Thursday, June 5, 2014

Forsaken Dreams (Escape to Paradise Series)

Title: Forsaken Dreams

Series: Escape to Paradise (Book #1)

Year: 2013

Author: MaryLu Tyndall

Summary: Embark on a seafaring adventure in a brand-new series from bestselling author MaryLu Tyndall... 

They left everything behind to build a new Southern utopia. 

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 once the voyage begins, troubles abound. Dangers at sea and enemies from within threaten to keep Blake and Eliza from the new life—and love—they long for. (from Goodreads)

Main Characters:
~ Captain Blake Wallace
~ Eliza Crawford

Review: I usually don't read this type of book, due to my dislike of so-called modern Christian fiction, but being sick in bed and finding this book for free on the Kindle, I'd thought I'd give it a shot.

On the whole, this book surprised me. There was a true feel of Christianity about it, more references about God, as if the author truly intended Him to be in the book, rather than mixing a bit of prayer in before publishing it to classify it as a Christian genre. The adventure around the ship, the well-developed characters, the mysteries, the riveting history around the end of the Civil War... it was you would define as page-turning. The book left many things unsolved, leaving a great desire to read the second book, Elusive Hope.

However, I'm not totally pleased. There were many descriptions of what I would label of the "mushy" kind that I didn't like at all. There was a lot of focus on physical appearance between characters falling in love, and while I'll agree that appearances can attract, we don't need to hear about his bulging muscles ten times! The touching between the man and woman before they were married I didn't approve of, either. Can we not have wholesome Christian fiction anymore?

So overall... torn feelings.

Advisory: While this is a romance book, there are a lot of kisses, so be warned. Other than that, some mild action as the characters encounter storms, villains, and other hardships.

Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

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