The War of 1812 is a fascinating time period in America's history. I have read very few, if any, novels set during this time that take place on American soil. MaryLu Tyndall's, "Surrender the Night", does a lovely job of capturing snapshots of the war from the soldier's perspective, as well as, that of the civilian's trials, patience, sacrifices, and some suffering.
A fresh viewpoint in this novel is that the hero, Alexander Reed, is fighting for the British Navy! Speaking of heroes, I fell for Mr. Reed right off. My respect and admiration for him grew as the novel progressed. Alex is a gentleman that is tender, romantic, and gentle, but tough when the situation calls for it. Giving him a personality of this nature sets Alex apart from the heroes of some of MaryLu's other books. He stands out. I appreciate that, because every man isn't going to have the exact same personality as the next one.
On the spiritual side I love the way Alexander begins to trust and follow God by learning from the godly example of the heroine's Uncle Forbes. Alex has never been around someone like him and develops a hunger for God and family. We never know who is watching us and making choices under our influence. Are we being like Jesus to those around us? This really made me think.
Our heroine, Rose McGuire, is just loveable. I thought her affection for the various farm animals was endearing and made her unique from other ladies. Rose is brave when she needs to be, but doesn't insist on running everything her way. Even though she has faced several hurtful situations, Rose is kind, loving, and has to learn lessons in forgiveness and fighting her fears.
I loved, loved, loved Uncle Forbes. He might even be my favorite character in the whole novel! I would love to read his story in another book some day. Rose's aunt was okay, but seemed a little clueless and strange at times. We were told how much this couple loved one another, but I didn't really feel it.
Amelia as a supporting character that I could have gladly done without. I know she was supposed to be a companion for Rose, but she didn't seem to have any reason to be in the book. Amelia did accompany Rose a couple of times in public, but never did anything and didn't add to the story. I kept waiting for something to happen to her, good or bad, but nothing ever did. She was just an extra body taking up page space.
The villain was unoriginal and carbon copied from other works. I thought, "Here we go again. Another unpleasant, despicable suitor to whom the heroine is forced/obliged into forming an attachment." He was simply annoying; a thorn in the side of Rose. I think a suitor that could have been taken seriously would have given more depth and plausibility to this section of the novel. He was almost, but not quite, comedic and I'm not certain if that was the intention of the author.
A beautiful romance grows between Rose and Alex. MaryLu Tyndall does a lovely job of showing us the progression of this romantic, tender, and sometimes heart-breaking relationship.
"Surrender the Night Ã¢â¬Ës" climax and conclusion with the war scenes is described so authentically. I felt like I was really there.
Reading "Surrender the Night" leaves me with a feeling of more patriotism and gratitude to all those Americans who fought to give us a free country here in the United States of America. We are so fortunate. God bless America.
Wow, what a read. This second book in the Surrender to Destiny series was such a great read! Compared to the first book, Surrender the Heart, I might just like Surrender the Night a wee bit better. Not sure why, I just found it impossible to put down! (Always an awesome sign! ;-)
MaryLu has a wonderful talent for crafting her characters and the perilous adventures they go through. While this adventure doesn't take place on the high seas (as is MaryLu's custom), she made up for it by making this a wonderful, romantic, and adventurous landlubber read!
My attention was easily grabbed from the very beginning and, as I said, it was just too hard to put down. I ended up staying up into the wee hours of morning, just to find out "what happens next"...which ended up meaning that I stayed up to finish the book! But even though I felt the hours of sleep I lost the other day, it was worth it!! Another awesome read by MaryLu!!
I have very much enjoyed reading MaryLu Tyndall's second book "Surrender the Night" of the "Surrender to Destiny" series! Rose McGuire, an American farm girl, who has lost both of her parents at a young age due to the British heading into war against her country, now alone on her family farm with her uncle and aunt, and now having to deal with a British 2nd Lieutenant who defends her against a brutal lieutenant in the processes of getting injured. Alexander Reed, a British 2nd Lieutenant, who is at war by trying to become a better person where his own family back home will accept him, gets injured by saving Rose from a brutal lieutenant, and as he is healing he tries to keeps his true identity secret.
After reading, "Surrender the Night", I noticed how two people of the opposing countries could really have an effect on the war. Rose is always being so nervous, and very afraid throughout the war that is going on. She does not want to venture outside her farm home area with her aunt to help others in need during the war. She is also having a hard time to trust anyone especially Alex while she treats him of his injury. Alex is trying to make up for his past back in his home country. After he recovers from Rose's treatment of his injury, he is too stubborn and won't go back to where he suppose to go. As time goes on, Rose starts to let go of her fears, and Alex starts to realize what a true family is like and is feeling more at home with Rose's family than his own. See how God works through both Rose and Alex when more trails and dangerous situations arise just as their relationship starts to grow. Just as the first book to this series, "Surrender the Night" is also filled with lots of action, adventure, drama, and a love story that makes you keep on reading to find out more and more!
The best book of the series (at least so far!). I absolutely connected with Rose and I found her to be a very real person. Her character was wonderfully written and I admired her very much. Alex Reed was another amazing character whom I totally loved. I found myself staying up well into the night, unable to stop myself from reading and reading and reading this masterpiece! The author did a great job. All together, this was an AWESOME book and a must read!
This is the best book by MaryLu! She is such an amazing author, and gets better the more she writes. This one is so different than some of her other novels, but they never fail to touch you. I liked the way the two main characters related to each other, and how God can create friendship among the worst of enemies. I have had all my friends read it, and they all love it! Good job MaryLu
I just finished reading this novel again and I must say that I fell in love again. The characters are so real, and so is their pain! Hard for anyone not to relate.