Engrave on the Heart by Tara Johnson


The thing that drew me into selecting this book, as always, was the book cover. It intrigued me and beckoned me to learn more about the young girl on the front.

The story starts off with a start, with Keziah “Kezzie” at a ball and collapsing, and very soon afterwards we find out what the illness is that strikes Kezzie at will. It is here at the ball that she meets up with an old childhood friend, Micah who just returned from studying to be a doctor. So nonetheless, it is Micah who tends to her and discovers her secret.

Over time, Micah introduces Kezzie to the other world that is happening around her, the slaves that are being sent away from the south via the underground railroad. She becomes involved and soon discovers the trials and troubles that can be brought forth with her involvement.

The story is well written and it dives into subjects that I haven’t encountered before in a book, that is, within the Christian fiction realm. There were some parts, such as the capture of a fugitive slave at the hands of Peterson that was just a bit too graphic for me. Otherwise, it was a story that weaved it’s wave between the antebellum world and the chances that many took to be part of the underground railroad.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher and was under no obligation to post a review.


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