A Love Forbidden
by: Kathleen Morgan
Moved by the desire for adventure and a yearning to help the Ute Indians, twenty-year-old Shiloh Wainright impulsively accepts a teaching position at the White River Indian Agency in northwestern Colorado. The new job, however, 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 the unrealistic demands of the US government. Her unexpected encounter with Jesse Blackwater, an embittered half-breed Ute and childhood friend, only complicates matters as they battle their growing feelings for each other amidst the spiraling tensions threatening to explode into a catastrophic Indian uprising.
If you like westerns (I don’t think this book is technically a western though) and stories about Indians, you will enjoy this book. This story is a bit slow starting out (for me) and so it was hard for me to get through the first half of the book, mostly because it was not what I was expecting. Then things started getting more interesting. The relationship between the main characters Shiloh and Jessie was complex, not to mention the situations they were working with. Jessie struggled with being a christian in his childhood, but then losing faith living with his Indian family. Jessie also struggles with his love for Shiloh, trying to deny him self of it. He just can’t seem to face the facts that he loves Shiloh. Shiloh has always had feelings for Jessie since she was a child, which we learn of their history in the prologue. Shiloh has a big giving heart and has a passion for children, especially the Ute Indian children. Shiloh becomes captive by the Indians, along with her friend. They came wanting to be teachers to the Ute children, but it wasn’t working out like they planned. This book had some historical reference to real events, which always interests me. The story was how ever, fictional. I enjoyed the story plot over all, I just found it a bit slow for me, losing interest often. I am guessing its just not my type of story line. The writing style is good, I didn’t notice any editing mistakes. I would try and read other books by this author, I would just be more picky about the story line, maybe a different series would work for me.
This will be a book I pass on to my mom, she enjoys the Indian story lines a lot and I think she would really enjoy it.
Available May 2012 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group