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Wednesday, February 22, 2023
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Book: A Heart’s Rescue
Author: Lena Nelson Dooley
Genre: Christian Historical Romance
Release date: October 4, 2022
He’s been tasked to protect her, but his heart has become far too involved.
Angelina de la Fuente Delgado, the daughter of a wealthy merchant, is on her way home from a trip to Spain when her ship is attacked by pirates. The brigands capture her and her aunt and steal all the merchandise on the ship. After forcing most of the crew to walk the plank, they sink the vessel into the Atlantic.
Brian O’Doule was sent by Angelina’s father to protect her, but keeping her safe among the dangers of the sea is as hard as concealing his love that’s been growing for years. When they’re kidnapped by pirates, he does everything in his power to protect the women and to find a way for them all to escape. Will Angelina ever see her home and her beloved father again? Or will she be forced to marry the fierce pirate captain?
Lena Nelson Dooley has been an author for 36 years. Her 51st book released in June 2020. Raised in Arkansas, she married a Texan 56 years ago. They have lived in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex for decades. She is an active member of ACFW and one of the founding members the DFW local chapter. She’s often been a speaker for other writers’ groups and conferences, both as a keynote speaker and a workshop teacher. Her fans love reading her books filled with characters who grip your heart.
More from Lena
I’ve been a lover of history for decades. In college and graduate school, all my elective courses were history. Of course, I chose the countries and eras I wanted to learn about. When I began writing novels, my first one was a contemporary story. After that at least 75% or more of my novels have been historical, all the way from 1805 through the early 21stcentury.
Several decades ago, I read about a tavern in New Orleans that had been there since the late 1700s. I found that fascinating, so I researched it and found the history of the place interesting. It was Pirate’s Prize. I don’t know if it is still there after all the recent hurricanes.
When I was writing A Heart’s Forever Home, book 3 in my Love’s Road Home series, I wrote some of the heroine’s family history from the characters in A Heart’s Rescue. If you read book 3, you’ll be glad to learn even more about those characters who were ancestors of some of the characters in book 3.
I adored this book that was about pirates on the sea and land. I’m pretty sure I wouldn’t be able to be on a ship that rocked back and forth. The author helps readers visualize the scene where pirates come aboard and overtake Angelina’s fathers ship. It must have been terrifying for her and her aunt. Watching her father’s ship sink was heartbreaking and now she finds herself being held captive by the ruthless pirates.
Brian was sent to accompany Angelina and her aunt to keep them safe on their voyage. It doesn’t quite work out for him when the ship is overtaken. Now he has to be extra careful to be sure no harm comes to those he was asked to watch over. He assures Angelina that they will escape but once they reach land they are whisked away to a plantation house. There he funds that he must do everything to get them away from this place. It doesn’t feel safe as the pirates bring in the loot they stole from Angelina’s father’s ship.
I loved the adventure and how Brian with the help of God plan a way to rescue the women. When he reaches Angelina’s father he asks for forgiveness. He blames himself for what happened at sea and confesses to her father. What a great example of how someone who could have been angry showed grace and told Brian that he is forgiven. Now they must get a plan together to rescue the women before their captive does something to harm them.
The story takes on quite an adventure as Brian teams up with Angelina’s father to help in the rescue. The plot was clever and I liked how faith was very evident throughout the book. The ending is sweet and I loved the romance in the story. It was clean and never was the main focus of the story. The author illustrates courage, faith and trust in God. One character becomes closer to God and finds peace that helps them during their time of need.
I received a copy of this book from Celebrate Lit. The review is my own opinion.