About MaryLu Tyndall
Fourteen books later, her loving husband and six children still haven’t gotten used to her historic costumes and nautical speech. MaryLu describes herself as an introvert, patriot, mother of six, the neighborhood cat-lady, tall ship enthusiast, friend of pirates and mermaids, obsessive compulsive control freak, history lover, hopeless romantic, and a sword wielding princess-warrior of the King of Kings.
Her books are filled with adventure and romance and themes that are guaranteed to touch your heart! She continues to pen her romantic tales on the California coast while managing a home, husband, six adult kids, and several stray cats who have decided that her keyboard is the best place to sleep! She believes that without popcorn and chocolate, life would not be worth living, and her sole motivation in life is to bring others closer to God.
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About Abandoned Dreams: Escape to Paradise Series, Book 3
Something sinister lurks in the lush Brazilian jungle. . . .
It is 1866 and the fledgling Confederate colony of New Hope is Angeline Moore’s last chance at a normal life. Running from the law, she longs to make a fresh start in this new Southern Utopia. But a series of strange disasters threaten to destroy everything the colonists have worked for, and strange visions threaten to reveal a past Angeline is desperate to hide.
James Callaway failed at both doctoring and preaching, but he hopes that his move to Brazil will give him another chance to become the spiritual leader he so desires. He longs to create a world free from the immorality that plagued every street corner back home and ruined his life. And he believes Angeline is just the sort of refined woman he needs to keep him on the right track.
But something is amiss in New Hope: haunting visions, the discovery of crypts beneath an ancient temple, and an archaic Hebrew book, set the colonists’ fears on edge. When one of their own is murdered, a series of disasters leads them to believe God has brought them to Brazil to defeat an evil that, if unleashed, could wreak havoc on the entire world.
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My Review for Abandoned Dreams
I have been on this Brazilian adventure from the very beginning -- I loved Forsaken Dreams and really enjoyed Elusive Hope. Out of the three, I have to admit that Abandoned Memories was my least favorite. Not that I didn't like the book -- it still had the swashbuckling adventures that MaryLu Tyndall is known for, for sure!
In Abandoned Memories we are finally turning our heads to Angeline -- a woman who tried to commit suicide in the first book and has, ever since, been a mystery to us. I was really curious about her, I know that's for sure. She always seemed to walk around with so much hurt and sorrow...I was just dying to know her story and read her happily-ever-after. And MaryLu Tyndall fulfills all that in this last installment of the Escape to Paradise series.
I was really intrigued when Tyndall took a very spiritual approach to the Escape to Paradise series. She brought it all about in a very believable and realistic way, to be sure, and that's something you don't always see in the Christian historical romance genre. I appreciated that very much. In this final book, everything about the demons under the temple is undercovered and the core group of people in New Hope end up fighting against these creatures.
The love story between Angeline and James as very sweet. Somewhat 'typical', but very sweet. I don't know if I've just read so many of Tyndall's books...but I can always detect a certain pattern in her books. In a way, it's slightly annoying that they all kind of keep to the same basic storyline...but maybe that's just my fault for reading her books all back to back. :-P
All in all, Abandoned Memories is a very beautiful story about a woman's journey toward redemption and forgiveness. I loved how, in this final book, the reader discovers how all the main characters in the series were all connected at some point in their lives before sailing for Brazil. That was fascinating. If you love a good historical romance with a bit of piracy thrown in...give this series a try. You will close the last book with a smile on your lips.
I reviewed this book for the author. It was not required that I give a positive review, but solely to express my own thoughts and opinions of this book, which I have done.