Review: Love’s Revenge by Terri Rochenski

Love’s Revenge by Terri Rochenski
Series: Means of Mercy (# 2)
Release DateJanuary 26, 2015
Publisher: Roane Publishing
Pages:  259
Source: book provided by publisher for review

 

 

Embittered by betrayal, Anne MacKay flees London for America, where she learns she’s pregnant with her abusive husband’s longed-for heir. In a society that doesn’t protect, or afford a well-to-do wife’s desire for divorce, Anne decides there is one way to exact revenge: deny the father any knowledge of his child.

Sought after by her husband’s henchmen, Anne travels by rail and horseback, far from civilization where silk and stays are worn, let alone thought of. Lies and deceit protect her identity for a time, allowing her to birth—and grow to love—the child who was supposed to be her vengeance.

With the help of her loyal and protective business partner, Jude Connagher, and the ranch hands in their Montana Territory valley, Anne attempts to rebuild her life under the shadow of her husband’s wrath.

One unwise decision lands Anne in her pursuers’ clutches, tearing her from the ranch, her child, and her growing love for the one man who could redeem her from bitterness. She’s left with no choice but to finally face her husband, knowing her freedom and life hang in the balance.

 

Review:   The book started off slow and I didn’t know if it was because I hadn’t read book one or if there was another reason.  As I got into the story and learned Anne’s background and why she was running away to the untamed West  it began to hold my interest more and I realized it was because initially I felt like I was dropped into the book and should have known the history that came before.

I enjoyed that Love’s Revenge is an historical romance that spanned from the east coast to the western part of the United States in the days before the west was settled but there was a sense of sadness, darkness and fear throughout.  Anne carried a lot of secrets, hurts, anger and venom that colored her every day actions.  She was strong willed and knew what she wanted and it was interesting to watch her decide and calculate her moves and what she should be doing to get her where she wanted which was far, far away from her abusive husband Gavin who was still in England.  Watching her embrace her new life and never back down was a testament to her strong character and her stronger will.

Enter Jude Connagher, her partner in a ranch she financed but had never met before, and their chemistry was immediate although she fought it tooth and nail.  Watching them get to know each other and how easily she managed to fit into her new world and surroundings was heartwarming.  The dynamics and interactions between the characters, especially the ranch hands and her was fun to watch.  The descriptions of the lands made me feel that I was there. There were family, friends, many secrets, lies, heartache, loneliness, tears, fear, happiness, hard work, animals, Indians, unsavory characters, laughter and ultimately love.  There were a few twists and turns to the story but the ending gave wonderful closure in a totally unexpected way.   I need to go back and read book one Love’s Sorrow and I hope there will be more books in the series.

Rochenski is a new to me author and I look forward to reading other romances she’s written including more in this series.

Favorite Quote: …Near the northern mountain’s base, I caught sight of two wooden structures and a handful of men.  A fence expanded outward from the larger building’s backside, its logs still yellowish, touched bu wind and rain.  An older, crude log cabin sat beyond, probably the bunkhouse Connagher had told me about.

 

joanne