Elusive Hope by MaryLu Tyndall
Publisher: Barbour Books
Series: Escape to Paradise(Book 2)
Goodreads Summery: Hayden is seeking revenge. Relentlessly.
After years of all but selling his soul to track down his scoundrel of a father, Hayden Gale discovers his search must continue in South America, where his father is reported to be helping colonize Brazil. Hayden has nothing more to lose, certainly not a good reputation, and vows to keep pursuing–at any cost–the vile man who he believes killed his mother.
Magnolia is seeking a way out. Desperately.
She’s in the jungles of Brazil against her will, but what choice does Magnolia Scott have? Her father insisted on uprooting their family to escape the uncertainty of Southern life after the Civil War. But how will she survive without all she holds dear–wealthy suitors, beautiful clothes, summer balls, and slaves waiting on her every whim? She vows to find a way to get back home–and attaches herself to handsome Hayden Gale.
As they journey toward Rio de Janeiro, they each seek to use the other for their own purposes. Deceptively. Falling in love was never part of their plans….
I was looking forward to the 2nd book in this series and I was not disappointed. I love how the author digs into the spiritual realm as she enters into the middle of the series. No one likes the idea of demons messing with us or trying to cause us harm. I found myself on the edge of my seat as I was reading this book constantly wondering what was going to happen next.
What I liked: All of it. The characters were great. Was Magnolia a rich spoiled brat? Yes but one has to take into account her up upbringing and the time period. As the book progresses she changes and becomes more likable. I felt sorry for her because her dad was a jerk. I also loved the plot and the twist towards the end was quite a surprise.
Hayden starts out in the first book as a crook but slowly changes and as we enter into the 2nd book he still wants to find his father and get revenge for his mother. Yet the people of the colony have grown on him and he finds himself starting to care for them and wishes he could stay and be a part of the new town yet he can’t quite let go of his past. Yet as he treks through the jungle with a spoiled rich girl he starts to see that maybe God has plans for him.
On top of the character plot there is also a subplot which deals with the spiritual warfare that is building around the colony. People are seeing visions and they have even found a spooky deserted place that has some in the colony looking for treasure and other things best left buried.
It’s all written together so well I couldn’t wait to see how it was all going to play out.
What I did not like: Not much. This book could be a little overwhelming to some as there are quite a few characters and it can be confusing to keep everyone straight. There is also a lot going on. It’s not a quick read so some people may not like it.
Over all I loved this book!! I can’t wait for the third book to see how everything plays out not only for the James and Angeline but for the spiritual warfare that seemed to be starting at the end of this book. You MUST read book one this is not a stand alone at all. This is a series that very much follows in order. If you love historical fiction this is a must read series!
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.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to my readers! Looking forward to lots of great books in 2014!!