Forsaken Dreams by MaryLu Tyndall
Publisher: Barbour Books
Series: Escape to Paradise(Book 1)
Goodreads Summery: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?
Eliza is heading to Brazil to start over. She was a southerner who married a northerner and her family and fellow country men can not forgiver her for her choice. She hopes to keep her secret hidden and begin a new. Blake is in charge of the group heading to Brazil. He had been an officer for the south during the civil war and he needs to leave before he is hanged. The ship just gets out to sea as the north was on Blake’s trail. As the ship makes its way south there are many issues and problems that have some people on board thinking the voyage is cursed. Will Eliza get her fresh start or will her past catch up with her? Can Blake over come his war memories to lead the group to their new promise land and can Blake and Eliza find love when everything seems stacked against them?
I am very excited about this new series by MaryLu Tyndall. It’s a little different then some of her other books but very exciting.
What I liked: The characters are very likable. Not only do we learn about Eliza and Blake we also get to know the other people on the ship and a sneak peak at the main characters of the other two books that will make up this series. I really like how the spiritual side of the storyline of the series is being set up and I am very excited to see where it goes.
What I did not like: Over all there is not much I did not like with this book. The one thing that I did not love was the book started farther into the story and then jumps back quite a bit and we have to work our way back to that point. Not a huge deal but I so wanted to know what was going to happen next and I had to wait. A good way to get people into the book and hooked from the get go!
This was a great book and I can’t wait to read the next book in the series. I love how the author tells her stories from the sea and how her characters are so easy to like and so real. The one thing I will also ad is her books are not easy reads they have depth and quite a few characters that the reader has to learn. Thankfully she gave a cheat sheet at the beginning of the book which I had to go back and reference a few times at the beginning to help keep everyone straight. She also brings the dark side of the spiritual realm to the story and it really made for a interesting read and left me wondering how the next book will go. A must read!
I am no longer doing Steamy Ratings because all the books I read are Inspirational Romance. If a book would warrant a steamy rating I will add it for that book.
DISCLOSURE: I was provided a free copy of this ebook from the publisher through NetGalley to review it. I was not required to write a positive review and the opinions I have expressed are my own.