5 out of 5 stars
The latest in the Daughters of the Mayflower series, THE LIBERTY BRIDE by Marylu Tyndall is historical/romance at its best!
It’s 1812, England and America are at war, and Emeline Baratt is just trying to get home. While sailing for Baltimore on one of her father’s privateer ships, they are intercepted by the HMS Marauder. Taken captive, along with the rest of the crew, Emeline claims to be a British spy to procure her safety. Between her nursing skills and her artistry, she hopes to stay on the captain’s good side, so she can obtain information that will help American forces. However, the perplexing First Lieutenant Owen Masters is making it difficult for her to keep her feelings in check. His hot and cold behavior towards her, keeps her off balance, and she fears he will find out that she is not the traitor she claims to be.
Owen Marshall is on a mission. With the promise of his own ship in return for information on England’s plan of attack, Owen’s uncle encourages him to infiltrate the British navy. Owen has played his part to the hilt but having American prisoners on board is testing his resolve. Especially, one Emeline Baratt. She’s unlike any woman he’s ever known, but the thought of her betraying America is something he cannot tolerate. Though he tries to put space between them, he can’t seem to get her off his mind.
When Captain Blackwell assigns Emeline, Owen, and two other soldiers to go ashore to discover the strengths and weaknesses of the American forces, both Emeline and Owen have a hard time guarding their truth – that they will do anything to ensure England is defeated. Even if it means sacrificing their hearts in the battle.
THE LIBERTY BRIDE has everything you’ve come to expect from Marylu Tyndall. A heroine with pluck, a hero with a heart, and a seafaring adventure that will keep you on the edge of your seat. No one tells a shipboard story like Ms. Tyndall. You can picture the ratlines and sails, hear the creaks and groans of the ship, and taste the salty spray from the turbulent ocean. All while enjoying the romance of two people destined to be together. I applaud the work and research that went in to THE LIBERTY BRIDE, the telling of a story that lines up with history. I also enjoyed the history notes at the back of the book that told the rest of the story.
Touché, Ms. Tyndall! Thank you for giving us another captivating story on the high seas.
I received a free copy of this book fro the author but was under no obligation to post a positive review. This review reflects my own opinions.