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 ;)