The Raven Saint is the third book in the Charles Towne Belles Trilogy, so I would recommend reading the other two books, but this one can stand alone. Although I would have liked for Grace and Rafe too be a little more believable, the morals of this story make it well worth the read. I especially loved the ending and enjoyed reading the conclusion to the Wescott sisters' stories.
The Raven Saint by M.L. Tyndall is the third and last book in the Charles Towne Belles series. The first book is The Red Siren and the second is The Blue Enchantress. 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.
This is Grace's story. She has been devoted to God from the beginning. Her mother wanted her to make sure her sisters came to Christ as well and Grace carries that burden along with carrying for the people in her area and her family. She brings food, medicine and the gospel even when her life is in danger of Indian attacks. She just did not consider the real danger of being kidnapped until one day in October, 1718 when it became a reality.
Captain Rafe Dubois, French by birth, has a hatred toward the British Navy. His mother was killed during a war and a raid on their Island. So when a don from Spain offered a large sum of money for the daughter of Admiral Wescott Rafe agreed to it. He thought she would be much different than the woman he kidnapped. Instead she had courage and was kind although she was judgmental and pious. He would have second thoughts about selling her but he had hate and revenge to turn to in those times. So many people betrayed him in the past that he did not trust easily.
Grace kept trying to find why God put her in this situation, surely it was to spread his word. She had a way of trying to beat people over the head with the Word rather then ease it up to them. And she was a bit self-righteous. When she escapes the ship at Port de Paix, the Island Rafe grew up on, she does not fair well. She don't speak french, she is robbed and fortunately the robbers did not recognize a woman in boys clothes and after four or five days in the rainy weather without shelter or food she gets help from an unlikely source.
Grace and Rafe are as different as night and day. She is prudish and pious and is a rake who seems to not have many morals. She has never been kissed and he has women throwing themselves at him.
It is quite an adventure that ties up the last of this series. Spyglass the cat is unique and smart, Thorn the first mate who is not all he seems to be, Claire- who has outward beauty but is quite devious, Rafe's father who is just evil although he claims to be a Christian, Annette the slave who is caught between two worlds, Father Aler who left being a Jesuit priest to sail with Rafe, Nicole a soiled dove who reaches out to help Grace when no one else does and helps Grace understand that sometimes people do what they must to survive.
I recommend reading all three books in the order written to get the full scope of the stories.
This book was an absolute joy to read, from beginning to end! I love love love love LOVE it! God REALLY spoke to me through it concerning my own struggles in life right now. It is my favorite of Marylu's books at the moment I love it XD
This book is not a light, feel-good read, and I appreciate that! It's a story that challenges the reader to really share the love of Christ with people - even oure enemies - but at the same time, it reaffirms that God loves us even when we fail to live like Him. All of the books in MaryLu's Charles Towne Bells series prompt the reader to action, and I feel this carries the most widely applicable and crucial message. Plus, it's a highly romantic story. :-)