NIGHT OWL ROMANCE REVIEW - 4 Stars, A real page-turner, Excellent!
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Holding on to Heaven is the latest erotic romance novel by Keta Diablo. Set amidst the turbulent times of the Civil War and the plains of Minnesota where there is a deadly Native American uprising, it’s a story of passion, love, loss and hope.
The main story focuses around Lauren and her sister Sage McCain. They are as different as night and day even though they’re almost identical on the outside. Lauren was raised in the very Southern way of live in North Carolina while Sage – who was taken by the midwife after she was thought to have died at birth -- was raised by a healer/midwife whom she believes to be her grandmother.
Lauren goes to visit her beloved aunt and Uncle on their ranch in Minnesota when the danger of war looms over North Carolina believing the dreaded conflict wouldn’t touch her there. Little did she know that during such a turbulent time she’d come face to face with the man who steals her heart and he’s going to fight for the North! Creed Gatlin sets her heart fluttering even while he enrages her with his high-handed and overbearing ways. The passion that grows between them is volatile and soon neither of them can deny it. However, it’s far from happily ever after for the two when Creed’s younger brother Finn enlists to fight for the North, and Creed joins him in an attempt to keep his brother safe. Lauren can’t believe that just when they’ve found each other he’s leaving to fight against the South, the only way of life Lauren has ever known.
Meanwhile Sage McCain comes upon a wounded, near death Winnebago warrior that she and her grandmother nurse back to health. The feelings she has for the Native American warrior are more than just friendly and the two fall in love. The fates have much in store for them, including Sage learning who she really is.
Can Sage and Wanapaya find happiness together? Will Lauren and Creed be able to be together or will the ravages of the war and a Sioux uprising take their lives before they get the chance to find out?
This novel is one that tells the gripping struggles and the difficulties of this very dangerous and pivotal time in American history. It shows the challenges and hardships many had to endure where danger and death were an everyday occurrence.
Keta Diablo really knows how to keep you on the edge of your seat wondering what will befall the main characters. Lovers of historical fiction will love this one! I’m a big fan of the Civil War era and it’s nice to see this as the backdrop for this novel. I don’t think it’s written about as much as it should be in the historical romance world. Holding on to Heaven has it all -- adventure, desire, and the indelible spirit of human hope and perseverance. I enjoyed it and hope this might be the start of a series where we can see some of these characters yet again!