Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Forsaken Dreams by MaryLu Tyndall

Happy Wednesday everyone! I've been on a reading spree this past week (Wednesday to Wednesday) and have enjoyed every minute of it! I thought I'd share this book with you because I thoroughly enjoyed it. I picked this book for our Book Cover Bingo game for the "fog" category.

Forsaken Dreams (Escape to Paradise, #1)Overview: Embark on a seafaring adventure in a brand-new series from bestselling author MaryLu Tyndall.

They left everything behind to build a new Southern utopia...

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 once the voyage begins, troubles abound. Dangers at sea and enemies from within threaten to keep Blake and Eliza from the new life—and love—they long for.

My Review: From the very first page of this book, I was hooked. I have never read a book by MaryLu Tyndall, so I wasn't sure what to expect. Eliza Crawford is a very impulsive young lady. All the choices she's made in her life have been made with little thought and have brought her to where she is today.  Blake Wallace is an ex-colonel who has decided to embark on a journey to Brazil.  Everyone aboard the New Hope is trying to escape the aftermath of the Civil War and they are all hiding secrets.  The cast of characters is captivating, but it's Eliza and Blake that capture my heart in this story.

The way the story is written can be a little confusing at times. The story jumps from one person to another, with little warning sometimes. If you aren't paying close attention to the story, you will get lost. However, the story was very interesting and at times I wanted to scream at the characters for their stubborn attitudes! Can everyone find the escape they so crave in Brazil?

The message was expertly weaved throughout the book. Eliza, who is already a Christian, shows grace and compassion in the midst of hatred and evil.  However, she has to learn to trust the One who knows all things. When we surrender to God's will, forsaking our own, we can have true peace. It was fascinating to watch the change in Eliza throughout the story.  I wish there would have been a little more development on Blake's part. His surrender to the Lord seemed kind of abrupt. Maybe he knew of the Lord before the war and had lost his faith after all he'd seen and done?

Overall, I found the story fascinating and will happily finish the Escape to Paradise series!

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