Thursday, June 4, 2015

Love’s Rescue - Christine Johnson

Love’s Rescue
Christine Johnson
Revell, Jun 2 2015, $14.99
ISBN: 9780800723507

In 1846 Key West, Elizabeth Benjamin loves wrecker Rourke O'Malley, but he is not what her parents want for her as her father believes the man a dangerous scoundrel beneath their social status.  Instead they expect her to go to Charleston to make a high society match.  Abetted by her brother Charlie, Elizabeth sneaks out to see her beloved; but a storm leaves her sibling crippled.

Four years later, escorted by Aunt Virginia exiled Elizabeth comes home following the death of her mother.  Feeling guilt over failing her mom by not being the dutiful daughter and for what happened to Charlie, Elizabeth vows to achieve the goal her mom set for her.  However, when their ship crashes onto the reef, Rourke and his crew arrive only his smelling of jasmine warns him Elizabeth is back.  At her house, her sanctimonious father still believes Rourke is a pirate, acrimonious Charlie hates her, and the servants treat her with disdain.  When Elizabeth learns the truth about her family, she considers deserting them for the love of her wrecker, but fears the consequences on them.

This Keys of Promise Antebellum romance is a fascinating Key West historical.  The wreckers and the heroine’s family provide solid anchors in terms of time and place, but the plot never dives into deep waters.  However, this is Elizabeth’s tale as she will hurt someone she cherishes with her Hobson’s choice between love for a forbidden wrecker and love for her family.

Harriet Klausner

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