Hey there bookworms!
Today’s post is a book review for a book I received as part of a blog tour with Silver Dagger Book Tours!
Title: Once a Rebel
Author: Mary Jo Putney
Series: Rogues Redeemed book 2
Published: May 2017
Genre: Historical Romance
Goodreads’ Rating: 3.74 / 5 stars
My Rating: ♥♥♥ / ♥♥♥♥♥
Synopsis: As Washington burns, Callista Brooke is trapped in the battle between her native England and her adopted homeland. She is on the verge of losing everything, including her life, when a handsome Englishman cuts through the violent crowd to claim that she is his. Callie falls into her protector’s arms, recognizing that he is no stranger, but the boy she’d once loved, a lifetime ago.
Lord George Gordon Audley had been Callie’s best friend, and it was to Gordon she turned in desperation to avoid a loathsome arranged marriage. But the repercussions of his gallant attempt to rescue her sent Callie packing to Jamaica, and Gordon on a one way trip to the penal colony of Australia.
Against all odds, Gordon survived. Finding Callie is like reclaiming his tarnished soul, and once again he vows to do whatever is necessary to protect her and those she loves. But the innocent friendship they shared as children has become a dangerous passion that may save or destroy them when they challenge the aristocratic society that exiled them both
*I received an electronic copy of this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not alter or influence my opinion in any way*
I was drawn to this book for a number of reasons, firstly, its genre. I am a lover of anything historical fiction, especially if there is a hint of romance intertwined within the story.
We follow two young friends who are neighbours and children belonging to affluent English families. However, neither of them are close to being the family’s favourite. They become so close, that when Catherine’s Father decides to marry her off to a widower who is as old as he, there is no question about the two friends eloping to avoid the unwanted marriage. This plan does not succeed however, and they are caught. In order to save her friend, Catherine promises to marry the widower and be a good wife.
Years later, during the war between England and America, George is hired to sail to America and rescue a young English widow and bring her back to her estranged family. The widow turns out to be his childhood friend, Catherine. Weeks pass and they survive the war hiding out in Baltimore with her step-children and their grandparents. When the war is over they return to England.
This book was full of romance, and that was one part that I really enjoyed. The beginning of the story when they were children was sweet, with him asking for her hand in marriage in order to save her from her fate. Once they were older and found each other again, the courtship of the two was quite predictable, but still beautiful.
Unfortunately this book didn’t grab me completely. Although there were parts that I did enjoy, I felt that there were a number of chapters that did not really need to be there, they only succeeded in dragging the story on somewhat. Right in the end chapters there was a twist that made the ending more interesting, and I was glad for it as I really badly wanted something exciting to happen!
Technically this book is the second in the series called Rogues Redeemed, however, I read it as a standalone and there were no issues with the story.
Thank you to Mary Jo Putney and Silver Dagger Book Tours for allowing me to read and review this book for you.
Mary Jo Putney was born in Upstate New York with a reading addiction, a condition for which there is no known cure. After earning degrees in English Literature and Industrial Design at Syracuse University, she did various forms of design work in California and England before inertia took over in Baltimore, Maryland, where she has lived very comfortably ever since (Goodreads).