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
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 delivers a stirring tale of danger and hope in Engraved on the Heart. I was invested in Micah’s and Kizzie's love story from the very first chapter—and fell more than a little in love with Micah myself.
— Robin Lee Hatcher, RITA and Christy Awards winning author of You’ll Think of Me and You’re Gonna Love Me
The thing that drew me into selecting this book, as always, was the book cover. It intrigued me and beckoned me to learn more about the young girl on the front.
The story starts off with a start, with Keziah "Kezzie" at a ball and collapsing, and very soon afterwards we find out what the illness is that strikes Kezzie at will. It is here at the ball that she meets up with an old childhood friend, Micah who just returned from studying to be a doctor. So nonetheless, it is Micah who tends to her a ...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
This book is such a good example of why you should read new authors! Tara Johnson wrote an outstanding debut novel with Engraved on the Heart. It has all the essential historical fiction components: an interesting historical subject, a strong heroine, love, and a dashing hero.
I read this book in giant chunks, staying up too late to get just a little bit further. This novel centers around the beginning of the civil war and the work of the underground railroad. A young lady, Keziah Montgomery, ...more
I was interested by the summary of Engraved on the Heart and hoped it would have lots of intrigue, sneaking around, and escapes from danger, as befitting the promise of the setting. I hoped the romance would be imaginative and original, though I didn’t really have too many high hopes in that regard.
I like it when authors introduce elements to the story that make it more unique, and Johnson did that with Keziah’s epilepsy and exploring the stigma associated with the illness. I wish a little bit m ...more
As one would expect from a story focusing on the underground railroad, there is definitely a lot of suspense as Keziah treads the line between proper Southern Miss and a conductor of slaves to freedom. I loved that in spite of Keziah's epilepsy, she doesn't let it stop her from doing what is right; if anything, it strengthens her resolve. It's a strong, enjoyable Civil War story.
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