War Forces a Choice Between Love and Country.
Lieutenant Owen Masters and Emeline Baratt meet on a British warship as sworn enemies. Where will Emeline place her loyalties when forced to spy against her country?
A trip home from England to Maryland in 1812 finds Emeline Baratt a captive on a British warship and forced to declare her allegiance between the British and Americans. Remaining somewhat politically neutral on a ship where her nursing skills are desperately needed is fairly easy—until she starts to have feelings for the first lieutenant who becomes her protector. However, when the captain sends her and Lieutenant Owen Masters on land to spy, she must choose between her love for him or her love for her country.
With lively, dynamic characters, and a fun story plot of spies and secrets, I was eagerly along for a fun adventure both on the sea and on land!
Emeline didn’t plan on becoming a spy, however, when she finds herself a captive on a Brittish warship, it becomes clear that her best option of survival is proclaiming herself a loyalist while secretly helping the cause of liberty. The lie she’s forced to tell eats away at her, and she struggles to be good, and follow the rules.
Emeline’s father once told her that God blesses and loves those who are good. Yet, as Emeline see’s the effects of this war she has a hard time understanding how a loving God could let bad things happen to good people. While Emeline comes to have a stronger faith in God, and she learns to trust in Him. She never really seems to understand why bad things happen. While this question wasn’t a main thread of the story, it was a minor thread left undone.
I don’t know if MaryLu Tyndall has ever sailed a ship, but her intimate knowledge of all things dealing with sailing shines through and adds authenticity. I felt like I was standing on the bow of the ship along with Emeline. The salty brine heavy in the air and the sound of the sails snapping overhead in the breeze while the boat gently rocked side to side with the pull of the tides.
While this is this 6th book in The Daughter’s of the Mayflower series, each book stands on it’s own with a unique voice and a window into American History. The tie-in for the books is a family history. A family tree is located at the beginning of the book showing the family ties.
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About the Author:
A Christy Award finalist and best-selling author, MaryLu Tyndall dreamt of tall ships and swashbuckling heroes during her childhood years on Florida’s Atlantic Coast. She holds a degree in Math and worked as a software engineer for fifteen years. Trapped in a land-locked cubicle, she was often seen pounding furiously upon the keyboard during her lunch hour, creating what would become her Legacy of the King’s Pirates series, all the while believing God’s promise to her that. “If you write it, I will get it published”. And He did! Fourteen books later, her loving husband and six children still haven’t gotten used to her historic costumes and nautical speech. MaryLu describes herself as an introvert, patriot, mother of six, the neighborhood cat-lady, tall ship enthusiast, friend of pirates and mermaids, obsessive compulsive control freak, history lover, hopeless romantic, and a sword wielding princess-warrior of the King of Kings. Her books are filled with adventure and romance and themes that are guaranteed to touch your heart! She continues to pen her romantic tales on the California coast while managing a home, husband, six adult kids, and several stray cats who have decided that her keyboard is the best place to sleep! She believes that without popcorn and chocolate, life would not be worth living, and her sole motivation in life is to bring others closer to God.
More in the Daughters of the Mayflower series – Barbour:
The Mayflower Bride by Kimberley Woodhouse – set 1620 Atlantic Ocean (February 2018)
The Pirate Bride by Kathleen Y’Barbo – set 1725 New Orleans (April 2018)
The Captured Bride by Michelle Griep – set 1760 during the French and Indian War (June 2018)
The Patriot Bride by Kimberley Woodhouse – set 1774 Philadelphia (August 2018)
The Cumberland Bride by Shannon McNear – set 1794 on the Wilderness Road (October 2018)
The Liberty Bride by MaryLu Tyndall – set 1814 Baltimore (December 2018)
The Alamo Bride by Kathleen Y’Barbo – set 1863 The Alamo (February 2019)
The Golden Bride by Kimerley Woodhouse – set 1849 The Gold Rush (April 2019)
Find out more at: www.daughtersofthemayflower.com