Book Review

FORSAKEN DREAMS
by MaryLu Tyndall

Genre: Inspirational, Historical Romance

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Ahoy mateys! A wild adventure on the high seas awaits readers with Tyndall’s new Escape to Paradise series. There is romance, deep secrets, intrigue and a chance at having happiness after the horrors of war. Strong characters and a few surprises will make this a favorite of historical fans and make it a part of their keeper shelf.

Eliza Crawford wants to start over and forget all about the ugliness of the Civil War, in which she lost everything. She is also carrying a terrible secret that could affect how people treat her, including Colonel Blake Wallace, the person spearheading this adventure to Brazil. Also recovering from the horrors of the war, Blake seeks peace and quiet. Will the dangers of the high seas prevent this ragtag group of people from finding what they are looking for, or will they discover more danger in their dreams of a utopia? (BARBOUR, Mar., 330 pp., $12.99)

Reviewed By: Patsy Glans

Publisher: BARBOUR

Published: March 2013

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4.5 Stars

Average Rating: 4.5 Stars
(12 ratings)

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Not for the faint of heart! Deeply moving!

Submitted by Susan P on April 16, 2013 - 12:57pm.

She grabs you with the very first sentence then leaves you on the edge of your seat in the first chapter with the knowledge that there are rough seas ahead, both literally and figuratively. Besides the white knuckled, heart racing story, she keeps you entranced with stimulating writing. “He winked above a grin that revealed a jagged row of gray teeth. “ “His body odor alone threatened to stir her breakfast into disorder.” I almost lost mine at the imagery of that alone. Their first glance of Brazil painted a beautiful picture in my mind. “Above, the sun flung glitter over the earth, turning the sea into silvery ribbons and the distant land into shimmering emeralds.”
Who hasn’t dreamed of sailing off on an adventure to an island paradise, but, was it to run away from a secret past or a war torn country? Eliza just wanted to start fresh, where nobody would know her history. Colonel Blake just wanted to escape the memories of death, destruction, and those looking for him. I’m sure none of the passengers on the voyage to Brazil ever dreamed of the trials and dangers that occurred during the trip. Would they even survive and make it to their destination? Will Eliza’s secret keep them apart?
We all like to think of enemies as physical human beings who you can see or touch. MaryLu reminds us, with phenomenal writing, that there is more out there to be prepared for. I loved the thought provoking storyline and details she writes about. This is thankfully not a fluffy nonsense romance story. I appreciate that MaryLu gives us more to think about!
Secretly, the best part of the whole book is knowing there are more to come in this series! I can’t wait to hear the stories of the special passengers that sailed with Eliza and Blake.

Wonderful Nautical Adventure

Submitted by Sarah_P on April 8, 2013 - 11:13pm.

I really enjoyed this book. There’s an ensemble cast, but they are all written really well! Eliza has a past that, if found out, could make life dangerous for her. Yet she is determined to make a new life for herself so she sets out with this rag-tag group all hoping for a new world.

Along the way they hit problem after problem. Something suspicious is going on and those on the ship are looking for someone to blame. It’s going to get ugly.

I enjoyed this story a lot. I loved the action!! There was always a twist or something new on the horizon to keep you sucked into the story. Each of the characters are richly written with great back stories!

Eliza and Blake have definite chemistry from the beginning. I thought Eliza was wonderfully written. She was strong and brave, while still being so vulnerable and feminine. There were times I was urging Eliza to do sometime and when she didn’t I would groan at the book. I liked how strong Blake was portrayed, yet I honestly wanted to smack him upside the head numerous times. I was yelling at the book at one point and nearly walked away since Blake was not at all acting like I wanted him to. Yep, I get some awkward looks from my family. Overall, this is a wonderful book. Full of twists and turns and I had no idea how it was going to turn out!

I felt like I was sailing on the ship with the crew. I could almost smell the salt water and feel the wind and waves. MaryLu can write an awesome nautical adventures!

Great story about our forgotten past

Submitted by espanrose on March 10, 2013 - 4:39pm.

MaryLu Tyndall has created yet another masterpiece! Pick up any book from this author, and you will not be disappointed, but this one is quite a rare treat. Delving into a part of American history that has been all but forgotten, MaryLu weaves a wonderful story richly stepped in History. The Civil War may be one of the most well-known eras of American History, but rarely is it seen with such clarity. Being neither pro-Confederacy nor pro-Union, this story shows the evils of both sides of that war, drawing on the truth that all have sinned, including her protagonists. This book will open your eyes to that era in history, allowing you to glimpse how people thought at that time, rather than just throwing our 21st century beliefs onto that era. But she balances out the truth of the period with the truth of God’s Word. Her characters are forced to face their mistakes, their prejudices, and forced to admit their flaws, especially to themselves. Through the characters of Blake and Eliza, MaryLu allows us to watch as they each have to confront their past demons, and personal prejudices, to come to a point to allow God to become the center of their lives. Full of freedom, faith, and redemption, this book will open your mind, and your heart, to a world long since forgotten, take you on a great adventure, and give you a heartwarming story that shows just how strong true love, and the grace of God, can be.

A great escape

Submitted by natmac on March 6, 2013 - 5:39pm.

I am and have always been a fan of MaryLu Tyndall and this book did not change my mind at all. I wasn't sure if she could create another thrilling sea voyage tale, but she has. This book does a great job of showing how we all have our own demons and history of mistakes we would like to run from. However, running is often times not possible. History has a way of catching up and making you face it head on. I enjoyed the mystery tied to each character, which makes me want to read more of this series, and learn how they face their individual pasts. This is a story about trusting God and knowing that His plan is the best plan, and if you have had trouble with that in your own life, this is the book to remind you that letting Him take control is the only way to go. It's romantic, tragic, thrilling and full of hopes and dreams. I give it a thumbs up and am ready for the next one.