Title: Love’s Rescue
Author: Tammy Barley
Publisher: Whitaker House
Genre: Historical Inspirational Romance
1863- Jessica Hale’s family flees their Kentucky home and heads for the Nevada territories. When Unionists believe the family to be Conferate sympathizers, a horrible fire is set and kills everyone except for Jessica. A cattleman ‘kidnaps’ Jessica and whisks her away to his ranch. Even though she tries her best to escape, he catches her every time, and mysteries are slowly revealed.
Before you people think I’ve gone completely insane because I’m suddenly reading all these romance novels, you should know I do enjoy them, totally on an in-the-closet way. Especially well written, original historical inspirational romances. You will still never catch me reading Amish romance, though. Just not my cup of tea…
Love’s Rescue fits the bill for what I like to read. I will openly admit I’m not a fan of the title (but who am I to talk? I once named a Genesis contest entry ‘Love’s Return!), but I loved the story. The conflict is definitely grittier than most, with nearly an entire family’s death by fire early in the story, and some pretty deep dealing with emotional trauma throughout. A lot of authors will gloss over deep feelings of loss and pain so they can pimp the happy-fuzzy-wuzzy-all-obscuring “MESSAGE”, but Ms. Barley did a good job of keeping it real. I can honestly say the only thing I didn’t care much about was the few times when Jessica would emotionally curl up in a ball and decide God didn’t care about her. It was slightly cliched and it felt a bit forced.
The romance was great. It didn’t happen quickly, and it felt realistic. Although the name ‘Jake’ is about as rare in romantic fiction as the word ‘love’, I don’t hold it against him, and I liked him. Jessica had a couple of those TSTL moments, but what chick who is searching for her parents’ murderer/s while trying not to fall in love with a yummy rugged rancher who offers her everything she wants, doesn’t have those lapses in judgement?
Yes, that last line could have been phrased so much better.
I definitely recommend this book to anybody looking for a great historical inspirational romance novel! I enjoyed it, and will be on the lookout for anything else by Tammy Barley.