Review: Elusive Hope (Escape to Paradise #2) by MaryLu Tyndall

17835899Elusive Hope is the second book in the Escape to Paradise series and features the characters that we met on the voyage to Brazil from the first novel, Forsaken Dreams. Hayden Gale and Magnolia Scott now take center stage as the main characters in this story.

If you have read the first book in this series, Forsaken Dreams, then you know that Hayden and Magnolia are not sweet, kind, wonderful characters. Not at all! Hayden is a former con man bent on revenge and Magnolia is a self-absorbed young woman with a drinking problem! So, when an author takes on tricky characters like Hayden and Magnolia and makes them the main characters for the second book in a series, it can have the potential to create a very interesting story of change and growth, or just fail miserably.

Well, I am happy to report that not only is this a very interesting and entertaining story, but it is also a deep story of personal change and growth for these characters that can only have been brought about by allowing God into their lives. The author paints amazingly vivid pictures of life in the Brazilian jungle and of a deep and disturbing evil that seems to be working to unnerve the new settlers.

I really enjoyed this book. I liked seeing how Blake and Eliza were doing, as well as the continuing hints at a possible connection between Angeline and James. That is a relationship I am really anxious to read about! Looking forward to the next book already! (5 stars)

I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing through NetGalley in exchange for my honest review, which I have given. Then, about the same time, I was blessed to win a copy on the author’s website.



A Christy Award finalist, MaryLu Tyndall dreamt of tall ships and swashbuckling heroes during her childhood years on Florida’s Atlantic Coast. She holds a degree in Math and worked as a software engineer for fifteen years. Trapped in a land-locked cubicle, she was often seen pounding furiously upon the keyboard during her lunch hour, creating what would become her Legacy of the King’s Pirates series, all the while believing God’s promise to her that. “If you write it, I will get it published”. And He did! Fourteen books later, her loving husband and six children still haven’t gotten used to her historic costumes and nautical speech. MaryLu describes herself as an introvert, patriot, mother of six, the neighborhood cat-lady, tall ship enthusiast, friend of pirates and mermaids, obsessive compulsive control freak, history lover, hopeless romantic, and a sword wielding princess-warrior of the King of Kings. Her books are filled with adventure and romance and themes that are guaranteed to touch your heart! She continues to pen her romantic tales on the California coast while managing a home, husband, six adult kids, and several stray cats who have decided that her keyboard is the best place to sleep! She believes that without popcorn and chocolate, life would not be worth living, and her sole motivation in life is to bring others closer to God.

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About Brittany

I am a homeschooling mother of four children. I am an avid reader and have been for as long as I can remember. I truly enjoy reading and reviewing books I focus my reading and my reviews on Christian fiction, primarily Christian romantic fiction. I hope you will find my reviews helpful in your decisions on what books to read.
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5 Responses to Review: Elusive Hope (Escape to Paradise #2) by MaryLu Tyndall

  1. booklovers1 says:

    Ohhhhhhh so jealous that you go to read it!!! I have to wait a while still….. Well, thanks for your review!!! Can’t wait to read the book myself. Out of the first book and this one, which is your favourite??? I’m guessing Forsaken Dreams is a little hard to top……

  2. Thank you for such an awesome review, Brittany!!!!! I’m so glad you enjoyed it! Have a very Merry Christmas!

  3. Great review! Looks like a book I’d really enjoy. Thank you for sharing!

  4. Rissi says:

    Wow. This does sound like a “risky” novel to tell. Glad MaryLu chose to go ahead with it and that it pays off. 🙂

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