My Rating: 4 stars
Description: Embark on a seafaring
adventure in a brand-new series from bestselling author MaryLu Tyndall.
After witnessing the death and destruction caused by the Civil War,
Colonel Blake Wallace is eager to leave his once precious Southern
homeland for the pristine shores of Brazil and the prospect of a new
Utopian community. Widow Eliza Crawford seeks passage on Wallace’s ship
harboring a dirty secret—and a blossoming hope for a fresh start. But
will dangers from the sea and from man keep them from the peace and love
they long for?
My Thoughts: Who hasn't done something that they wish they could take back? When are scapegoats not searched for? Do we all not first hate and then learn to forgive? A search for Paradise will always pull Shoel into our face. Satan will do what he can to keep us from Christ's forgiveness and our tendency for sin makes it difficult to fight back. It is easiest to pretend that we don't need to.
I found that Forsaken Dreams did a great job of expressing this. Beyond that, I was grateful that MaryLu did not try to make any side but God's (which is not that of man's) right. Both North and South had and still have their faults and committed their own wrongs. Thank you, MaryLu, for not sugarcoating!
My one complaint was the lack of a tangible villain. There were many who did wrong, and nature even took its turn beating on the passengers, but there was no one person to be thwarted. It took away a bit of the urgency.
Note: I was pretty upset to see that some people pretty much attacked some reviewers on amazon for not liking this book. I think that pretty much undoes the theme of forgiveness in this novel. If you liked the book, good. If not, fine. Please take Eliza's example and love those who disagree with you, not jump down their throats.
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