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Surrender the Heart (Surrender to Destiny)

Surrender the Heart (Surrender to Destiny) [Kindle Edition]

MaryLu Tyndall
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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 890 KB
  • Print Length: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Barbour Books (1 Aug 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003S9WBZ2
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #417,196 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Surrender the Heart 26 Jun 2011
By Bunny
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Marianne and Noah find themselves engaged purely to satisfy their families needs, love doesn't come into it. Noah shows his displeasure by leaving the engagement party early but Marianne follows him, feeling his need to set sail that night for England hardly a good reason. She follows him onto his ship and gets distracted following a cat and knocks herself out on a crate. Meantime they've set sail. Marianne tries to sabatoge Noah's cargo to persuade him to turn back but this backfires and they get caught by a british warship. Capture, harsh conditions and an emerging love all help to make this a fabulous read. Once they're on the british ship the level of christian references increases which won't suit all readers.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Drags and annoys 26 July 2011
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I'm currently trying to get through this book and I have to say it drags. At points it becomes too fanciful to be even slightly believable. The story itself is reasonable but the author does seem to have a huge grudge against the British which I found rather amusing in the begnning but more tiresome towards the middle of the book. I am currently 75% of the way through the book and am in 2 minds as to whether or not to finish it. If I do finish it it will only be because of the time I have aready wasted in trying to read the book makes me feel as if I should.
So would I recommend this book to anyone? Well if you enjoy christian references along with American propaganda/mild racism towards the british then this is the book for you. The storyline is not original enough to warrant downloading the book otherwise in my humble opinion.
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24 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it! 3 Jun 2011
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I thought this was a really good read, some parts I thought was a little far fetched but could be overlooked.
Marylu Tyndall is good a weaving in points about the Lord through the book but not overpowering.
Great read for anyone who likes tall ships, romance and swashbuckling.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Guys don't read "romance" right? Think again. 23 Aug 2010
By T. Grider - Published on
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My wife ripped through "Surrender the Heart" over a couple of nights of staying up until 4 am. I was intrigued. What was in this (and the other Tyndall book previous) that was so captivating. So, I decided to read the book. Actually, I was pleasantly surprised. It was a good read. The author keeps the pace moving (the latter part of the book moves faster) and there is a good element of Divine Providence in the story. I have done a full review of the book on my site [...] (August 23, 2010). I would throw out the challenge that perhaps men ought to take the time to read "romance novels" such as Tyndall's book with their wives. Shouldn't we be interested in what interests the ladies in our lives?
36 of 40 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another swashbuckling hit for MaryLu Tyndall! 16 July 2010
By Susan Snodgrass - Published on
I have read every single book MaryLu Tyndall has written and she has done it again! Wow, what an adventure. She builds the suspense up until you about to burst. Then things explode. One thing I like about her books is that she is not shy about including the power of God in her characters' lives. A lot of Christian writers write books with just a word or two about God and I sometimes think they do this just to stay out of the general romance market. But Tyndall makes no bones about her beliefs and I applaud her mightily for it. This is the kind of book I want to read.
She writes so convincily that you can feel the sway of the ship and the mist of the sea fanning your face. I love her pirate stories, I truly do. Maybe she is a secret pirate herself. :) SEriously, her books are awesome and very well written and guaranteed to entertain and leave you thinking about them long after you have closed the book.
336 of 412 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Amazon should have a SEPARATE CATEGORY for Christian Romance 23 Jun 2011
By Rebecca Long - Published on
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I have absolutely NO problems with Christians or religious people or books. HOWEVER, when I buy a book I like to know what category it REALLY falls into. I've noticed that Francine Rivers and other Christian romance authors have particularly high ratings on their romance novels. I am glad that people enjoy Ms. Rivers' books, and this author's as well, but it really gives a skewed perception. These books are ranked high by people looking for Christian romance novels; these novels simply do NOT compare to other historical romance novels in style, content, pace, language usage, etc. These books are in a different category altogether. I now know that I need to read the reviews to find out what is really going on prior to buying books on Amazon. The summary by the publisher and Amazon don't mention the religious aspect of the novels and only the reviewers will point to the proper category of writing that these fall into. If Amazon just separated these off from regular romance novels to begin with, it would be most helpful; not only for people like me who want to avoid these novels but for people who actually want this style of writing. It's like trying to buy a mystery and finding out that you bought a horror book instead- to some people the difference might not matter, but to any avid follower of either genre, it matters a lot.
13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars You're destined to LOVE this book!!! 21 Aug 2010
By Amanda Stanley - Published on
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MaryLu Tyndall is a marvelous writer!! This woman can wield a pen like a cutlass, slashing out the most heart-pounding, romantic adventures on the high seas, right before our awestruck eyes! Her lyrical prose is like a sirens call, effortlessly drawing you into the story and keeping you a joyous captive of her charms! And her strong faith flows through the pages in some of the most powerful conversions and mighty deliverances, creating scenes that beautifully portray the awesome saving grace of Jesus Christ!

Marianne Denton was like a breath of fresh air from the usual "perfect in every way" heroine that we often find in a romance novel. Described as "plain and plump", she is a real girl, with real hurts, fears, insecurities and dreams. From highbrow to humbled low, her world is flipped upside down after a horrible event leaves her with the sole responsibility of a younger sister and a terribly ill mother. She must resort to drastic measures to procure her inheritance to aid in the rapidly decreasing funds of her family. Her mother's life depends upon it! Marianne's only hope comes in the form of her childhood nemesis. The boy, who lived to make her life miserable, seems intent on continuing the legacy as a man.

Noah Brenin believes he has something to prove and a great debt to pay. With tragic past regrets, that dog his every step, he is a man drowning under the heavy weight of guilt that drags him farther and farther away from an ever forgiving God. He is not the boy he once was, heartbreaking loss has a way of changing a person. But try convincing Marianne of that. Yet, his opinion of her is just as bad and just as unfounded.

Unforeseen events shine new light and begin to change long held opinions, charting a course neither imagined they would be sailing. Can these two people, hindered by their past, actually have a future together? Will they allow the Lord to replace their ashes with beauty and their fear with faith? Does God have an extraordinary destiny in store for ordinary people? If you are a MaryLu fan, this book is a must read! And if you've never had the pleasure of experiencing the kind of palpitations only she can give, well, this is a great place to start!

**And as a side note (though the man deserves a review all his own!)- Luke Heaton, Noah's first mate, ABSOLUETLY STOLE MY HEART!!!!! I didn't get nearly enough of him in this book! I have a VERY strong feeling that he will be the hero in the upcoming third book in this series (Surrender the Dawn, coming out in 2011)!! There is NO WAY MaryLu would dangle a strong, loyal, fearless, devastatingly handsome rogue in front of our faces (and hearts) like that and not give him the spotlight somewhere down the road! I refuse to believe it! This man has a story that MUST be told! And, if I am right (and PRAYERFULLY I am!), Luke's heroine has to be none other than Cassandra, Marianne's beautiful friend, with the fiery hair and emerald eyes!! Listen to me, LOL, the second book hasn't even come out yet and I'm already pining for the third! You'll understand why after you read this one ;)
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Christian book 17 Jun 2011
By Dragon Lady Ness-a - Published on
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This romance is a great story. It has all the elements I love - a strong heroine and hero, conflicted about their relationship, and daring action. I like the fact that Marianne isn't a stunning beauty, because most of us aren't outrageously beautiful, handsome or rich enough to do anything without thinking long and hard about the consequences. But future readers should know that this is a Christian book with an underlying religious agenda. There are no steamy sex scenes, which I was fine with as the story itself is strong enough to carry the romance without it. The only reason I gave this book four stars instead of five is that the prosletysing was a bit heavy-handed and I felt it actually detracted from the story.
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