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"Forsaken Dreams" is the first book in a new series by Mary Lu Tyndall, "Escape to Paradise". What a true title; these books will sweep you off your feet into a world of romance, God, spiritual warfare, and the high seas!

This story is set post-Civil War, when a widowed wife of a Yankee soldier, Eliza Crawford, boards a ship to Brazil, looking to leave her past and scorn from her southern peers behind. Colonel Grant Wallace also wants to leave his past behind. He barely manages to escape his past long enough to board his own ship, before it attempts to catch up with him.

Several people aboard this boat are looking to start a new life in Brazil, and also are the main characters in later books in this series. For now, though, we just have to focus on Widow Eliza Crawford and the Colonel/Captain of the ship, Grant Wallace.

Eliza Crawford married a Yankee against her family’s wishes, and paid a price when he died in the war, leaving her nothing but scorn from the people surrounding her. She boards this boat in hopes of a new life.

But adventure abounds, a new kind than that of previous Mary Lu Tyndall novels, at least to some extent: spiritual warfare is present, and very real. Of course, there is still the trademark sea battles, romance, and adventure expected of a Tyndall novel.

Thank you to Net Galley and Barbour Publishing for letting me read and review this novel. I really liked the excitement and suspense.

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