Oct 17, 2010

Surrender the Heart by MaryLu Tyndall

Popular Barbour author MaryLu Tyndall begins a riveting new romantic adventure series set against the rich backdrop of the War of 1812 with the release of her historical novel Surrender the Heart in August 2010. The novel is book one in the Surrender to Destiny series.

Relive the rich history of the War of 1812 through the eyes of Marianne Denton and Noah Brenin, who both long to please their families but neither one wishes to marry the other. Noah is determined to get his cargo to England before war breaks out, and Marianne is equally determined to have a wedding so that her inheritance can be unlocked and her destitute family saved. When their stubborn games get them captured by a British warship, can they escape and bring liberty to their country—and growing love?


MaryLu Tyndall, a Christy Award Finalist and bestselling 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 open ’ readers’ eyes to their God-given potential. MaryLu is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers and Romance Writers of America. For more information on MaryLu and her upcoming releases, please visit her Web site at http://www.mltyndall.com or her blog at http://crossandcutlass.blogspot.com.


Life during the War of 1812 was full of struggles, adventure, injustice and marriages arranged for reasons other than love. Marianne and Noah were engaged to be married, and neither of them wants to go through with it. Humiliated by Noah's sudden departure from their engagement party, Marianne rushes after him to save herself from further humiliation. This is just the beginning of troubles that will change their lives forever.

From the beginning of this book, I was drawn into the history and also into the lives of Marianne and Noah. They each had separate agendas that dictated their actions, but these agendas were totally opposite from each other. They are thrown into an impossible situation and their faith in God and in each other is tested to the limit.

I enjoyed this book immensely and look forward to reading the next book in the Surrender to Destiny series, Surrender the Night, which will be released in March 2011.

Disclosure: I reviewed this electronic galley through Net Galley, courtesy of the publisher Barbour Publishing Inc. I was not compensated for my thoughts.