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Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Surrender the Night by MaryLu Tyndall



Surrender the Night by MaryLu Tyndall
Publisher: Barbour Publishing
Genre: Action/Adventure, Historical
Length: Full Length (320 pgs)
Heat Level: Sweet
Rating: 4.5 books
Reviewed by Aloe

Step into a breathtaking novel of adventure and romance set amid the War of 1812. During an assault by an enemy sailor, timid farm girl Rose McGuire is saved by the least likely of heroes—a British Naval Lieutenant. Now that he’s wounded, she’ll have to heal as well as hide him. Alex Reed is being aided and abetted by his enemy—albeit an innocent and attractive one. But he might be doing Rose more harm than good if his presence on her farm is discovered. As their love blooms, trouble looms. Will this couple survive another British invasion?

Rose didn’t know which was worse: Being raped by a British Navy officer or trying to heal the officer who saved her...

This author did research to make sure her historical facts rang true, and you can tell it as you read the story. The War of 1812 comes alive in her words. I’ve read many stories about romances between the blue and the gray of the Civil War, but this is first time I’ve seen one set in this time period. It made the story even more fascinating to me.

As she paints her picture of Rose, who is now an orphan, you sense there was more tragedy in her life than she admits to anyone. Ms. Tyndall makes you feel Rose’s confusion over marrying an older man she doesn’t love or trust, but could protect her and the farm she owns. She also describes enough of Alex’s life at home to let you see his family was stiff and formal and believed in “classes” of people. It is a fascinating contrast to Rose’s family life.

Adding the mix of love between two people of warring nations makes the story exciting and dangerous. Ms. Tyndall shows the atrocities of war (on the both sides) and also does a nice job of showing how hard it was for a young woman in a time when she was considered male property.

Her characters are well developed and you find yourself rooting for them and worrying about both of them being hung as traitors. There is a Christian element in this story with some biblical quotes, but they don’t overwhelm the story, they are simply part of the story.

The story flows well and reads quickly. The author does a great job of offering more obstacles as the story develops. This was a very enjoyable read.