I enjoyed this first book of the Surrender to Destiny series. It is an engaging story with a unique storyline encompassing several unexpected twists. The history is interesting, as it takes place just prior to and during the beginning of the War of 1812, which is not a time period that I usually come across in historical fiction. Most of this fast-paced story takes place at sea.
Surrender the Heart is filled with a good balance of interesting characters. Marianne Denton, the reluctant heroine, considers herself to be plain and ordinary. Noah Brenin was certainly not my pick for a hero, but there is more to him than is at first apparent. One of my favorite characters is young Daniel, who seemed to have a very special bond with God and can always be counted upon to have a positive outlook, even in dire circumstances. Captain Milford is a maniacal, alcoholic; and Lieutenant Garrick is evil personifiedHell beat a man senseless for the smallest infraction (Blackthorn).
If you enjoy historical fiction with a dose of romance, I think you will enjoy this book. Im looking forward to the rest of the series, though you can easily read this book as a stand-alone novel.
MaryLu has continued to please readers with this new novel. It is so enthralling that you will not want to put it down. I have lost many a night's sleep while reading this book, but it was totally worth it. If you haven't read MaryLu's other novels, you need to give them a try. You will not be disappointed, they are all very well written. So, what are you waiting for? Go on an adventure!
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.