Monday, September 7, 2009

Meet God on the High Seas

Reviewed by Phee Paradise
The Blue Enchantress by M. L. Tyndall


There's something about The Blue Enchantress that I can't quite define. It's packed with adventure and the plot moves quickly, but it has too many descriptions of both places and feelings. I wanted to skim through the descriptions, but found I couldn’t because I didn’t want to miss the action.

Tyndall skillfully uses the action to develop the characters and I admired the people they became. The book opens with Hope, a selfish and thoughtless heroine whom I disliked so much that when another woman was introduced, I hoped she would turn out to be the main character. But Hope eventually comes to know the Lord, and as He works in her, she begins to display a Godly character. Her relationship with the hero is full of the inevitable misunderstandings, but I expected they would realize their love by the end of the book.

What I didn’t expect was the twist that revealed astonishing traits in some of the characters. The life threatening adventures that Hope and her friends face scour away pretences to show their true characters. But by the grace of God, some of them are changed. Others reject Him.

I guess I’ll define the book as a Christian romance buried in an adventure story, with a historical setting to add spice.


Pros: It has excellent character development and an exciting plot with a surprise ending.

Cons: The descriptions of the characters’ feelings are repetitious and some of the adventures are predictable.



This week, the

Christian Fiction Blog Alliance

is introducing

The Blue Enchantress

Barbour Books (August 1, 2009)

by

M.L.Tyndall



ABOUT THE AUTHOR:



M. L. (MaryLu) Tyndall grew up on the beaches of South Florida loving the sea and the warm tropics. But despite the beauty around her, she always felt an ache in her soul--a longing for something more.

After college, she married and moved to California where she had two children and settled into a job at a local computer company. Although she had done everything the world expected, she was still miserable. She hated her job and her marriage was falling apart.

Still searching for purpose, adventure and true love, she spent her late twenties and early thirties doing all the things the world told her would make her happy, and after years, her children suffered, her second marriage suffered, and she was still miserable.

One day, she picked up her old Bible, dusted it off, and began to read. Somewhere in the middle, God opened her hardened heart to see that He was real, that He still loved her, and that He had a purpose for her life, if she'd only give her heart to Him completely.

She had written stories her whole life, but never had the confidence to try and get any of them published. But as God began to change her heart, He also showed her that writing had been His wonderful plan for her all along!

Her other current release in the Charles Towne Belles series includes The Red Siren.


ABOUT THE BOOK

Betrayed by the man she longed to marry, Hope Westcott is about to be auctioned off as a slave to the highest bidder on an island in the Caribbean . After enduring a difficult childhood in an unloving home, Hope's search for love and self-worth have led her down a very dangerous path. All she ever wanted was to find true love and open an orphanage where she could raise children with all the love she never experienced as a child. But how can a woman with a sordid past ever hope to run an orphanage, let alone attract the love of an honorable man?

Determined to overcome the shame of his mother's past, Nathaniel Mason worked for many years to build his own fleet of merchant ships in an effort to finally acquire the respect of Charles Towne society. Ignoring the call of God on his life to become a preacher, he forges ahead with his plans for success at a distant port in the Caribbean , when he sees a young lady he knows from Charles Towne being sold as a slave. In an effort to save Hope, he is forced to sell one of his two ships, only to discover that her predicament was caused by her own bad behavior. Angry and determined to rid himself of her as soon as possible, Nathaniel embarks on a journey that will change the course of his life.

To read the first chapter of The Blue Enchantress, click HERE

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