Book Review and Giveaway for Charter to Redemption

photoTitle: Charter to Redemption
Author: D.J. Blackmore
Genre: Historical Romance
Age Group: Adult
Rating: 4 stars
Purchase: Amazon
Review copy provided by Enchanted Book Promotions in exchange for an honest review.

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.

In Charter to Redemption, young Emma Colchester must save her family’s financial wellfare by entering an arranged marriage with a man she’s never met. She must travel to Australia on board of a ship, to marry this man, leaving behind everything she’s ever known.

When the ship is put in peril, and a young man named Tobias Freeman rescues her, Emma is plunged into an adventure that will shake her world to its core. Tobias comes with a few issues of his own, but he represents something Emma has only ever dreamed of – a person she could really fall for, even though he’s ever she shouldn’t fall for. As she grows closer to Tobias, suffers through betrayal, and figures out nothing is as it seems, Emma must learn to make her own decision, and find the courage to follow her heart.

What I liked the most about this book, is the history. There’s so much history it nearly drips off the pages. I’ve read plenty of historical romances that only included limited history – besides the dresses and corsets, the book could’ve taken place last week. But nothing of the sort happens in Charter to Redemption: the history is rich, and detailed, vivid even.

The romance and writing worked brilliantly too. It’s not my first time reading about the “arranged marriage and falling for someone else” trope, but it’s definitely one of the best books I’ve read based on that premise. Emma is an engaging, entertaining character, and very brave, especially considering the era she lives in.


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