLEEN MORGAN

What if you had to choose between family and love? Remember the Hatfields and the McCoys? You will soon forget them as you pick up the newest novel from, Kathleen Morgan. She has taken that story that we have heard over the years about feuding families and brings together a story that engages us in each character as hope comes alive. In a feud is there really ever a winner? I don't think so. Not much can come from fighting continually over who is right and who is wrong. As we see here in, A Heart Divided, we see just how much pain comes with a feud and how it separates us from not only family, but all our Savior has for us.

We meet the Caldwells and the Wainwrights in this vengeful story. Two families feuding over property rights. On one dark night in the Colorado Rockies in the late of June in 1851, one family loses a son as gunpowder ignites. This is just the beginning.

The story travels over twenty years later and the feud is still alive. Cord Wainwright and Sarah Caldwell are the main characters. They are now the new generation. They set themselves apart from all that once was and only want to move forward. These families are not only feuding one another, but there are feuds within the family as the father's of these two young people place pressure on them to continue the anger and hate. Cord can't seem to gain his father's love and affection. Sarah is beating herself up trying to stand by a father she has lost all respect for.  The Caldwells believe that once, Cord, is out of the picture there are no Wainwrights left to battle, but the story finds a twist around every bend. Sarah finds herself in love with this young man.

We see love come alive and blossom between two young people that were not to be together. We see just all that the Lord can do in bringing peace if there is just one willing to take a stand. This was one of those stories you just don't want to put down. It takes us back to another time and place, but also brings us to a place of searching in our heart. This is one I would put on my summer reading list!

This book was a gift from Revell for it's review. 

Kathleen Morgan is the award-winning author of many novels, including those in the bestselling Brides of Culdee Creek series. She lives in Colorado.
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