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MaryLu Tyndall pulls out all the stops in this sweeping conclusion to her epic series! Plenty of adventures and danger lurk within the pages but as the colonists battle the elements and struggle to build and rebuild their community, it appears that something more sinister and unseen may be at work. Tyndall's depth of character development, her multi-faceted plot, and her flair for romantic tension kept me breathlessly turning pages while the underlying spiritual message was thought-provoking. This book--and the whole series--would make an incredible movie.
(Linda Attaway Mocha with Linda 2014-07-10)

Book Description

Running from the law, Angeline Moore longs to make a fresh start in the Confederate colony of New Hope, Brazil. James Callaway longs to create a city founded in the strong morality he holds dear. But a series of strange happenings soon lead the colonists to believe they have been brought to this place for a divine purpose.

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Product Details

  • Series: Escape to Paradise (Book 3)
  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Barbour Publishing Inc.; GLD edition (July 1, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1616265981
  • ISBN-13: 978-1616265984
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.4 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.3 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (78 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #187,241 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Acclaimed author, M.L. (MaryLu) Tyndall dreamt of pirates and sea-faring adventures during her childhood days on Florida's Coast. After obtaining a degree in Math and working as software engineer for 15 years, she decided to test the waters as a writer. With now more than fourteen books published, she makes no excuses for the deeply spiritual themes embedded within her romantic adventures. As a follower of Christ, her stories often reflect her own journey and walk with God. Her hope is that readers will not only be entertained but will be brought closer to the Creator who loves them beyond measure. In a culture that accepts the occult, wizards, zombies, and vampires without batting an eye, MaryLu hopes to show the awesome present and powerful acts of God in a dying world. A Christy award nominee, MaryLu makes her home with her husband, six children, and four cats on the California coast, where her imagination still surges with the sea.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Angi G. on August 11, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
MaryLu Tyndall has written an explosive ending to a great series, and it’s an ending that will keep you on the edge of your seat. “Abandoned Memories”, the third and final book in the Escape to Paradise series, completes the story of several homeless Southern Colonists seeking a new place to call home. In the first book, they sail to Brazil in hopes of creating a new Southern Utopia, and the small colony of New Hope is born within its jungles. In this final story, the Colonists are faced with an increase in strange disasters and visions, pirates, and an evil that lurks within a strange temple. And it’s up to one man to solve the writings in an ancient Hebrew book. A book that holds the key to the strange happenings.

James Callaway is Pastor/Doctor to the small colony. Yet he feels like a failure on both counts. He came to New Hope, wanting a new beginning, yet memories from his past constantly remind him that he isn’t worthy of either title. Still, he struggles to begin again, hoping his new beginning will include a courtship with the refined lady, Angeline Moore.

Angeline Moore wants nothing more than to be a real lady like the others, and to live a life of normalcy. But secrets from her past, including hiding out from the law, are an endless reminder that this will never be. Blackmail becomes a threat as one of the colonists recognizes her from her years in the states, keeping her from the happiness she longs for…and a courtship with the finest man she’s ever known, James Calloway.

MaryLu ends the story with a dramatic climax that rivals an Indiana Jones movie and shows how the power of God can overcome the forces of darkness, reminding us that the same power resides in each one of His children. This is truly an enjoyable series that was inspired by actual historical accounts. Great job, MaryLu!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By TS Mathews on August 1, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
MaryLu Tyndall has once again written a book that took my breath away. Being taken back to the lush green jungles of Brazil was something I have looked forward to since I started this fabulous Escape to Paradise series. If you haven't read the two previous ones; Forsaken Dreams and Elusive Hope I would suggest you do so as you will be able to follow the storyline a lot better. Besides you don't want to miss Blake and Eliza, and Magnolia and Hayden's exciting stories.

It seems an evil presence is lurking in this magnificent jungle paradise that is seeking to destroy New Hope's residents. Even James Calloway the runaway minister turned doctor is still having haunting dreams and visions from his past. James feels he is a failure at everything he has attempted in his life and if the people of New Hope were to ever find out about his past they wouldn't want him as their spiritual leader. Thank God that the anonymity of this group of strangers will allow it to stay buried in his past!

Angeline Moore thought when she joined this group of diverse members on their trek to Brazil there was no way anyone of them would know the person she used to be. If only that were true; being constantly haunted by visions of people from her former life has made Angeline realize maybe you can't out run your past after all. Especially when two men from her former life are living with this small group of transplants; one was probably too drunk to remember her and the other is just waiting for the right moment to expose her to all of her new friends!

Angeline knows she should stay away from James but there is something that draws her to him; could it be he is the one man that she can finally trust with her heart? What will happen if her past comes to light?
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By CM on September 2, 2014
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I really enjoyed Abandoned Memories by MaryLu Tyndall. As the third book in the Escape to Paradise series, this book continues the story of the flawed characters who set sail from southern America to create a utopia in Brazil after losing the Civil War. The same cast of characters play a role in this book, but the two characters who take center stage are Angeline, a woman with a dark past, and James, a doctor-turned-preacher with just as dark a past as hers. Thrown into the mix of haunted characters and wild jungles are also powerfully evil forces set on destroying the fledgling community and unleashing havoc upon the earth.

The supernatural forces at war in the tropical jungle are reminiscent of the TV show, LOST, but the struggles the characters face are spiritual as they struggle to be the people God wants them to become. Along the way, they face secrets, deception, natural disasters, pirates, wolves, visions, and much more. Throughout it all, James and Angeline grow closer, but their love seems destined to be crushed by the world around them and their own past sins.

However, the story’s conclusion is satisfying as Tyndall masterfully weaves together the lives of the colonists and they face off against the forces of evil. The final pages also offer a beautiful conclusion to the struggles of the entire town.

This book (and series) is not one to miss! If you are looking for a book with adventure, suspence, romance, or even a few little scares, then this is the one for you!
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