Sunday, July 31, 2016

"honor redeemed" by christine johnson

When Prosperity Jones moves to Key West to marry her fiance, she is greeted by surprising news: he has married another woman, and they are expecting a child. With nowhere else to go, Prosperity must make a life for herself in Key West, even though that life looks nothing like she'd planned.

Her future--and her heart--hang in the balance.

Two years ago, Prosperity Jones waved farewell to her beloved David as the army sent him to faraway Key West. Now with her parents gone, she has but one prospect for the future: make the dangerous journey from Nantucket to Key West to reunite with David and secure a happier life.

But when Prosperity arrives penniless in the South, she is dismayed to find David has not been eagerly awaiting their reunion. In fact, he is married to someone else. Scrambling to survive and nursing a broken heart, Prosperity gains the friendship--and the affection--of a kind doctor. Could he be the answer to her loneliness? Or will her life be upended by circumstance yet again?

With a deft hand, Christine Johnson fills the senses with the sights, sounds, and smells of Key West in this heartwarming story of honor lost, honor redeemed, and a love forged in adversity.

Honor Redeemed leaves me with mixed feelings. It is a well-written novel with engaging characters, and it deals with topics—like race relations, prejudice, and unplanned pregnancy—that are still relevant today.

However, there's one thing that kept me from loving this novel: the romance. Very rarely do I wish the author had gone a different way in a love triangle (though it has happened before), but as I got farther into Honor Redeemed, it quickly became clear that Prosperity would choose the man I didn't want her to be with. When I can't get behind the romance, it's hard for me to really enjoy a book. Though I ended up understanding why Prosperity's choice was the right one, I still wished things could have turned out differently. I am probably in the minority here; I imagine most readers will be very happy with the book's ending, but it really tainted my enjoyment of the novel. 3-1/2 stars.

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Christine Johnson is the author of Love's Rescue, as well as several books for Steeple Hill and Love Inspired. She was 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. These days, she and her husband, a Great Lakes ship pilot, split their time between northern Michigan and the Florida Keys.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Revell through the Revell Reads program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. Also, some of the links in the post above are “affiliate links.” This means if you click on the link and purchase an item, I will receive an affiliate commission. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."

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