Title: Love’s Revenge (Means of Mercy #2)
Author: Terri Rochenski
Publisher: Roane Publishing
Release Date: January 26, 2015
Keywords: Sweet, Historical Romance, Series
Embittered by betrayal, Anne MacKay flees London for America, where she learns she’s pregnant with her abusive husband’s longed-for heir. In a society that doesn’t protect, or afford a well-to-do wife’s desire for divorce, Anne decides there is one way to exact revenge: deny the father any knowledge of his child.
Sought after by her husband’s henchmen, Anne travels by rail and horseback, far from civilization where silk and stays are worn, let alone thought of. Lies and deceit protect her identity for a time, allowing her to birth—and grow to love—the child who was supposed to be her vengeance.
With the help of her loyal and protective business partner, Jude Connagher, and the ranch hands in their Montana Territory valley, Anne attempts to rebuild her life under the shadow of her husband’s wrath.
One unwise decision lands Anne in her pursuers’ clutches, tearing her from the ranch, her child, and her growing love for the one man who could redeem her from bitterness. She’s left with no choice but to finally face her husband, knowing her freedom and life hang in the balance.
Good Jesus. I read this book so long ago and then when Terri contacted me to tell that the ending had been changed, I cried. Oh no, please no. The ending was perfect. She told me that her editor thought that the ending needed a push. Man, I’m glad that Terri listened to her and I re-read the book.
In some ways, I still felt something for Gavin. I know, I shouldn’t given the abuse that he gave Anne but in the end, I found compassion for him. Weird, huh? I think Anne did too in her own way. Its hard to forgive a man that abuses you, uses you and then discards you because you can’t produce the heir. But we know that’s not true. Anne would do anything to keep Wy safe from Gavin and she had her reasons. Finding love with Jude was never the plan.
I would say that you need to read the first book to understand the depth of the relationship that Anne endured with Gavin. In this book, you get the understanding of it. But to truly understand Anne and her motivations, please do. You might also find some compassion for Gavin…or not. I was surprised that I did but if only to make his lawyer that much more pissy at Anne in the end.
I know this review doesn’t make much sense and I’m sorry. I’m still trying to process it all in my mind and heart. Beautifully written and detailed, too. The plot flows nicely and the characters are some of the best I’ve read so far this year. You really understand how much Anne has grown up and is NOT the English Rose that we came to know in the first one. She did what she did for good reason and she’s not sorry for it.
All I can say its one of the BEST western historicals that I have read in quite a long time. Yes, western historical. I was sad to see the story end but I know that Terri isn’t finished with Anne, Wy and Gavin. Unfortunately, I have to wait another year for it. *head desk*
Terri started writing stories in the 8th grade, when a little gnome whispered in her brain. Gundi’s Great Adventure never hit the best seller list, but it started a long love affair with storytelling.
Today she enjoys an escape to Middle Earth during the rare ‘me’ moments her three young children allow. When not playing toys, picking them back up, or kissing boo-boos, she can be found sprawled on the couch with a book or pencil in hand, and toothpicks propping her eyelids open.
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