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Love's Rescue ~ Review

Love's Rescue
Keys of Promise 1
By Christine Johnson

Elizabeth Benjamin made a mistake when she was 16 years old.  A mistake that only 3 other people know about ~ her brother Charlie, her servant Anabelle, and Rourke the man she loves.

Four years have passed since that one decision, a decision that changed forever Charlie's life.  Four years since she left home and Key West.  But Elizabeth has determined that she is needed at home.

Unfortunately Elizabeth's return home is anything but uneventful. And her father and brother seem less than pleased with her return. Rourke isn't on her father's approved suitors list and never will be. And Elizabeth is expected to marry soon or return to Charleston to make a proper match.

Elizabeth wants to be free of the restrictions of proper society and all its trappings.  Expectations are high for her prospects, if only Rourke O'Malley could be considered among those prospects...

But all isn't as it seems.  Secrets are about to be discovered and all that Elizabeth thought she knew is about to be shaken.

Love's Rescue is an entertaining and enjoyable escape into the past with a message that speaks to all about the importance of forgiveness.  The characters are believable - some likable, some tolerable, and others downright unlikable.

I loved the change in Elizabeth as a person.  She grows in both character and in her relationships with her family and yet the part that makes her who she is doesn't change.  I also enjoyed getting a glimpse into Charlie a young man who can be admired.

I was provided a copy of this book by Revell through their Revell Reads blogger program in exchange for my honest review.

Can a girl enamored with the adventurous seas ever be content with the tame life of a Southern belle? 

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 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 man he appears to be.

As family secrets come to light, Elizabeth is faced with a difficult choice: to perform 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 you into a world of impossible choices, hidden desires, and heart-melting romance in the steamy South.

Christine Johnson is the author of several books for Steeple Hill and Love Inspired and has been twice named a finalist for Romance Writers of America's Golden Heart award. When not writing, she loves to hike and explore God's majestic creation. She and her husband, a Great Lakes ship pilot, split their time between northern Michigan and the Florida Keys. Learn more