Heart of the Rockies
SUMMARY: Moved by a compassionate heart and the desire for adventure, twenty-year-old Shiloh Wainwright impulsively accepts a teaching position at the White River Indian Agency in northwestern Colorado. Eager to use her skills to help improve the lives of Ute Indian children, she looks forward to a fulfilling, independent life on the Colorado frontier.
But her new job isn't what she imagined it would be, and Shiloh soon finds herself caught in the cross fire between the Utes, their unyielding Indian agent, and a demanding US government. Her unexpected encounter with a half-Ute childhood friend, Jesse Blackwater, only complicates matters as they battle their growing feelings for each other amidst spiraling tensions that threaten to explode into a catastrophic uprising.
Set amongst the wilds of the Colorado Rockies in 1879, this tale from bestselling and award-winning author Kathleen Morgan explores the transformational powers of forgiveness, compassion, and God's healing love with artistry and authenticity.
REVIEW: Set during a turbulent time in the western frontier, Shiloh is determined to help the Ute Indian tribe. Her knowledge of the Ute language (taught to her by her Ute Indian nanny) and the love of their traditions help her land the job of teaching the Indian children. She knows educating the children will help better understand the ways of the white people as the demands of the US government become stronger and harsher.
The author really drew me into the different stories. Jesse struggles with his feelings for Shiloh, knowing she will face discrimination if they pursue their relationship just has he has being half Indian. Shiloh fights against the memories of the injustice Jesse faced at her ranch while they were kids at the hands of her sister and with the discrimination he faces every day from outsiders. She also struggles with feelings of animosity towards her sister because of what happened with Jesse that caused him to be whipped. I like the fact that Shiloh didn't run and didn't give in when things got rough. She stood her ground and did the best she could during a few very difficult situations. She was a strong woman but wasn't afraid to ask for help when she needed it.
This is the second book in the Heart of the Rockies series. In the third book, I would like to see how Jesse and Shiloh deal with where they are going to live and how their relationship weathers the ignorance of others but I know it will focus on another member of the Wainwright clan.
If you like western history and/or are looking for a wonderful book to read, I would highly recommend this one.
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Available May 2012 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.
Kathleen Morgan is the award-winning author of many novels, including A Heart Divided and the bestselling Brides of Culdee Creek series.