Hello everyone! Today I have the huge pleasure to be sharing my review of this amazing debut book; The Marriage Rescue by Joanna Johnson. This is an amazing book, and I can’t wait to tell you all about it.
Rescued by her enemy
Will she meet him at the altar?
Romani Selina Agres has despised the gentry ever since her mother was murdered by a cruel aristocrat. But she’s not sure what to think when Edward Fulbrooke, that very man’s nephew, rescues her from an angry horde. Edward may be different from other nobles but Selina’s distrust runs deep. So she’s shocked when he proposes marriage to protect her and her people! Can she accept?
Wow! Just wow, I am completely blown away by this beautiful book. If I didn’t know that this was Joanne Johnson’s debut, I would never have believed it. The quality of Ms Johnson’s writing is beyond good, she had me gripped from that very first page, I couldn’t turn the pages fast enough. I was gripped by the original and imaginative plot, this is a fantastic addition to ever-increasing Mills and Boon Historical Romances.
My goodness, what an opening! From that very first fast action and thrilling page, I was hooked. I could feel Selina’s fear as she rode to evade the mob out for her blood, the tension was palpable, my heart was in my throat as I read. That is great skill to have the reader go through so many emotional and feel completely connected with the character from the very first page. Ms Johnson certainly knows how to grab a person’s attention, this is a stonking great start to what I know is going to be a long and brilliantly successful career.
This is predominately an ‘Enemies to Lovers’ trope, which is my whole time favourite in all the romance tropes. Romani Selina has grown to detest all gentry, which once you find out her history and the story behind her hate you can really understand her. So when she finds herself in the unforeseen position that in order to protect her people, her family she must marry one of the very people she hates.
Edward and Selina are an incredible couple, they appear as different as they can get at first, but you soon realise – as do they – that they have far more in common then originally expected. There is an instant connection between Edward and Selina, the air crackles around them as they navigate their way through this whole new and unexpected life.
I love how Selina and Edward first meet as children, before each of their families can instil the prejudice and hatred for each other. They are just children who find a moment of happiness and kindness from the other. I love how Ms Johnson has written it as both Edward and Selina remember that moment all those years ago when they first met.
Romani Selina is accused of trying to steal away with Edward Fullbrooke’s little sister. Selina is running for her life from the angry mob who are fuelled with anger, ignorance and hate. She is completely innocent but knows better than to try to explain what really happened, she knows what the gentry could do to her so she ploughs on trying to evade capture. With the help from an unexpected place, Selina manages to escape and she is safe. But, for how much longer will she and her people be safe once the village people those from the estate know where they are?
Edward must marry if he is to keep his estate and lands from the clutches of his ‘evil’ uncle – once you read the book, you will know what I mean. Edward doesn’t want marriage, especially to any off those ninny-headed gold diggers that always seem to appear whenever there is a wealthy man, which is when he realises that the answer to his problems is right there under his nose. He pitches a proposition to Selina; he will personally protect her and her fellow Roma, they can stay on his land without fear if she will marry him. He proposes a marriage in name only for a short period of time and after she is free to go or stay and do as she pleases.
It’s a win, win situation!
The writing is flawless, you can really see how much research the author has put into this everything from the Roma campsite, clothes, customs and every scene is vivid in detail and rich in history. Ms Johnson has put so much of herself into this, you can feel her passion for story and the character’s coming right off the page with every word.
Over all this is gorgeous story! Utterly romantic, atmospheric, sensual, full of passion and charm. Amazing clear and realistic character’s, great edge of your seat plot. I absolutely loved it and I cannot wait to see what will come next from this new author.
This was an Arc from the author in exchange for an honest review, thank you Joanna!
The Marriage Rescue is to be released on 2nd May and can be pre-ordered from Amazon.