Thursday, March 07, 2013

Forsaken Dreams

"Forsaken Dreams"
MaryLu Tyndall
Escape to Paradise - Book One

They Left Everything Behind to Build a New Southern Utopia...

Colonel Blake Wallace has seen enough death to last a lifetime.  Weary and disillusioned, he slumps beneath the weight of defeat and loss.  With his entire family murdered by the North and his name appearing on a list of officers wanted for war crimes, Blake organizes a shipload of southerners who, like him, long to escape the horrors of war and start a new life in a verdant land called Brazil.

Eliza Crawford can barely remember the days of her youth spent in opulence and comfort at her Georgian home.  She can't help but wonder how different her life would be had she not met her late husband, Stanton Watts, a general in the Northern army.  Now a war widow, Eliza is rejected by both North and South.  Desperate to keep her marriage a secret and escape her past and pain, she hopes to start over again in Brazil.

But once the voyage begins, troubles abound.  Dangers at sea and enemies from within threaten to keep Blake and Eliza from the new life - and love - they long for.

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My Review

In the years following the Civil War, nearly three million Southerners migrated from the former Confederate States of the loss and devastation of war and persecuted by the North. Many moved out west or to larger cities of the North in the United States and a mass number traveled to Canada and Mexico, but it is unknown to the amount traveled to Brazil. All Southerners had to do was simply board a ship and sail away with no requirement of a passport. In MaryLu Tyndall’s newest novel, “Forsaken Dreams”, a group of Southerners embark on a ship to Brazil as their destination to build a new Southern utopia!

Going back to around May 10, 1866 in Charleston, South Carolina is where Colonel Blake Wallace, a honored war hero, puts together a group to journey over to Brazil to begin a whole new colony for the Confederates. He has no more use for being in the United States with the Union officers wanting him arrested for war crimes and the North murdered his entire family. Aboard the ship, New Hope, young widow Eliza Crawford, a Confederate nurse, seeks passage on this journey harboring a dark secret in hope for a clean fresh start in Brazil. As for the other passengers as well are on this journey hoping and dreaming to start a new life that have been affected so badly from the Civil War.

Throughout the journey to Brazil, Blake and Eliza’s relationship grows through many turns of events. While out at sea the ship and everyone else aboard have to face many different trials from alcoholism, anxiety attacks, disease, deadly storms, post traumatic stress disorder, and much more. Read on to see how the many different trials and evil are fought off with those putting faith towards God, the Almighty. Will everyone arrive safely to Brazil? Can Eliza keep her secret hidden from everyone, especially Blake? When trials come, will forgiveness come easily or will there be a lot of mockery and shunning going on? You’ll need to read the book to find out yourself with all the action, adventure, drama, and suspense romance, which happens throughout the whole story!