Sunday, June 30, 2013

FORSAKEN DREAMS:Escape to Paradise Book 1 By MaryLu Tyndall

I received this book from MaryLu Tyndall for no charge in exchange for my honest review of this book. The opinions expressed here are my own.


Book Description:

Embark on a seafaring adventure in a brand-new series from bestselling author MaryLu Tyndall. After witnessing the death and destruction caused by the Civil War, Colonel Blake Wallace is eager to leave his once precious Southern homeland for the pristine shores of Brazil and the prospect of a new Utopian community. Widow Eliza Crawford seeks passage on Wallace’s ship harboring a dirty secret—and a blossoming hope for a fresh start. But will dangers from the sea and from man keep them from the peace and love they long for?


My Thoughts: 

Forsaken Dreams is the first book for MaryLu Tyndall's I have had the pleasure of reviewing. Forsaken Dreams is a look at life in America after the Civil War. MaryLu Tyndall writes of the struggles and hardships caused by the war and also about the faith some had that was  so strong, even the hardships of leaving behind everything for a new life could stand up to.  Everyone aboard this ship are looking for a new life.  The passengers are a mix of different people: black and white, rich and poor, male and female. Everyone of them is trying to leave behind their old lives, old secrets, and old wounds.  On this journey, strange tragedies strike the crew and passengers. During these incidents some secrets come out about one of the passengers and they decide they are being "punished" because she is with them.  


Forsaken Dreams is an awesome story that I could not put down. From start to finish I found myself submerged in this story. The characters are well written and I found myself being able to relate to at least a few of them. MaryLu Tyndall writes with authority about the Civil War, sailing, pirates, and all the places our characters are from and going to.  As I read this story I felt like I was there watching the story happen. Forsaken Dreams has a little bit of everything: suspense, romance, heartbreak, and faith. I truly enjoyed this story and cannot wait for the next book in this series. I highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys Historical Fiction, you will not be disappointed.

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