Friday, April 15, 2011

Surrender the Heart by MaryLu Tyndall

 About the Book:

First book in the Surrender to Destiny Series.

Acclaimed author M. L. Tyndall begins a riveting new romantic adventure series set against the rich backdrop of the War of 1812.

My Review:

If you've ever struggled with understanding what your destiny is in life than you'll thoroughly enjoy this book!  Marianne is a young woman who finds herself engaged to the man that as a child drove her insane with his taunting of her.  She is suffering to marry him because she needs her inheritance money to help take care of her sick mom and younger sister.  She doesn't feel as though this is her destiny because she knows the marriage will not be based on love and she can barely stand the sight of him.

Noah is also not thrilled with the engagement to his snobby childhood friend Marianne. He has no desire to marry her but he is trying his best to please his father by taking her as his wife and investing her dowry in to his family business.  He feels he has no destiny and that he is never able to please his father since the death of his older brother Jacob.

When Noah embarrasses Marianne at their engagement party she follows him on to his boat and while saving a cat she gets knocked out cold.  When she wakes up she finds out they've taken to the seas.  The struggles are just beginning as Noah and Marianne learn to find their destiny on the brink of the War of 1812.

I really enjoyed this book! I got sucked in to the characters stories and lives right from the start, my heart just ached to help them.  MaryLu Tyndall has proven to be an amazing author with Surrender the Heart; the way she intertwines faith, inspirational romance, with adventure and history is delightful.  This is a stirring historical romance with a lot spiritual threads throughout the story. 

I felt there was quite a bit of topics about faith, God and destiny, sometimes it was the right amount at the right time but other times I felt it took too much out of the story.  That is my only complaint, it didn't take away from the whole rest of the story though and I thought the inspirational message was great; I'm excited to read the next book in the Surrender to Destiny series. 

About the Author:

M.L. Tyndall (MaryLu) grew up on the shores of Southern Florida dreaming of romance and adventure upon the sea. She now lives with her husband, six children, and four cats in Northern California where she writes inspirational adventure romance novels. MaryLu's novels have been praised for their fast-paced action, strong inspirational messages, and incredibly vivid settings. Her first novel, The Redemption was nominated for the prestigious Christy Award for Best Christian Fiction.

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