Freedom’s Price by Christine Johnson
Published by Revell June 06, 2017
Genre: Historical, Christian
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
When Englishwoman Catherine Haynes loses both her parents and her home in 1856, she decides to cross the Atlantic to find her American mother’s family in Louisiana. She enlists the help of Tom Worthington, a dashing Key West man who makes his living salvaging wrecked ships, but whose real goal in life is to bring to justice the man who stole his father’s ship and caused his untimely death.
When Catherine finally arrives at her family’s plantation, she finds it in disarray and her family absent landowners. Torn between returning to Key West with Tom or beginning the hard work of restoring the plantation, Catherine soon finds herself snared in a plot to steal her inheritance. When an incredible secret comes to light, both she and Tom will face a choice. Can they relinquish the dreams that have been holding them captive in order to step forward in faith–even if it costs them everything?
Christine Johnson’s latest historical novel brings the 1850s Florida/Lousiana area to life with dashing sea captains, stolen inheritance, and an unsolved suicide.
This book was interesting for me to read as I had a bit of a love/hate relationship with it. It would go along with good pacing and witty dialogue then there would be passages that didn’t seem help the story along. The best parts of the book were towards the end when all the intrigue was sorted out but I also liked the beginning as it gave good insight into the main characters of Catherine and Tom. Catherine Haynes is attempting to travel to her deceased mother’s relatives in Louisiana after the death of her father. Her uncle has told her that the land her father owned is being possessed by the bank to pay massive loans taken out by her father right before he died. Homeless and knowing her mother was well loved by her family in the States, Catherine sets out to claim her portion of the inheritance her grandfather willed to her mother. Her journey couldn’t be any more difficult than any she could have imagined and she will have to decide if she will trust salvage captain Tom Worthington to help her complete her journey and make her rightful claim. Catherine has spent much of her life being rather timid and unassuming but if she intends to take possession of what is rightfully hers she must be prepared to fight. Tom Worthington has spent years hunting the man who destroyed his father’s name and company, driving his father to suicide. Working as a salvage boat Captain off the coast of Key West, Tom is searching the gulf areas for the man knows as Mornez who robbed him of his family. Upon discovering that Catherine will be booking passage alone from Key West to Luisiana, Tom offers to go with her to ensure her safety. As they travel, they will each meet with much frustration in their quests. Catherine arrives at the Louisiana Plantation to find that her cousin is an absentee landowner who has left the Plantation in the hands of a frightening overseer called DeMorney. DeMorney is a sinister man who has many secrets and is not afraid to use violence to keep all on the Plantation under his thumb. Catherine will have to use every ounce of courage she possesses to discover all the secrets before its too late for everyone. Tom is positive that DeMorney is really Mornez, but he has no way to prove it. He will have find others who can vouch for his story or catch DeMorney in his illegal activities if he wants to save Catherine and find justice for his family. The question is whether he will embrace justice or vengence? I really enjoyed the mystery that Ms. Johnson added to her story – it really gave the story a good platform and allowed for a deeper relationship between Catherine and Tom to develop. Having so many threads begun throughout the beginning of the story was a little confusing but Ms. Johnson was careful to bring everything to a close and tie the ends up nicely. I could tell that this book was supposed to be part of a series but it wasn’t so much tied to the previous books as to make it hard to read or understand the characters. I was pleased to see the way in which Ms. Johnson wove the characters faith journeys in with the plot, making it very natural and necessary to the strength that each one was able to hold to during a difficult situation. Her descriptive but not overly detailed passages of the scenery and locations throughout the book were very good as well. As I have been to several of the places she described it was interesting to hear what they were like 160 years ago. As I said before, I did find that some passages of the book seemed a bit unnecessary to the plot but I believe they were included to tie up other loose ends that were not completed in the previous stories. Overall I would say that this was a really good story to read and I will be passing it on to others to enjoy. I will certainly be looking for more of Ms. Johnson’s work in the future.
I received this E-book free of charge from Revell Publishing via NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review. I will receive no fiscal compensation from either company for this review.