Love's Rescue: A Novel

Love's Rescue: A Novel

by Christine Johnson


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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. Her crippled 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 upright man he appears to be.

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.

From the first emotional page, author Christine Johnson throws readers into a world of impossible choices, hidden desires, and heart-melting romance in the steamy south. Readers will cheer for Elizabeth and Rourke as they battle the odds and the elements to secure their future.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780800723507
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 06/02/2015
Series: Keys of Promise Series , #1
Pages: 352
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

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. These days, she and her husband, a Great Lakes ship pilot, split their time between northern Michigan and the Florida Keys.

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Love's Rescue: A Novel 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 43 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Elizabeth loved her home the Flordia Keys, she had been sent by her father to her Aunt's in Richmond to find a husband. Only one person did Elizabeth have in her heart, Rouke O'Malley, She decided to take her father's freighter ship to the Keys, only to be hit by a storm and run upon the reefs. Who comes to the rescue? None other than Rouke! The one she loves! One thing Rouke has going for him is his faith in God. Wonderful book! Set in the 1800's. Mystery, interigue, romance faith! I got this book free! Rouke
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Here is a short and to the point review: I gave this book a three star rating. Story was set back in the 1800's in Florida. There is love, forgiveness and self discovery within this family as to the wrong doings each had been a part of, knowingly or not. I thought the various characters and their parts in the story line were interesting as well as appropriately incorporated into story line. Whether a free book or paid for book I truly cant complain About this one. Would recommend
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very informative history of the Florida Keys. Left unanswered the origin of the mysterious Broach that Elizabeth found. Otherwise very good story. CB
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this story! Thank you!
inkwellreviews More than 1 year ago
My review from (Christian book review site) Christine Johnson
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Adventure, romance, danger, mystery, and history -- Christine Johnson combines all of these elements as she carries her readers into 1850's Key West. She captures your attention immediately, thrusting her characters into a raging hurricane then aboard a ship and experiencing a collision on a reef. Clever weaving of story lines will hold your attention right to the end. I appreciated the themes of hope and forgiveness in the face of difficult circumstances, including physical disability, slavery, and family secrets. Be sure to brush up on nautical terms as there are many in this book! I recommend this book, the first in Christine Johnson's "Keys of Promise" series and look forward to her next books. I received a copy of this book from Revell in exchange for my honest review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good story, although it is predictable. *** esk 09/2018 ***
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A good clean read with some drama!
Mary17 More than 1 year ago
Thoroughly enjoyed the book. Very well written. Kept me on the edge of my seat.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Characters were interesting and provided excellent insight into contemporary social and economic context. Was extremely offended by the scene with the horse. Did not expect such deviant behavior from protagonist(s).
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
interesting about wreakers
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The story was put together well and flowed well. Overall a pretty good book.
lolly-pops More than 1 year ago
LOVE'S RESCUE is Ms. Johnson's first book in her Keys of Promise series. At first I wasn't real sure what to think of it, as Elizabeth is a lady of means and being paraded among eligible bachelors to find an approved husband. Translation, a man of means who she doesn't love. When Elizabeth's father's clerk pays attention to her, her father is thrilled. After all this man owns a plantation even though he works as a clerk. Fantastic. Except Elizabeth loves another. A man who owns a wrecker business and is, according to her father, little more than a pirate. Secrets come to light and Elizabeth is torn between waiting for the man she loves or marrying to please her father... for reasons I won't share, but it is compelling. I wondered how on earth Elizabeth and Rourke would surpass the difficulties facing them. I had to keep reading to find out!
mackenzie_carol More than 1 year ago
Love’s Rescue is the first book in Christine Johnson’s Keys of Promise series, and is also the first book I have ever read by her. I wasn’t entirely sure what to expect going in, but the description didn’t really pique my interest, so I wasn’t surprised to find that the story didn’t really either. The farther I got into the story, the more shallow and slow it seemed, and I was disappointed to find that even Elizabeth seemed extremely shallow and self-centered at times. Now, don’t get me wrong, it picked up at the end and finished fairly nicely, and I didn’t hate the book, those were just the few things about it that I didn’t really enjoy. I hate to comment on the not-so-great qualities of a book, but there is one more thing I have to carry on about for just a second. I was very disappointed to find that one of the story threads that is mentioned in the description doesn’t actually turn out to be much of anything. While it is slightly valid as there are a few pieces of evidence to lead to that conclusion, other than that, there isn’t much of anything. I expected a great shock and a bunch of horrible accusations, but there weren’t many. I know that you probably have no idea what I’m talking about, but I had to address my disappointment without spoiling any of the story. All in all, I don’t really think there’s any more I could say about this story. It has a sweet premise, and I really wish it had been more engaging, but it simply wasn’t. And I hate that I did, but I skimmed the whole second half of the book. I couldn’t help it. However, I do still believe that this book has potential to engage other readers, I just couldn’t get into it—possibly because of the amazing quality of the books I have been reading lately. Either way, I really can’t give this book any more than three out of five bookshelves, though I wish that I could. I hope that Christine’s next book will be enjoyable for me, so I’m still looking forward to it, but I just can’t help but be honest and say that this one wasn’t.
WildflowerMom More than 1 year ago
A romantic tale full of adventure set in tropical Key West in the 1850's! Elizabeth Benjamin's future seems an uncertain one, as she is tossed about from the moment she steps aboard the ship to take her back home to Key West from Charleston. She must decide whom to please: her family or herself. There is so much pressure put on her by her father and great aunt to marry a suitable husband, that she can't seem to figure out which direction to turn. Until she reads her deceased mother's diary, and learns a family secret. The setting of this book intrigued me from the description of the islands surrounded by turquoise seas and coral sands, tropical temperatures, and ships on the horizon. It sounded exotic and beautiful. My favorite character was Captain Rourke, who has a lot of integrity, faith and constant love for Elizabeth despite how he is treated by her family. His first mate, John is a wonderful character too, with his loyal friendship and encouragement to remember that God is in control. The theme of forgiveness--giving and receiving--is a solid thread throughout, especially in Elizabeth's life, as she learns to extend grace to her father and receive forgiveness from her heavenly Father. The topic of slavery, and emancipation was an important story element as well. Recommend this to readers who enjoy a Christian romance in a historical setting. (Thank you to Book Club Network and Revell for the book provided in exchange for my honest, unsolicited review.)
Fitzysmom More than 1 year ago
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.
eLynda More than 1 year ago
Unique Characters and Setting History has always fascinated me, certain periods more than others, but I love it when a book takes a slightly different tack and changes things up from what might be the typical genre formulation. The plot of a Southern belle struggling against expectations may not be new (Gone With the Wind, anyone?) but the Key West location is different, as is the hero’s occupation of a wrecker. The storyline is fantastic and I immediately engaged with the well-rounded characters and setting, enjoying this book even more than I expected to. Elizabeth is a likeable character with enough flaws to keep her believable, but not so many that she becomes unsympathetic. Her spiritual struggles seem realistic, especially given her history, and I appreciate that her faith does not come easy. The growth she exhibits throughout the novel kept me rooting for her. Forgiveness plays an integral part in the narrative and the picture of restored relationships is both touching and poignant, without becoming oversimplified or cliché at the end. I also enjoyed the details of Rourke’s occupation—I was completely unfamiliar with wreckers, who helped to rescue and repair ships that could be saved, or salvaged the goods from vessels that were destroyed after running aground on a reef. The comparison of wreckers to pirates by polite society is unfair, especially given Rourke’s character and faith; Elizabeth is aware of his integrity, but trapped by the demands of others. The setting is part of what makes this story unique and it is obvious that the author is familiar with the location and time period; simple details subtly placed within the text provide lots of information such as the diet of the inhabitants and the somewhat limited Southern society in comparison to larger cities of the time (such as Charleston), all without feeling like a history lesson. The author didn’t just pick her story up and put it in another place to be different, she situates the reader within that society in this specific place and lets us experience some of what our characters would have simply through the details she shares. Even though we are reading a novel with an omniscient narrator, there is still a hint of mystery around the edges with multiple family secrets, including one kept by Elizabeth herself that we know from the beginning. Secrets really are everywhere and we know just enough about them to keep us guessing and turning pages with a steadily ratcheting tension, but the pacing remains even and never feels rushed, though it does pick up at the climax and finishes strong. The romance in the book is very sweet and natural—getting the characters’ thoughts about the other is beautifully done and made the couple seem like old friends we knew were perfect for each other before they did. There are several points in the book where I sighed happily over the romantic moments as the two characters journeyed toward each other. The prose in this novel is at times lyrical, at times stunning, but always contributes to the lush feel of a sweeping period drama. I do believe the target audience for this book will like it and I would recommend it for readers with an interest in historical romance, particularly with a Southern slant. I thoroughly enjoyed the characters, setting, plot and prose—all of the elements came together for a fantastic novel. I received a copy of this novel from the publisher in exchange for this honest review.
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SweetPea_3 More than 1 year ago
I haven't read anything by Christine Johnson before, but I am glad to have found her. This is historical fiction set on the rather exotic Key West Island in Florida when it was still a bit wild. I loved the setting, and the characters just as much. In the beginning of the book Elizabeth is not terribly likeable, a spoiled socialite, but of course she grows and changes throughout the book. The way the author writes makes it a little more believable and organic than predictable - and there is nothing predictable about this book! Holy twists and turns Batman! Hang on to your hat. It's not just action, it's also a deeper, emotional ride with a theme of forgiveness and redemption through God's grace that I really appreciated.  I thoroughly enjoyed this book and look forward to the next book in the series. Fans of Ruth Axtell and Julie Klassen will want to check this one out! This book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc. Available at your favourite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.
Nutz2read More than 1 year ago
Great for historical fiction fans. Love’s Rescue is the first book in Christine Johnson’s new, Keys of Promise series. Having never read her books, I had no idea what to expect. I was hoping for compelling characters, an intriguing storyline, and well-researched historical details. Though I found all of those to some extent, my expectations weren’t exceeded, merely met. Christine has definitely done her research for this book and I loved the historical details. Some might find them tedious, but I’m a detail person, so that was great for me. Her descriptions and prose were also excellent. I could almost smell the sea breeze and touch the tamarind tree that grew outside Elizabeth’s window. Her depictions were so vivid and original. For example, “Her emotions twisted and tumbled like a sheet in the wind.” That is such an apt description, but not one I would have ever thought of using. I confess, I struggled to get into the story, at first. The beginning seemed to drag on a bit and I kept finding reasons to delay reading any further. It took until about a third of my way into the book before it really grabbed my interest. Then I found I didn’t want to put it down. The story actually does flow quite well, minus the beginning. With some suspense thrown it, it sped up for a short time, then evened back out to a fairly satisfying ending. I had needed a reason to cheer the characters on and I didn’t have one at the start, but found one later on, when their pursuits came to light. Elizabeth Benjamin is the heroine of the story and I honestly didn’t like her very much. She came across as spoiled and extremely selfish. I really wanted someone to shake her and tell her to grow up! She was supposed to be twenty in 1850, but she seemed so childish for most of the story. She does grow throughout the story and learns to put others before herself (a large part of the moral), but I still didn’t connect with her. Most of the story comes from her perspective and after so many pages of her self absorbed focus, I was ready to move on. She had my apathy from the beginning and unfortunately, it never really switched to sympathy. Rourke O’Malley is a great hero: loving, selfless, strong, brave. He doesn’t give up, doesn’t quit in his pursuit of loving well those around him. There were a few times that I honestly wondered what he saw in Elizabeth. He was everything she wasn’t. I’m also still trying to figure out why he waited four years for her. He supposedly fell in love with her before she left, but he barely knew her and right up to the day before her ship sailed, he had considered her a little sister. I found that very strange and it made the romance rather awkward for me. In return, her love was that of a besotted teenager, rather than a woman. She wanted to be with him no matter what, but she hadn’t seen him in four years and had been mostly ignored by him in the years prior to that. The highlight of the romance for me was when he opens her eyes to sacrificial love. A line that is repeated several times and is the turning point for Elizabeth is, “Love does right even when it hurts.” - Rourke O’Malley I loved that line and the reminder of what real love is - not the sappy, happily-ever-after endings, but sacrifice. Putting another’s needs before your own. It also shows Christ’s love for us, His beloved. Another overarching theme throughout the story is forgiveness. Christine did a great job of highlighting it, without overwhelming the story. I wish the ending would have been different, that Elizabeth had given her father the forgiveness he desired. Though she does in an offhand way, I think it would have made a larger impact had the words been spoke in a straightforward manner. I could be wrong, since that is simply my impression and opinion. Overall, this book was okay. I’m going to be honest and say that it isn’t one I would reread. It was good and had some important life lessons, but they were overshadowed by my dislike of the heroine. I would recommend it to someone who is a huge fan of historical fiction and is looking for a thought provoking read. I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher for my honest review, which I have given. I was not required to give a positive review and have not been compensated for it in any way. All opinions expressed are my own. *Please note, I own no rights to the book or the quotations used within my review. No infringement intended.
VicG More than 1 year ago
Christine Johnson in her new book, “Love’s Rescue” Book One in the Keys of Promise series published by Revell takes us into the life of Elizabeth Benjamin. From the Back Cover: 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. Danger, a manipulating family, a forbidden romance, intrigue and secrets. What more can you ask for in a story? Christine Johnson has given us Novel Gold! Without a doubt Ms. Johnson knows how to write an entertaining story that will grab and keep your attention all the way through to the end of the book. This book is really about standing your ground even when it is your father you are standing against and his wishes. It is about forgiveness, of others and ourselves. And then, of course, there is the romance. Ms. Cabot is an excellent writer and makes Elizabeth and Rourke as well as the rest of her characters believable and you care deeply for them as she deftly unfolds the plot before us. I am so looking forward to the next opportunity when Ms. Cabot returns us to Key West. Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Revell Publishers. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. 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.”
Pitkinchick More than 1 year ago
This is the first book by Christine Johnson that I have read but after reading this one I am sure I will read more.  This book left you wondering all the way to the last page. Elizabeth, the heroine of the novel, is such a sweet young lady enamored with Rourke, a wrecker.  This is one of those "can't put down" books.  You will absolutely love it.  I can't wait to read other books by this author.  I thank Revell for allowing me to read this book for a free review.  I loved this book and I think everyone will that reads it.
PianoLady831 More than 1 year ago
Christine Johnson has published stories in the Love Inspired line before, but I believe Love's Rescue is her first full-length novel and I have to say that she has given us a very interesting story. There's a lot to like here - adventure on the seas, strong family dynamics, star-crossed lovers, and the vivid setting of Key West in 1850. I also loved the way themes of secrets, guilt, and unfaithfulness are contrasted with grace and forgiveness.  One of the things I enjoy most is when an author creates characters and a setting to which I want to return, and that's exactly what Christine has done. Who can't imagine the sunshine and clear waters of Key West, or the fury of a tropical storm or hurricane? I found the 1850 time period fascinating with the city rebuilding after a hurricane, the importance of social status, and shipwrecks on the reefs.   It took a little time for Elizabeth to grow on me because she seemed awfully strong willed, selfish and thoughtless, especially in the beginning, but that changes. Rourke makes a great leading man - honorable, caring, and with a strong faith - qualities not usually found among wreckers in the Key West area, a field often populated with the unscrupulous. In a time when slaves weren't recognized as having rights, I found the confidence, trust and friendship that he extended to his chief mate, John, very moving. Elizabeth's father and Aunt Virginia give new meaning to the term "manipulative" and any romance between Rourke and Elizabeth seems doomed. While I wished for more "together" time for these two so I could see their relationship develop, their romance is still tender and sweet. "Love does right even when it hurts." With this overarching theme, the difficulty of extending grace when we've been wronged is shone, and the beauty of grace, given and received, shines brightly in Love's Rescue.  I don't know if Christine will revisit these characters in the next book, but I was particularly drawn to a few of the secondary characters, such as John & Anabelle, and Elizabeth's crippled brother, Charlie. Really wished for more character depth with these three. Christine did a great job with Key West as a historical setting, an area she is obviously passionate about, and Love's Rescue is a story that fans of historical fiction should enjoy.  Thank you to Revell for providing a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.