‘… our worlds are too separate, and always will be.’
Rescued by her enemy
Will she meet him at the altar?
Romani Selina Agres has despised the gentry ever since her mother was murdered by a cruel aristocrat. But she’s not sure what to think when Edward Fulbrooke, that very man’s nephew, rescues her from an angry horde. Edward may be different from other nobles, but Selina’s distrust runs deep. So she’s shocked when he proposes marriage to protect her and her people! Can she accept?
The Marriage Rescue is the story of a marriage of convenience between two people from two very different worlds and cultures. Selina Agres is a Romani, while Edward Fulbrooke is a member of the gentry, a Squire, and this is just one of the major factors in the way they try to deny, ignore, and retreat from their obvious attraction to each other.
Selina is a lovely heroine. Her internal conflict is made up of many layers, some of which have come from experiencing hatred, prejudice, fear, and a belief she is ‘less than’. And these are wonderfully intensified by the external conflict. However, Selina is no wimp. She is loyal, as evidenced by her devotion to her people; her courage is clearly demonstrated throughout, as she struggles to adjust to situations; yet her passionate, and free nature are always visible just underneath the surface.
In contrast to Selina’s fire, Edward is ice; his manner is very reticent and correct, to the point where he seems almost frozen at times. His own internal conflict causes him to struggle with previous negative experiences, the confines of his upbringing, and societal expectations. Again, these are wonderfully intensified by the external conflict. However, Edward too is no wimp. He has an ability to command respect; his actions reveal a caring and compassionate nature, even if he is unaware of it; and it is obvious there still remains a spark of fire in his heart.
The Marriage Rescue is Joanna Johnson’s debut novel for Mills & Boon, and Harlequin, but it can take a place of pride alongside the ones from authors who have been writing for far longer. Joanna has a real ability to draw the reader in, and emotionally invest in the characters, and their story. Yet this happens gradually, almost without the reader being aware of it, and the surge of emotion that brought a lump to my throat at the end, took me quite by surprise.
Would I recommend this book? Absolutely! I loved it, and Joanna Johnson is now on my auto-buy list.
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Disclaimer: I requested and received a free digital copy of this book from the author, in return for an honest review.