Elusive Hope by MaryLu Tyndall
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
“In a colony names New Hope, while their friends are seeking a southern utopia… Hayden is seeking revenge. Relentlessly. Magnolia is seeking a way out. Desperately. 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…”
This is the first book that I have read by MaryLu Tyndall. (I did not read book one of this series, though I am to understand that it isn’t necessary, though some found it helpful for continuity of the story.) The author has a unique writing style that draws the reader into the lives of her characters. This is true with both of the main characters of this book. Magnolia Scott is a spoiled, pouty-faced southern belle that has been pulled away from her life of privilege to find herself dragged by her father to the jungles of Brazil in 1866. Her only goal is to find her way back to the life she knew – no matter the cost, no matter what, or who, it takes to get her there.
She manipulates a man – Hayden Gale – from the New Hope Colony to get her to Rio so that she can make her way back home. Hayden has a dark secret that he is keeping, one that entails tracking down the man that killed his mother… his own father.
This book contains some aspects of spiritual warfare, which can be off-putting and disturbing to some readers. I did like the strong message of redemption and forgiveness that is portrayed throughout the story,
I am not a huge fan of historical fiction, I am not sure that I would read the next book in the series.
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