The Red Siren

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Worlds collide when a pirate lady meets a godly naval captain.

Faith Westcott abandoned her shallow faith when a series of tragedies struck her family. To save herself and her sisters from forced marriages, this fiery, born-to-the-manor redhead is a lady by day and a pirate by night. How long can she maintain this dual identity before she’s caught red-handed?

God-fearing Dajon Waite, who scours the Carolina coast, expunging it of pirates, is a ...

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Worlds collide when a pirate lady meets a godly naval captain.

Faith Westcott abandoned her shallow faith when a series of tragedies struck her family. To save herself and her sisters from forced marriages, this fiery, born-to-the-manor redhead is a lady by day and a pirate by night. How long can she maintain this dual identity before she’s caught red-handed?

God-fearing Dajon Waite, who scours the Carolina coast, expunging it of pirates, is a more-than-capable captain in the British Royal Navy. But when he is asked to take on the guardianship of Faith and her sisters, he’s headed for deep water. Having vowed to avoid women, what will he do when he finds himself falling for Faith?

Sir Wilhelm Carteret has always gotten everything he desired, but Faith seems to be unaffected by his charms. When he devises a plot to rid himself of his competition, more than Captain Waite’s reputation is at stake as alarming secrets are revealed.

Will Faith regain her trust in God only to find herself headed for the gallows? Will Dajon scuttle his good name—and neck—to save her?

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M. L. Tyndall, a Christy Award finalist, lives in California with her husband, six children, and four cats.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781620297261
  • Publisher: Barbour Publishing, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 4/1/2013
  • Series: Charles Towne Belles , #1
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 368
  • Sales rank: 788,226
  • Product dimensions: 4.10 (w) x 7.40 (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 April 24, 2009

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    I loved the story of The Red Siren.

    The Red Siren is a wonderfully written tale of a woman pirate, a Navy captain, and their struggles with God and each other. Filled with suspense, romance, laughter, devious plots, fun-filled afternoons, and chases across the sea, it is everything I could want in a book. Once I started reading it I could not put it down. I highly encourage you to read The Red Siren, and all of MaryLu's books.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 18, 2012

    Loved this book. It kept you in suspense until they end! There

    Loved this book. It kept you in suspense until they end! There was really never a dull moment. I Loved the main character Faith! She was passionate about everything! She was determined to get what she wanted. There was only the one obstacle and that was the Captain Dajon Waite. He was just as determined. These characters were wonderful! There were challenges that seemed to bring them closer together and tear them apart at the same time. I really enjoyed how Faith tried her best to take care of her sisters despite everything!

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  • Posted June 14, 2012

    Another Wonderful Tyndall read!

    I would like to extend a heartfelt “Thank you” to M.L. Tyndall and her publisher for sending me a copy of "The Red Siren" to review for them. I have always been grateful for this generosity, but haven’t been very consistent in taking the time to thank them in a public forum. I really appreciate your time, effort and expense in making a reviewer copy available to me.

    "The Red Siren" does not disappoint! Although this novel begins a bit slower than M.L. Tyndall's other swashbuckling efforts, the pace steadily pushes forward to reveal a wonderful romantic adventure. I eagerly await future novels in this series!

    Faith is leading a double life. She is the self-appointed caregiver to her two younger sisters and a confirmed bachelorette as well as an infamous pirate known as "The Red Siren". When Dajon's life is destroyed by this beautiful buccaneer, he vows to bring her to justice. But this may become difficult if he falls in love with her.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 9, 2012

    Book #1 A Female Pirate???

    The Red Siren is the first book in The Charles Towne Belles series.
    Faith has given up faith and taken up pirating the seas to support her sisters. Faith cannot stand the thought of any more of her sisters marrying evil men, men they do not love. Dajon has been humiliated and cast away by his family, and his goal is to be successful and capture the female pirate who stole his ship.
    Faith and Dajon meet and he is put in charge of their protection. They start to fall in love. What happens when Dajon finds out the woman he loves isn't what she appears?
    I liked this book a lot. Faith almost wants independence too much, and Dajon is trying too hard to fix the past instead of living in the present. This book brings many emotions as the pages are turned. It’s a very enjoyable read. I would know--I've read the book three times.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 17, 2011

    The Red Siren

    Filled with loyalty and love, betrayal and pain, The Red Siren weaves an exciting story of a desperate lady pirate, and a handsome pirate-catcher. who somehow manage to fall in love. While faithless Faith Westcott tries to protect her younger sisters-one frivolous and the other selfless-and slowly earns money for their future by being a pirate; Captain Dajon Waite watches over all three Westcott sisters, and searches diligently for the lady pirate raiding the seas. Little do either know what God has in store for them. The Red Siren was an entertaining read, and I do recommend it, as well as the next two books in the series.

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  • Posted October 16, 2011

    An AMAZING Start!!!

    I think that this is a great book! It was a wonderful start to the Charles Towne Bells series and left me wanting more of the wonderful characters. Faith is headstrong, determined, and brave, and a wonderful heroine. She loves her sisters so much that she resorts to piracy so they don't have to marry cruel men. Dajon was also a great main character that I liked a lot. I found many characters with a variety of different characters just as I would in real life and I found it amazing. I realized I was anxious to see Faith's fate. I would definitely recommend this good book to all of my friends.

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  • Posted October 15, 2011

    A Lady Pirate! A Must Read!

    This novel was so enjoyable. I mean, come on, a lady pirate! You will fall in love with Faith and Dajon. Their story is so bold and wonderful, you will feel like you are right there with them. Come along on the adventure of a lifetime! See God's power move in the lives of two unsuspecting people. This is part of a trilogy, so be prepared to buy two more novels after this one. You won't be able to stop yourself!

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  • Posted October 15, 2011


    This was a well written book. I loved that she was the bad guy, but with good intentions. It is a change. She was in charge of her life, and she had a reason for all of the stuff she was doing. In the end, I wished that I could have the kind of faith and courage that she had! Another good one by MaryLu Tyndall!

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  • Posted October 14, 2011

    Highly Recommended! You've got to read this!

    Most people would probably think that a story about a girl who dresses up as a man and sails about at sea as the captain of a pirate ship only to return home to live as a respectable daughter and sister in the American colonies, would be an unbelievable story, but Faith Wescott does all these things, and The Red Siren still is a very believable story! Faith is an outstanding heroine, and her adventures and romance are well worth reading. Once you read this book, you'll have to read the rest of the trilogy!

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  • Posted August 15, 2011

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    Adventure on Land & Sea

    The Red Siren by M.L. Tyndall is the first in the Charles Towne Belles series. The second book is The Blue Enchantress and the third is The Raven Saint. The books are about three sisters: Faith, Hope & Grace Wescott. They have an older sister who is married and still in England, her name is Charity. Their father is an Admiral in the Royal Navy and spends more time at sea then with his family. Their mother died in childbirth. As she lay dying she asked Faith to take care of her sisters. A request that Faith would do anything to accomplish.

    Faith Wescott would not allow her sisters to be sold into marriages as their older sister, Charity, was. She was married to a despicable lecherous man who had his eyes set on her three sisters as well. Faith was sickened that they came to America without her older sister but was thankful to be away from her husband. Faith's father agreed if she could get enough wealth to support the three girls he would not force them into a marriage. She found that pirating was her way to do that.

    Dajon Waite had one chance to prove to his father he was worthwhile. He had almost made it to his destination with his cargo with the Lady Em when they seen a lady in distress on another ship. His mistake was helping her, for she was no lady but a pirate. After the disgrace of losing his ship and his father disinheriting him life went downhill unto God lifted him out of the muck and gave him a new chance. Now he was a captain in the British Royal Navy and he was guarding the Carolina water from pirates. Admiral Wescott asked him to watch over his three daughters as he was called out to sea on duty. Dajon tried to refuse but received orders that the Admiral already left.

    Sir Wilhelm Carteret had asked for Faith's hand from her father and was granted so. Faith begged to be given time to get her "soap" business going and make the money before the promise was sealed. Her father gave her until he returned, about six months. Faith is determined to find as much wealth to pirate as quickly as she can during that time. Wilhelm was not one to stand back and not get what he wanted so he plots and plans during the book. Mostly he needs to discredit Dajon.

    Hope keeps throwing herself at the wrong men and Grace is determined to continue her work for the Lord helping the needy. To do so she has to go through areas where Indians are a danger to people. With Faith gone on the seas as well as Dajon trying to catch the pirate known as The Red Siren, the two sisters are continuing to sneak out of the house sending the steward, Edwin, into nervous fits.

    There are many unique characters in her book. Many are imperfect making the need for redemption that much stronger. Lives are almost destroyed because of envy, greed and pride. The story is full of adventure and danger. You feel the salt water spray you on the deck of the ship and feel the gloominess of the Watch Tower dungeon.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 17, 2010


    MaryLu Tyndall is my favorite author, and has written yet another success! The Red Siren is an awesome book full of adventure, romance, and pirates. The characters are endearing, and the plot keeps you on your toes. I found I couldn't put the book down. The story starts off with Faith Westcott and the lowly merchant's son Dajon Waite. From the start Faith and Dajon butt heads. Five years later, things haven't changed, but, Mr. Waite is now an intimdating captain of the British Navy. Faith is willing to do anything to save her sisters from destitution and marriage. Throughout the story Faith has to be very careful of her next moves. She's a lady pirate, after all, and Dajon is keeping a very wathful eye on her! This story will keep you wanting to turn the next page.

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  • Posted June 1, 2010

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    The Red Siren

    What would you do if you were a girl in colonial America faced with a tough choice? The choice between allowing your father to give you away in marriage to horrible men, or find a way to support yourself. Today that choice would be easy, but in Faith Westcott's time, her options seemed limited. She had to find a way to save not only herself, but her two sisters from what she saw as the horrible fate of marriages that they had no say in. Her choice to try and raise money is an interesting one. She turns to piracy...with the stable hand as her first mate and loud mouth parrot along for the ride.

    Few people believe the tales of the fiery red haired captain, the temptress that lures ships to their doom, know only as the Red Siren. But Lt. Dajon Waite has had a run in with her in the past, where she took everything from him, and now he eagerly looks forward to laying his trap to capture her.

    Faith beats Dajon at every turn. On the sea and on the land, she leads him in a merry chase that somehow ends up turning into a romance. But what will happen if he ever finds out that she slips to the seas at night to steal from the heavy merchant ships as they come into port?

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  • Posted August 10, 2009

    Tyndall has done it again!

    When you read the description of this book, it evokes the notion of "a lady pirate, how can that be a story line with a ring of truth?" But this story is not far fetched. Faith Westcott is struggling against God and man. Her father has no love to lavish and spends his time at sea, leaving his three daughters to their own devices, until a godly captain is asked to step in and be their guardian while their father is away for an extended time. The battles that ensue do not always include pistols and swords, but the struggles against the love of God. The devilishly handsome Captain Dajon Waite tries to help Faith see her spiritual faults all the while falling in love with the pirate he is trying to catch. This book was riveting- a story like all the rest of Tyndall's books. Truly excellent- a story that will keep you up late and anxious to return, a wonderful escape. It's filled with intrigue and adventure, but this author knows the delicate balance between too much adventure and the human emotions. The scale is balanced and a grand "huzza" is raised when you close the book. But you will certainly want to hurry and purchase The Blue Enchantress (book 2) it follows quickly on the heels of The Red Siren.

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  • Posted May 7, 2009

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    The Red Siren: M.L. Tyndall is Home

    The Christy Award finalist has returned to her beloved sea and pirate novels. As if to reflect her homecoming, the title of Tyndall's newest novel returns to the name of a ship: The Red Siren.

    The Lady Em is a merchant vessel returning from the Gold Coast with a load of Ivory, gold and pepper. After surviving the African pirate-infested waters of 1713 all the way to Portsmouth England, Captain Dajon Waite encounters a burning ship. This son of a successful merchant seeking Dad's approval ignores his father's standing rule-stop for no reason-when he gives orders to assist the smoking vessel, and save a seemingly distressed red-headed beauty on deck. After all, no sane pirates would work the British navy's home waters.

    The red-head turns out to be a pirate captain, whose gimmick is feigning trouble with a smoking burn-barrel on deck, tricking merchants into pulling alongside for the raiding. Not only is Dajon's cargo pillaged, the Lady Em is transformed into the pirate's newest ship. While the action pacing of Tyndall's fifth novel is more sedate than her rollercoaster Legacy of the King's Pirates trilogy, all of the above takes place in Chapter one.

    Disgraced but still called by the sea, Dajon Waite joins the navy. By 1718 he has become a Christian and is captain of the HMS Enforcer, assigned to protect New World waters off the Carolina coast. Hungry for promotion, Waite is also charged with a personal favor for Charles Towne resident Admiral Westcott: protect his three lovely daughters while Daddy's ordered to sea. Faith Westcott, the eldest daughter and a red-head, captures Dajon's eye.

    Dajon fails to recognize Faith as the woman pirate who stole the Lady Em. Charles Towne rumors of The Red Siren and her red-headed woman-pirate captain plundering their waters fuel Captain Waite's search, and our woman pirate hides her true identity as long as possible.

    Tyndall, as usual, satisfies fans of character and plot driven fiction. Even though the New World setting is sixty years before the Revolutionary War, readers find themselves in scenes reminiscent of movies like The Patriot and Pirates of the Caribbean thanks to Tyndall's vivid description.

    Waite is driven mad by red-heads of the weaker sex. The reader is driven onward by secrets dredged up by the antagonist-a powerful local lord accustomed to getting what he wants. While Sir Wilhelm's Machiavellian plans must be overcome, the real action in The Red Siren are the struggles that Tyndall's heroes fight within themselves.

    While Barbour Publishing insists on shelving Tyndall's incredible fiction on the romance shelf, alternate history fans would love her literary art. Just like the Legacy of the King's Pirates trilogy, if The Red Siren is romance, so is Robin Hood. Maid Marion wishes she was half the swordswoman Faith Westcott is. If this novel doesn't land M.L. Tyndall a Christy Award, it will be a travesty of literature.

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  • Posted April 1, 2009

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    Where piracy, faith, and love collide.

    Once again, I opened a book by M. L. Tyndall and my regular schedule suffered. She has a gift of weaving a story and creating characters that draw you to the book and keep you from closing it. In The Red Siren we meet Faith Westcott, a spirited young lady fighting the traditions of the era and trying to protect herself and her sisters from forced marriages. The only way to do so is to earn enough money to pay for their freedom. How can a woman in a man's world make enough money to be free of the traditions of man? By becoming a pirate of course. Her father, an admiral in the Royal Navy, leaves his daughters in the care of Captain Dajon Waite. Faith encounters challenges to her hidden career, her independence, rejected faith, and denial of true love's existence. Dajon finds himself battling past mistakes and future doubts when his heart tangles with hers. How can a lady pirate and a sea captain who hunts pirates down find their own place in the world?

    In book one of the Charlestown Belles Series, M.L. Tyndall returns her readers into the world of eighteenth century pirates as she did in the Legacy of the King's Pirates Series. She places an entirely new twist on the story making you actually want the pirate to succeed. This book is a page turner and you will find it hard to put it aside until you get to the last page. The last sentence makes you ready for the sequel. With her rich characters, incredible detail and intriguing stories, M.L. Tyndall has become one of my favorite authors.

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  • Posted March 11, 2009

    Tyndall always has a Christian message that is pertinent to the lives of her readers.

    Red Siren: Charles Towne Belle Series, Book 1
    (Truly Yours Romance Series #29)
    Maryly Tyndall
    Barbour Publishing, 2008
    ISBN: 978-1602601567
    Reviewed by Debra Gaynor for, 03/09
    5 stars
    Lady pirate.
    Faith Westcott was a strong, independent female. She was determined that no one will ever force her to marry. Faith has lost her faith in God. She spent her days charming the ton. No one would ever suspect that she spent her nights as the captain of a pirate ship.
    It was Captain Dajon White's responsibility to take over guardianship of the Westcott sisters. After being accosted by a female pirate, Dajon is determined to discover who she is and deal with her harshly. When he meets the charming Ms Westcott, he finds himself falling in love.
    Marylu Tyndall has once again brought fans a book that will entertain and bless them. Tyndall always has a Christian message that is pertinent to the lives of her readers. The romance between Dajon and Faith is filled with sizzling passion. Fans will not be disappointed in Tyndall's new series.

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  • Posted February 4, 2009

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    My Highest Recommendation

    I¿ve been a fan of Mary Tyndall since I reviewed the Restitution. So when I finally received my copy of The Red Siren, I knew it would be hard to put down. Completely engrossed in Faith Westcott¿s search for treasure; I didn¿t get anything done for two days.<BR/><BR/>Faith is a beautiful, bold woman with a secret. Determined to free her sisters from forced marriages, she begins a risky venture with no return. To assuage her troubled conscience, she never physically harms her victims.<BR/><BR/>However, Faiths road to true freedom is wrought with peril. What she doesn¿t know is that her first victim, the dashing Captain Dajon Waite, may very well be her last. He may free her from the dungeon, but will be capture her heart?<BR/><BR/>Your emotions will ebb and flow with the twists and turns of this tome until the very last page is turned. I give it my highest recommendation.

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  • Posted February 1, 2009

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    Great guns this was good!

    Great guns, this book is good! This may very well be my favorite Tyndall book yet. In fact, it was so stinking yummy I am still smacking my lips. I wish they'd release these books closer together because now I have to wait, and wait...sigh. At first I thought it seemed a bit far fetched that a woman heroine would be a pirate on the side. So I googled this info and whaddaya know, there were lady pirates in those days. So I went back to reading. And then I couldn't stop reading. Seriously. <BR/><BR/>I love romance that sizzles. This story has that. I love a romance with great conflict and seemingly impossible situations to get out of. This book has that, too. Best of all is the tension on the page. The story kept building and building and that even got my pulse racing. Isn't it great when you have a physical reaction to your character's peril? <BR/><BR/>Oh, and the conclusion was breathtakingly sweet! I can't tell you the details or it'll spoil the fun, but I can tell you it rocked my socks clean off because it was so hot - in a Christian sense, of course. And then the author leaves you with an issue that becomes the next book. Mwahahaha! I can't wait! I loved all three sisters. The author did an incredible job of showing their deep-rooted pain and thus, their motivations were believable. Though clearly fiction, these characters seemed real to me. Bravo!

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  • Posted January 22, 2009

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    Lady Pirates and Devout Navy Captains

    Once again, MaryLu Tyndall has created a fictional world that is so real the reader can feel, hear, smell, and taste it. She mixes true history with her fiction so deftly that it makes me want to delve further into the real happenings of the time period. With her fiery lady pirate and the most proper Royal Navy captain, fireworks are to be expected. The real action is more than satisfying in so many ways. The title tells a great deal about the story itself, indicating danger, warning, the lure of a female and the unsuspecting mariner. The roles are reversed a bit from the average tale, which is part of the fun of it. A delightful story, yet full of the power of God and spiritual lessons as well.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 18, 2009

    Lady by day, pirate by night

    The Red Siren was simply captivating. From the first page to the close of the book you are held to the pages to find out what will happen next. <BR/><BR/>The story centers around Faith Westcott (her two sisters Grace & Hope) and Dajon Waite. Faith feels compelled to watch after her sisters and is trying to gain wealth to save them from being married off to unsavory men like their older sister Charity. Dajon Waite has things in his past that drive him to follow the rules especially God rules (and the Navy's). His job is hunting and capturing pirates in that area. When Faith's father is called away he assigns Dajon the job of looking after the ladies. Not an easy task. <BR/><BR/>Then there's Sir Wilhelm Carteret. A wealthy sort who has set his sights on faith but Faith loaths any man especially Sir Wilhelm. However, he will have Faith at any cost and if she does not make her fortune by the time her father returns he has promised to give Faith to Sir Wilhelm in marriage. egad!@!!!! <BR/><BR/>But what will happen when the pirate hunter (Dajon) meets the pirate (Faith)? <BR/><BR/>I've never met a MaryLu Tyndall book I didn't like. This one was no exception. If you like adventure, heart stopping moments and a great love story complete with an underlying message, look no further. Get the book. Great job MaryLu. I'm looking forward to "The Blue Enchantress" coming this fall.

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