I remember when I heard this book was coming out. I waited and waited. The year before I read it seemed like forever. The wait wasn't a waste either. Well written. I like that MaryLu knows how to continue the characters from previous novels accurately. Often the characters all seem alike once they are no longer the main. I notice that MaryLu does not do that, and keeps their distinct personalities separate. It makes for an amazing read!
Hope Wescott is a completely believable character, and Nathaniel is an honorable man who still has his own faults. I loved reading about their experiences and the power and beauty of the ocean setting. Although this book is a sequel, it can still stand alone. Still, I doubt that anyone who reads this book could stop themselves from reading the other two books in the trilogy!
The Blue Enchantress by M.L. Tyndall is the second book in the Charles Towne Belles series. The first book is The Red Siren and the third is The Raven Saint. The books are about three sisters: Faith, Hope & Grace Wescott. They have an older sister who is married and still in England, her name is Charity. Their father is an Admiral in the Royal Navy and spends more time at sea then with his family. Their mother passed away during childbirth.
Hope Wescott has always seemed vain, self-centered and a flirt. Her father dismissed her without attention. When Hope received the attention from Lord Falkland she began sneaking off with him. Soon her reputation was in shatter around Charles Towne because she was seen with the rogue and in the taverns as well. Hope was desperate for love. And she had been assaulted at age seventeen and already seen herself as sullied. When Arthur Falkland said he was leaving for a bit she decided to sneak on the ship and surprise him so they could be married sooner. Only problem was that Arthur was already married and had his wife with him.
Nathaniel Mason struggles as an adult with the fact that his mother was a harlot. Even though a Pastor took him in after his mother's death and Nathaniel is a strong believer he still struggles with being good enough. Especially the way the beautiful Hope looks down her nose at him whenever they pass. As Nathaniel passes a slave auction while at St. Kitts he stops when he see's the ragged mess of a person being auctioned is actually Hope Wescott. In the end he buys her freedom and it costs him his ship. He had assumed she had been kidnapped so when he finds it was over an illicit affair he is not happy. And no sooner are they on a ship for home that she is back to her flirtatious ways with the sailors on the ship.
The trip from St. Kitts to the Carolina's is packed full of adventure. The books are written so that you experience them. You feel like you are in the hurricane, stranded on an island, getting sand flea bites, meeting pirates that need a bath, seeing the glory of one of God's sunsets, the dark expanse of water and sky and the spray of the sea hitting you while you stand on the deck.
And if Nathaniel can survive with any earthly possessions, his peace of mind and no broken bones he will be happy. It seems where Hope is there is one accident after another.
Abigail the missionary's daughter, Elise, Gavin, Captain Poole the pirate, the snooty Major Paine and the Hendrick's family are among some of the folks you will travel with on this adventure.
I love the story of The Blue Enchantress, Hope grows SO much through the book, she truly grows and changes! It's a radical and believable change! I can't stand the doubtfulness of Nathaniel at times but he changes too! You should DEFINITELY read it!
I have always thought that MaryLu Tyndall had enormous talent when it comes to writing adventurous stories, but The Blue Enchantress was fabulous on a whole other level! It was thrilling, captivating, and fascinating, and I simply could not turn the pages fast enough! Hope Westcott truly was a sassy enchantress, as the title implies, and Nathaniel Mason was a handsome gentleman that has been smitten with Hope for years. Their brief tale of adventure on the high seas, that turned into being shipwrecked on a deserted island, made this my favorite of all the Tyndall books I've read to date. I have no doubt that the final installment of this series, The Raven Saint, will be an excellent conclusion to the story of the Westcott family.