Book Review for: "Redemption for the Devil"

Book Review for: Redemption for the Devil
Written by: Jillian Chantel
Desert Breeze Publishing
ISBN: 978-1-61252-062-9
Avail as eBook only
5 Stars

Chantel fashions a story full of adventure, heartbreak, hope, and love with "Redemption for the Devil." Set in the early 1920's, Peg Kincade's whole life is turned upside down when her father is presumed dead. Wanting to forge a new life for herself, Peg sets out for America, but will an Irish devil, Liam Cormac, ruin any chance she has starting a new life?

The story opens with Liam, a soldier in the Irish Republican Army. He's given a task to blow up a cruise ship, The Mauretania. Liam agreements and takes along an accomplice, Devlin. Liam's heart has been hardened due to losing friends in the war.

Peg Kincade is told her father is presumed dead after he took an adventure to the Arctic. Peg's insufferable cousin, Archibald, comes to run her father's business. Miserable, Peg resolves to make her way to America so she can start fresh. She finds herself on the Mauretania where she first works as a cabin maid.

Pegs meets Liam and discovers he's a hard man, yet, despite how he goes to her rescue time and again. When Peg is hired as a lounge singer in first class, she grows closer to Liam.

Liam can not deny the attraction he feels for Peg. Devlin pushes him to complete the mission – blow up the ship – but Liam waivers. Peg has chipped holes into his hardened heart, which is now warming. Liam begins to believe he can find true happiness with Peg. Unfortunately, the road to redemption and love is negotiation with danger and Liam will have to work to earn Peg's respect and trust before she gives him her heart.

Chantel's novel shines against the vintage backdrop of the 1920's. The story's setting starting at Cork, Ireland then journeying to the Mauretania, and finally ending in Chicago sets a rich authentic tone for the novel. Adding to the authenticity is the believability of the character's dialect, which Chantel does well. She pulls off a difficult challenge and makes it shine as an organic element of the story. For me, this authenticity was the most enjoyable aspect of the novel. I felt like I was right there in Peg's cabin on the boat.

Peg and Liam tug on the reader's heartstrings as they embark on an adventure filled with excitement and love. Liam is strong and decent, but going down a road that offers no hope until he meets Peg, and love pricks his soul. Peg's belief in him gives him the will to change his destiny. Peg has a strong moral backbone, but needs to learn that people and situations are not always black and white and there is a gray middle ground most fall into. Liam dares her to explore this concept.

The novel is revised for romance readers with love scenes that are sensual and tasteful. "Redemption for the Devil" will allow the reader to experience a gambit of emotions, and will resonate with them long after the last page.

Reviewed by: S. Burkhart

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