Saturday, September 20, 2014
Book Review: Charter to Redemption- D.J. Blackmore
Publisher/Year: Even Before/2014
Genre: Historical Romance
Format: ePub from publisher in exchange for an honest review
The Juicy Stuff:
At the close of 1821, the penal colony of Newcastle looks to be every bit as black as it's painted. Emma Colchester charters a ride to Australia with a promise of marriage to a man she has never met. But appearances aren't always as they seem. And with a commitment unavoidable Emma learns that shackles are not always forged from iron. Tobias Freeman longs for redemption and hope. After a rough journey to New South Wales, Tobias learns the rations, the regulations, and the reprisal. But neither Emma nor Tobias expect the repercussions.
How It Made Me Feel:
This book was definitely my cup of tea. From the very beginning with the harsh and somewhat rude encounter with the felon, to the very end, I was entranced. I have found that I am drawn to historical romance books that have the premise of the main character being promised as the bride to a man she's never met. Generally, those stories never work out right in the beginning and she finds, and falls in love with, someone completely different. I love having the chance to read through their story, and this book was no different. It really stood out for me as I had never read a story set in Australia and I wasn't disappointed. I loved the characters, I loved the quirks the author gave the prisoners, and I love how much time and effort was clearly put in, and noticed, to create this wonderful book.
What I Thought Worked:
I was greatly amused with the amount of character and personality the author gave to the prisoners. I couldn't help myself but really enjoy Kevin's character. His conversations made me laugh and want to someday meet someone who speaks Cockney. I also enjoyed how much history was written into the book. I know it was a historical fiction book, but sometimes, I have found authors that are more interested in the love story, than the history the book is set in.
What I Thought Didn't Work:
I don't have anything of importance that I would have changed about the book. I loved it, cover to cover.
Why It Got That Rating:
This was a book I was easily sucked into. I loved Emma's character and I also loved how she stood for what she believed, despite what might have been considered improper. I also loved how much I learned about Australia's history, especially when it came to Newcastle. This is a book I will have to buy a physical copy of to place on my bookshelf.
Who Would I Recommend To:
I would recommend to anyone who loves a great historical fiction book. It had everything included for a great novel. History, romance, adventure, and even humor.