Beloved Counterfeit

Fairweather Keys Series #3

Christian - Romance - General
320 Pages
Reviewed on 05/30/2009
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Reviewed by Anne Boling for Readers' Favorite

This story demonstrates love, faith, and forgiveness. We need to learn to seek God's forgiveness and to forgive ourself. The ones that preach forgiveness need to learn to forgive, also.

Fairweather Key became the home to Ruby O'Shea after some pretty harsh living. Her three nieces are passed off as her daughters. Ruby (Claire) in an attempt to protect them and herself from her brother-in-law Thomas Hawkins, a pirate.  She gets a job at a boardinghouse and works hard at what she does. She learns about God and asks for his forgiveness.  She tries to live a proper life and raise the girls in a Godly manner.  Micah her husband, loves her deeply however he has a hard time of forgiving her when he finds out about her sordid past.

I’ve come to admire Kathleen Y’barbo.  Her books are inspiring.  They are filled with God’s love and His message without being preachy.

Chandra Lynn

Recently, I took another trip to Fairweather Key that was equally as enjoyable as my previous two. Beloved Counterfeit is book three in the Fairweather Keys series by Kathleen Y'Barbo. I highly recommend the entire series. If you have not read Beloved Castaway and Beloved Captive you might want to pick them up and read all three.

In Beloved Counterfeit, we read the story of two characters from book two. Ruby O'Shea, who was shipwrecked on Fairweather Key, is starting a new life for herself and her three daughters. This new citizen and Christian is trying to escape from her past. She tells no one of her life on board the pirate ship with the girls' father, notorious pirate, Thomas Hawkins. As Ruby allows herself to hope for a future on the island with the young preacher, Micah Tate, she determines to keep her past private.

Micah Tate is determined to marry her. He promises her safety and love and convinces her that her past doesn't matter. When Thomas Hawkins finds her living on the island will Micah be able to keep all of his promises? Both of them must find out God's love truly covers the multitude of sin.

Beloved Counterfeit delivers a lovely conclusion to the series. Kathleen's clear descriptions make you feel the ocean breeze and taste the salt air. Her vivid characters fill you with longing to visit them. And, as always, her love story touches the heart.

L. Germany

This is the third book in the Fairweather Key series. Ruby O'Shea is trying to hide from her past. It is a lot to try to hide from --- once a prostitute and sister-in-law to one of the most well known pirates in the Keys. The last person she wants to catch the attention of is the new pastor, Micah Tate, but unfortunately he has already noticed her. They come to an agreement to marry. A marriage that begins as one of mutual benefit gradually grows to one of respect and then love. However, as with all marriages this one is complicated by Ruby's past and her difficulty dealing with her past sins. Finding the way to make the "head" decision move to "heart" proves to be one that is very difficult and provides for an excellent read!