Author: D.J. Blackmore
Genre: Historical Romance
Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars
At the close of 1821, the penal colony of Newcastle looks to be every bit as black as it’s painted. Emma Colchester charters a ride to Australia with a promise of marriage to a man she has never met. But appearances aren’t always as they seem. And with a commitment unavoidable Emma learns that shackles are not always forged from iron.
Tobias Freeman longs for redemption and hope. After a rough journey to New South Wales, Tobias learns the rations, the regulations, and the reprisal.
But neither Emma nor Tobias expect the repercussions.
You may remember that I hosted a snippet from “Charter to Redemption” a while back. Well, now I got around to reviewing the book, and it certainly didn’t dissapoint – which I already suspected based on how good the snippet sounded.
“Charter to Redemption” talks about the journey of Emma Colchester, who has chartered a ride to Australia, where she’ll have to marry a man she’s never met, Gideon Quinn. When somethign happens aboard the ship, she decides to rely on Tobias Freeman, a young convict, a victim of circumstance.
Once they arrive in New South Wales, and Emma discovers her betrothed isn’t who he seemed at first, she must make some harsh and difficult decisions. Does she stay true to her word, or does she turn her back on her promise and chose the man she’s falling for instead of her supposed-soon-to-be-husband?
My favorite part of the book was the detailed account of life in the 1800s, from life on board of a ship, to how the military worked, to just regular daily things. The author has obviously done her research, and it worked to help make this book more authentic. Emma is a strong character, and her personality grows and develops throughout the book. I disliked Gideon, but since that’s probably what the author set out to do, another job well done. Tobias is an intriguing character too, and he provides a bit of an enigma, and his personality matches well with Emma’s. They brought out the best in each other.
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