Elusive Hope: Escape to Paradise (Book 2)

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Embark on an exotic adventure in Book 2 of the Escape to Paradise series from bestselling author MaryLu Tyndall. In the fledgling colony of New Hope, their friends struggle to create a Southern utopia in Brazil soon after the Civil War. But Hayden is seeking revenge—relentlessly. And Magnolia is seeking a way out—desperately. They both seek to use the other for their own...

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Overview

Embark on an exotic adventure in Book 2 of the Escape to Paradise series from bestselling author MaryLu Tyndall. In the fledgling colony of New Hope, their friends struggle to create a Southern utopia in Brazil soon after the Civil War. But Hayden is seeking revenge—relentlessly. And Magnolia is seeking a way out—desperately. They both seek to use the other for their own purposes—deceptively. Falling in love was never part of their plans. . . .

Escape to Paradise Series:
Book 1 - Forsaken Dreams
Book 2 - Elusive Hope
Book 3 - Abandoned Memories - July 2014

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Editorial Reviews

GoodReads - Debbie Mitchell

MaryLu has out-done herself with this book. She has shown that she can write stories that not only have you smiling, but stories that awaken ALL of your senses. 

I tried my best to read this book slowly, to savor every morsel. But, it was so hard to slow down. Each chapter ended making me want to read more. I kept waiting for a lull in the story, so that I could have an excuse to stop reading for awhile. But, alas, a lull did not come. The sad part now is that I have to wait for what seems like forever for the third book in the series. Oh, pure torture!

Over Coming with God - Teresa Mathews

I have read a lot of outstanding books by Ms. Tyndall but this one is by far the most gripping. Not only does she seem to pick you up and set you down right in the middle of that lush jungle with her magnificent descriptions; she has you holding your breath while frantically turning pages to see what is coming next. Ms. Tyndall has taken this book to another level by adding a deeper spiritual theme than her other ones. I personally love that she decided to delve into what goes on in the spirit world; the continuous war over our very souls. Bravo Ms. Tyndall for taking that tremendous leap of faith! I can’t wait for the next installment of this thrilling series. 
RT Book Reviews - Patsy Glans

Tyndall is a talented writer, as she brings to life a time in America's past that divided not only a country but the people as well.
Must Love Reading - Leah Brandel

WOW! If you have loved anything by MaryLu Tyndall, you will LOVE this book just as much. Romance, mystery, spiritual warfare. There’s so much packed into this book and MaryLu does a great job of bringing it all together. I would definitely recommend reading Forsaken Dreams first. Reading that book first will help you understand a lot more of what is going on in this book. I am beyond excited to read the third and final book in the series. MaryLu did a great job of introducing the third book to us. She definitely left us with an eagerness to read on. I always hate cliffhangers but thankfully this cliffhanger is not so bad. I am only disappointed that I have to wait so long to read it! MaryLu has done an amazing job with this book – she just keeps getting better and better with each book! One of my favorite things about MaryLu as an author is that her stories are different from anything I’ve ever read before. And that’s what keeps bringing me back to her books.
Reet Champion Book Reviews - J. Burdette

It’s not often a book snags my attention that I lose sleep over it in an effort to read just one more chapter…and then another…and then another! But this one is responsible for just that. It’s chocked full of adventure, mystery and in some cases dry humor. Humor is always a plus to me. There is also a supernatural element. May I add, I NEVER read books that deal with the supernatural. In fact, I avoid it. It doesn’t often crop up in history books; and vampires, zombies, etc just put me off entirely. But this was different and not to mention I hadn’t been anticipating it.
My Book Thoughts - Callie Barrett

This book is vividly alive with spiritual warfare containing an intensity to rival Indiana Jones, an unexpected (to the characters) romance, and a unique setting.  The plot and characters were continuously revealed in different lights to keep me as the reader intrigued.  I can honestly say that this book went way over my expectations...
GoodReads - Eva Stephen

Wow wow wow! I was gripped from the first page and couldn't put it down! You know the book is a great one if you wrestle between not being able to put it down and trying to slow your reading down so that you can savor it longer so the book never ends!! 

Mystery, suspense, and breathtaking romance is what you are in store for if you buy this book!

Along the Way - Janet Hovis

I highly recommend this great new series by MaryLu Tyndall. I loved both books.
GoodReads - Amy Campbell

MaryLu has such talent to bring together humor, emotion, and action. All in a historical setting. I would definitely say that I would highly recommend this fabulous story.
My Book Addiction Reviews - April Renn

I enjoy the characters, they are not flawless far from it, but are realistic,enduring, and engaging. This series just gets better!

An intense,emotional but very exciting and satisfying story of love and healing. I would highly recommend especially to historical romance readers and anyone who enjoys an awesome read!! If you have never read one of Ms. Tyndall's books you are in for a real treat, if you have, I need say no more... She is a compassionate,masterful storyteller who draws her readers into her stories as her characters face tragedy,their faith and the power of love.

GoodReads - Joyce Williams

I love MaryLu's books and this one was so good. The second in the series is full of mystery and romance, drama. She has written about spiritual warfare which you don't find in most Christian fiction, definitely eye opening.
CBA Retailers - Kim Peterson

MaryLu Tyndall delivers a romantic adventure with believable touches of the supernatural in a remote historical setting. As the settlers try to build new lives, Magnolia and Hayden learn that hope can be elusive, unless found in God.
NetGalley - Brittany McEuen

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. I really enjoyed this book. Looking forward to the next book already!
Abbie's Reading Corner - Abbie Tireman

I love how the author digs into the spiritual realm as she enters into the middle of the series. I found myself on the edge of my seat as I was reading this book constantly wondering what was going to happen next.
If you love historical fiction this is a must read series!
Facebook - Larik Burci

I couldn't wait for this one to come out. But... The beginning is great and the ending is even better, but all in between had my toes curled with fear. Dear reader, it is a beautiful love story between two unbelievers that find God and his all-overcoming love, if you can handle all the scary stuff, I believe you will enjoy reading it very much and all the challenges the first Brazilian settlers faced.
Faith, Hope and Cherrytea - Sharon Klassen

Tyndall paints a clear picture of life in the exotic jungles of Brazil, creating their dreamed of utopian home, New Hope, in the midst of oppressive forces within and without the camp. Encompassing relational struggles for love and greed - surprise appearances of human and otherworld apparitions - lots to keep my attention to the end.

The spiritual undercurrent of advancing evil is well drawn, leaving this reader entirely suspended at the book's close. Nothing will do but to now await that final release of book 3! ABANDONED MEMORIES due July 1st 2014

Midwest Book Review - Suzie Hoursley

ELUSIVE HOPE is an exceptional historical romance. From page one, the reader cannot help but be drawn into pages of this addictive novel. MaryLu Tyndall is an author who provides readers the utmost reading pleasure in how she is able to spin her tale that will quickly wrap its way around anyone's heart. The rich historical detail she blends into her books make for a realistic adventure that will have your heat beating fast. There is no doubt, that MaryLu Tyndall is the Queen of the Historical Romance gene, her endless talent continues to leave me speechless.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781616265977
  • Publisher: Barbour Publishing, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 11/1/2013
  • Series: Escape to Paradise, #2
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 529,290
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

MaryLu Tyndall, a Christy Award finalist and bestselling author of the Legacy of the King’s Pirates series, is known for her adventurous historical romances filled with deep spiritual themes. She holds a degree in math and worked as a software engineer for fifteen years before testing the waters as a writer. MaryLu currently writes full time and makes her home on the California coast with her husband, six kids, and four cats. Her passion is to write page-turning, romantic adventures that not only entertain but open people’s eyes to their God-given potential. MaryLu is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers and Romance Writers of America.

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  • Posted December 15, 2013

    Elusive Hope is the second book in the Escape to Paradise series

    Elusive 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.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 6, 2013

    First of all, I would like to extend a heartfelt ¿Thank you¿




    First of all, I would like to extend a heartfelt “Thank you” to MaryLuTyndall for having me as a member of her Motley Crew of Influencers and for sending me a copy of "Elusive Hope" to review for her. I am truly grateful for this generosity. I really appreciate the time, effort and expense it takes to make a reviewer copy available to me.

    MaryLu Tyndall’s “Elusive Hope” is an entertaining romantic adventure with a healthy dose of the supernatural. Magnolia wants to leave the Brazilian community of New Hope to return to civilization in the United States and the fiancé she left behind. Hayden is searching for his father to keep a promise made to his mother on her deathbed. Their paths lead them to journey together and discover a mutual attraction that must be denied for their missions to be completed.



    Meanwhile, the community of New Hope is experiencing its own set of problems. Mysterious visions are being seen by the citizens and an ancient temple steeped in evil has been discovered. Several members of the community are reunited with past acquaintances in the jungle. This novel has it all: action, romance, a suspenseful storyline, lush locales and fleshy characters.



    This novel had me praying through man’s tendency to look at outward appearances versus God’s examination of the heart.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 2, 2013

    Oh my - what a difficult book to set down! This second book in t

    Oh my - what a difficult book to set down! This second book in the Escape to Paradise series does not disappoint. Picking up with many of the main characters from 'Forsaken Dreams', the author brings many of their idiosyncrasies to light. From the incessant search for gold, to the ever present wish to return to Georgia, we learn more of what the settlers had to deal with when trying to make a new home in a totally new, and unsettled area. It was a never ending experience with creatures that are abundant, vegetation that seems to grow overnight, pirates that suddenly appear, and more. Dreams of what was, and dare I say, visions?, keep the reader on the edge of their seat. One can't help but wonder what will come next!  

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 25, 2013

    ¿Leaning over, he picked up his knife, still stuck in the snake¿

    “Leaning over, he picked up his knife, still stuck in the snake’s head and held up the beast. Magnolia leapt back. ‘What are you going to do with that?’ Shoving aside the scraggly bush, Hayden headed back to camp. ‘Make dinner.’” The story of New Hope, a colony of American Southerners who sought to establish their own paradise in the jungles of Brazil after the Civil War, continues in Elusive Hope. This is the second book in the Escape To Paradise Series by Mary Lu Tyndall and within its pages we read of the romance between Magnolia Scott - a spirited belle from Georgia, and Hayden Gale - a con man who has devoted his life to finding the man who stole his mother’s life. Though these two make a peculiar couple, even more odd is the circumstances they find themselves in…hiking together through the jungle to Rio de Janeiro, alone. The scene above is just one of many humorous, yet, adventurous passages throughout the book. While Magnolia and Hayden are on their journey, back in New Hope the colony struggles with visions, a wayward member of the colony who refuses to leave an ancient temple and eventually, pirates!

    When I finished Forsaken Dreams (the first book in the series) earlier this year I couldn’t wait to see what was ahead for New Hope and all the characters that I had fallen in love with. Elusive Hope satisfied all my expectations and left me longing to know what happens next! I love a good adventure and this book is full of them! That’s one of the reasons why I gave this book five stars. No matter what character you’re with, something is happening.

    I really liked the special mirror that Magnolia had. Though it delved a little deeper into the “spirit realm,” I didn’t have a problem with that. It reminded me of the truths you see in allegories and fantasy, in the end, I was very glad this element was in the story!

    Another thing that always has me looking forward to Mary Lu’s books are the pirate scenes. Just when you think everything is going to be okay - a pirate shows up and crashes the party! Love it! Now, if you’re not a big fan of pirates, don’t let my enthusiasm frighten you off! The pirates weren’t a “large” part of the story, only a chapter or two, but I thoroughly enjoyed them and in the setting, you will too.

    There wasn’t a character I didn’t enjoy. In between scenes with Hayden and Magnolia the story would go back and “check up” on the rest of the colony and what happened with James, Graves, Angeline, Sarah and Mr. Dodd. By the end of the book I was just as anxious to see what was going to happen to them as well as Hayden and Magnolia. There’s another story there just begging to be told! That was another reason this is a five star book for me - I don’t have to debate within myself whether or not I’d be interested in the next book when it releases…I want, no, need to know what happens to the colony! (Yes, the ending was very, very mysterious and dramatic!)

    Five stars. A must read if you like romance and/or adventure. I highly recommend Elusive Hope!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 25, 2013

    This is a great sequel to Forsaken Dreams.  It highlights two of

    This is a great sequel to Forsaken Dreams.  It highlights two of the characters introduced in Forsaken and tells their story as well as being a continuation of the original storyline.
    It's hard to put down so be prepared to read late at night!  The descriptions are graphic and the banter is funny. I kept thinking, "This would be a great movie!"  Now the hard part will be to wait for book 3 in this series.  
    You won't be disappointed and will be left both satisfied and on the edge of your seat!  The deeper teachings of these books are touching as characters struggle with self-worth and identity and struggles to overcome past mistakes. The hope is real and MaryLu does an extraordinary job of teaching about our great God of love and hope. Don't miss it!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 15, 2013

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    I cannot put into words how much I enjoyed this book!!! I knew i

    I cannot put into words how much I enjoyed this book!!! I knew it would be a great book because I have yet to read a bad, or less than enjoyable book written by Ms. Tyndall (& I have read them all); but when I began reading Elusive Hope I had no idea to what extent I would enjoy it!!! Ms. Tyndall has an amazing talent for creating such loveable, colorful characters that you cannot help falling in love with!! Her creativity in this story just blows my mind!!!!! Each time I think she cannot get any better SHE DOES!!! 

    Having read the previous book in this series (Forsaken Dreams, which I highly recommend) I already knew a little about the main characters so I was greatly anticipating the story between Hayden & Magnolia....

    Hayden Gale & Magnolia Scott come from two different worlds. Her's is one of luxury; his is one of poverty, depending on swindling to survive. They each have their own agenda and do all they can to get what they want, both using the other in the process. They set out on an adventure through the jungles of Brazil headed for the city of Rio De Jeaneiro and find eachother as well as themselves along the way. And just when you think the story is coming to an end, you are on another rollercoaster ride adventure. The spiritual warfare displayed throughout the entire book makes for an exciting turn of events as well, and each scene is filled with such raw emotion and spiritual truths as to speak to anyones heart! I don't know how she does it but Ms. Tyndall has out done herself once again with Elusive Hope!!! You will not go wrong in purchasing a copy of this adventure filled tale!!!!! 

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 4, 2014

    Wow! Let me just say, Elusive Hope was an awesome book to read.

    Wow! Let me just say, Elusive Hope was an awesome book to read. Hayden and Magnolia's story has been my favorite of all of MaryLu Tyndall's characters' so far, rivaled only by Alex and Rose (Surrender the Night).

    The story picks up a few months after the end of Forsaken Dreams, book one in MaryLu's Escape to Paradise series. It starts out with a few scary surprises, and continues to be exciting, riveting, and page-turning to the end.

    I really loved the parts with just Magnolia and Hayden. Their love-hate relationship is so sweet, sometimes sad, and often funny. Their journey (literally, emotionally, and spiritually) is so wonderfully written.

    Besides all that, there are plenty of spooky things going on in the jungle! I was actually so scared at one point that when my phone rang while I was reading, I jumped. I don't suggest reading this book when you're home alone at night. *Shiver.* But then, I get scared easily, so maybe it's just me. Haha ;)

    No matter what, I guarantee you'll LOVE Elusive Hope!! And I definitely suggest reading Forsaken Dreams first, if you haven't already.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 27, 2014

    Like with every book MaryLu Tyndall Elusive Hope was amazing. It

    Like with every book MaryLu Tyndall Elusive Hope was amazing. It got me from the start, a group of American trying to get away from the damage caused my the Civil War. Magnolia Scott has eveything she wants except for a father's love and all she wants is to go back to the state to be with her love. And there is the stowaway Hayden Gale hows heart is so full of revenge he can not think of anything else. When Magnolia and hayden are in the jungle they both discover things about themselves. As I was reading this book I related to Magnolia like very girl, all we want is to be excepted in societywith our fathers, but we are allnready excpted by one Greater God all mighty him self. The one who made us and loves us more than anything. I got all this through Elusive Hope this is a book every girl/women needs to read.

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  • Posted December 30, 2013

    Finally settled in Brazil in a colony named New Hope, everyone i

    Finally settled in Brazil in a colony named New Hope, everyone is trying to adjust to the new climate and culture away from the United States.  Magnolia Scott, born and raised up as a Southern Belle on a cotton plantation in Rosewell, Georgia, but now living in Brazil against her will by her father’s orders is trying to make her way through the Brazilin jungles to make her way back to the states to the life she once knew and was comfortable with.  Hayden Gale, a man mixed between a bad boy and a charmer, vows to find his good-for-nothing father who abandoned his mother and him at a very young year leaving his mother to perish.

    “Elusive Hope” is the second book to the series Escape to Paradise.  This story takes place in Brazil where the colony, New Hope, is trying to find hope in a brand new future of living, which they are finding things difficult to accomplish.  Magnolia is trying to find some hope where she can find a way back to states to be reunited to her fiancé when her parents took her away against her will to Brazil.  Then Hayden is on a desperate search in trying to have hope in finding his father after what he did to his mother, when he hears of news of his father was helping some colony in Brazil.  Dig into reading how Magnolia and Hayden get through their difficulty trails of what they are hoping for or if the two will put their utmost hope in God to where things will come much easier for them.  “Elusive Hope” is filled with many different kinds of adventure, darkness, deception, drama, laughter, love and romance to keep you wondering what is going to happen next or even if the characters are going to survive their new life in Brazil.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 28, 2013

    Reviewer Elva Martin Cobb Martin, President, American Christian

    Reviewer Elva Martin Cobb Martin, President, American Christian Fiction Writers – South Carolina Chapter 12/28/13

    MaryLu has done it again with Book 2, in her Escape to Paradise series, Elusive Hope.

    This exciting plot pulls the reader into an adventure full of twists and turns in the South American colony settled by distraught Southerners hoping to establish a utopia after the Civil War. What’s not to love about heroine Magnolia Scott and hero Hayden Gale? Both have enormous personal issues and phantoms of the past to overcome before love can burst into bloom, but the reader is drawn into pulling for each of them with gusto.

    Magnolia, uprooted from her pleasurable Southern plantation life by her stern father, battles homesickness, low self-esteem and an addiction to rum. She cannot think of love or a God who seems to have abandoned her.

    Hayden lives, breathes, and dreams nothing but revenge against his swindler father who abandoned him and his mother when Hayden was a child. He also knows he has become very much like the man he hates. Love and faith have no place in his goals.

    But romance does bloom between these two in the midst of a steamy tropical forest full of snakes, spiders and demonic apparitions after Magnolia attaches herself to Hayden thinking he’ll help her escape to Rio de Janeiro and to passage on a ship back home. The haughty southern girl and proud, savvy swindler meet their matches in each other. Both of their dreams, his to get revenge on his father, hers to get back home, keep tantalizing but eluding them with every new plan they concoct.

    No one but MaryLu Tyndale could write such romantic scenes in a sweltering, dangerous, bug-infested jungle in Brazil and then draw all the story threads together, including spiritual renewal and deliverance, into a surprising and satisfying ending.






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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 26, 2013

    Oh my goodness. What a ride. The first book was great, this one

    Oh my goodness. What a ride. The first book was great, this one was even better. I can't wait for the third one. 

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 25, 2013

    Very interesting book to read.

    This book is filled with mystery, adventure, and love. It will keep your attention right to the end.

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  • Posted December 22, 2013

    I love MaryLu Tyndall¿s books! From beginning to end, she keeps

    I love MaryLu Tyndall’s books! From beginning to end, she keeps you wanting to turn each page, wondering what will happen next. Elusive Hope is no different. From the first page to the last, this story, based on an actual historical event, is the continuing saga of the southern colonists who sailed to Brazil to begin a new life, post-Civil War.

    Magnolia Scott is a spoiled southern belle, who detests that her parents forced her to move to the jungles of Brazil after losing everything they owned. She will do anything she can to get back to the states and to her fiancé, even if it means following the one man she absolutely can’t stand through the jungle back to Rio to catch the next ship home. But what she doesn’t count on is the attraction she feels growing for the man, despite his gruffness.

    Hayden Gale is a man on a mission. To find his father and exact retribution on him for leaving he and his mother when he was just a young boy. Now, feeling like he’s closer than ever to finding him, he doesn’t need anything to hinder his progress, including the stuck-up belle who thinks he should bow down to her every whim. And though she has a sharp tongue, he can’t shake the notion that he needs to protect her, nor that he’s attracted to her.

    MaryLu tells the story of a southern bell who thinks her only worth is her beauty, and of a con man who needs to learn forgiveness. She weaves a spiritual thread through the story, of how we all need God to help us face the things in our lives that can hinder a relationship with Him. And to top it off, she throws in romance, mystery, and a spooky old temple.

    Great job, MaryLu!

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  • Posted December 19, 2013

    This is another great book by MaryLu Tyndall! Although Elusive H

    This is another great book by MaryLu Tyndall! Although Elusive Hope is the second book in a trilogy, it also can stand on its own (although after reading this one, it might be hard not to read the others).
    After the Civil War, a group of displaced Confederates is seeking a new start in Brazil, but Magnolia’s family clings to their past way of life, full of wealth, status, and slaves to wait on their every whim. They could still live in luxury if not for a mistake Magnolia made just before the war. Now her parents hold her mistake over her, expecting her to repay her debt, so she is desperate to escape back to the States where she hopes her fiancé still waits.
    In the same colony, Hayden Gale has come on a mission: to hunt down the man who ruined his life. His search leads him to Rio, where Magnolia wants to go to find passage back to America.
    Clearly their paths are crossed, and even their pasts are more closely connected than they even guessed. They are forced to face their darkest secrets, examine their souls, and consider their relationships with God. At the same time, though, there are dark forces at work in the jungle.
    Suspense, romance, and adventure are in strong supply.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 17, 2013

    I have to say that this title by MaryLu Tyndall had me even more

    I have to say that this title by MaryLu Tyndall had me even more intrigued than the first in the series. As always, Tyndall captured me once again with her in-depth characters, sizzling chemistry between hero and heroine, and detailed setting descriptions and plots. Tyndall’s books are so well-written, and here, the descriptions of the Brazilian jungle setting were so incredibly exotic and wonderful that I felt like I was there! While I have found the characters in this series a bit less likeable than in Tyndall’s other books, I also think that is what makes the redemption of the characters so inspiring. In addition, the way that the colonists struggled to make a living, the various mishaps along the way, and the spiritual forces at work led me to suspect that something big was going to happen in Elusive Hope, and I had to keep turning pages to see if I could find out what it was. But, Tyndall left just enough a mystery that I can’t wait for the third book in the series! Elusive Hope cleverly illustrates struggles we all experience, but it packs even more of a “spiritual punch” than Tyndall’s other novels, taking the battle up a notch in a way the author never has before. Very interesting, and well worth the read!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 10, 2013

    A must read!!!

    Love this author! The characters are so real and I was pulled in immediately and couldn't put book down...can not wait for the next book!!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 3, 2013

    As usually, MaryLu's new book is a thrilling and uplifting story

    As usually, MaryLu's new book is a thrilling and uplifting story, with a little romance to cap it off. The second book in the Escape to Paradise series, takes back to the jungles of Brazil and shows us that although our plans may not workout, God always has a plan that does and His plan is better. Everything about this book is beautiful, the setting and cover, the hope and love. There is also a mystery woven through out the story, first introduced to us in the first book. This mystery has me hooked and holding my breath for the third book to be released. Of course, you can't have a MaryLu story without a bit of pirate thrown in there somewhere. I highly recommend reading this trilogy, along with all of MarLu Tyndall's books. In the end, you're left feeling spiritually uplifted and look inward to see how you can better yourself and become even closer to God.

    Loved the story and ready for the next!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 29, 2013

    Tyndall masterfully wove in spiritual warfare, while simultaneou

    Tyndall masterfully wove in spiritual warfare, while simultaneously maintaining historical feel.
    Hayden is a con man searching for his father. Magnolia is a formerly rich girl, rejected by her father. Magnolia is desperate to get out from under her father’s control and marry a rich American man. Hayden is willing to do anything to find his father and exact his revenge. Magnolia follows after Hayden on his journey to Rio. The two begin to fall in love, but do they have too many differences? And what happens when old enemies arise as well as supernatural ones?
    I loved this book! The first book in the series, Forsaken Dreams, was just “okay” compared to this! If you didn’t totally love the first one, you will love this! It was weird for me at first to read a book with supernatural events, but it worked really well in this book.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 17, 2013

    Elusive Hope is book 2 in a 3-book series called "Escape To

    Elusive Hope is book 2 in a 3-book series called "Escape To Paradise". MaryLu has outdone herself with this one! It's full of deception, lies, love, and, most importantly, forgiveness. This book takes off where the 1st one ended, in the jungles of Brazil. Follow Magnolia and Hayden as they search for their "happy ending". Will they find what they are looking for? Will they find love and happiness, or will the past be too strong for them to overcome? Pick up this page-turner and fight the urge to read it through in one sitting!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 16, 2013

    This book is filled with so many emotions; it is so alive and re

    This book is filled with so many emotions; it is so alive and real. It proves that hope is not elusive; I really enjoy a book like this, because it gives all the glory to the Lord. I love the spiritual warfare and the fact that the characters come to realize that their worth is not in their beauty nor in them trying to reclaim the past nor in seeking a fortune nor in seeking revenge. I'm glad that they realize their worth, joy, well being and value is in Christ Jesus. A truly amazing story; I highly recommend it and I can't wait to read book 3.

    I received a free copy of this book courtesy of the author for my honest review.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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