A Heart Divided is the first book I’ve read by Kathleen Morgan so I wasn’t sure what to expect. I was delighted to find it to be a well written story with appealing characters and a plot that kept me turning the pages.

Both the hero and heroine, Cord and Sarah were innocent victims of a two decade long feud that had raged between their families. When Cord catches Sarah on Wainwright property while her father and brothers rob his home, he decides to hold her captive until the sheriff is back in town. Sparks fly between them in more ways than one during their forced encounters and gradually they find themselves loving their enemy.

A Heart Divided is filled with drama, conflict, action, mystery, romance, and even a little humor. Realistic examples of family loyalty and dysfunction are balanced with a theme of faith and forgiveness. As can be expected in a book of this type, everything turns out well in the end but what a twisted and interesting path it takes to reach it.

I would recommend A Heart Divided to those who enjoy historical romance novels. I enjoyed it enough that I have already obtained a copy of  the first novel in a previous series.

Available May 2011 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.

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Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.


A Family Feud Threatens Sarah Caldwell’s Dreams For a Better Life…

Could Love Be Her Salvation?

Sarah’s jumbled thoughts gradually righted themselves. No matter what she had promised her mother, she could do nothing for her father unless he chose to change. Indeed, she was just as likely to sacrifice her own life and happiness – and that of her little brother’s – and still not get her father to give up his hopeless quest.

After a brief respite from writing, award-winning author Kathleen Morgan pens a masterpiece novel set against the backdrop of the beautiful Colorado Rockies. A Heart Divided (ISBN: 978-0-8007-1884-8, May 2011, $14.99) will capture readers with a saga of family feuding, abandonment, intriguing love, betrayal, and forgiveness.

It is 1878. The Caldwells and Wainwrights have been feuding for twenty-seven years. The patriarchs of each family will not let the feud end; their hearts are bent on destruction. Sarah Caldwell has misgivings when her father pressures her into distracting a ranch hand while he and her brothers rob the Wainwright ranch. When it becomes clear that hand is actually Cord Wainwright, Sarah realizes she needs to lay low. But Cord spots her in town and, with the sheriff away, makes a citizen’s arrest, dragging her off to the Wainwright ranch until the sheriff’s return. As the family feud continues to smolder, Cord and Sarah make a most inconvenient discovery–they are falling in love. Can they betray their families for love? Or will their families betray them?

In a powerful and historically authentic love story, Morgan explores themes of family loyalty, self-determination, what it meant to be a hero in the Old West and, above all, how love can change everything.


Kathleen Morgan is the award-winning author of many novels, including those in the bestselling Brides of Culdee Creek series. She lives in Colorado with her husband.