My rating: 5 of 5 stars
This was a fantastic, must read book. It was my first introduction to MaryLu Tyndall. I bought the book with a gift card to Borders (now out of business, unfortunately). It was at the very top of the shelf, but somehow (divinely inspired), it found its way into my hands.
Charlisse is now my favorite heroine (my other favorite being Hadassah in Francine Rivers' "The Mark of the Lion" trilogy).
Charlisse is abused and neglected by her uncle in London. She flees him in search of the father she never knew, a pirate. She becomes shipwrecked and is found by Captain Merrick, a man filled with Christian compassion who desperately wants to stop Edward the Terror, one of the most vicious pirates on the sea and his former captain.
With pose, passion, and dignity, Tyndall weaves the story of Charlisse and Merrick on the tapestry of the Caribbean with God and Christ at the helm.
Merrick is noble, brave, and charismatic, but harbors deep pain.
Charlisee, too, is brave, fiery, and cautious, but hides dark secrets.
She keeps readers guessing and wondering - just what is Charlisse hiding, what happened to Merrick, who's Edward the Terror, and how does Charlisse factor in to this cylce?
There is no sexual content other than kissing, although some of the minor men (sailors, Charlisse's uncle) are licentious.
There are battle scenes, but these are well-done, and not presented as gory messes.
Drugs and drinking are frowned upon as bad habits and something people shouldn't do.
The language is appropriate with nothing foul.
A must read book, fantastic, entertaining, spiritually uplifting book!
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