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Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Surrender the Heart...Review

About the book:
On the brink of the War of 1812, Marianne Denton must marry to unlock her inheritance. Without the money, her mother can't receive medical care and her sister will be destitute. But Noah Brenin needs to sail his cargo to England before the war commences in order to prove his worth to his father and make enough money so he won't have to marry at all.

Defying his father's wishes, Noah loathes the idea of marrying a woman he finds plain and pompous. Marianne wants nothing to do with the rogue who taunted her as a child, yet she must convince him otherwise or her mother will die.

But when Noah walks out on their engagement party, Marianne chases him down and ends up on his merchantman out at sea. The situation worsens when Noah's ship encounters a British man-of-war and the couple are impressed into the British navy. While a young lad's prophecy of destiny looms over them both, Marianne and Noah are forced to face their darkest fears as they desperately try to find a way to escape and fulfill their destinies-destinies that could change the course of the war and history forever.

An enthralling story and one I had a hard time putting down.  Like her Charles Town Belle series, this one is full of swashbuckling sailors.  Marianne and Noah are feeling pressure to marry from both of their families.  The reason is money and neither one can completely overlook the fact that they're not in love.  But family pressure is strong and when Noah leaves their engagement party, Marianne follows him and ends up at sea.  The time is right at the beginning of the war of 1812 between England and America and the British are known for impressing or shanghaiing people into their navy.

When Noah's boat is overtaken and he and Marianne impressed into the British Navy, they come to grips with their own mortality, their relationships with God and their future together.

While a bit on the preachy side, this is an engaging story.  The characters are likeable and real and the action exciting.  God, friendship, love and a charming little boy bring it all together. 

This is the first in the new Surrender to Destiny series and I look forward to more.

Thanks to First Wildcard and Tyndale Publishing for the opportunity to review this book.  You can learn more about MaryLu Tyndall here.  You can read the first chapter here.  You can purchase your own copy here.

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  1. I signed up for this tour, but I never got the book. Marylu's books seem to get better and better. And while I agree that they are a bit preachy I always appreciate her perspective...

  2. Sounds like a great book!