Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Forsaken Dreams by MaryLu Tyndall

Forsaken Dreams by MaryLu Tyndall

This cover won me over from the first moment I saw it! Gorgeous! Wouldn’t you agree?

Let’s begin with the summary:

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?

And now, my review:

I love MaryLu’s knowledge of historical maritime things—the ships and routes, the crew’s jobs, all of it. Great research!

She included some elements from the Civil War fallout that I hadn’t considered before, which I found very interesting. For example, I always naively thought both sides just settled down after the war. That none of the soldiers (in the know) carried on, pursuing anyone from the other side. Very interesting. 

These characters have the hope of new lives in a new place—of starting over. They dream of a place where their pasts can’t find them, where their mistakes, regrets, associations can no longer condemn them. New beginnings are universal. Readers will relate with this hope.  

I’ve really enjoyed MaryLu’s books in the past. One thing I noticed this time was a bit more redundancy. The hero shields the heroine’s body with his several times in the first third of the book. I love a noble hero, a protective hero, but that repetition didn’t work for me. Also, the beginning of the story (about that same length, or one-third) seemed to move rather slowly. And I got a little lost in the opening scenes when we went forward, then back, and then back again for additional characters’ backstories. 

Yet, overall, there were plenty of elements to delight in. MaryLu’s fans will enjoy this swashbuckling tale!  
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