What a delightful story! This book pretty much has it all – danger, a manipulating family, a forbidden romance, intrigue, secrets, and more. Love’s Rescue is full of complex characters and difficult situations.
I really connected with Elizabeth and Rourke, wanting their love to be possible, even though the odds seemed against them. They were both very likeable characters. Elizabeth had some growing up to do and she had to learn to stand her ground against overbearing family members. But I felt that she did grow quite a bit and learned a lot by the book’s end.
Rourke was a classic hero. Judged harshly by many for his occupation, he was a man with a high moral code. His attempts to do his job honorably were refreshing. And the way he treated his best friend, a freed slave, as an equal was rare for the time. I found his character refreshing and the sacrifices he had to make at times just made him all the more interesting.
I enjoyed this book from start to finish and definitely recommend it to fans of historical fiction. It is set in the very unique location of Key West and I really enjoyed learning more about this area. (5 stars)
My thanks to the author for the complimentary copy I received in exchange for an honest review.
ABOUT THE BOOK:
When her mother dies, Elizabeth Benjamin heads home to Key West, determined to transform herself into the perfect Southern belle her parents always wished her to be. But nothing goes according to plan. Her crippled brother resents her, the servants do not obey her, and Rourke O’Malley, the dashing man she vowed to forget, refuses to relinquish his hold on her heart. Worst of all, it becomes painfully obvious that her father is not the upright man he appears to be.
As family secrets come to light, Elizabeth is faced with a difficult choice: to do her duty and abandon her dreams, or to leave her life of privilege behind to chase the man her father sees as little better than a pirate.
From the first emotional page, author Christine Johnson throws readers into a world of impossible choices, hidden desires, and heart-melting romance in the steamy south. Readers will cheer for Elizabeth and Rourke as they battle the odds and the elements to secure their future.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Christine is a small-town Michigan girl who has lived in every corner of the state’s Lower Peninsula. From a young age, she knew she wanted to do something in the arts. After trying her hand at music and art, she returned to her first love — story. She feels blessed to write Christian fiction and to be twice named a finalist for Romance Writer’s of America’s Golden Heart® award.
When not at the computer keyboard, she loves to hike and explore God’s majestic creation. These days, she and her husband, a Great Lakes ship pilot, split their time between northern Michigan and the Florida Keys.