Review Title: Unforgettable (review of Heart of the Warrior by Angela K. Couch)
Reviewer: Janice S. Garey
***** 5 Stars
This book surprises the reader with an a avalanche of emotional impact. The story is well plotted with an even pace leading to cliff hangers that keep the pages turning. The character development intrigues the reader as new information unfolds and requires action that reveals motives.
Although this historical fiction book contains a love story that constantly keeps the reader guessing which way the romance will be resolved, the book offers so much more concerning issues of relevance today. The topic of racism receives coverage from the points of view of one character who is targeted for being of mixed race/ minority (part Native American and part Caucasian) and from the other character who has been in the oblivious priviledged majority and frequently makes thoughtless and hurtful comments based on a background of predjudice.
Another issue well covered in the storyline shows the difficulty and sacrifices that single mothers face in trying to make a good life for their child or children. Trust is a volatile and costly commodity and can even lead to life and death situations in an instant of betrayal. When the mother and child in this story are in harm’s way, the true character of two diametrically opposed men is revealed.
An enjoyable contrast between Native American customs/living environment and upper class town folks ways of living helps the reader understand why the characters think and act as they do. Both characters grow to appreciate the best of both worlds.
Finally, the issue of misunderstanding and miscommunicating love can stunt relationships for years. Love does not have to look the same in all relationships. Intense love sometimes means separation if it creates the best situation for a loved one. The beauty of love is that it’s timeless. Once realized, it can transform bitter hearts into compassionate and forgiving hearts bursting with pent up emotions.
Those who appreciate faith woven into historical fiction will be pleased with the unique way that is handled in this book. Those who do not usually read novels that include characters who are interested in the Bible will find its subtle inclusion to bring realism to the time period of the novel.
I received an ebook copy of this book free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review which I have provided here. I highly recommend this book to those looking for an excellent story. I hope to read more from this author.