23 June 2015

Noela reviews THE RECKONING by MaryLu Tyndall

The Reckoning
The Reckoning (Legacy of the King’s Pirates #5)
Ransom Press; 1edition (June 5, 2015)

Reviewed by Noela Nancarrow
5 Stars *****

 ‘The Reckoning’ is a thrilling high seas adventure that ships the reader back in time to experience swashbuckling pirates in the Caribbean with all of its treachery and peril, a beguiling romance, and a faith that transcends time! From beginning to end, ‘The Reckoning’ is as invigorating as the salty sea spray on your face and as mesmerizing as golden fingers of sunlight glistening on turquoise waters.


Twenty-four year old Morgan Shaw is visiting San Diego’s Annual Tall Ship Festival with friends. Rocking boats aren’t her stomach’s favorite thing but somehow she finds herself in the bowels of an old pirate ship replica, while evading the boyfriend that had just jilted Morgan upon learning of her cancer. She feels wretched, alone, and unloved. She’s dying, and she also suffers from OCD and anxiety. Could anything get worse? How about ending up on a pirate ship, 300 years past? That’s exactly what happened when Morgan wakes up in the stinky sludge of the ships hold in the midst of a fierce pirate battle. She would have been sent right over the edge had it not been for blissful ignorance! Morgan reasons it has to be her flagrantly wealthy father staging a lavish production to get her mind off her troubles. Little does she know she’s in the midst of a ship full of unscrupulous and cutthroat pirates!

Captain (and notorious pirate) Rowan Dutton, is busily hunting treasure and almost has it in his grasp when a young woman in the most peculiar attire (known today as jeans and t-shirt) appears on deck, creating a colossal distraction. Angry but fascinated with this little minx and her strange words and fearless boldness, Rowan wonders if she is just foolishly brave or a complete lunatic!

Will Morgan ever make it back to 2015? Or will she die from lack of treatment? How can Morgan survive in a world so primitive and dangerous? Will she discover where she really is? And finally, the big question… Can this girl with all her problems, find love and peace with a pirate?

What an intriguing premise for a plot! From a depressing harsh reality to a frightening fantasy, this epic tale was exhilarating, unpredictable, and brilliantly written. Though there are centuries between Morgan and Rowan, the dialogue was authentic and deliciously entertaining. Should the concept of time-travel give you pause, I assure you that the author accomplishes it masterfully. As she does with the twists and surprises that you don’t see coming! Awash with humor and faith, this story has it all. Highly recommended!!

Rowan's ship - the 'Reckoning'
The secret treasure map



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'The Reckoning' can be found at these places: Amazon and Barnes & Noble

GIVEAWAY: Leave a comment below (and your e-mail if we don't know you) and you will have a chance to WIN one of TWO copies (one being an e-book) of The Reckoning!

92 comments:

  1. NOELA, your brilliant review knocked my socks off -- good thing it's a hot day! It makes me want to read the book all over again! What an absolutely amazing read!

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    1. Thanks Diana, yep good thing haha! This book is one of my top faves for the year!! I've nearly read it twice already.. :)

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  2. Noela, I love reading your reviews! Congrats MaryLu on the release of THE RECKONING. I love time travel and swashbuckling heroes....

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    1. Thanks Caryl, that's sweet of you! I reckon MaryLu could take any subject and turn it into a something spectacular! :)

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  3. Absolutely love your review, Noela - I really want to read this book!! Sure hope I win :) Congratulations on the release of THE RECKONING, MaryLu!

    bettimace at gmail dot com

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    1. Thanks so much Betti! I'm hoping you win too!! :-) I must warn you though, it's very difficult to put down once you start! ;)

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  4. Goodness, how did I not hear about this book????? Awesome review! Definitely grabbed my attention...and so did the time travel. LOVE a good time travel story! And I can just imagine some of the great dialogue that crops up because of the mixed centuries. Putting this on my Must Read List for sure. Oy...I need an eighth day in the week to catch up on my reading...maybe a ninth and a tenth as well.

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    1. Thanks Kav! Not quite sure how you missed hearing about this one but mayhap you were busy in another century? ;) Oh how I could do with a few extra days in the week as well!! Thanks heaps for coming by Kav!

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  5. Sorry to be late! I have my granddaughter today. She's just 15 months old and quite the handful. Anyway, my goodness, what an outstanding review, Noela!! Not only because you raved about my book, but because it was so well thought out and entertaining! Mayhap ye have a future in writing!? Bless you, bless you for your kind words! I'm beyond thrilled you enjoyed The Reckoning!! Heading off to share! Hugs!!!

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    1. Thank you for your lovely words MaryLu! I must admit I did spend a fair amount of time on this review as the quality of the story demanded it. A few prayers were involved too. ;) Hope you had a wonderful time with your ultra-cute granddaughter today! I know what a joy those precious little gifts from God are, from my two little grand angels! Hugs back!!

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  6. Lovely review!! I so, so can't wait to read The Reckoning; it sounds quite thrilling! By the way, congrats, Marylu!! Incredibly exciting that your pirate series is now four books long! :)

    Yay for pirate and faith stories! :D

    Blessings!
    shantelle(at)truevine(dot)net

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    1. Thanks Shantelle! It's actually 5 books long now! I released book 4, The Ransom, last year. :-) But I'll add my Yay! to yours for pirates and faith!

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  7. This sounds delightful! Not sure I would pick up a book involving time travel, but your review makes me want to...

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    1. Patty I promise it will definitely be worth your while!! :-) Thanks so much for coming by to read about MaryLu's book!

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  8. I have been very excited to read this newest book by Mary Lu! I really liked the review and think this book will be a winner! .If I do not win this book, I will definitely be buying it! Hope to see you all at the tea party tonight!

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    1. Yes The Reckoning is definitely a winner in my books, MammaG! But then all her books are. MaryLu is an author I know I can trust each and every time to produce a stunner that takes my breath away! :) I've slept in late for the party as I had a late one last night, but stuck my head in a few minutes ago... But alas other commitments are keeping me away! Foremost being replying to all these wonderful people who left a comment under my review! :)

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  9. Every time I see this book and read the summary the more I can't wait to read it.
    karenskrayonsatgmaildotcom

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    1. It's so worth it Karen, I hope you get to enjoy it real soon!! Blessings!

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  10. Sounds amazing!!! It makes me wonder what it would be like if that happened to me! What would I do and how would I react? Love pirates and faith! Love your books, Marylu!!!

    kutlesswjam2011@gmail.com

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    1. Exactly, Sarah!! MaryLu does such a fabulous job of allowing you to imagine that very thing! And doesn't she do pirates and faith just so brilliantly?! :)

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  11. Love the review Noella! I so want to read this.. I'm reading one of MaryLu's books now & loving it :)
    toss me in please...
    dkstevensneAToutlookD OtCoM

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    1. Thanks Deanna, enjoy the book you're reading! Mayhap you'll have another soon to begin once you're finished! Wouldn't that be cool! :)

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  12. Cool story. kamundsen44@yahoo.com kim

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    1. Certainly is, Kim! Thanks for coming by!

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  13. Sherry Westendorf
    Love your review. What a book to start reading and not put down till the last page. And then feel sad it ends. Then picking it up and reading it again. This is the kind of book you have here. I love, love, love them.
    tiger1_56311@yahoo.com

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    1. Thanks Sherry! Yes it sure is one of those books... Easy to start reading again once you've finished! All the best, Sherry!!

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  14. What an interesting premise--I'd love to win. cathylykens@hotmail.com

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    1. It's a fascinating plot isn't it, Cathy? So grateful God has blessed these wonderful authors with such a fascinating and vivid imagination! :)

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  15. Thank you for letting us know that the time travel thing doesn't detract from the story- I'm always hesitant when that's involved but it sounds like I need to read this book anyway!

    colorvibrant at gmail dot com

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    1. You're welcome Heidi, and yes you would definitely enjoy this book!! I've come to learn that MaryLu does such a stellar job of writing no matter the subject, she could write about aliens and I'd be there. Doubt I'd read about them with anyone else tho'.. ;)

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  16. It sounds wonderful. Would like to know how she comes out.

    imabrassy1(at)yahoo(dot)com

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    1. Guess you'll have to read it to find out, Connie! ;) Lol, it is sooo worth it though! And it is a delightfully unpredictable ending!

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  17. I've read several of MaryLu's books. She always has such intriguing stories.The Reckoning has such a unique premise, I'm wanting to read it to see how she handles it all. Thanks for the review and the chance to win the book.

    pmkellogg56[at]gmail[dot]com

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    1. You're welcome Pam! I totally agree with what you said!! Always intriguing, and always unique. A wonderful experience with each and every one!

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  18. Great review, great giveaway! Thank you for the opportunity!

    mauback55 at gmail dot com

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    1. Thanks Melanie, and all the best with your entry for this fabulous book!! :)

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  19. Thank you all so much for your kind words and interest in my book!!

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    1. Very much so, Mary!! Hope you get the chance to read it soon! Bless you!

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  21. I'm jumping up and down over here and waving my hands in the air...pick me, pick me!!! hehe :-)

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    1. Haha I see you Anne but we won't be picking until the end of the week so you might get a tad tired in the meantime lol! Hugs!!

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    2. I'm tireless when it comes to winning a book. ;) Just kidding. I might have to break down and buy this one.
      Hugs back at you, sweet lady!

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  22. What a great review! I cannot wait to get my hands on this book, I have been waiting for a book like this:)

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    1. Hopefully you'll have it in your hands soon and you wait won't have to wait much longer, Salyna!! :) Thanks!

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  23. Great Review ! Love MaryLu's books.
    Linda Finn
    faithfulacres7@gmail.com

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    1. Thanks Linda! They're pretty amazing books aren't they! Bless you!!

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  24. sounds like a great book! Shelia Hall sheliarha64(at)yahoo(dot)com

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    1. Sure is, Shelia! Hope you are blessed to read it soon!! :)

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  25. Thanks for the review! I'm interested to find out if this is a standalone novel, or if I can jump right in with this book? I'm not usually a fan of time travel in novels, but this sounds really intriguing!

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    1. Forgot my email! thesunsetwont (at) gmail

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    2. You sure can jump right in, Heather!! As it is part of a series, some other characters eventually make an appearance in the story from previous books, but it is not essential that you know them! Of course, if you have read the previous books in this series, you will love meeting up with them again! God bless!

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  26. I would love to win a copy!
    Stimmer@familylife.com

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    1. Okey doke Sharon, you're in the draw!! :) All the best!

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  27. This sounds so good! I love stories about pirates and adventures on the high seas. :)

    Cagould15@yahoo.com

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    1. An awesome combo isn't it, Carrie?!! :) Very exciting!!

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  28. This sounds so good! I love stories about pirates and adventures on the high seas. :)

    Cagould15@yahoo.com

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  29. Fantastically lovely review!!
    lattebooks at hotmail dot com

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    1. Thanks Susan, appreciate that! Blessings on your entry and you!! :)

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  30. I don't understand why my comment has not posted..

    Jessica Woodland from FB

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    1. Jessica, I'm not sure what went wrong but we have your entry and should you win, we'll find you through MaryLu's FB friends as I see you are friends with her. All the best and thanks for trying!

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  31. Can't wait to read this book! Love Marylu! biancarachele@gmail.com

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    1. You're going to LOVE it, Bianca!! :) God bless!

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  32. Not sure my first comment posted. Wonderful review. Can't wait to read it.
    email: writerbev@comcast.net

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    1. Thanks Beverly, and I'm so glad you tried again as I don't see any other comments from you! Happy reading when you get it in your hands! :)

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  33. This book looks so good. Thanks for the chance to win it! :-D bookgrace11(at)yahoo(dot)com

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    1. You're welcome Grace! It's a terrific book for sure!! :)

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  34. Trying again to enter my wish to win this exciting and outstanding book! Thanks for your wonderful review, Noela. This book sounds too good to be true. I never read about Pirates except in "Peter Pan" and this is much more to my liking. Hoping... flowersmarylou85(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. Haha Mary Lou, yes, this is infinitely better than Peter Pan!! I'm hoping right along with you for a win for you! God bless!

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  35. This sounds like an intriguing story! Thanks for the giveaway. dbdempsey98(at) gmail(dot) com

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    1. It sure is, Becky!! Intriguing is actually the perfect word for this story! :) You're welcome all the best!

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  36. Thank you for sharing your review with us, Noela! You've got me so excited to read The Reckoning that I don't know what to do with myself!! lol I have enjoyed every book by Marylu that I've read so far and I especially like her pirate ones. On an aside note, I love time-travel books. Which one of her books is your favorite? - Blessings, Juli emeraldelena@hotmail.com

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    1. Thank you so much Julianna!! :) Your comment was fantastic and made me laugh! I wish you all the very best with your entry! Hopefully you'll get to read it soon and then you'll know exactly what to do!! ;)
      Oh boy, asking me which one of MaryLu's books is my favourite, is like asking me to pick a favorite child, lol! I do have a special place in my heart for Veil of Pearls though as that was the first time I'd read a book by MaryLu. The rest as they say, is history! God bless and come by again!

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  37. Oh yes, this one is on my to-read list! I've seen some great excerpts on MaryLu's website and I definitely want this book! I even got a neat postcard in my mail today featuring "The Reckoning". Thank you for the chance to win this one :-)

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    1. And my email:
      teamob4 (at) gmail (dot) com

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    2. Oh how cool about the postcard!! All the best with your entry, Trixi, and God bless!

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  38. Loved this story. Hopefully I'll win a hard copy ;)

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    1. Wouldn't mind one of those myself as well Amanda, lol! Here's hoping for both of us! ;)

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  39. Excited about this book! Hoping to win a copy! Great review Noela! Thanks for the chance!

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    1. Thanks and you're welcome, Nancy!! Here's hoping you do, too! Blessings!

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  40. Hi Noela. Thanks for the good review of MaryLu's new book.. I have a few of her books. I just got a trilogy of hers, It is Surrender to Destiny. Will try to win this print. Maxie > mac262(at)me(dot)com <

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    1. Hi Maxie! Oh you will love the Surrender to Destiny series!! As you will this one too! All the best dear Maxie!

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  41. This book puts a smile on my face every time I read anything about it - love everything about "The Reckoning" , and have been excitedly awaiting the opportunity to read it. Your awesome, beautiful review has me picturing it's wonderful descriptions in my mind, Noela - thank you!! MaryLu's novels are always "top-notch" reading and filled with adventure, romance, and faith. However, I have a feeling this one could be her most entertaining and inspiring yet!!

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    1. Thanks Bonnie! Wow Bonnie, if you love it now, I can't imagine when you read it lol!! It's going to knock your socks off right along with Diana's. ;) I would say it's MaryLu's best except I know I have felt that about every single one of hers... But that being said, The Reckoning is REALLY good. :)

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  42. Sounds brilliant!! Great review Mum ;)

    kellycherie71@hotmail.com

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    1. Thank you for coming by the blog to read about MaryLu's latest, Kelly!! I know you will love this book sweet girl! Love you!!

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  43. Finally read one of MaryLu's books not too long ago. Looooved it!! Would absolutely love to win and read this book. Thanks for the review and for providing a giveaway! :)

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    1. It only takes one book of MaryLu's to become a fan, wouldn't you agree Sydney?! That's all it took for me as well. :) I hope you get to read them all Sydney, including this one, so all the best!!

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  44. I can't wait to read this new book!!! I bought it and am waiting for a chance to read it!!! Great review Noela. XOXOXOXO

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    1. Hope you get a chance soon Carrie! I know your schedule is pretty full, but I think this will be a quick read as it is virtually impossible to put it down! ;) Hugs and love!!

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  45. GAH!!! number 5!!! Question. Is this giveaway open internationally- for say an ebook?? Wondering, but understand if not. :-)

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  46. um, p.s. Thank you.

    Celita in Italy
    mrsdayseye (at) gmail (dot) com

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    1. I know, Celita!! Five is amazing isn't it, but oh boy I wish MaryLu would keep on going forever with this series!! ;) And yes, if we can send you an ebook if you are chosen as the winner, then for sure!! PS... You are most welcome!!

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