Sunday, January 5, 2014

Elusive Hope: Escape to Paradise Book 2 By MaryLu Tyndall

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

Book Description:  (Back Cover)


After years of all but selling his soul to track down his scoundrel of a father, Hayden Gale discovers his search must continue in South America, where his father is reported to be helping colonize Brazil. Hayden has nothing more to lose, certainly not a good reputation, and vows to keep pursuing – at any cost – the vile man who he believes killed his mother.

She's in the jungles of Brazil against her will, but what choice does Magnolia Scott have? Her father insisted on uprooting their family to escape the uncertainty of Southern life after the Civil War. But how will she survive without all she holds dear – wealthy suitors, beautiful clothes, summer balls, and slaves waiting on her every whim? She vows to find a way to get back home – and attaches herself to handsome Hayden Gale.

As they journey toward Rio de Janeiro, they each seek to use the other for their own purposes. Deceptively. Falling in love was never part of their plans...

My Thoughts:

Elusive Hope is the 2nd book in MaryLu Tyndall's latest series Escape to Paradise and all I can say is WOW! This was the last book I finished before the end of the year and what a one to end the year. Elusive Hope takes place a few months later from the end of Forsaken Dreams. The colony is settling in, setting up their homes, crops, and making New Hope their new home.  Hayden Gale came along with this group to find his father and get revenge on him for abandoning him and his mother.  Magnolia Scott is a debutante from Georgia who is determined to get our of New Hope and back to America. Her family left to escape southern life after the Civil War ended.  Magnolia decides she will be heading to Rio de Janeiro with Hayden so she can take the ship back to the states.

Elusive Hope is FANTASTIC.  I loved Hayden and Magnolia's stories.  I loved learning about their pasts and how they came to be the people they are. They both start out using one another for their own selfish reasons but find out through different circumstances that they care for one another. Intertwined in this is a spiritual warfare happening in their New Hope settlement. All of the residents start seeing visions from their past lives, people they wronged. As one resident digs into a site that had been some kind of temple, evil seems to find its way into their lives.  This book definitely has a lot of everything: romance, history, personal and spiritual battles, secrets, mystery, and action! WHEW! Elusive Hope is definitely a page turner. I found myself holding my breath in parts as the action took place and crying in other parts as the characters past lives unfolded and I learned more about them.  MaryLu Tyndall left us readers at a pretty big cliff hanger in the end and I cannot wait to read the next book! I cannot say enough good about this book! I highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys Christian Fiction and action! You won't be disappointed!
I give this book 5 Stars! *****


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