I was indeed enjoying reading this book up until page 103, where the author decided to use God's name in vain. It just escapes me how a christian author would do this in her book. I wish there was a warning for me so I would not have thrown my money away on a book I ended up deleting from my ebook library. The author is a talented writer and this book would have been just fine without cursing in it. If the author is going to continue to do this I will no longer purchase her books.
I loved this book! MaryLu is one of my favorite authors! There is never a dull moment! This book is a great combination of romance and adventure.
It really gets scary for a little while. You don't know what will happen next. I really liked that Marianne and Noah didn't like each other and they slowly softened to one another and realized their perceptions of one another were not quite right.
This book made me really think about what it would be like to be right there on a boat with the enemy and what would I do. This is one I will read again!
"Surrender the Heart", the first novel in the Surrendered to Destiny Series, is a wild, page-turning adventure from the first turn of phrase. Mary Lu Tyndall creates vibrant characters that set sail on sparkling seas and into the hearts of her audience. Marianne Denton is not your typical wealthy American girl. She is being forced to marry Noah Brenin to unlock her inheritance so that her mother may receive much-needed medical care.
Noah's circumstances aren't much better. He lives in the shadow of a brother's death and a father's resentment. His only desire is to make a name for himself and be Captain of his own destiny. Presently, he will have to settle for being Captain of his father's merchant ship, Fortune. But Noah has plans to win respect and his lady's heart.
Are the lessons about surrendering to God for the characters, alone? Or can the reader learn a thing or two about deepening their relationship with God? Personally, I believe this novel not only entertains but also conveys godly life lessons portrayed so vividly that they cannot be ignored.
Surrender the Heart is the first book in the Surrender to Destiny series.
Marianne Denton is desperate to support her ill mother and little sister, and has decided to marry Noah, whom she despises, to get her inheritance. Noah is marrying Marianne to please his father, though he is doing everything in his power to get her to break off the engagement.
Marianne and Noah are captured by the British, delaying both of their plans, and they must stick together and spend more time with each other than they'd wanted.
I liked this book, it didn't have as nice a flow as some of her other books, but it was highly entertaining and very sweet. It was actually my least favorite in the series.
The story of Marianne and Noah is not the boring and expected kind that can be found in other books.
It was full of action, romance, and portrayed a nice message of salvation and trust in God throughout the story, which I find rare even in Christian novels..
The plot is really interesting and keeps you reading and wanting to know what is going to happen next.
That book is one of my favorites. I really enjoyed the storyline and the main idea of it: two childhood friends that hated each other and whose parents arrange an engagement to which they both agreed for certain reasons that do not include love. When Noah attends the engagement party for barely a few minutes and leaves to his ship, Marianne is embarrased and furious, and follows him out of the house, demanding that he stays. When he ignores her, she follows him to talk to him and ends up on his ship, at sea.
I wont reveal more details and the rest of the story, but I recommend you follow Marianne and Noah on their adventure.