Surrender the Heart by Marylu Tyndall is the first book in the Surrender to Destiny series. Marianne Denton and Noah Brenin spent their childhoods annoying each other. He didn't like the selfish little princess, and she hated the mean pranks he played on her. Now as adults, they are engaged because of their parents' wishes, but neither of them is happy with the match. Noah plans to escape the arrangement by making a fortune selling his cargo in England, but Marianne is desperate for the wedding so she can access her inheritance and pay for her mother's medicine. Her father's suicide over gambling debts left the family nearly destitute. When Noah leaves their engagement party to sail, Marianne follows him aboard his ship to plead with him to go through with the marriage, but through one accident after another, she ends up stowing away aboard his ship, and then they are both captured by the British and empressed into their navy. Trapped with no one to rescue them, both are forced to face their true feelings for each other as well as learn to trust in God to care for them. Though the plot is fairly predictable, Tyndall fills the novel with exciting characters, from Captain Milford, the Daniel the boy prophet. Noah and Marianne are well-matched, and their romance is enjoyable to read. I do wish that the reader had been allowed to see their return home, but hopefully that will happen in a future novel in the series.
Being English, I grew up with stories of naval battles, Hornblower, Bolitho and co. Being a girl, I mourned the lack of female role models in such tales of valor. And being an avid reader I just borrowed my brother’s books. MaryLu Tyndall creates a fun heroine in her historical naval romance, Surrender the Heart, though there were times when I could wish the reluctantly betrothed Marianne were a little less headstrong. For someone afraid of water she’s dangerously … more
A new historical series, Surrender to Destiny, centers around the War of 1812. Tyndall brings new life to the old story of finding romance during war. Her characters are courageous, smart and believe in what they are fighting for.