Monday, January 18, 2016

Charity's Cross by MaryLu Tyndall

5 out of 5 stars
Another high seas adventure you won’t want to miss from award-winning author MaryLu Tyndall.
Charity Westcott’s only desire is to be free. After suffering years at the hand of an abusive, controlling husband, she finds herself running for her life. Accused of murdering her husband, and with her brother-in-law bent on seeing her put to death for his murder, she flees England, hoping to be reunited with her family in Charles Towne. But, when her brother-in-law is waiting for her at the next port, she persuades Elais Dutton to pose as her husband so she can make passage on a ship leaving for Barbados. Not trusting Elais in the least—or any man for that matter—Charity tolerates the man’s questions and counsel only because she needs his help.
Elias Dutton is an enigma. He claims he is a preacher but also proves his skills as a ship’s captain, and admits to being the son of a pirate. He desperately needs to make his way to Barbados in order to insure the safety of his sister. When he sees a woman fall overboard he rescues her and then somehow finds himself posing as her husband. He doesn’t know what to make of Charity Westcott, but is sure there is much she is keeping from him. When he finds himself rescuing Charity once again from the clutches of a notorious pirate, he must kidnap her just to insure her safety. And that isn’t the last time that Elias must come to her aid.
Charity doesn’t want to like, let alone trust Elias Dutton. He is a man, and even if he proclaims to being a preacher, Charity knows firsthand that men of the cloth are no better than the vile men Elias has rescued her from. But, when Elias continues to put her safety above his own she can’t help but feel he is somehow different from any man she has ever known. But knowing Elias to be a man of such honor only solidifies in her heart that he could never accept a woman such as herself. She has lied to him from the start. Lies that are most definitely too monumental for him to forgive.
I loved the characters in CHARITY’S CROSS. Charity has a penchant for trouble, but Elias has a way of always smoothing out her predicaments. Charity has more than just physical scars, but Elias knows the peace she is searching for is within her grasp if she will only trust him and God. Charity is a spitfire that you sometimes want to rattle to her senses, and Elias makes for a great hero—genuine yet not perfect. The secondary characters add to the life of the story, and I enjoyed the way Ms. Tyndall wove characters in from not only the Charles Towne Belles series, but her Redemption series as well. I have been a fan for years and I have yet to be disappointed by any of MaryLu’s books. A must read for those who like romance bookended with adventure and suspense.

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