Review: Innocent Heart by Millie Ledford Lee

Innocent Heart by Millie Ledford Lee
Release Date: September 12, 2012
Publisher:  The Wild Rose Press, Inc.
Pages: 344
Source: book provided by the publisher for review

 

 

When two lonely people meet, they confront discrimination, fall in love, and find a way to be together in the face of prejudices.

Quietly passionate Faith Boone longs to become a teacher, but her father drags her to the backwoods of Humble Creek. Isolated, Faith immerses herself in novels and clings to her fleeting dream. Then the broodingly handsome Morgan Tremain shows up, and with kindness, changes her negative view of men.

Part Cherokee railroad surveyor, Morgan Tremain, rolls quietly into Humble Creek. Upon meeting Faith, he is taken with her striking eyes and calm strength. Though life has hardened him to the idea of love, he is emotionally drawn to the soft-hearted Faith.

Both are aware of their deep attraction, but Morgan knows the world will not accept their being together. Finally, he takes a risk and comes up with a plan that could bring them together or destroy them.

 

Review:   This was a fast paced historical romance that was set in the late 1800’s in Kentucky and Virginia.  The prologue set the stage for what was to come.

The characters were all multidimensional and I got to know them little by little as Lee peeled back their layers.  The chemistry between Faith and Morgan was combustible and instantaneous from the moment they met.  Both of them had childhoods they’d rather forget which is why they were so against love and marriage.  Watching their feelings grow even with all the obstacles thrown in their path was heartwarming especially since so many were rooting for them and could see the feelings they had for each other even if they couldn’t.  Faith’s father, the preacher Jedidiah Boone, was not made of preacher material and spewed venom from the moment he was introduced.

The descriptions of the homes, the church, the store and school along with the weather were vivid and made me feel as if I was there.  There was family, friends, happiness, laughter, sorrow, tears, fear, uneasiness and angst along with some very narrow minded people because of Morgan being part Cherokee.  There was a happily ever after and nice closure but a few loose ends remained especially about Cordelia, Faith’s mother.  An epilogue or another chapter would have been nice.

Lee is a new to me author and I look forward to reading her other books all set in the South in historical romances.

Favorite Quote:   “You’re more open-minded than most people.  And more trusting.”  Morgan squatted before the fire and warmed his hands.  “You should be careful though.  Haven’t you heard there’s a savage roaming theses mountains?”

 

joanne