-From the back cover-
THEY LEFT EVERYTHING
BEHIND TO BUILD A NEW
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Colonel Blake Wallace has seen enough death to last a lifetime. Weary and disillusioned, he slumps beneath the weight of defeat and loss. With his entire family murdered by the North and his name appearing on a list of officers wanted for war crimes, Blake organizes a shipload of southerners, who, like him, long to escape the horrors of war and start a new life in a verdant land called Brazil.
Eliza Crawford can barely remember the days of her youth spend in the opulence and comfort at her Georgian home. She can't help but wonder how different her life would be had she not met her late husband, Stanton Watts, a general in the Northern army. Now a war window, Eliza is rejected by both North and South, Desperate to keep her marriage a secret and escape her past and pain, she hopes to start over again in Brazil.
But once the voyage begins, troubles abound. Dangers at sea and enemies from within threaten to keep Blake and Eliza from the life - and love - they long for.
My first word for this review is “WOW!” I had already read some of MaryLu Tyndall's pirate stories and enjoyed them but this book was different. Not just a different time period and location but a different flavor to the story itself, one I really liked.
Forsaken Dreams isn't the usual historical novel, no, this one has a little suspense, and a definite supernatural element. Before you start thinking that it is some weird paranormal story in hoopskirts, I will tell you it isn't. MaryLu Tyndall tells the truth, there really were and still are situations where very strange and inexplicable things happen that can only be stopped by fasting and prayer.
OK, so I have mentioned the supernatural element BUT this book really IS a historical novel. The story takes place not long after the Civil War is over, hatred and fear is still running high on both sides. The story is from the viewpoint of the Southerners that had just lost literally everything. No, slavery is not condoned but it is spoken of as a past and then current fact. There were Southerners on both sides of the slavery issue and that is clearly shown in this book. That brings up one thing I sincerely loved about this book, MaryLu did not try to insert modern ideas into her historical character's heads. This book is full of historical detail, not drowning in it, but the right balance for a reader to enjoy.
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Print Length: 322 pages
Publisher: Barbour Books (March 1, 2013)
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I am part of the Author's team and this book was provided by the author for the purpose of this review. I received no financial compensation for this review.
So in the end what you get is a very well written book with the 4-E's. Engaging, Engrossing, Entertaining, Enjoyable. OK, so Eliza was a little TOO good sometimes but that didn't make Forsaken Dreams any less of a wonderful read. Can't wait for the release of the next book in this series, Elusive Hope!
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