mary's book basket ~ "a love forbidden" by kathleen morgan

In A Love Forbidden author Kathleen Morgan takes us on a journey to the Colorado Rockies circa 1879. We follow our heroine Shiloh Wainright as she takes a teaching job at the White River Indian Agency in northwestern Colorado where the Ute Indians have made their home. She is eager to assert her independence and follow her dream to teach. She quickly finds herself caught between the Indians, the testy Agency officer and US Government rules and regulations. Add in a chance encounter with her former childhood friend Jesse Blackwater and you have the perfect set up for romance and intrigue.

I really enjoy Kathleen's books. She combines so beautifully both the inspirational elements of the novel as well as the romantic relationship between the hero and heroine without ever crossing any lines. She shows Shiloh's devotion to the Ute Indians, always placing their needs above her own. As she and Jesse explore their feelings that may extend beyond friendship, Ms. Morgan exquisitely unfolds Jesse's struggle of being both white and Indian and how this will affect his future with Shiloh. There is deep emotion and it was such a joy to take the journey with them.

So if your looking for a summer read that takes you on an emotional and spiritual journey, look no further. This was a very satisfying read. A Love Forbidden is available May 2012 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.