May 28, 2013 by Jen Cudmore
Title & Author: The Blue Enchantress by MaryLu Tyndall
When Hope Wescott boarded her fiancé’s ship, she had no idea it would lead to her being handed over to the captain and sold as a slave. Fortunately, Nathaniel Mason was there to save her and escort her home. Along the way, they suffer a series of misfortunes and after being stranded on an island for weeks, their rescue comes in the form of a ship full of pirates. While Nathaniel struggles with his attraction to Hope, she just wants to feel loved, but he can’t give his heart to an excessive flirt. Keeping her safe turns out to be much harder than he anticipated and he’s not so sure she’s worth the trouble.
What I liked about the story:
So many girls can relate to Hope’s feelings of worthlessness. Shaped by several unfortunate events in her past, she’s grown more hungry for affection through the years and doesn’t realize she’s seeking affirmation the wrong way. MaryLu does a masterful job of showing the inner struggle with Hope’s desire to be a good girl and her desire for the approval of men. I was also impressed with how she expressed Nathaniel’s struggles with trying to be a godly man in the midst of all the trials they endure in the story. The characters and their relationship struggles were very realistic and applicable for women today. I hope this story encourages women who feel insignificant to look to God for their worth.
What I liked about the writing:
MaryLu always does a fantastic job of taking the reader on a “swashbuckling” adventure. Her stories are always packed with action and intense romantic scenes. She understands well how to draw the reader into the story and entice emotional involvement in the plot and characters. Although her characters always make mistakes, their faith in God is evident throughout the book and yet she’s not afraid to address tough issues. MaryLu is at the top of my favorite authors list!