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by Sarah Monzon
From the back cover:
They were prisoners of the past. Could legacy be the key to set them free?
Olivia Arroyo knows who she is and where she’s going—her sense of family responsibility a stepping-stone to her dream of becoming a chef. When her employer refuses her the chance to move from server to the kitchen, she makes another opportunity for herself with the owner of a new food truck. But her life derails when a hidden piece of her past suddenly comes to light, and she discovers everything she thought she knew about herself has been a lie.
A single decision can have innumerable consequences—a truth that has changed Adam Carrington’s life. A criminal defense attorney turned food truck owner, he is haunted by his role in an unpardonable act and driven by his need to make restitution. Unexpected help comes in the form of a feisty, raven-haired beauty, but she soon begins challenging his kitchen as well as his heart.
Propelled by a fleeting hope of freedom, Winnie and her family escape slavery and find refuge and new life with the Seminole Indians of Florida. But their future is still uncertain as threats of war, a return to slavery, and removal to the West shake their tentative grasp on freedom. Will they ever step out of the shadow of fear to leave a legacy of deliverance?
About the author:
Sarah Monzon is a Navy chaplain’s wife and a stay at home mom to the two cutest littles in the world. Playing pretend all day with them isn’t enough, she spends the evenings after their heads hit the pillow to create her own imaginary characters. When she isn’t in the world of make believe, she can be found in the pine forests of western Washington taking care of her family, fostering friendships, and enjoying all the adventures each day brings.
Her debut novel, The Isaac Project, skyrocketed to Amazon bestseller status while her Sophomore book, Finders Keepers, won the 2017 SELAH award for contemporary romance.
What do escaped slaves from the 19th century have to do with a 21st-century attorney and a chef-in-training? Freedom’s Kiss is a sweet dual timeline novel that concludes the story of the Carrington brothers.
If you like spunky heroines, you’ll enjoy Olivia’s fun personality — which she has a lot of! Adam seems to fit the stereotypical GQ attorney profile, but his tender side can be endearing.
While the plot is a bit predictable, Freedom’s Kiss is an enjoyable, fun story. The historical perspective of Winnie’s story is interesting, as there are not as many stories that focus on Native Americans and slavery in Florida’s history.
While this is the third book in the series, each story is intended to be a stand-alone. There may be a few references that would be more meaningful if you had read the previous stories, but they are minor. I read the first and third but missed the second (somehow?!), and I was able to understand this one without feeling I was missing important pieces to the story.
A little historical, a little contemporary; a little romance, a little determination to fight for justice. If you enjoy a good variety in your reading, Freedom’s Kiss has quite a bit all in one place!
(I received a complimentary copy of this novel. The thoughts expressed here are entirely my own.)