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Freedom’s Price by Christine Johnson

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After her father’s death, Catherine Haynes risks everything to travel from England to America in order to seek her mother’s family in Louisiana. But first the ship is delayed and then Catherine arrives to her family’s plantation only to find the plantation in disarray and the family scattered. She enlists the help of Tom Worthington, a wrecker she met in Key West, to help her discover the truth about the strange events surrounding her mother’s beloved home. As they dig deeper, they find that danger lurks at every corner.

I was initially drawn into the plot of this novel and was excited to see where the events would lead. It was good to connect with old characters as well. However, as the story unfolded, the circumstances became very dark. I appreciate that the author is willing to shed light on the painful events of slavery in America’s past, but I found the villain in this novel to be even more sinister than I think the story required. I especially was frustrated that Catherine was initially painted as intelligent and courageous but she walked right into the trap, which did not really fit with her character. Combined with choppy writing, I must say I liked the first two books in this series much more than this third installment. The story is improved by a good ending, but I would have much more appreciated a slightly different turn of events. Nonetheless, I do recommend this series.

I received a copy of this book from Revell Publishing in exchange for an honest review.

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Honor Redeemed by Christine Johnson

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Prosperity Jones, having recently buried her dear mother, sets sail for Key West in order to find her fiancé, a Lieutenant in the American army. When she arrives, however, she discovers her beloved David is married to someone else. Penniless and dismayed, she finds a job in a local hospital and the friendship of a kind doctor. As she learns to lean on her new friends, she finds herself attracted to the physician, but circumstances from her past may upend her new life in Key West.

A poignant, emotional love story set against a beautiful backdrop of scenic Key West, this novel is full of heartache and redemption. I absolutely loved Prosperity, her emotion made me cry and her hurt made my heart ache, but her faith shines through despite her circumstances. Both she and David must learn to apologize and to forgive each other despite the pain and dismay in their relationship. There are twists I was not expecting that made the plot even more interesting. This is truly a remarkable book with relatable themes, lovable characters, and significant depth. The first novel in this series is not required to enjoy this book, but will give more background on some of the characters. I really liked this novel and recommend it to all lovers of historical romance.

I received a copy of this book from Revell Publishing in exchange for an honest review.

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Love’s Rescue by Christine Johnson

Elizabeth Benjamin returns home to Key West after receiving news that her mother passed away. She is eager to see if Rourke O’Malley, a childhood crush, is still as handsome, dashing, and courageous as she remembers. She fears facing her brother and father, however, after a family event that caused her to leave the island four years ago. Pressured by the demands of society and family, Elizabeth must choose to follow her heart or selflessly give up her desires to help those she loves.

This book opens with interesting action and intriguing romance. The plot contains enough complexity to make the story interesting, but it does lack a certain depth to the characters and their relationships. The romance between Rourke and Elizabeth becomes a bit lost amidst the other subplots. Elizabeth has a frustrating personality initially, but her character redeems itself throughout the novel. There were some surprises throughout the book that kept my attention and created a good summer romance. I was also impressed with the author’s research and knowledge of the nautical life. Overall, this novel is recommended to those who enjoy an interesting seaside setting and romantic story.

I received a copy of this book from Revell Publishing in exchange for an honest review.

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