Grace Westcott was en-route to minister to an ailing Timothy Roberts on a dark, rainy night with her maid, Alice, although warned by her father and brother-in-law not to go these dangerous expeditions. But Grace was doing Gods work: feeding the poor, tending to the sick and spreading the Gospel! When she the Roberts had not called for her.Grace was accosted and taken captive by men with swords and guns and taken to the ship of Captain Rafe Dubois, a mercenary who helped the poor. His mission with Grace was to sell her to Don Miguel de Salazar in Columbia, in retribution for the death of Dons son by Graces father.Betrayal, bitterness, revenge, piracy, and anger make for bitter decisions made by the Captain. Grace prays for Gods rescue, but she receives no answer. Surely God sent her on this mission to save the Captain and his men! But no one listened to her.The Captain took a detour to his childhood island, where he distributed food and clothing to the poor.Mr. Thorn, the Captains first-hand mate, helps Grace to escape, only to be robbed and left homeless for days. She meets Nicole, a woman of the night. Nicole arranges for her to go to a Christian mans home, the Captain father, Henri DuBois, in order to secure her way back home.Rafe finds Grace there, and helps her escape. His anger and revenge almost overtakes Rafe against his father. Upon rescuing Grace, Rafe finds his ex-fiance, Claire Dubois, his fathers wife, and her slave, Annette, aboard his ship. Chaos reigns.Grace finds herself helpless in reaching these men for the Lord. Shes again held captive aboard ship, and she finds herself weak to do anything. Does Grace find Gods will for this horrifying adventure? Will she be used to redeem these men and women? Does she find her way back home?This book will keep you turning the pages, as scenes change from moment to moment. Enjoy!
I love M. L. Tyndall! I read lots of Christian fiction, and M. L. Tyndall is one of my favorites writes. She is a wonderful writer! "The Raven Saint" is the best of the the Charles Towne Belles series.
MaryLu Tyndall delivers a riveting romance on the high seas in a book that steams up the pages as much as the tropics it sails through. A master at creating conflict, shes written a story about a hero who needs to sell the do-gooder heroine so he can raise money to do good. Sure, Capt Rafe Dubois has his morals a tad confused but the sale of Grace Westcott is for a really good cause the money is going to build a hospital for orphans. And shes not just some random woman he picked off the street her father was the British admiral who was responsible for his mothers death. I felt the tension of Rafe's turmoil when he looks upon the beautiful Grace. He loved his mother and wants revenge, yet he starts to feel things which have no place in his chosen life. He's made a promise to deliver Grace to the don and what is a man if he doesnt stand behind his word?A devout Christian, Grace Westcott isnt afraid to speak her mind and advise someone when they arent on their way to heaven, like she did to her own sister. Grace believes God has placed her on the heathen ship to spread the gospel. Shes very good at picking out the sinners and shes not afraid to tell them to kneel before the cross. And yet we see Grace desperately searching to find Gods calling for her life. She cant see how perfectly pious she is until she accepts her own small existence in Gods vast universe and realizes God listens to the prayers of the lost as well as the faithful.Part of the enjoyment in MaryLu's books is her accuracy for detail whether the reader is climbing the rigging of a tall ship, running through an 18th century immoral town or engaging in a swordfight. Swashbuckling action worthy of a major motion picture. Heat Level: Sensual (nothing a teen couldnt read)Spiritual message: Strong
MaryLu Tyndall has rapidly become one of my favorite authors. The Raven Saint is book three in the Charlestown Belles Series and it could well be my favorite.Grace Westcott lives a peaceful life serving God by helping the poor and trying to steer the souls of her wayward sisters. She is sure of herself, her faith, and her God, until the day a French mercenary kidnaps her. Captain Rafe Dubois informs her she is to be sold to a Spanish Don in Colombia. While Grace fears the ramifications of this she tries to believe God has an ultimate plan for her.Rafe Dubois spent his life as a mercenary avoiding the riches of his inheritance and a tyrannical father. Rafe is known on his home island as a man who gives his bounty to the poor and promises large sums of money to an orphanage. The money he will receive for Miss Westcott will fulfill that promise.Neither of them is prepared for the other. Or love. Can Grace learn that it is her own faith that needs an upheaval? Can Captain Rafe learn that Grace's God is really there for him too? Can Love save them both as their hearts learn to love each other?MaryLu Tyndall weaves wonderful stories filled with love and intrigue, despair and hope, grace and mercy. I could almost feel the ocean breezes and smell the salty air. I highly recommend this book. I also highly recommend the first two books in the series, The Red Siren, and The Blue Enchantress. You'll be hooked on them. Then you'll want to go out and pick up her other books, too.