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Forsaken Dreams by MaryLu Tyndall- review

April 6, 2013

Forsaken dreams is a very good book, is one of the best book I have read this year. Oh, God, I have so many beautiful feelings about this book. This novel is a historical fiction about Southern American people who want to build a new life in a new land in Brazil, after they suffered from the horrors of the Civil war in America.
This book surprised me, I really wanted to read a book that takes place in a ship for a long time and I finally found this one and it was amazing.
Eliza, a nurse embarks on the ship of New Hope in a journey to Brazil. On the deck she meets Colonel Blake Wallace, the organizer of the expedition to Brazil, when she sees him, she is astonished by him and feel how her heart beat faster than usual. From the very beginning, he is very kind to her, a true gentleman.
On the ship, she meets Sarah, a pregnant woman and Angeline Moore a girl who wants to put her past behind her. Eliza stays during the journey in the same room with those women and soon they become best friends.
But, Eliza keeps a secret that will put her life in danger if anyone will find it. After she approves the Colonel’s courtship, she is very happy and her heart is full with joy, but soon things will change and she will have to face danger. Magnolia Scott, a girl of a plantation owner, recognizes Eliza, as the wife of a Yankee soldier and reveals this dangerous secret to all the passenger of New Hope. Soon, Eliza will face the hatefulness of many people, even Blake will despite, Eliza after he learns the truth about her. Only few, stands for her: Angeline, Sarah and James (a doctor who has a fear for blood and he is also a preacher). But this is only the beginning, during the journey the crew of New Hope, will face dark storms and peculiar dangers. Will Blake forgive her because he was the wife of a traitor, he will find the strenght to do this? You will find the answers, after you read this amazing book.

I love this novel, because every character have his/her own personal story and the plot was original. I like the way MaryLu the author of this book shaped the characters, their different personalities. A most important aspect in this book that drawn my attention is the way in which, faith change people and God help the ones who pray and lead their step on His path of light and kindness.
I love the end of the book, a happy ending and also the mystery of this shadow noticed by Blake, made me  wish to read the next book. This book, made me  want to read more christian historical fiction novels. I am waiting so impatiently to read the next book in this series, I hope that it will be released soon.

I want to thank very much to NetGalley , to the publisher Barbour Books and to the author for the opportunity to read such a good book.

About the author :

M.L. Tyndall (MaryLu) grew up on the shores of Southern Florida dreaming of romance and adventure upon the sea. She now lives with her husband, six children, and four cats in Northern California where she writes inspirational adventure romance novels. MaryLu’s novels have been praised for their fast-paced action, strong inspirational messages, and incredibly vivid settings. Her first novel, The Redemption was nominated for the prestigious Christy Award for Best Christian Fiction. “

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