Sunday, March 28, 2010

"The Raven Saint" by M. L. Tyndall

Romance and Intrigue on the High Seas! The Raven Saint by M.L. Tyndall.

List Price: $10.97
Paperback: 320 pages
Publisher: Barbour Books (January 1, 2010)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1602601585
ISBN-13: 978-1602601581

Book Trailer
M.L. Tyndall, a Christy Award Finalist, and best-selling author of the Legacy of the King’s Pirates series is known for her adventurous historical romances filled with deep spiritual themes. She holds a degree in Math and worked as a software engineer for fifteen years before testing the waters as a writer. MaryLu currently writes full-time and makes her home on the California coast with her husband, six kids, and four cats. Her passion is to write page-turning, romantic adventures that not only entertain but expose Christians to their full potential in Christ.

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My Review:

Grace Westcott was en-route to minister to an ailing Timothy Roberts on a dark, rainy night with her maid, Alice. She had been specifically warned by her father and brother-in-law not to go on any more of these dangerous expeditions. But Grace was doing God’s work: feeding the poor, tending to the sick and spreading the Gospel! However, when she arrived at the Roberts’ cabin, she found that Mr. and Mrs. Roberts had not called for her.

Betrayal! Grace was accosted and taken captive by men with swords and guns to the ship of a Captain Rafe Dubois, a mercenary who helped the poor. Only his mission with Grace was to sell her to Don Miguel de Salazar in Columbia, in retribution for the death of Don’s son by Grace’s father.

Betrayal, bitterness, revenge, piracy, and anger make for bitter decisions made by the Captain throughout the book. Grace prays for God’s rescue, but she receives no answer. Surely God must have sent her on this mission to save the Captain and his men! But no one listened to her.

The Captain, vacillating about his decision to sell Grace, takes a detour to Port-de-Paix, his childhood island, where he distributed food and clothing to the poor. It’s here that Grace is helped to escape, only to be robbed and left homeless for days, upon which she then met Nicole, a ‘woman of the night.’ She arranged for Grace to go to a Christian man’s home, Henri DuBois, The Captain’s father, in order to secure her way back home.

Rafe found out Grace was at his father’s home. The seething anger and revenge almost overtakes Rafe due to his father betrayals. Upon returning to the ship, Rafe finds unwanted people aboard the ship.

Grace finds herself helpless in reaching these men for the Lord. She’s again held captive aboard ship, and she finds herself weak to do anything. Does Grace find God’s will for this horrifying adventure? Will she be used to redeem these men and women? Does she find her way back home?

This book will keep you turning the pages, as scenes change from moment to moment. The suspense doesn’t seem to ever end. Although I found the ending a little sudden, I was enthralled throughout the rest of the book. Enjoy!

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This book was provided free through Barbour Publishing in return for my honest review and blogging about it. My thanks to Ms. Tyndall and Barbour Publishing for the privilege. I do not receive compensation for my review.

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