Wednesday, March 06, 2013

Forsaken Dreams by MaryLu Tyndall

First of all, I would like to extend a heartfelt “Thank you” to MaryLu Tyndall and her publisher for sending me a copy of "Forsaken Dreams" to review for them. I am truly grateful for this generosity. I really appreciate the time, effort and expense it takes to make a reviewer copy available to me.
MaryLu Tyndall’s latest adventure casts a group of Confederates onto the high seas in search of a place to call home where the South can rise again after the Civil War.  Eliza Crawford, a war widow and nurse, signed on to the ship bound for Brazil for a fresh start.  Because she is the widow of a Union Officer, her Southern family wants nothing to do with her but this Rebel doesn’t belong among the Yankees, either.  She’s just hoping she can keep her secret.  Colonel Blake Wallace is accused of fighting for the North.  But this Confederate officer bears the scars created by Yankee guns and swords.  He hates everything having to do with the North.

“Forsaken Dreams” is a breathtaking adventure!  MaryLu Tyndall crafts an exciting and thought-provoking tale that transports the reader aboard the ship New Hope sailing to Rio de Janeiro and encountering many thrilling and frightening events.  Even though I did become a bit frustrated with the rocky relationship road traveled by Blake and Eliza, the book was immensely enjoyable.  It was a difficult book to put down and kept me reading well past bedtime.  I am anxiously anticipating future books in this series.

This novel was not merely an entertaining read.  It opened my eyes to the climate of our country post Civil War.  It also enlightened me on flaws in my own character and Christian walk.  As I walked with Eliza through several trials, I realized that I would not be as peaceful or understanding or forgiving as she was.  This experience brought me face-to-face with areas of my life where I need to be more like my Savior:  slow to anger, abounding in love.  I was also convicted of my tendency to ask God to bless my plans rather than asking to desire and do His will.  Thanks, MaryLu, for bringing me to life-changing realization with your writing once again.  I pray that this book will touch the hearts of everyone who reads it in a similar way.

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