4 out of 5 starsThere were no surprises in HONORED REDEEMED, but I still enjoyed the journey.
Prosperity Jones’s journey is one of heartache and heartbreak. She has lost her father to the sea, her fiancé to a military post across the ocean, and her mother to consumption. With nothing left for her in Nantucket, Prosperity decides to make the arduous journey to Key West to be with her beloved David. With nothing but a few coins, a single bag, and the memories of their great love, Prosperity imagines the surprise she will see on David’s face when she arrives unexpectedly. Unfortunately, it is Prosperity who is surprised. Not only has David wed someone else, but his new wife is great with child. Thinking it a cruel joke, Prosperity can’t fathom how David—a man of great honor, discipline, and self-control—could’ve veered so far from the morals he wore like armor. When reality sets in, and with nowhere to go, Prosperity realizes she must now make a life for herself in Key West.
Taking a job at a local hospital, Prosperity attracts the interest of Doctor Goodenow. Though he is several years her senior, she is thankful for his friendship and the help he offers to get her established in the town she can’t afford to leave. After a while, Dr. Goodenow makes his intentions clear to Prosperity, and though he is kindhearted and an upstanding citizen in the small community, her heart belongs to David.
While Prosperity continues to pine for David, David struggles with his new reality and the unfitting behavior that has put him in his current predicament. He loves Prosperity with all his heart, but knows he needs to be a man of honor and principle to his new wife, and his child that she carries.
I liked HONORED REDEEMED. Though it was predictable, it still kept my interest. Prosperity was a pull-up-your-bootstraps kind of woman who only got stronger as the book went on. David was a tortured soul—who instead of believing his gut—put his pride on the shelf to show himself a man of honor. The only negative I have regarding HONOR REDEEMED was the character development of Aileen. I feel Ms. Johnson took the easy way out by not making her a little more likable. It was easy, as a reader, to discard Aileen because of her behavior. To have had more of an impact/struggle I believe Aileen’s back story should have been included so that the reader would’ve at least understood more about Aileen and the predicament she found herself in.
Overall, an enjoyable book I would recommend.
Book provided for review purposes.