Monday, June 8, 2015

The Reckoning

The Reckoning
Legacy of the King's Pirates, Book 5
MaryLu Tyndall
(Ransom Press)
July 2015/330 pages/$4.99

When Morgan Shaw crept into the hold of an old pirate ship replica at San Diego’s Annual Tall Ship Festival, her only intention was to avoid the guy who had just dumped her and who was now boarding the ship with two women on his arm. What she didn’t expect was to wake up aboard a real pirate ship three-hundred years in the past. But of course, it wasn’t real. Her wealthy father had obviously staged it all in an effort to get her mind off her upcoming chemo. Or had he?

Pirate Rowan Dutton seeks enough treasure to repay a debt to his sister and reinstate the Dutton name among British Jamaican Society. He is but one major haul away from accomplishing his goal when a strange woman appears on his ship and causes him to lose his prey. Despite his anger, he is enthralled with the little minx, her strange clothing, odd speech, and her insistence that they are all actors playing a charade paid for by her father.

Yet when the brazen little lady divulges Rowan’s secret to a longtime nemesis, events are triggered that could cost them both their lives and change the course of history forever.


A Christy Award finalist and best-selling author, 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. Learn more at her website, Cross and Cutlass.


MaryLu Tyndall has added a fresh new twist to her latest pirate novel with the addition of time travel, whisking Morgan from current-day San Diego to a pirate ship in 1694. While the opening scene and set-up is a bit cliche, Tyndall hits her stride once Morgan awakens and discovers that things have changed a bit. Her disorientation is well-portrayed, as is her initial lack of fear which stems from her certainty that this is all a set-up arranged by her father. Rowan's reactions to her strange idioms add humor to some tense moments. One of my favorite aspects of Tyndall's pirate stories is the reminder that no one is beyond the reach of God's grace. The Reckoning also shines a light on those who give lip-service to believing in God but whose actions and lack of peace contradict their words, although this is far from a preachy novel. With its faith message woven naturally into the story, this tale contains plenty of action, danger on the high seas, and romance. I devoured this book in a long evening, not setting it aside until the final surprising twist had been revealed. A captivating read, The Reckoning is available for pre-order today, releasing July 1!

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this digital book free from MaryLu Tyndall. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”


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