Friday, October 30, 2009

M.L.Tyndall's The Blue Enchantress ~ Reviewed

The Blue Enchantress
Charles Towne Belles Book 2
M. L. Tyndall
Barbour Publishing 2009

Still grieving the loss of her mother—and private tragedies of her own—Hope Westcott plays the part of a dutiful admiral’s daughter. But longing for the love and acceptance she never felt at home, Hope plunges into Charles Towne society…and an illicit affair with Lord Falkland.

For Captain Nathaniel Mason, wealth means security, so he is determined to build his shipping business—ignoring God’s call on his life to become an impoverished pastor. He also ignores his attraction to the frivolous, vain Hope Westcott.

Hope’s adventure seeking lands her in the hands of an unscrupulous ship captain who wants to sell her to the highest bidder. When Nathaniel sees Hope on the auction block, will he listen to God and sacrifice his ship, cargo, and security to save her?

The Blue Enchantress is the long awaited second book in the Charles Towne Belle series, and if you think the first book left you hanging, just wait until you finish this installment. Author MaryLu Tyndall has quite the knack for leaving the reader begging for more after the last page.

Main character Nathaniel Mason is everything a hero should be…strong, handsome, a man of integrity. Heroine Hope Westcott has some rough edges at first, but by the end, her bristly flaws are smoothed out. As leading figures in the story, both are multi-faceted characters, but I’ve got to admit—it’s the pirates that captured my attention.

Captain Poole doesn’t even appear until halfway through the story, but when he does come on the scene, he takes front and center. A self-proclaimed ruffian, Pirate Poole has a way of endearing himself not only to Nathaniel and Hope, but to the reader as well. He’s got a sharp wit and a dangerous edge, but beneath his tough exterior is a big heart and fair manner. In fact, Tyndall nails all the pirates’ humor, dialect and swagger, making for an entertaining read.

If you’re looking for a historical swashbuckling adventure, then The Blue Enchantress is the book for you.

Reviewed by: Michelle Griep

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