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 the list of officers wanted for war crimes, Blake organises 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 the 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, trouble abound. Dangers at sea and enemies from within threaten to keep Blake and Eliza from the new life – and love – they long for.
My Thoughts ~
From my past experience, an avid romance reader cannot take it past MaryLu Tyndall to produce a heart breaking romance novel. And Forsaken Dreams is definitely one of those books!!!
Right from the beginning, when Blake and Eliza set eyes on each other for the first time, their budding romance was evident, and because it was so early in the book (like the first chapter), I was interested to see how Tyndall was going to further develop it. And I can confidently say with talent and expertise! There was sooooo much heart ache, due to the confession of secrets and burning passion between Blake and Eliza that my heart just broke at his stubbornness and cold heart towards Eliza, despite his true feelings. However painful this was though, I am really glad that Tyndall saturated her novel with these moments because in my opinion, it made for such a better and entertaining read, for the moments when they were together, their feelings were simmering, calling for intimate, heart stopping and breathless moments, however fleeting and hopeful each one seemed.
Although the novel was mainly about their romance and trials they faced, Tyndall incorporated the lesson of forgiveness really well so that it doesn’t come across as being preachy. I am really thankful for this reminder because I so easily forget the gift of forgiveness Christ died for. The verse from Matthew 6:15 frequently came to mine – “But if you do not forgive men their sins, your father will not forgive your sins”. This was a lesson Blake had to bitterly learn, where he demonstrated that unforgiveness is like a prison and poison that eats you up internally. If any of you are experiencing this, I pray that you will learn to forgive and free yourself so you are able to soar up with wings like eagles and be comforted with unimaginable peace. All that you need to do is pray for God’s strength: “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For anyone who asks receives; he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks, the door will be opened” Matthew 7:7-8 (NIV)
So I thoroughly encourage romance booklovers like myself to let MaryLu Tyndall take you on a bittersweet heart-breaking journey, for you will be guaranteed an entertaining read that once the novel is finished your heart wouldn’t have fully recovered from the heart ache, despite the sweet and heart-warming ending. And when you do I would love to hear your thoughts! I hope (know) you won’t be disappointed 🙂