Elusive Hope

Elusive Hope (Escape to Paradise, #2)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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Masquerade Marriage

Masquerade MarriageMasquerade Marriage by Anne Greene

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

“A Secret List” “A Fugitive Warrior” “ One Life-Saving Option” “A Vow Honored” “A Sacrifice Made”

Masquerade Marriage is an intriguing story set in 1746 Scotland. Waking up on the battlefield, near fatally wounded, and realizing that his father and brothers and most of his kinsmen lay dead around him, Brody MacCauly wonders why God has spared him. His vow now becomes that he must do whatever he has to do to save his mother and sister. Their safety lies with him alone. He does the one thing; he gives up his birthright, his name, and his identity to wed (a marriage in name only) Lady Megan MacMurray and take on her family name. His mother and sister would be safe as long as they kept the ruse going.

“I Do”. Two words that save the both of them; him from being found and killed and she from an arranged marriage to a vile and abusive man. This is a story of faith through the adversity, faith in God, faith in those around you. To learn if, in the end when all is said and done, this Masquerade Marriage ever becomes more than that… you will have to read book

If you are a fan of well-written historical romance, you will enjoy Masquerade Marriage.

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A Marriage In Middlebury – A Book Review

A Marriage in MiddleburyA Marriage in Middlebury by Anita Higman

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

“Charlotte Rose Hill enjoys a comfortable life serving up comfortable delicacies, uniquely blended teas, and matchmaking advice for her quirky, devoted customers. The only thing lacking is some to share it with.”

This is a wonderful Christian romance book by author Anita Higman that I truly enjoyed reading. This is the first (but not the last) book that I have read by this author. Very quickly you are introduced to an exceptional blend of characters that make up the friends, loyal customers, townsfolk’s, and former love interest, of Charlotte Rose Hill who runs Rose Cottage Tearoom. The author has an exceptional talent of bringing these characters to life to the point that you want to become friends with them yourself. You will soon wish that you could find yourself sitting in the back of the Tea Room, as an eager observer to the goings-on… rooting for love – both old and new, for secrets revealed, broken hearts reconciled and above all for truths to come to the light. This is a sweet love story that will warm your heart.

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