Historical Fiction Book Review: Engraved on the Heart

Publisher's Description

"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 confines―until 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 God’s plan amid such turbulent times.

Battling an angry fiancé, 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."

My Review

In her debut novel, Engraved on the Heart, Tara Johnson has authored a captivating story of courage and conviction in the face of hatred and danger. This book is truly an inspiring piece of historical fiction with memorable characters and significant themes that resonate with purpose and meaning.
Ms. Johnson’s thoughtful research and careful attention to historical details thoroughly enriches the story with depth and authenticity. The plot flows easily from scene to scene, effortlessly building to an ending that is utterly surprising yet intensely satisfying. 

The main characters are endearing and unforgettable. Having a genuine vulnerability that makes them wholly relatable and inspiring, they possess the strength and determination to survive and thrive despite the many physical, emotional, and spiritual challenges they face. As the story unfolds, the characters struggle through real, heart-wrenching trials that test their faith exceedingly. Yet, even as the struggles grow darker and more desperate, the light of God’s grace and mercy shines through with purpose, acceptance, hope, and love.

Well-written and extremely compelling, this book is perfectly enthralling. Engraved on the Heart is tender, emotionally stirring, and ultimately uplifting. It is a novel that I will not soon forget. The impression it has forged on my thoughts and on my heart is sure to be a lasting one. This novel was enjoyable, thought-provoking, and moving. I recommend it enthusiastically.

My Reflection

It is refreshingly poignant when a work of fiction draws attention to Biblical truth. Throughout this novel, the harm and destruction that is wrought as a result of ignorance and prejudice touches on the ongoing battle with hate that still rages throughout our world today. As demonstrated in this novel it is a message worthy of repeatedly sharing that only through faith in the extraordinary grace of the Gospel can we truly be one in Christ Jesus. Just like the characters in this novel, we must all find the courage through our faith in Jesus Christ to stand against ignorance and prejudice so that our choices, our decisions, and our actions overflow with the grace, the mercy, and the unconditional love that Jesus commands us to share with all people.

About the Author

"Tara Johnson is a writer, singer, speaker and passionate lover of stories. She makes her home in Arkansas with her husband and three children. Connect with Tara online at her website (TaraJohnsonStories.com) or on any of these social media platforms: Facebook.com/TaraLynnJohnsonAuthor, Twitter.com/TaraMinistry, and Instagram.com/tarajohnsonministry." --Biography from Tara Johnson's author page on Amazon.com.

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*I was given a copy of this book from the publisher. A review was not required. The review I have written contains opinions that are entirely my own.


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