18 January 2012

Review by Teresa Mathews of The Reliance by MaryLu Tyndall

The Reliance

Legacy of the Kings Pirates, Book 2

Review by Teresa Mathews
Five Stars~ *****

The story of Captain Edmond Merrick and his beautiful wife, Lady Charlisse Hyde continues in this second book in the Legacy of the King’s Pirates. They have had their share of problems and separations but as the story opens they are enjoying some beautiful and peaceful time together and are looking forward to the birth of their first child. They are visiting friends in the Caribbean, when the town is attacked by a band of pirates being led by an evil monster from their past. He is set on destroying their lives.

While trying to get Charlisse back to his ship and away from the horrors of the attack, Capt. Merrick leaves her in the safety of a church, only seconds later to witness an explosion that wipes out the church and all of his hopes for a future with his wife.

After witnessing what he thinks is the death of his lovely wife, Merrick turns his back on the God that could have stopped this from happening, and returns to the life of the evil pirate he once was. When Charlisse is taken captive by the man she fears most, her faith in God wavers also, especially when she thinks she has been abandoned by her husband, and the life of her unborn child is threatened. During this ordeal she comes to realize she must rely on God to be her strength and protection.

Aboard ship Charlisse meets a young woman, Lady Isabel Ashton, that has also been taken captive, and because of her, Charlisse has some protection from the lustful captain who has kidnapped her. When they finally come into port, Charlisse sees Merrick’s ship and hope rises that he will rescue her. With help from an unlikely source, Charlisse and Isabel escape from their captor, only to find out that Merrick is not with his ship but has taken up with another pirate in search of whom he thinks is the main cause of Charlisse’s death.

Will Merrick see the error of his ways…will he listen to that still small voice that he hears speaking to him, or will he keep drowning his sorrows in rum and forget God? How long will it take for Charlisse to find Merrick and when she does, will her love for him be able to survive what her eyes see and her heart cannot believe? Will they realize their only hope for survival is their full reliance on God to see them through?

WOW! What a wonderfully written book. If you like excitement, romance, and a dashing pirate thrown in, then this series is for you. MaryLu Tyndall is a talented writer, from the first page to the very last word printed, she had my full attention. She beautifully weaves a story that will pull you in so that you can almost feel the wind blowing on your face and smell the sea air. But what I really loved was the way she balanced the vileness of the pirates with the marvelous wonder of an awesome, powerful God. This is definite must read, I promise you won’t be disappointed matey!

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  1. Great review. Can't wait to read this one. Thanks

    misskallie2000 at yahoo dot com

  2. Thank you for the wonderful review, Teresa!
    And thank you, Miss Kallie!

  3. Great review Teresa!
    I guess I have to read this one after The Redemption :))

  4. Thank you for sharing this review with us on Colonial Quills, too, Teresa!

  5. I am a big fan of MaryLu's books. She writes with a style that just pulls the reader in from page one. I have not read the "republished" copies of this series. I think I have read all of the other books she has written.

  6. Marian, you'll have to let me know what you think of The Redemption when you finish... The Reliance is very different but if liked the hero and heroine in Redemption, you'll want to know what happens to them. ;-)

    Waving at Connie!! Thank you for your kind words!

  7. MaryLu, maybe I'm going to start reading The Redemption tomorrow!
    I planned to read another book to review for Carrie, but she don't need that review till the end of February, so I might read The Redemption first. I'm so very curious!
    I'll let you know. :)

  8. Teresa, an awesome review my friend! I loved these books when they were first released...even if I did think ML Tyndall was a man. hehe I thought this guy sure does know how to write the heroine's POV well, for a man!

  9. Thank you misskallie, I know you will enjoy reading MaryLu's books.

  10. MaryLu it was pleasure to read your books. I even found myself laughing out loud reading a few parts where God showed himself to those godless pirates! :)

  11. Carrie thanks, I would shout it on the rooftops if you would like, they are that good. :)

    Diana you crack me up BFF!

    Marian you have to let me know what you think...I KNOW you will love The Redemption. :)

  12. Thanks for this chance to win one of Mary Lu's books!
    I would love to be entered!

  13. wow! that's some review :)

    where's my book?! ;)


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