Christine Johnson has penned her second Keys of Promise novel, Honor Redeemed. This series takes place in Key West in the mid-1800s prior to the Civil War. The characters from the first book receive some page time in this story, but they are not front and center for much of the novel. As a result, Honor Redeemed can be read as a standalone. There was some disappointment though, when other characters from the first story did not have a role. The general plot is predictable, but it feels as though the story goes exactly where the reader would like to see it head.
Prosperity Jones is a pleasant person who has experienced many tragedies in her life. Readers will easily identify with her feelings and appreciate her sense of honor and propriety. Prosperity is a character that has the reader rooting for her success and her happy ending.
The flip side to this is David. In many ways, he garners sympathy, but also frustration. It seems he deserves some of what happens to him and then his experiences lead him to become a person readers care about as well. He also is a man with a deep sense of honor and responsibility. One aspect of the story that seems unbelievable is how he never tells Prosperity exactly why he ended up married to Aileen. It feels unlikely that there would be any reconciliation without at least some explanation being shared.
It will be interesting to see where the next book in the series heads and which characters are included in the plot. Christine Johnson has created a story which addresses many of the cultural belief systems of the time. Readers will find there is much to ponder even after the last page is turned. Enjoy this book and try not to feel too oppressed by the sticky heat of Key West.
Review of an Advance Reader’s Copy
This book was sent to Compass Book Ratings for review by Revell
Violence/Gore: Sheets are bloody from childbirth; a character grabs another, but is forced to let her go.
Sex/Nudity: Several mentions of the words prostitute, whore and strumpet; indication that a prostitute was practicing her trade, no description; implication that a man and a woman have been together, because the woman is pregnant; a married woman brings home a man to whom she is not married, the only contact is touching arms; report that a man had been with a woman in a sinful way, no details.
Mature Subject Matter:
Death of parents and spouse, racial discrimination, deceit, infectious diseases.
Alcohol / Drug Use:
Pregnant woman laces beverages with alcohol and often reported to have liquor on her breath; report of several characters being inebriated; characters visit a grogshop where alcohol is being served.