MaryLu's writing has a way of grabbing your attention and not letting go till the very end. Once I picked up The Raven Saint, I found it very hard to put down for any length of time. From the very first chapter, when Grace is thrown over the shoulder of the dashing Captain Rafe like a sack of corn, I was captivated. I always love a kidnapped/ransom story, and The Raven Saint is all that, and more!
While I can't say it's my favorite of Tyndall's books (The Surrender to Destiny series is just SO good!), I did enjoy this last installment in the Charles Towne Belles. One thing I can always count on with MaryLu -- I'm sure to be in for a swashbuckling adventure filled with surprising twists in the plot!
Finally after reading "The Raven Saint" by MaryLu Tyndall, the last novel in the "Charles Towne Belles" series, I have fully enjoyed the this wonderful book along with the first two books! With each chapter I read, I have an extremely hard time finding out what is going to happen next throughout the book. Grace Westcott a young lady who devotes her life in serving God and helping others in need. French Captain Rafe Dubois a man who is driven to being in authority and doing what he wants to do.
While Grace is on a mission to a needy family, is kidnapped by Rafe who sets sail to Columbia to sell her to a Spanish Don. Grace doesn't understand why and pleads to God for help. She then feels God has her their to share about God and her faith, she is finds that no one is interested in listening to her preach. All she really receives back when the crew on Rafe's ship listen is mockery. Rafe hates all types of religion because of his own father's abuse. During the journey to Columbia Rafe notices how Grace is not like other ladies. He doesn't understand why he starts to get attracted to Grace, so he determined to get rid of her as soon as he can or can he? This story has adventures from being spotted by pirate hunters, dealing with a voodoo curse, all the way to a duel to the death. Reading this swashbuckling romance makes me eager to see if Rafe will find the one true God or see if Grace's life will end in slavery to the Spanish Don!
The Raven Saint was a captivating novel of a godly young woman who falls in love with the Frenchman who kidnapped her and plans to sell her. This book really caught my interest, as did the previous book in this series. Full of betrayal, confusion, and love, and forgiveness, it is a very good read.
This was a nice conclusion to the Charles Town Belles series. I didn't especially care for Grace's character. Rafe was okay, but he didn't seem quite real enough. On the other hand, I did find some of the secondary characters quite fascinating. The plot was fantastic, and though I didn't quite connect with the characters, I was excited to see what would happen in the end. The ending was actually quite funny and I thought it was great. It was definitely my favorite scene in the whole book. I think that it is awesome that MaryLu adds God into her stories without putting in too little or too much. It is just right. I would recommend this as a nice conclusion to the series.
Just like every single other book by MaryLu Tyndall, this was a page turner. I literally couldn't put the book down. I kept reading and reading, not even able to put it down to eat supper. I would carry it to the table and eat! I love the characters and how they continue on and how they interacted with each other. This book was so good because it reminded me of myself. I felt so much like the characters that it was almost scary. It inspired me to be better than I am. Excellent job Captain Tyndall