Characters also caught me up in their brief yet stirring stories adding fullness to Forsaken Dreams The only thing that bothered me a bit about this book is Eliza s lack of concern that Blake is not a believer when she is about to marry him However he does end up surrendering his life to Christ before their marriage Ultimately though it was an enthralling read Marylu Tyndall created a story of redemption and true love bitterness swallowed up by forgiveness and hopeless lives turned around by the everlasting and all compassing love of Christ Jesus A great thanks to Marylu Tyndall for writing a story that touched my heart and renewed my abundant love of reading This book is absolutely amazing I could not put it down Forsaken Dreams is filled with awesome plot twists daring adventure beautiful romance and a powerful message of forgiveness You don t want to miss it MaryLu Tyndall never disappoints Escape To ParadiseLet me take you on a seafaring adventure in a brand new series from best selling author MaryLu Tyndall This book had me drawn in on the first chapter You think you can maybe stop at the end of a chapter but when you get there you want to go onI loved itColonel Blake Wallace A leader and organizer of the expedition to Brazil and decorated war hero wanted for war crimes by the union and suffers from post traumatic stress disorder He has seen enough death to last him a life time and is eager to leave his homeland for the pristine shores of Brazil and the prospect of a new utopian communityEliza Crawford Widow was married to a general in the northern army Eliza seeks passage on Wallace s ship as a nurse She is harboring a dirty secret and not being wanted by the south or the north not even her southern fatherThoughts of Brazil of its golden shores lush ungles and fertile soil caused tears to flood her eyes once again Would she be a part of the new world these colonists were building never have a chance at a new life a new beginning Forsaken for one mistake Would danger from the seas and man keep them apart from the peace and love of the land they long for Love does conuer all and good does conuer evilThis book was so good i did not want it to end If you have or have not read any of Mrs Tyndall s books this would be a good one to start on I rated it a five star because it was that good Don t forget to pick up the second book in this series November 2013 A wonderful story that kept me entertained and had me flying through the pages I loved the characters and enjoyed the plot I don t think I ve ever read a book uite like this oneForsaken Dreams had me rooting for Eliza and Blake but it seemed like things would never work out for them and so I was nervous for a majority of the story especially near the endAll in all a great book and I recommend it if you enjoy historical romance with some danger I received a complimentary eBook copy for my honest review As always all thoughts and opinions expressed are my own Each of MaryLu Tyndall s books gets better and better as new ones are published which is saying a lot because I have loved every single one of themForsaken Dreams is no exception It encompasses many page turning ualities that I loved adventure romance and a thrilling plot lineThis story centers around a group of Southerners who leave everything they once lost home to start a new life in Brazil after the devastations of the Civil War They hope to create their own Southern Utopia in the new land which is called a paradise What is amazing is that this really happened in history I never knew that before but Southern colonists really went to Brazil in hopes of creating a utopia Colonel Blake Wallace who lost his whole family in the war leads this group wanting the very same goal as them a new life He wants to escape his past and all the me What did I think I think that I have almost gone crazy over this series because I have now finished all three books and am incapable of getting out of that world and moving on with other things I mean I ve been reading another book for what three days now and I haven t even made it to page 100 because I simply cannot focus and still think about the wonderful characters I met in Escape to Paradise Yes it was that good I couldn t put it down and I wanted to shush everyone and everything around me so that I could ust focus on this book hard to do when you re on a plane sueezed between strangers but yeahAnd do you know I almost almost DNFed this I know what the heck right I hate it when a book starts with a situation where the reader doesn t know what is going on then it flashbacks to a few years ago then forwards to a month before the story then back again and th. Oring a dirty secret and a blossoming hope for a fresh start But once the voyage begins troubles abound Dangers at sea and enemies from within threaten to keep Blake and Eliza from the new life and love they long for.
45 stars Really liked itForsaken Dreams is an intriguing blend of romance and adventure but it is very character driven Eliza and Blake are very easy to like and I loved the historical atmosphere of how they were all struggling with the aftermath of the Civil War It s written very realistically and the voyage was both literal and spiritual Although Brazil is mentioned as the ultimate utopia and readers may think Brazil I am not interested in Brazil this is not a novel about Brazil It is about survival on the seas and survival from the effects of a war which stripped faith from those on this ourney and perhaps utopia could mean wherever God is Blake s entire family was wiped out by Union soldiers and Teaching Machines just like many other Southerners after the Civil War he seeks some peace of mind and peace of soul The only way he can do that is to travel far away from the country who wronged him Several travelersoin in on his Borderline Personality Disorder journey to Brazil including Eliza and former slaves Eliza was a Southerner through and through until she married a man from Pennsylvania Even though that was before the war no one can forgive Eliza even after her Yankee husband is dead No one wants to be around Eliza and she attempts to keep her true identity a secret as she seeks new life in Brazil The fellow passengers on the ship New Hope have secrets as well and they unravel slowly during the voyage Each character lends to a bit of a truth to the atrocities of the war and puts a face to those who suffered even the former slaves Tyndall boldly portrays the story as historically accurate as possible with regards to how the Southerners relate to having the former slaves sharing their space with them and I felt it was told with as much truth as possible Slavery was a way of life that was an integral element to the Southern plantations and after the war there was little hope of carrying on with those plantations without helpIt is these former slaves and southerners with pasts littered with transgressions such as thievery alcoholism and prostitution that make up this hopeful voyage as they yearn for a new beginning The struggle with faith is a leading factor of this story as Eliza and Blake desperately try to make their peace with each other and with what God has thrown at them Deftly portrayed we can feel empathy even for the worst voyagers on the ship though we really would like to know their secrets There are some creepy and frightening moments aboard New Hope and I can only imagine what is going to happen in Brazil The minor complaint with this novel was the time shifts in the very beginning but soon enough things evened out and I was able to invest myself fully in the storyForsaken Dreams is the perfect novel for those who are interested in seeing if romance can survive very extreme circumstances and for those ready for a voyage with some intriguing characters This is book one in a series so there will be some things left unsaid which will make you want to read book twoust as I am eager to I enjoyed this story for not being a predictable boy meets girl and sees the light type of christian historical as the author offers a plausible well written drama that kept me intrigued throughout the novel Even as we are left longing for book two my fellow readers will come away with knowledge of the hopeful message of faith that satisfies any Christian reader Original from Have you ever sat through a movie and it seemed to end way too soon There was so much excitement going on twists at every turnyou think Why oh why did it have to end so soon That is exactly how I felt when I read the final sentences of Forsaken Dreams I was so captivated by the characters and what they were going through that I didn t want the book to end I need to know what happens next in their adventure But alas I must wait for MaryLu s second book in this seriessheer torture Like in her other books I found myself loving some of the characters and wanting to smack others I refuse to go into any specific details because I really don t want to spoil anything for others who have yet to read Forsaken Dreams I can say this that MaryLu does an excellent ob mixing history with fiction letting you have a taste of what might have happened to some Southerners during that time in history I am in awe of the way MaryLu writes how she seems to put you right in the middle of the storybringing all of your senses to life So let s sum it up shall we adventure romance intrigue all wrapped up with a gorgeous bow of God s presence Need I say Though I was given a copy by the author to read I was under no obligation to give a positive review Forsaken Dreams is an amazing adventure full of trials lov. Embark on a seafaring adventure in a brand new series from bestselling author MaryLu Tyndall They left everything behind to build a new Southern utopia After witnessing the death and destruction caused by the Civil
E friendships and storms I was swept right into the story when we find the ship New Hope in the middle of a storm We soon learn that this ship is full of Southerners who are on their way to Brazil to begin a new life after the Civil War ended All of these Southerners are dreaming of a better life and hope to escape the pain of their pastsBlake was an officer for the South He lost everything after the war so he put together a group of people to begin a new colony in Brazil where he hopes to build a new lifeEliza is a war widow She worked as a nurse during the war and she is trying to escape her past Eliza s deceased husband was a general for the North and she is rejected by both the North and the South causing her to keep her past a secret from the rest of the passengersMost of the passengers are excited to embark on their ourney and begin anew However they encounter many trials and hardships on the way causing them to uestion whether this is what they really want to do Different enemies try to keep them from their destination whether those enemies be storms Yankees thieves or other kinds of weather With different secrets swirling around the ship it s hard to keep things hidden When different passengers find their lives connected through the past it s even harder to keep the past in the past Bitterness will rise as people become prejudiced against each other and especially Eliza If their colony is going to thrive everyone must learn to overcome their bitterness and learn how to forgiveI have read several of MaryLu Tyndall s books and have greatly enjoyed each one Forsaken Dreams was no exception Each chapter left you with uestions that you wanted answers to so you kept reading unwilling to put the book down Just when you think you know what is going to happen or you think everything is going to be resolved another twist enters the story sending you on a new surprising path I really enjoyed the historical part of the book and learning about Confederate soldiers who relocated to Brazil I never knew about that until I heard about this book and it definitely makes for an interesting story I thought MaryLu did a great ob at capturing the bitterness of the South I was shocked at how bitter and angry the Southerners could be in this book but we can see that their lives have been turned upside down and they are very upset about it Overall I thought this was a fantastic book I was sad when it ended but I am happy to know that it is a part of a series and I have the next book to look forward to I thought the book ended satisfying enough as it leads us into the next book but doesn t leave us with a huge cliffhanger As I said before I loved this book very much and would recommend it to anyone who is looking for an adventuresome romance that will sweep them away Setting The Civil WarEliza Crawford wants only to start over and forget all the ugliness of the Civil Warin which she has lost everything Eliza is also carrying a terrible secret that could now affect how people will treat her if they find out including Colonel Blake Wallace Blake is the person spearheading this adventure to Brazil and he is also recovering from the horrors of the War as well All Blake seeks is peace and uiet but will the dangers of the high seas prevent this ragtag group going there from finding out what they are looking for Or will they discover danger in their dreams of a utopia A great start to a new series by this author indeed This story will take readers on a wild adventure on the high seas with romance deep secrets intrigue and a chance at finally having happiness after the horrors of the Civil War Great historical detail of the time period with strong characters and a few surprises thrown in Beautiful cover art for these books and I look forward to reading book 2 Elusive Hope which is for my next read I think Forsaken Dreams is my favorite novel by Marylu Tyndall so far It was captivating heart rending and fresh A whole new story but still with the usual ships rough oceans and sea battles that are always included in Marylu s books I loved the character Eliza Crawford and Blake too even though his extreme bitterness at times made him a little unlikable Their love story was a beautiful one about redemption forgiveness and most importantly trusting God It was thrilling I also very much enjoyed the secondary characters set in the story Angeline Moore has me intrigued and I can t wait to read the next book in Escape to Paradise And James I m hoping for healing and blessings in his life too Also I am interested to see what Hayden and Magnolia s attraction leads to and how Sarah and Lydia cope with living by themselves The rest of the. Ar Colonel Blake Wallace is eager to leave his once precious Southern homeland for the pristine shores of Brazil and the prospect of a new utopian community Widow Eliza Crawford seeks passage on Wallace’s ship harb.
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