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Posted May 6, 2014
Separated by fate at birth, twin sisters are unaware the other exists. Their lives are worlds apart, but they each find love, but only one has found her dream while the other struggles with more than one mistake she has made. Will the fate that separated them bring them back together?
Lauren has had a good life, but when war threatens, she is sent to the relative safety of her aunt and uncle’s farm in the North. Headstrong and daring, Lauren has met her match and lost more than her heart to a man who goes off to war without divulging his feelings. Alone, and pregnant, it is this man’s brother who steps up and offers marriage, in name only to protect her honor. How many men could be so giving while getting so little in return?
Sage was taken at birth and raised in an entirely different world, but she is content and has found the man of dreams, an honorable man who is her rock in the difficult, yet simple life she is living. But slowly she finds that the world she knows may not be the world she came from. Does she have another family out there? One who grieves her loss?
Finally their worlds collide, but not until the worlds they have known have been shattered. Will they find a way to heal each other and bring their worlds together?
With Holding on to Heaven, Keta Diablo is able to take her readers effortlessly back in time with her vivid descriptions and high octane world building. Ms. Diablo makes each scene come alive with tension, passion and a grit that feels right! This is truly historical romance with an edge that pokes hard at your heart. Her characters are well-developed, yet the supporting characters are kept where they belong, in the background as they round out the authentic feel of the times just prior to the Civil War when Native Americans were being uprooted to make way for “civilization.” Juggling several main threads that could very easily have turned into a twisted knot at the end, Ms. Diablo brings it all home with her usual forthright style and fashions a neat bow around your heart! 4.5 Stars