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Forsaken Dreams (Escape to Paradise Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

MaryLu Tyndall
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Book Description

Embark on a seafaring adventure in a brand-new series from bestselling author MaryLu Tyndall. After witnessing the death and destruction caused by the Civil War, Colonel Blake Wallace is eager to leave his once precious Southern homeland for the pristine shores of Brazil and the prospect of a new utopian community. Widow Eliza Crawford seeks passage on Wallace’s ship harboring a dirty secret—and a blossoming hope for a fresh start. But will dangers from the sea and from man keep them from the peace and love they long for?

Escape to Paradise Series:
Book 1 - Forsaken Dreams
Book 2 - Elusive Hope
Book 3 - Abandoned Memories - July 2014

Books In This Series (3 Books)
Complete Series

  • Editorial Reviews


    The forces of good versus evil are apparent throughout "Forsaken Dreams," and I am intrigued and motivated to read the next book in the series.  There is no doubt that MaryLu Tyndall is a talented author who writes stories with unique settings that offer powerful messages of love, forgiveness, redemption, and peace.  
    (M. Banton Ramblings of 2 Readers 2013-01-13)

    Just when I thought MaryLu could not possibly top her last book, she totally blows me away with another! This book is utterly fantastic, and I had a terrible time putting it down. Not only does the plot surround the hero and heroine, but there are also fascinating subplots involving the secondary characters aboard the ship. ...Very well written with realistic characters, an utterly compelling storyline, and tremendous use of imagery, I can honestly say...MaryLu Tyndall has crafted a masterpiece here! I simply can't wait for Book Two in this series!
    (Diana Flowers Sharing Stories of Faith and God's Healing Power 2013-01-12)

    Oh, where do I begin? I’ve read four other books by MaryLu Tyndall, but this one- this one was certainly the best out of all of those of hers I’ve read. I’ve always loved larger-than-normal casts of characters, where intersecting stories combine into one great plot. My own writing tends towards this direction, but I haven’t read a lot of novels like this. I think that’s why I liked this book so much.
    (Hayden Wand A Tree, A Book, and a Breeze 2013-01-24)

    This book grabbed my attention from beginning to end. I could not put it down. I knew Marylu was a FANTASTIC writer, but this book has only further shown what an amazing, talented author she is. I, as with all her books have found a renewed faith through her writing. This one especially. Her way of stepping into the character and trying to understand what life would be like for them is nothing short of amazing.  She makes the character come alive in a way that many authors before her would have failed at. It is a very good read and I will suggest this book a hundred times over.
    (Shawna A Book Bargains and Previews 2013-03-26)

    Emotional, action-packed, riveting and inspirational are just some of the thoughts I had about this romantic adventure. As always, Ms. Tyndall’s detailed accounting of landscapes, sunrises and sunsets to the inter-workings of a ship of this era are tantalizing keeping you on the edge of your seat wondering what will happen next. Characters’ diverse personalities, skill-sets, strengths and weaknesses are blended well bringing them to life, if only in your imagination.
    (Trudy Once Upon a Romance 2013-05-13)

    Book Description

    First in a brand-new series from bestselling author MaryLu Tyndall, Forsaken Dreams launches readers on a romantic adventure as Colonel Blake Wallace leaves the war-torn South behind to build a utopian society in Brazil. But will unexpected dangers on the ship and the secret of one captivating lady keep him from beginning anew?



    Product Details

    • File Size: 1030 KB
    • Print Length: 322 pages
    • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1616265965
    • Publisher: Shiloh Run Press (March 1, 2013)
    • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
    • Language: English
    • ASIN: B00AYP6OQ0
    • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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    • Lending: Enabled
    • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #203,747 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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    42 of 44 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Come Along to Paradise. February 21, 2013
    Utopia, have you ever dreamed of such a place? A place where there is no war, no hatred, no prejudice, a place where you can leave your past behind and start your life anew. If so, then come along with MaryLu Tyndall in her latest series, Forsaken Dreams; Escape To Paradise; Book One.

    The year is 1866 and the United States is just beginning to rebuild after the horrific Civil War. The Yankees are still in full force in the South and there is vast devastation everywhere you look. Southerners are longing for the days of prosperity and wealth that once defined them, so when Colonel Blake Wallace organizes an expedition to Brazil, a land of new beginnings, he has no trouble finding people eager to go with him looking to start their lives anew. People like Confederate army nurse Eliza Crawford, James Callaway, former army doctor turned Baptist minister along with a vast mixture of people from all walks of life, carpenters, farmers, plantation owners and even former slaves each and every one of them is seeking a new start in life.

    Colonel Blake Wallace is a man haunted by the specters of war, scenes too gruesome to dwell on but some days they come rushing back to him with a furor so intense he loses himself in their memories. Blake is hoping that he can forget it all and have a new life in the beautiful tropical country of Brazil. But can you really rebuild your life with so much unforgiveness in your heart? Will he be able to let go of it before he loses the one thing in his life he values the most...Eliza?

    Eliza Crawford, former Army nurse, is a young beautiful widow forsaken by her family and carrying a horrible secret that has made her want to escape to Brazil. If the people on this expedition knew it the most would want to send her to a watery grave.
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    26 of 27 people found the following review helpful
    By JoleenG
    I had no idea people from the South migrated en mass to Brazil to try and start over! What a great piece of history was uncovered for me by MaryLu!

    What struck me this time, was MaryLu's ability to suck me into the next chapter. Seriously, if I knew I had to stop reading (to go to bed, make dinner, etc.) I had to stop at one of the mid-chapter breaks because if I waited to the end of the chapter there was no way I was putting it down! I read through it in 2 days.

    What a great cast of characters, too! I felt like I was watching a mystery dinner while on board a ship! (How fun would that be?!) What will happen next? What quirk or detail will I learn now? What fun!

    I also love how she doesn't shy away from the spiritual side of Christianity. We battle against powers of darkness not just flesh and blood, & that is woven into this story. Not many Christian adventure/romance writers dare go there but MaryLu does & she does it beautifully.

    I immediately fell in love with Colonel Blake Wallace. Who wouldn't? His character is so well crafted! I can't help but admire him. And the rest of the crew? Oh...I can barely stand it knowing that there's more to be told in the coming series books & I can't get my hands on it yet!

    This book is TOTALLY bookshelf worthy!

    (even though I received an advance e-copy of this book through for an honest review, I will be purchasing it for my own shelf)
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    18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Engaging story masterfully written!! March 17, 2013
    By NoelaN
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    Forsaken Dreams is yet another masterfully written and engaging story by MaryLu Tyndall that will sweep you off your feet and plunge you into an exciting sea-faring voyage full of danger, mystery, romance, and faith! Exceptionally written with such crisp and dramatic visualizations, you'll need to get your passports in order!

    A relatively small brig called the New Hope, is about to embark on a perilous and arduous journey to deliver its passengers to Brazil. It is the hope and anticipation of this group of people from the South that they may begin their lives afresh with the promise of wealth in a land of plenty, after the unspeakable horrors of the Civil war which had devastated their lives.

    But will they reach their destination? Ferocious storms plague their journey causing churning waves to explode upon and pound the ship mercilessly, while the crew struggle for control and their very lives. Many of those travelling have terrible and burdensome secrets that are in danger of being exposed and creating even more turmoil upon this ill-fated ship. Additionally, the Captain's instruments are either being broken or mysteriously disappearing. There is a foreboding evil that seems to shadow this ship and its voyage, but what or who is causing this darkness to pursue them?

    Colonel Blake Wallace, a decorated war hero of the South, has organized this group of Southerners to sail with him to begin the new community. He loathes all things Northern for he lost his family, his home, and his land, and continues to suffer from a war injury. Blake had inflicted much damage on the enemy and rose to the rank of Colonel within just a year, thereby ensuring the appearance of his name on the Union's most-wanted list for war crimes.
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    26 of 29 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Love, Hope, Restoration! February 21, 2013
    MaryLu Tyndall has created another story filled with hope, romance, and the beauty of second chances. Especially loved her hero and the tender, brave way he wins his heroine's heart. It will melt yours! Especially realistic and moving is the spiritual thread. From the stunning cover to the last page, this story is hard to set aside. Beautifully done! Cannot wait for book 2!
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    5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
    I enjoyed it very much, now I have to go to the library to get the next book .
    Published 21 days ago by Char Stursma
    5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing!!
    Loved it!!!
    Published 27 days ago by Justine
    5.0 out of 5 stars Enthralling...
    I think Forsaken Dreams is my favorite novel by Marylu Tyndall so far. It was captivating, heart-rending, and fresh. Read more
    Published 1 month ago by Shantelle H.
    4.0 out of 5 stars I have a feeling this is just the beginning...and an interesting one...
    MaryLu is one of my favourite authors.

    This novel was a little confusing at first (I do have brain damage which twists things even more) but I soon caught on. Read more
    Published 1 month ago by MJOYB
    3.0 out of 5 stars Historical fiction is always fun to read when it's done well
    Historical fiction is always fun to read when it's done well. Though Forsaken Dreams has a few odd moments, it's a good example of the genre with its references to the Civil War... Read more
    Published 2 months ago by Alexa @ Alexa Loves Books
    5.0 out of 5 stars a very good historical journey
    I found this book to be captiving. A journey in those times at that distance under those circumstances was close to of unheard of by the colonists. Read more
    Published 2 months ago by Phyllis Hill
    5.0 out of 5 stars Phenomenal. Loved it!
    Very well written. It keeps you on the edge of your seat wondering (as a good book should). Can't wait to read the rest of the series and other books by this author!
    Published 2 months ago by Andrew Haskins
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    Good read
    Published 2 months ago by Duane Maack
    4.0 out of 5 stars Romance on the high seas
    This story combines, adventure, romance and reliance on religion. At the end of the Civil War a great many people in the South left their broken homes and lives and moved to some... Read more
    Published 3 months ago by Lindah
    5.0 out of 5 stars Dreams
    Placed in history with romance involved. Heartbreaking in many places but has a most happy ending with opening for next in a series.
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    More About the Author

    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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