Author: Kathleen Morgan
Genre: Historic inspirational romance
Publisher: Revell Books
Date released: May. 11
Stars (out of 5): ****
Age rating: PG-14:
There are only a few comments about the two main characters and their activates on their honeymoon, which might raise questions from a younger reader.
Back cover (from Revell):
When fate brings them together, they must choose between family ties and love.
The Caldwells and Wainwrights have been feuding for decades. Still, Sarah Caldwell has misgivings when her father pressures her into distracting a ranch hand while he and her brothers rob the Wainwright place. When it becomes clear that hand is actually Cord Wainwright, heir of the Wainwright holdings, Sarah realizes things have gone too far.
As the feud boils over, Cord and Sarah make a most inconvenient discovery--they just might be falling in love. Can they betray their families to see where this attraction leads? Or will their families betray them?
Against the beautiful and wild backdrop of the Rocky Mountains in 1878 comes this sweeping saga of romance, betrayal, and forgiveness from beloved author Kathleen Morgan.
A Heart Divided was a sweet, if superficial, romance that captured the Rockies with vivid and colorful writing that was a joy to read. When feuding families, the Caldwells and the Wainwrights, bring their children into the fray, things get sticky. Sarah and Cord are bitter enemies, because their no-good-rotten-cheatin'-scoundrels fathers let their hate run over unto their children. But, for Cord and Sarah, the feud took backseat to their new-found love. I found Sarah and Cord to be to typical, and I felt their romance was a very hasty affair. Even after things get really serious, Sarah believes she made a mistake in loving Cord. I was hoping for a more exciting feud, with the Caldwell-Wainwright feud, but they weren't as trigger-happy as I would have liked (that came out wrong. LOL) Ms. Morgan's writing style was very good and she didn't hold back when it came to thoughts and emotions. Unfortunately, it didn't seem like there was a clear biblical message in A Heart Divided, but I've never been one to catch on to these things easily. My favorite part of this book though, was Nick Wainwright, Cord's brother. He was sweet, handsome and had a heart for God that would make any woman swoon. I can't wait to see if Ms. Morgan writes him his own book (which would be awesome!). Overall, A Heart Divided started out with so much promise, but after that, it fell flat like an open Coke. The characters were wonderful, but Sarah and Cord's romance was based mostly on attraction, and in the end, they were only a little closer to actually understanding true and abiding love. If you love western romances with action, then A Heart Divided is your escape to the Rockies.
Available May 2011 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.