19 September 2011

Review of MaryLu Tyndall's Surrender the Dawn

Surrender the Dawn
Surrender to Destiny Series #3.
Published by Barbour Publishing

Review by Carrie Fancett Pagels
Five Stars *****

What a Pleasure!
Cassandra Channing has known affluence and comfort, both of which are rapidly slipping away. When she is refused the opportunity to invest in a privateer, and what she feels is her last chance to obtain a return on her money (and support for her widowed mother and her siblings) she turns to the town rake. Cassandra resists God’s pull at her heart, angry that she has been loaded with burdens that are not of her own making.

Luke Heaton struggles with a desire to prove himself worthy as he also tries to kick his reliance upon alcohol to solve his troubles.  He has provided for his younger brother and refuses to give God the credit for any of his successes. But an error in judgment endangers those he holds most dear.

Against the backdrop of the War of 1812, these two all-too-human characters find that they must surrender to God and His will for their lives before their love can be realized.

Luke is a very appealing hero.  I loved his dry wit. This may be MaryLu’s best hero yet (once he kicked his bad habits!) We had such fun in our Colonial Quills Tea Party  recently chatting about what a great heart-throb Luke was!

This is MaryLu's best book yet! It is a MUST READ!!

Disability Friendliness: I read Surrender the Dawn on Kindle. It is also available in paperback. No audio version.

Giveaway:  Leave your comments and email address for a chance to win a copy of MaryLu’s latest book, your choice of format.
And MaryLu is having a contest with Jamie Carie, too, stop by Talk Like A Pirate Day on her blog!  


  1. Wonderful review, Carrie, and I agree, this is in my opinion, MaryLu's best yet! I hope that everyone will go out and buy a copy, it is sooo well worth it! Here's to one blessed winner!

  2. Thank you, Carrie, for the awesome review! I'm so glad you enjoyed the story, and uh-hum, my rogue hero, Luke. ;-)
    And thank you also, Diana!
    I hope you both have a wonderful "National Talk Like a Pirate Day" I'm having a contest on my blog if you're interested. http://crossandcutlass.blogspot.com

  3. Thanks Diana. This was a great book! MaryLu, we will see if we can get our pirate act together today while readying for conference! Thanks for the invite!!

  4. This sounds like a good book, thank you for hosting the giveaway.


  5. I already won a copy of this one :) Now I just need to get the second book, then I can start reading the series! I'm loving all these swashbuckling novels this year!!!

  6. I posted the link to the Talk Like a Pirate day on MaryLu's blog, too, Anne!

  7. Wfnren, Your name will be tossed into the hat (a pirate one!)

  8. This sounds like a winner. I appreciate your thoughts about it, thanks so much!


  9. CARRIE!!! This is KILLING me!!! MaryLu is one of my ALL-TIME favs and I am DYING to read this one, but I am chin deep in cleaning, cooking for ACFW guests and then preparing for co-teaching a workshop, so I have to wait till I can FOCUS on this MUST-READ novel. MaryLu is one of the few authors that I absolutely have to read every one of her books and then she is an absolute sweetheart on top of that. I always had a feeling Luke would be my favorite hero of hers because of his bad-boy past, so I am chomping to dive in.

    GREAT review ... GREAT author!!


  10. I totally agree with you, Julie! I had to defer my reading and then ended up staying up late at night so I could read it. He is her best hero yet, too! Well, I probably think that about each of them though so maybe that is not fair to say! St. Louis in only two days!

  11. Oh.. you both are SO SWEET!!!
    Julie.. I miss you! Thanks for all your kind words. I feel the same way about your books!!! And about you! Talk about a sweetie!
    And thank you again, Carrie... I'm praying you both have a great conference! Wish I could join you.. maybe next year!

  12. Marylu,
    Oh, I am so looking forward to reading this masterpiece of yours...

    A great review...thanks for the chance to read this fabulous novel :)

    kmkuka at yahoo dot com

  13. This comment is from my sis-in-law who can't enter a comment. Happy Birthday, sis!

    I would love to read this book...thank you for the opportunity!

    ~Barbara Smith


  14. Thanks Karen and Barbara for your comments! MaryLu is a talented writer.

  15. I would love to win this book!

  16. Marissa, glad to see you enter both giveaways...you just may win two awesome books! I'm holding down the fort here, as Carrie is in St. Louis at the ACFW conference. I admit to be a little jealous...would love to be there with her...sigh.;-)

  17. oops- I admit to "being" a little...sheesh!

  18. Love, love, love this book! I was swept away...:)

  19. Sherrinda! Thank you for sharing that with us! I know MaryLu will be encouraged by your comment. I agree...definitely my favorite book of ML Tyndall's.

  20. Sounds like my kind of hero.
    I would love to win a copy of this book.

  21. Shirley, Luke Heaton of Surrender the Dawn, and Colonel Mclinn of the Colonel's Lady are tied for 1st place as my all-time favorite heroes!

  22. His Sherrinda and Shirley! Thanks for coming by OTT! This is a great read! Thanks Miss Diana for being such a great blog partner!

  23. Hi! I hope I'm not too late! I would love a chance to win this book. Sounds great!! :)

  24. Hi, Rhonda. You are just in time...good luck in the drawing!!

  25. Carrie...another great review! This sounds like such a great read. I'll have to look for all of the series!
    Kelly Y in Virginia

  26. Thanks Kelly! I loved it as has everyone I have talked with about it. Have a blessed day!

  27. Thanks Carrie for the review..I love Marylu's books, she is a very talented writer. Can't wait to see if I win this one! tsmathews61@gmail.com

  28. Well, thanks for the FB reminder but I was SURE I'd commented already ladies... hmmm.

    MaryLu is on my go-to list of authors. I don't like to miss a single one of her books, so pretty please put my name in the drawing for Surrender the Dawn!

    debraemarvin (at the big yahoo in the sky)

  29. Congrats to Rhonda for winning a copy of Surrender the Dawn! Enjoy! Thanks to all of you who stopped by and please come back...more interviews, reviews, and great giveaways coming up soon!

  30. Yay! I was so excited that I won (and that the book(s) came!) that I took a picture of the book(s) when they arrived, and shared it on Facebook and Twitter. :-) Can't wait to read it!! This is the first time I have ever won at something like this!


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