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Surrender The Heart (Surrender to Destiny) Paperback – August 1, 2010
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A new historical series, Surrender to Destiny, centers around the War of 1812. Tyndall brings new life to the old story of finding romance during war. Her characters are courageous, smart and believe in what they are fighting for. --Patsy Glans RT Book Reviews 2010-08-11
Page by page and chapter by chapter MaryLu takes you on an adventure rocked by the waves of the sea. From the snuggles of Seafoam the cat, to the pressure of the darkness in the cabins to the verbiage and the practical pirates at sea I love every bit of it! Each story from MaryLu brings me dying for more! I'm desperately impatient in awaiting the next novel and more. This is a story to get in your heart. It will entertain you and educate you, cause you to look into yourself and grow spiritually as well as sigh in romantic bliss. It has it all. --Margaret Chind Creative Madness Blog
For the best in historical romance, commit to memory the name MaryLu Tyndall. SURRENDER THE HEART is just one of the many novels this wonderful author has written. With each new book I discover of hers I can rest assured she will provide me the utmost reading pleasure. This talented author puts a new spin on swashbuckling romance with her own unique style. You definitely will find yourself rewarded when you take the time to read any one of her novels. --Suzie Housley Romance Junkies Reviewer 2010-11-20
A mistrustful young lady desperate to save her family and a man burdened by guilt who longs to please his parents are both caught in the brink of a war that could change the course of history forever. Can they work together to bring liberty to their fledgling country?
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I didn’t like either of the main characters in the first few chapters, however the book did get better. In fact, it became a page-turner. I loved how both characters changed for the better, although they were never as bad as they appeared to start with. This was a good read.
Noah and Marianne were childhood friends, but Noah felt Marianne to be petty, prissy, and not pleasing to the eye. Yet Noah was unaware of Marianne's change in where her family was, as far as wealth and standing since her father's death. Marianne was securing marriage to Noah, to get her dowry, so she could purchase medicine for her ailing mother, as they were left without money due to gambling debt left by her father.
When Noah left Marianne at their engagement announcement, embarrassing her, she embarrasses herself, running after Noah, trying to get him to honor her. Noah only wanted to make Marianne relieve him from that duty. Marianne was so determined to corner Noah, she followed all the way to the dock, onto his ship, all to get lost on the ship, knocked out from bumping her head in the darkness and ending up sailing out to sea when she came too.
Then the story really gets interesting. Marianne is afraid of the water, unable to feel secure on the ship. Noah refuses to take her back to harbor, until he gets his goods to England. Both of them are dealing with past issues that have formed them, and a lot different to what each knew of the other. Marianne is determined to have Noah honor her. He's determined to get her to break their commitment. Marianne tries everything to get Noah to turn back, by destroying his goods, and causing them to be captured and held on an English ship as workers and servants mistreated, all to find they cared and admired one another.
I got caught up in what was going to happen next, and unsure what I thought of either character, ending up admiring Marianne's spunk, and Noah coming to terms with his fate and direction he truly wanted. The ending was just as it should be, but now I wander how Noah and Marianne faced when they got back to their families and how did their life turn out. But, I'm glad I took the sea with them both and witnessed how faith worked together for them a
Surrender the Heart is filled with a good balance of interesting characters. Marianne Denton, the reluctant heroine, considers herself to be plain and ordinary. Noah Brenin was certainly not my pick for a hero, but there is more to him than is at first apparent. One of my favorite characters is young Daniel, who seemed to have a very special bond with God and can always be counted upon to have a positive outlook, even in dire circumstances. Captain Milford is a maniacal, alcoholic; and Lieutenant Garrick is evil personified—“He’ll beat a man senseless for the smallest infraction” (Blackthorn).
If you enjoy historical fiction with a dose of romance, I think you will enjoy this book. I’m looking forward to the rest of the series, though you can easily read this book as a stand-alone novel.