- File Size: 2704 KB
- Print Length: 269 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publication Date: June 7, 2019
- Sold by: Amazon.com Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B07STKLN3C
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #30,517 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I read the whole book in two days, so the author did a wonderful job of keeping my interest and put forth a compelling story. The story takes place in a time when the misunderstood were locked away: anyone considered to be a danger to themselves or others or unable to function in “normal” society. Such is Anna’s story. Falsely accused of murder, as a child, Anna was sent to live at Lennhurst Asylum where like Joseph in the Bible, found purpose and acceptance among those who lived and worked there. Until her family married her off to an older, abusive man, who made her life a living nightmare. This is where the story begins.
Will is a wonderful big brother, doing his best to raise his mother’s children from three marriages, but he’s in over his head until he marries Anna. Of course, then he feels like he might be in way over his head! It was so sweet “watching” him woo his new bride, while doing what he could to be respectful of her feelings and past heartaches. I love marriage of convenience stories, and the romance in Love Protects unfolds very nicely and organically. I also loved how one of Anna’s greatest critics eventually becomes her greatest ally.
While Love Protects is engaging and compelling, it also needs a bit of a warning. If this book was a movie, it would have a rating of at least PG-13, maybe higher. As a marriage of convenience story there is a lot of discussion about the “relations” part of marriage. The book opens with a rape scene. There’s suggestive content like the husband being “jealous” of the nursing baby. Also, a teen girl is discovered to be pregnant by her stepfather.
I don’t recommend this book from anyone under the age of 16. I do recommend this book for mature readers who love marriage of convenience stories, historical romances, and stories where characters find healing from their wounds due to the ugliest things in life.
I received a copy of this book from the author. A positive review was not required. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
This is an emotional read. I felt so sorry for poor Anna and all the harsh things she had to endure and overcome, yet despite everything she still inspired and cared for those around her. I loved Will Gibbs, he is such an understanding character with so much patients with his sometimes troublesome siblings and with wounded Anna, he had to be my favorite character in this story.
An emotional and inspiring story. This is a must read historical romance with a dose of suspense woven in.
Disclaimer: I received a copy from the author/publisher, a review was not required. The views expressed are my own honest opinion.
Author Julia David tackles difficult topics in her Leaving Lennhurst series. In Love Protects, after being abused and cheated on, Anna has been thrown out of her home. Will has endured prejudice because of his Native American heritage and is burdened with the care of his younger siblings, including a sister, Della, considered a half-wit, after the death of his mother.
Anna has a compassionate heart and loves caring for those around her. She was in her element helping Will with his younger siblings, caring for the household needs, teaching the children, and helping to see beyond external appearances. Moreover, she was able to open communication with Della. She did have a significant lack of trust, which was understandable. It did create problems between Will and herself.
Mystery and intrigue fill the pages of this marriage of convenience story as Della disappears regularly. And when someone appears to be sabotaging Will and Nathan's crops, the family has to work together to salvage what is there or starve.
While I enjoyed the story overall, some aspects didn't sit well with me. I felt that the focus on the intimate relations between Anna and Will was a little much. I do tend to be more conservative so this might not be bothersome to others. It was clean, yet there was much in the narrative describes the desire between them that may have been necessary for the story. Then again, it may not have.
Readers who enjoy historical fiction that addresses difficult topics with a hope for redemption may enjoy Love Protects.
I was given a copy of this book. I was not required to give a favorable review nor was any money received for this review. All comments and opinions are my own.