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Review: Forsaken Dreams (Escape to Paradise, Book 1)

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Review: Forsaken Dreams (Escape to Paradise, Book 1)

Forsaken Dreams (Escape to Paradise, Book 1) by MaryLu Tyndall
Reviewed by: Renee Chaw
Genre: Fiction/Christian/Romance
Publisher: Barbour
Publication Date: March 1, 2013

Both Eliza Crawford and Colonel Blake Wallace face enemies at every turn — be it the discovery of carefully hidden pasts, the treacherous waters of the Atlantic Ocean, or calculating and manipulative fellow shipmates. Eliza, no longer having a reason to stay in the United States after the Civil War, seeks to make a new life for herself in Brazil. Blake, seeking an escape from the horrors of war and the flashbacks of the battlefield befriends Eliza against his better judgment. Their relationship is tenuous at best. When Eliza’s secret comes out, not just Blake but the entire crew and passengers onboard the New Hope turn against her and vote to keep her out of Brazil and away from their new colony. In spite of being excluded and threatened with exile, Eliza is the only person on the ship with nursing and doctoring experience so she feels compelled to give aide to those who would literally toss her overboard.

As with most shipboard stories where everyone is kept in close quarters Eliza and Blake aren’t the only people we meet. Southern plantation owners, former slaves, a pastor, a war widow, and a doctor who becomes nauseated at the sight of blood are just a few of the characters who are just as interesting as Eliza and Blake. There’s every kind of person you can imagine which will certainly make for an interesting start once they settle in their Brazilian “Utopia”.

Each and every book by MaryluTyndall is pretty much guaranteed to be an adventure. Forsaken Dreams, her latest high seas set novel is just that. With her trademark flair for romance and characters with deep-seeded faith Tyndall tells a tale that won’t soon be forgotten. Eliza and Colonel Blake are as intriguing and stubborn as any of her previous characters and reminded me strongly of the series that started off my love affair with this author, Legacy of the King’s Pirates. Both Blake and Eliza battle with their pasts and the bitterness that threatens to take over their lives which is something that will always be relevant, now or a 100 years from now. This book is a great start to a series that is sure to please all fans of MaryLu’s work and Christian romance in general.

Rated PG: Some references to assault, violence, and alcohol use.

Review copy provided by the publisher. Thank you!

 

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