Forsaken Dreams, Escape to Paradise Series #1   -     By: MaryLu Tyndall
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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?

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 320
Vendor: Barbour
Publication Date: 2013
Dimensions: 8.38 X 5.50 X 0.50 (inches)
ISBN: 1616265965
ISBN-13: 9781616265960
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Series: Escape to Paradise

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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?

Escape to Paradise Series:
Book 1 - Forsaken Dreams
Book 2 - Elusive Hope
Book 3 - Abandoned Memories - July 2014

Author Bio

MaryLu Tyndall, a Christy Award finalist and bestselling author of the Legacy of the Kings Pirates series, is known for her adventurous historical romances filled with deep spiritual themes. She holds a degree in math and worked as a software engineer for fifteen years before testing the waters as a writer. MaryLu currently writes full time and makes her home on the California coast with her husband, six kids, and four cats. Her passion is to write page-turning, romantic adventures that not only entertain but open peoples eyes to their God-given potential. MaryLu is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers and Romance Writers of America.

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The forces of good versus evil are apparent throughout "Forsaken Dreams," and I am intrigued and motivated to read the next book in the series.  There is no doubt that MaryLu Tyndall is a talented author who writes stories with unique settings that offer powerful messages of love, forgiveness, redemption, and peace.  

Just when I thought MaryLu could not possibly top her last book, she totally blows me away with another! This book is utterly fantastic, and I had a terrible time putting it down. Not only does the plot surround the hero and heroine, but there are also fascinating subplots involving the secondary characters aboard the ship. ...Very well written with realistic characters, an utterly compelling storyline, and tremendous use of imagery, I can honestly say...MaryLu Tyndall has crafted a masterpiece here! I simply can't wait for Book Two in this series!

Oh, where do I begin? I’ve read four other books by MaryLu Tyndall, but this one- this one was certainly the best out of all of those of hers I’ve read. I’ve always loved larger-than-normal casts of characters, where intersecting stories combine into one great plot. My own writing tends towards this direction, but I haven’t read a lot of novels like this. I think that’s why I liked this book so much.

This book grabbed my attention from beginning to end. I could not put it down. I knew Marylu was a FANTASTIC writer, but this book has only further shown what an amazing, talented author she is. I, as with all her books have found a renewed faith through her writing. This one especially. Her way of stepping into the character and trying to understand what life would be like for them is nothing short of amazing.  She makes the character come alive in a way that many authors before her would have failed at. It is a very good read and I will suggest this book a hundred times over.

Emotional, action-packed, riveting and inspirational are just some of the thoughts I had about this romantic adventure. As always, Ms. Tyndall’s detailed accounting of landscapes, sunrises and sunsets to the inter-workings of a ship of this era are tantalizing keeping you on the edge of your seat wondering what will happen next. Characters’ diverse personalities, skill-sets, strengths and weaknesses are blended well bringing them to life, if only in your imagination.
 

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  1. Age: 45-54
    Gender: Female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    AWESOME BOOK!!
    May 9, 2015
    LD2
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: Female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    MaryLu Tyndall is an exceptional writer in every way! Her settings are historically accurate, her characters are so real and vivid that I feel like I know them personally, and her plots are utterly suspenseful, completely unpredictable, and totally satisfying. I absolutely could NOT stop turning the pages and read this book straight in two days! I HIGHLY recommend this book!
  2. Odessa, TX
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Great adventure
    August 25, 2014
    susanmsj
    Odessa, TX
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    This is a wonderful story of starting over and of forgiveness. I loved the characters and their growth throughout the book. This was book 1 in a trilogy and I can't wait to continue this adventure in the next book.
  3. West Palm Beach, FL
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    A Real Page Turner
    March 9, 2014
    Jean
    West Palm Beach, FL
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    I read this book in two days because every time I got to the end of the chapter, I had to start the next one to learn the outcome of the suspenseful events. This was my first read by this author and I must say I enjoyed it. The setting for the story was predominantly on a ship headed to Brazil to begin a new life after the Civil War's devastating loss in the south and the destruction of Atlanta. The author offered the reader lots of drama, intrigue, action and romance with a variety of characters living on a ship, hoping to start a new community, similar to their beloved city of Atlanta, which they lost to the Unionists.

    I highly recommend this book for an exciting read.

    I received this book from the author through www.bookfun.org in exchange for my honest review.
  4. Tennessee
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Exciting Adventure on the High Seas
    January 23, 2014
    Katy
    Tennessee
    Gender: female
    Quality: 4
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 4
    I enjoyed the adventure of traveling the seas to the new land of Brazil in the first book of the Escape to Paradise Series. This fast-paced story held my attention from beginning to end. The crew of characters came alive and seemed to boldly walk off the pages and into my mind as the individuals sought new lives far from the tragedy and the secrets of the Civil War.

    I much admired Eliza Crawford, the heroine, for her compassion and forgiving nature. She was a dear character, though learning to follow God's leading was not her strong point and seemed to have cost her much heartache.

    The hero, Colonel Blake Wallace, though often gallant, was not a man always to be admired, as his burning hatred of all things Northern tainted his mind and actions.

    The secondary characters added much richness and depth to the story. I'm looking forward to reading the next book in the series.
  5. Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Escape to Paradise with MaryLu Tyndall!
    January 8, 2014
    Shannah
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 4
    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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