Friday, June 26, 2015

Love's Rescue

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JOHNSON, CHRISTINE
LOVE'S RESCUE

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.


My Review:

A compelling tale of forgiveness and redemption.

Truth be told I didn't immediately connect with Elizabeth. Selfish might be the best way to describe her. Not in a deliberate, unfeeling way. She just doesn't know any better. Her folly is part temperament and part upbringing. She's so intent on what she wants she often fails to notice the needs of others...or even that her actions might have repercussions that involve other people.  Time and experience provide her an opportunity to remedy all that. And that's what make the story so good. We get to watch Elizabeth stretch and grow -- and it's a painful experience but also a rewarding one. She softens and matures through the course of the novel and I was cheering her on by the end.  I love when an author changes my mind about a character. Now that's talent!

Fascinating historical details add an extra layer of satisfaction to this read. Lush details and infuriating social norms engaged my emotions just as much as the riveting plot. And the Romeo and Juliet style romance -- well, sublime doesn't quite describe the thrill it gave me. An engrossing read from the tumultuous beginning to the soul-stirring end.

Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc.

GIVEAWAY OPPORTUNITY:

If you would like an opportunity to win a copy of Love's Rescue please leave a comment below or email me at kavluvstoreadATyahooDOTca. If you post a comment and add your email address, please use AT and DOT instead of @ and . in the address to protect yourself from spammers. If you enter the draw via email please remember to put the title in the subject line so that it's easy for me to spot your entry. Draw will be held and winner announced on Sunday June 28 2015. Offer open to international readers. Good luck! 

31 comments:

  1. I am looking forward to reading this one. I liked reading that the author changed your mind about the character. I like reading stories like that as well. Thanks for the review and giveaway!
    momrain(AT)aol(DOT)com

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    1. And the historical aspect was eye opening too. Great blend for a novel. Good luck, Loraine.

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  2. I would enjoy reading this - compelling tale of forgiveness and redemption. I enjoyed reading your review :)
    dkstevensne AToutlookDoTc OM

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  3. I read an interview with the author about this book. Isn't there supposed to be pirates in this one, or am I mistaking it for another book? Sorry, Kav, as you know I'm caught up in the pirate world for the moment. lol Pirates or not, I would love to read this one!

    dianalflowers(at)aol(dot)com

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    1. LOL - you have pirates on the brain. Rourke isn't one -- he's a wrecker -- think that's what they're called. He sails his ship along the coastline looking for ships in trouble. He gets to salvage the goods in a wreck, but he also offers assistance to ships going down -- rescues crew, passengers etc. If the ship is salvageable, he gets a cut of the profits from the goods saved. So kind of pirate, I guess, but all on the up and up with rules and regulations. :-) Good luck, Diana.

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    2. I sure thought I saw the word pirates. lol A sort of pirate will work too! :)

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  4. This one sounds great! Thank you for the opportunity, Kav!

    mauback55 at gmail dot com

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    1. You're welcome, Melanie. Good luck.

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  5. I've been seeing this book around the book blogosphere a good bit lately, would love to read it! History and romance in one, love it.

    pattymh2000(at)yahoo(dot)com

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    1. Isn't the book blogosphere a great place to hang out? LOL You find out about all sorts of interesting reads. Good luck, Patty.

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  6. I am always looking for new authors to read. You write the kinds of books I enjoy.
    jwisley8(at)me(dot)com

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  7. Thanks for the review and another opportunity to win a fabulous book, Kav!!

    bonnieroof60(at)yahoo(dot)com

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    1. You're welcome, Bonnie. Good luck.

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  8. Hi Kav, I have this book on my reading wishlist, and after reading your review I am even more eager to read it : )

    Blessings,

    Tammi

    dandtdearing {at} earthlink {dot} net

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    1. It's a great one to have on your wishlist, Tammi. Good luck.

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  9. I love the Key West setting for romance by the sea!
    Worthy2bpraised at gmail dot com

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    1. It's an interesting backdrop for sure. Good luck, Merry.

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  10. Hello Kav. Another good review. Sounds interesting. I would like to win it. Maxie > mac262(at)me(dot)com <

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  11. You gave an honest review that has me wanting to give this book a chance. I am so pulled in by book covers (yeah, I can be superficial like that) and this one did not appeal tome at first.

    tlhcoupon@hotmail(dot)com

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    1. I'm a book cover lover too, trosado. And I'll confess that there are a few books I haven't read because the covers were so unappealing. So, I guess I'm superficial as well. LOL. I don't mind this cover, but it doesn't draw you in the way some others do. Good luck!

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  12. The cover is very striking! The historical aspect sounds very good. Looking forward to reading this.
    pbclark(at)netins(dot)net

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  13. Love the cover. Story line looks great. kamundsen44(at)yahoo(dot)com. Kim

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  14. Honest review is right ... its a new author so I'll give her a try. rrwalter34ATgmailDOTcom

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  15. Historical fiction is my favorite & I always enjoy finding new books & authors to add to my reading list. Love's Rescue sounds so intriguing, & the cover is beautiful & eye-catching. This is a definite "must read"! Thanks for the opportunity of this giveaway!

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    1. Oops! Forgot to leave my email address: nj(dot)bossman(at)gmail(dot)com

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