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Honor Redeemed: First Responders Book #2 [Kindle Edition]

Loree Lough
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (70 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Highly skilled Search and Rescue (SAR) team leader, Honor Mackenzie, works almost as hard at guarding the dark secrets of her past as she does when training SAR dogs. As for widowed Sun reporter Matt Phillips, not even his former SAR work is as important as protecting his ten-year-old twin boys.  

When a jumbo jet crashes outside Baltimore one cold night, their respective jobs put them face-to-face at the grisly scene--and force Matt and Honor to reconsider the difficult decisions that resulted in their long-standing "single forever" status.

As Matt tries to come to terms with his feelings for Honor, he gets word that she hasn’t reported in since starting the search for a missing child. Reverting to his SAR training, Matt leads the search team as a vicious winter storm bears down on the area. Will he find her in time? And if he does, will they find their way back to each other or go back to living life alone?

"Honor Redeemed takes readers into the challenging--and often heartbreaking--world of emergency responders who enter disaster and find their lives and choices irrevocably changed by it. A timely novel about the power of love in all its aspects."

--Susannah Charleson, author of Scent of the Missing: Love and Partnership with a Search and Rescue Dog

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About the Author

Bestselling author LOREE LOUGH once sang for her supper, performing all across the U.S. and Canada. Now and then, she blows the dust from her 6-string to croon a tune or two, but mostly, she just writes (88 novels that earned hundreds of industry and "Readers' Choice" awards and 4- and 5-star reviews).

Loree enjoys sharing learned-the-hard-way lessons about the craft and the industry; her comedic approach makes her a favorite lecturer for writers' organizations, book clubs, private and government institutions, and college and high school writing programs in the U.S. and abroad.

A writer who believes in giving back, Loree dedicates a generous portion of her income to favorite charities. (Click the "Giving Back" tab at

Loree and her real-life hero split their time between a home in the Baltimore suburbs and a cabin in the Allegheny Mountains, where she loves showing off her "identify the critter tracks" skills.

Product Details

  • File Size: 496 KB
  • Print Length: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Abingdon Press (February 1, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006YWRPF6
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #422,318 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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36 of 39 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Well written but with an abrupt ending January 26, 2012
By Iola
Format:Kindle Edition
This is the second book in the First Responders series, following From Ashes to Honor: Book #1 in the First Responders series. If you liked the first book, I'm sure you will like this one, as it has the same excellent writing, and elements of the sub-plot carry on fron the first book. But if you are one of the readers (like me) who found that From Ashes to Honor ended too abruptly without sufficient resolution of the plot, then I imagine that you won't like this sequel either.

Honor Redeemed follows Honor Mackenzie, who trains search and rescue dogs, and Matt Phillips, a widower with two small children, employed as a newspaper reporter. The two meet and a relationship develops, but there are dark secrets in Honor's past which have not been dealt with that causes struggles for them both. Then (and this is a direct quote from the book blurb) "he's told Honor has disappeared during a rescue effort".

But this happens in the last quarter of the book. One of my pet hates is when the book blurb or title talks about something that doesn't happen until well into the book. How is it that a book review should not contain plot 'spoilers', but the advertising copy can? Again, this was a good story of a sweet relationship as it progressed, but parts of the story, especially towards the end, felt rushed, as though something was missing. We do find out Honor's dark secret at the end, and we don't get to see what will overcome it - at least not in this book.

Loree Lough is an excellent writer with engaging plots and likeable characters, and From Ashes to Honor was looking to be a solid four star plus read, until the end. It just finished.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars What a sacrifice these First Responders give! February 13, 2012
Loree Lough has written over 70 books...but Honor Redeemed is the first one I've read by her. And I really enjoyed it! Honor's job of being part of a Search and Rescue team, and her and Matt's relationship to other First Responders, really intrigued me. What a sacrifice these people give--just to ensure that people in need have help as fast as humanly possible. Wow!

Out of the two main characters--Honor and Matt--I liked Matt the best. His witty comments and dialog were just so humorous, I chuckled aloud a few times. And his heroic desire to protect--rightfully earning him the nickname "Defender"--made his character really come alive. And Lough did a great job with Matt's twins, too. Those boys were something else!

In the first chapter there are two uses of the word "Oh my ***". Later on, it is used two more times, along with "Oh good L***". This really took me by surprise, for a Christian book to take the Lord's name in vain, and I admit I was uneasy about what else the book would contain. However, there weren't any other other curse words to be found in the rest of the book...I just really wished they hadn't been there in the first place.

The back of the book felt like it was stretching this about the actual book...the book seemed a lot more slow-paced then what the synopsis eluded to. And the end of the book felt a bit sudden--like everything happened at once, and then there wasn't complete closure. But since this is a series, maybe things will wrap up in the next addition. And while I haven't read the first book in the First Responder series, I never felt lost or confused about characters or events--Honor Redeemed does very well as a stand-alone novel.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Hold off until the series is complete May 14, 2012
By Julie
It's always nice to find Christian fiction that I can recommend to non-Christian friends that doesn't come across sounding preachy. Ms Lough manages to do a good job of that in the first two books of her First Responders' series. Unfortunately, I am of the opinion in any series a reader should be able to read any given book individually, with a plot resolution where the main characters are concerned. Maybe I've read waaaaay too many HEA's, but that does not happen in this book, nor the first book of the series. I really wasn't interested any more in the characters of Austin and Mercy from the first book. As others have stated the ending of the book was way too abrupt. I am glad I caught this title when it was free because there is no way I'd pay the $9.99 it is listed at currently for the Kindle.

Maybe Ms Lough should just write the entire series, and release them in a single ensemble for the sake of continuity?
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Honor Redeemed February 7, 2012
Honor Mackenzie started working in search and rescue after her fiance, who was a firefighter was killed in the days after 9/11.She also worked as a firefighter, but nasty rumors spread and when a reporter got hold of the story her reputation was ruined causing her to quit the fire department.Now her day job is working in the billing dept for the local hospital, and she volunteers for SAR with her two Golden's Rowdy and Rerun. She also trains SAR dogs and their owners. When she meets Matt Phillips she decides to avoid him because he is a reporter, but as she starts to know him, and learn about his twin sons, she can't help but feel something for him. Matt feels drawn to Honor, but also feels guilt because his wife Faith has only been dead for a little over a year. His life revolves around his ten year old twins Warner and Steve, and while he wonders if there could be a relationship between him and Honor, he has also heard the rumors about her past. Will their friendship turn into something more, or will the past stand in their way?

This book pulled me in immediately. At the loss of her fiance Honor decided to become a First Responder, what a wonderful tribute to pay to someone. As I was drawn into her story,her character became very easy to like, but I couldn't help but wonder what it was that was haunting her from her past. I thought Matt made a great male lead character. Some of his friends called him the Defender because of some of the things he had done. As the story unfolded I couldn't help but become invested in the lives of the characters and wanted to know how things would work out for them, and even though the plot moved along at a pretty brisk pace, the ending felt incomplete.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars I live these awesome books!
once again did not want the book to end! so thankful story carries on in next book which I also will not want to end! I live these awesome books!
Published 1 month ago by Glenda Kremer
5.0 out of 5 stars Another one
I read the first book some time ago. This one was much like the first one... hard to put down. There is drama with a lot of action. Read more
Published 3 months ago by M. Baxter
5.0 out of 5 stars loved this one!
But I wanted them together. This broke my heart when I got to the end! Wonderful story of love. Read it!
Published 4 months ago by J. Carter
4.0 out of 5 stars Tough physically but emotionally shattered.
I didn't like the way it ended. No one really shared the gospel with her ( Honor).
Matt never followed her or called when she didn't . Read more
Published 4 months ago by Sylvia dill
3.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing
I thought this book was disappointing compared to the First Responders book #1. It took me longer to get through it and the ending left me very unhappy.
Published 6 months ago by T. Denniston
3.0 out of 5 stars Not as good as book one
The second book of the series is okay, but I would have liked more explanation about how Mercy and Austin resolved there differences. Read more
Published 6 months ago by I Am Retired
2.0 out of 5 stars Where's the happy ending?
I enjoyed the book up until the end. It was like the author ran out of words and just decided to end it without really resolving the issues. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Lilac
3.0 out of 5 stars Real Characters
Ahhhhh! The ending of the books in this series break my heart. I am going to need time to recover...

What upsets me about this book is that there was little plot. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Rebekah Gyger
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Series
Am disappointed in the quality of the book on Kindle. It is at times hard to read, due to spacing and spelling mistakes, run on sentences and skipped sentences/pages. Read more
Published 14 months ago by grate
5.0 out of 5 stars Review of Honor Redeemed
This was book 2 in a three book series. Well written. l I enjoyed very much. Read Ashes to Honor before reading this one.
Published 15 months ago by JoyBrem
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