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Love's Rescue (Keys of Promise #1)

Christine Elizabeth Johnson, Christine Johnson
Love's Rescue (Keys of Promise #1)

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. As family secrets come to light, Elizabeth is faced with a difficult choi... Read More


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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. 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. Can she have both the life she wants and to reconcile her strained relationships?

Product Details:
Pages: 352
Release: 06/02/2015
  • Product type: Book
  • Format: Softcover
  • Release Date: May 5, 2015
  • UPC: 9780800723507
  • Volumes/Discs: 1
  • Pages: 352
  • Publish Date: Jun 2, 2015
  • Language: English
  • Audience Age Maximum: 0
  • Audience Age Minimum: 0
  • BISAC: "FIC042030"
  • ISBN: 0800723503

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Review from Rambles of a SAHM by Fitzysmom on 7/21/2015

I really wanted to like this book. It had so many of the elements that I love in a good book. It is set in beautiful Key West following the Civil War which is not the usual setting for post Civil War era novels. It is a historical fiction/historical romance story with characters that have the potential to be interesting. There is even an element of mystery surrounding several of the events. With all of that I was set to enjoy a trip back to the deep south.

Unfortunately I just didn't like the book. It would be easy to blame it on the offensive language used. But the truth is more that I just did not enjoy the character of Elizabeth Benjamin. I'm hoping that with subsequent books in the series I will warm up to the characters because I really think the story line is promising.

I should clarify my statement on offensive language. The use of disparaging racial terms is historically accurate and I understand that completely. But the story is being written for a modern audience and leaving out the slurs would not have taken away from the story. It was not the main reason I was disenchanted with the novel but it did add to the discontent.

I most likely will read the rest of the series because there are many elements that I like about this book. I would urge you to read other reviews on this book before you make your decision as others have really enjoyed the book.

I received a copy of this book to facilitate my review.

GREAT BOOK! by NARITA on 6/19/2015

When I read the title of the book I never dreamed all the excitement that would be packed into the word “rescue”. This is not your regular 1800’s historical fiction!

The storm Elizabeth Benjamin’s ship is facing in her return to Key West, Florida is just the tip of the iceberg compared to the tempest that awaits her at home when she arrives.

For the past four years in South Carolina she has managed to dodge every suitor her family has presented. A different story lies ahead for her when she is once again in her father’s house. He is determined to have her marry and has even picked her (icky) future husband. Her meddling, elderly aunt has rigid social expectations for her too. She also faces her mother’s death since she was gone, and she feels responsible to care for her crippled brother whose condition is a direct result of choice she made in the past. Her heart still belongs to the handsome and kind, Captain O’Malley. Does he share her feelings after all this time? Her father is totally against her marrying the captain as he is “beneath” her station.

She is faced with family secrets that will require her to forgive as much as she desires to be forgiven. The story is rich in history about the Florida Key, slavery issues, and the shipping industry. Add to that lots of action packed moments! The characters face life threatening peril, evil conspiracy, deception, and much more. This is a wonderfully written book with a plot and fascinating characters that draw you into the suspense and times.

I received a copy of this book from Revell Blog Tour Program for an honest review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions expressed are my own.

History, Romance, Mystery: This Book Has It All! by Claudia on 6/2/2015

I selected Love’s Rescue to review mainly due to its setting, Key West, Florida. Having spent a lot of time in south Florida, and being interested in the history of the area, I found this book very appealing. Well, I got way more than I bargained for. This book really drew out my metacognitive side, making me think about the way I was thinking as I read. (Okay, maybe I’ve been reading too much about comprehension strategy instruction, but it did make me appreciate this book even more!) This book has characters you will cheer for as well as those you will love to hate. At one point I wondered to myself how I was enjoying the book so much even though I was gritting my teeth with frustration at the turn of events, and while I hate to admit it, I did take a peek at the last few pages just to make sure all was going to end well. The author gives just the right amount of information for the reader to make inferences without feeling like they came too easy, and without throwing in some new information or character from left field, allowing the reader that pleasant sense of accomplishment as the pieces of the story begin to fit together. The sights and sounds of the 1800s Key West come alive with the author’s wonderful word-smithing, backed by sound research.
Elizabeth Benjamin returns to Key West after a four year absence. Having fended off all potential suitors, she anxiously waits to see what type of reception she will get from Rourke O’Malley, captain of a wrecker ship. She just didn’t anticipate her ship’s colliding into a reef being the event that would bring her face to face with Captain O’Malley. Elizabeth also has to wonder about how her father will react to her returning unwed and unbetrothed. As Elizabeth struggles to meet her obligations while remaining true to herself, she uncovers family secrets that will impact the lives of everyone within her home, and many outside of the family as well. She is faced with hard decisions and the possibility of great sacrifice. While multi-themed, the central theme that winds itself throughout the story, and brings it to a climax, is forgiveness. The author deals with the struggle we all face at one time or another, the desire to forgive in the face of a stronger desire to withhold it.
Fans of historical romantic fiction will enjoy this book, even those who may not have selected a book within this genre that focuses on Christian themes. I thank Revell Publishers and Christian Fiction Blog Alliance for providing Love’s Rescue for my honest review. I did not receive any monetary compensation for a favorable review and the opinions expressed here are strictly my own.

Keys of Promise by Maureen on 6/1/2015

We meet Elizabeth Benjamin as she heads home to Key West after learning her mother has passed. What a journey that ends up as quite an adventure, and life endangerment, as the ship runs aground and is wrecked. Thus she is placed back in the hands of her unrequited love Rourke O’Malley, or so she thinks.

Rourke it appears feels the same about Elizabeth, but can the two of them ever get together? They are thwarted at every turn, and as with the rest of the story there are all kinds of twists that you won’t see coming.

Elizabeth will have money if she marries the man her family approves of, and now we see some dandy looking as if he will win her hand. Can just picture this fellow, and even if he marries her, I don’t think that I will ever like him.

There is a lot of guilt going on here and we have to dig deep to find some of it, and even when exposed some are not willing to part with it. I can see where Elizabeth feels guilty for her brother Charles accident, but does he harbor resentment towards her?

You are about to embark on quite an adventure, and we have some of the darkness of slavery here, and you are about to see how it is dealt with. This book takes place back in the 1840’s and with the next in the series we move up to the 1850’s, cannot wait for the next Keys of Promise.

I received this book through the Revell Reads Blogger Program, and was not required to give a positive review.

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