Surrender the Dawn

Surrender the Dawn

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You’ll be gasping for air in this seafaring romance by popular author and Christy Award nominee MaryLu Tyndall. Baltimore’s Cassandra Channing will do anything to provide for her family—even if it means hiring the town rogue as a privateer. Luke Heaton is a handsome rake with a tortured past who is blackmailed by the British into selling supplies

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You’ll be gasping for air in this seafaring romance by popular author and Christy Award nominee MaryLu Tyndall. Baltimore’s Cassandra Channing will do anything to provide for her family—even if it means hiring the town rogue as a privateer. Luke Heaton is a handsome rake with a tortured past who is blackmailed by the British into selling supplies to their ships just off the coast. Cassandra and Luke’s worlds collide as they are drawn into danger, secrets, romance, and war. But when the British begin to bombard Fort McHenry, how long can they protect their love—and each other?

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A good old-fashioned historical packed with rich, beautiful details launches the Surrender to Destiny series with pirates, swordplay and lots of romance. The characters are so much fun, readers will not want the book to end. Tyndall is a gem, and her characters are bold and believable.

— Patsy Glans

The Ramblings of Two Readers

With her third installment in the Surrender to Destiny series, MaryLu Tyndall has once again delivered a novel that is packed with just the right mix of adventure, suspense, and romance. Through vivid descriptions and strong characterization, Tyndall has a true talent for bringing these characters to life and pulling her readers into the action. 


I always love reading Tyndall's books; and since they are set on the coast, I find them to be perfect summer reads.  I highly recommend Surrender the Dawn; and if you have not had a chance to read any of her other books, please pick up a copy.  You will not be disappointed! 

— M. Banton

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With captivating characters that warm and nearly break your heart, an intriguing, can't turn the pages fast enough plot, and a passionate love story, I was touched, inspired, and encouraged in my walk of faith. All the passion and adventure of the War of 1812 spring to life in MaryLu Tyndall's wonderfully written and researched Surrender the Dawn. An absolute pleasure to read from first to last!
 - Laura Frantz, author of The Frontiersman's Daughter, Courting Morrow Little  and The Colonel's Lady

Swordplay, swashbuckling and sweetness. . .Tyndall’s newest book combines fascinating history, adventure on the high seas and the taming of the town rogue into a novel packed with excitement and delivering on romance.

~T.L. Higley, author of Pompeii: City on Fire

RT Book Reviews - Patsy Glans

A good old-fashioned historical packed with rich, beautiful details launches the Surrender to Destiny series with pirates, swordplay and lots of romance. The characters are so much fun, readers will not want the book to end. Tyndall is a gem, and her characters are bold and believable.
The Ramblings of Two Readers - M. Banton

With her third installment in the Surrender to Destiny series, MaryLu Tyndall has once again delivered a novel that is packed with just the right mix of adventure, suspense, and romance. Through vivid descriptions and strong characterization, Tyndall has a true talent for bringing these characters to life and pulling her readers into the action. 
I always love reading Tyndall's books; and since they are set on the coast, I find them to be perfect summer reads.  I highly recommend Surrender the Dawn; and if you have not had a chance to read any of her other books, please pick up a copy.  You will not be disappointed! 

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Surrender the Dawn

By MaryLu Tyndall

Barbour Publishing, Inc.

Copyright © 2011 MaryLu Tyndall
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ISBN: 978-1-60742-547-2


March 26, 1814 Merchants Coffee House, Baltimore, Maryland

Miss Channing, no privateer in his right mind would accept money from a woman investor. It is simply bad luck."

Raucous laughter—all male—shot through the tiny coffee shop that smelled more like ale and sweat than coffee.

Wrinkling her nose beneath the odor and bracing her heart against the mounting impediment to her well-laid plans, Cassandra rose from her seat. "That is merely a foolish superstition, Mr. McCulloch. I assure you, my money is as good as any man's."

Snickers and grins interspersed with the occasional salacious glance continued to fire her way. But Cassandra brushed them off. After an hour of sitting in the muggy, male-dominated room, listening to various merchants selling shares for the equipping of their vessels into privateers, she had grown numb to the attention.

When the customs agent had finally announced eight shares offered at two hundred dollars each to be invested in the Contradiction—a one-hundred-and-three-ton schooner out of Dorchester, housing one long nine gun, ten men, and captained by Peter Pascal—Cassandra had raised her hand. With her one thousand dollars, she could purchase over half the shares rather than be one of many investors in a larger, better-equipped ship. Owning more of a privateer meant higher returns. And she definitely was in dire need of higher returns.

Mr. McCulloch shoved his thumbs into the pockets of his trousers and shot Cassandra the same patronizing look her mother often gave her younger sisters when they failed to comprehend what she was saying. "Aye, your money is good, Miss Channing. It's the mind behind the coin that begs concern."

"How dare you, sir! Why, you are no more ..." Cassandra clutched her reticule close to her chest and spat out, "My money and my mind are equal to any man's here."

Again laughter pulsated through the room.

"It's the comely exterior of that mind that I'm partial to," one man yelled from the back, prompting yet another chorus of chuckles.

Cassandra narrowed her eyes and scanned the mob. Did these men honestly believe they were amusing? Most of them—with the exception of a few unsavory types loitering around the fringes of the assembly—were hardworking merchants, bankers, shop owners, mill workers, and farmers. Men who often tipped their hat at her on the street. Her gaze locked with the wife of the coffeehouse proprietor, scrubbing a counter in the right corner. Sympathy poured from her eyes.

Mr. McCulloch scratched his head and gave a sigh of frustration. "A share in any privateer gives you a voice in its affairs. A business voice, miss. A voice that needs to be schooled in matters of financial investments and risk assessment."

The men nodded and grunted in approval like a band of mindless lackeys.

Cassandra tapped her shoe on the wooden floor, the hollow echo thrumming her disdain through the room. "A mind like Mr. Nash's here, I presume." She gestured toward the gentleman standing to her right. "No offense, sir"—she offered him a conciliatory smile—"I'm sure you have acquired a plethora of financial wisdom while shoeing horses all day."

The low rumble of laughter that ensued was quickly squelched by a scowl from Mr. McCulloch.

"And Mr. Ackers." She nodded toward the stout man sitting at the table next to hers. "Surely you have become a master of investment while out tilling your field?"

The proprietor's wife emitted an unladylike chortle that drew all gazes her way. Her face reddening, she disappeared through a side door.

"Besides," Cassandra huffed. "What business decisions need be made for a privateer already armed, captained, and ready to set sail?"

No reply came—save the look of complete annoyance shadowing the customs agent's face.

Cassandra pursed her lips. "Let me make this very easy for you, sir. You need investors, I have money to invest." She clutched the silk reticule until her fingers ached. "I am not without good sense, and I assure you I will seek out advice from those more experienced should the need arise."

"We cannot trust that you will do so."

"That is absurd!"

"Trouble is, miss, there's not a man among us who'd be willing to partner with you."

Nods of affirmation bobbed through a sea of heads.

Cassandra scanned the crowd, making eye contact with as many of the men as she could. "Is there no man here brave enough to stand with me?"

The hiss of coals in the fireplace was her only reply.

Mr. McCulloch sifted through the stack of papers before him. "Perhaps we could allow you to invest a much smaller percentage in a privateer if you promise to forsake your voice in any decisions and if the other shareholders would agree to it." His beady eyes swept over the mob, but not a single gentleman spoke up.

Cassandra batted her gloved hand through the air. "I will not accept a smaller percentage, sir."

"Then I fear we are at an impasse." Mr. McCulloch plucked out a pocket watch, flipped it open, and stared at it as if it contained the answer to ridding himself of her company. His gaze lifted to hers. "Miss, your father was a good man. I am sorry for your loss. But not even he would risk the bad luck that would surely come from aligning with a woman in any seafaring venture."

Tears burned in Cassandra's eyes, but she shoved them behind a shield of determination.

Mr. Parnell, a worker at the flour mill, gave her a sympathetic smile.

"Perhaps you should marry, Miss Channing," Mr. Kendrick, the young banker assisting Mr. McCulloch, said. "A woman your age should not be unattached." A wave of interested eyes engulfed her. "Then with your husband's signature, you may invest in whatever you wish."

Cassandra's blood boiled. She wouldn't tell them that she had no intention of marrying any time soon, and certainly not for the sole purpose of investing in a privateer. "Any man I marry will allow me to do with my money as I see fit, sir."

Again, a quiver of laughter assailed her.

Withdrawing a handkerchief from within his waistcoat, Mr. McCulloch dabbed at the sweat on his bald head. "If you don't mind, Miss Channing, we have serious business to discuss."

An angry flush heated Cassandra's face, her neck, and moved down her arms as a hundred unladylike retorts flirted with her tongue. Tightening her lips, she grabbed her cloak, turned, and shoved her way through the crowd as the man began once again taking bids for the Contradiction.

Contradiction, indeed. This whole meeting was a contradiction of good sense.

After turning down several gentlemen's offers to walk her home, Cassandra stepped from the shop into a gust of March wind that tore her bonnet from her hand. Too numb to chase after it, she watched as it tumbled down South Street as if all her dreams blew away with it. Perhaps they had. Perhaps her dreams had been overtaken by the nightmare of this past year.

Yes, only a nightmare. And soon she would wake up and be comfortable and carefree as she once had been. And her country would not be at war. And her father would still be with her.

But as she watched the sun drag its last vestiges of light from the brick buildings, elm trees, and the dirt street, her dreamlike state vanished. It would soon be dark, and she had a mile to traverse to reach her home.

Through a rather unsavory section of town.

Swinging her fur-lined cloak over her shoulders, she shoved her reticule tightly between her arm and body, pressed a wayward curl into her loosely pinned bun, and started down the street, nodding her greeting toward a passing couple, a single gentleman, and a group of militiamen as she went. The snap of reins, the clomp of horse hooves, and the rattle of carriage wheels filled her ears as she wove between passing phaetons and horses. An icy breeze tore at her hair and fluttered the lace of her blue muslin gown. She drew her cloak tighter around her neck. A bell rang in the distance. A baby cried. Sordid chuckles, much like the type she'd just endured in the coffeehouse, blared from a tavern along Pratt Street. Was the entire town mocking her?

Up ahead, the bare masts of countless ships swayed into the darkening sky like thickets in a winter wind. Most were abandoned merchant ships. Some, however, were privateers, while others were merchantmen that had been issued Letters of Marque to board and confiscate enemy vessels—both forbidden investments to her.

Simply because she was a woman.

The briny scent of fish and salt curled her nose as she turned down Pratt Street. Dark water caressed the hulls of the ships like a lover luring them out to sea. Where they could damage British commerce and put an end to this horrendous war. But the blockade kept many of Baltimore's finest vessels imprisoned in the harbor. Only the fastest privateers could slip past the fortress of British ships capping the mouth of the Chesapeake and only then, during inclement weather. The rest remained at sea, hauling their prizes to ports along the Eastern Seaboard where they sold them, along with the goods in their holds, for considerable sums of money.

Which was precisely why Cassandra needed to invest the money left to her by her father and brothers in a privateer. She patted the reticule containing the banknote for a thousand dollars—all the wealth her family had left in the world. Now what was she to do? Cassandra swallowed down a rising fear. Investing in a privateer had been her last hope. How else could a single woman with no skills provide for a family? Cassandra's mother and sisters depended on her, and she had let them down.

* * *

Luke Heaton trudged up the companionway ladder and emerged onto the main deck of the ship—his ship. Or his heap of rot and rust, to be more precise. Setting his hammer atop the capstan with a thud, he shuddered against the crisp air coming off the bay.

Biron looked up from the brass binnacle he was polishing. "Did someone die?"

Luke gave a sardonic chuckle and grabbed the open bottle of rum from the top of a barrel. Plopping down on the bulwarks, he took a swig and wiped his mouth with his sleeve. "Yes, this ship. All she's good for is a watery grave."

Biron continued his polishing. "At least she stays afloat."

"But not for long. She's got two gaping holes in her hull."

"They can be fixed." Biron shrugged, but the encroaching shadows stole his expression. Setting his bottle down, Luke struck flint to steel and lit the lantern hanging from the main mast.

"What of the rotten spars, rusty tackles, and frayed sheets?" Luke ran a hand through his hair.

A twinkle lit Biron's brown eyes. Or was it merely the lantern's reflection? "All repairable."

The ship teetered over an incoming wavelet, and Luke stretched the ache from his back. An ache formed from working all day belowdecks trying to transform this heap into a swift sailing vessel. "Repairable yes, but with what, is the question." Luke took another sip of rum. "How did I ever end up with this old bucket?"

"You won it in a game of cards, if I recall."

Yes, the hazy memory returned. Along with another more disturbing one—another card game the following night when he'd lost all the money he intended to use to repair and equip his new acquisition.

The Agitation was indeed living up to her name.

Luke huffed out a sigh and fingered the rim of the dark bottle. A gull squawked overhead, taunting him, while the waters of Baltimore Harbor slapped the hull in laughter. The smell of rum along with his own sweat combined with the scents of wood, tar, and salt. He loved the sea. Had wanted nothing more than to return to her after his captain and best friend, Noah, had cast him from his ship.

Luke shifted on his seat as the memory stung him. The year he'd spent as Noah's first mate on his privateer, Defender, had been the best year of Luke's life. But he'd gone and ruined his first opportunity to make an honorable living, as he had done to everything else he touched. Even so, the experience hadn't been a complete loss, for privateering had left Luke with a love of the sea, a love for his country, and a yearning for the riches he could make in the trade. But now with no money and a broken-down hull of a ship, that dream began to sink beneath the murky waters of the bay.

"I should sell her."

Biron's gray-lined hair shimmered in the lantern light. "What? And give up?"

"Don't be a fool, old man." Luke stood and began to pace. "Where am I going to get the money to fix and arm her as a privateer?"

"Perhaps God will provide."

"Humph. God, indeed." Luke would expect no help from the Almighty—even if He did exist.

Ceasing his scrubbing, Biron looked at Luke with understanding. "I know your responsibilities weigh heavy on you, Cap'n."

Responsibilities. Luke gazed at the sliver of a moon smiling at him in the eastern sky. Was that what he would call John? Perhaps. Yet, he was so much more than that. A responsibility Luke would never forsake. And one he hoped with everything in him, he was worthy of.

Biron spit on his rag and began rubbing the binnacle again. "It is a good thing you have someone dependin' on you, or you'd while away your time in taverns, wastin' your money on wenches, wine, and whist."

"At least I find I am good at those."

Biron chuckled and shook his head. "My guess is that you are good at many things, Cap'n. If you'd just believe in yourself—and in God."

"I'm not your captain yet." Luke eyed his friend. Sturdy as a ship's mast and just as weathered, Biron had been at sea his entire life. Tufts of gray floated across his dark hair like clouds across a night sky. "Why do you stay with me, old man?"

Biron scratched his whiskers. "You promised work for this aged seaman, and I'm holding you to it, Cap'n." He smiled.

Luke took another swig. "I wouldn't place your bet on me. I'll no doubt disappoint you."

Biron set down his cloth and stood, stretching his back. "Ah, I wouldn't be too sure about that, Cap'n." He winked, tugged at his red neckerchief, and made his way over to Luke. "It grows late, my friend. I'll see you in the morning." With a moan, he hefted himself onto the dock and gazed up at the night sky. "You never know what tomorrow will bring." He turned around and winked at Luke. "Or even tonight."

* * *

A sudden chill struck Cassandra. She hugged herself. In her musings, nighttime had spread a cloak of darkness over the city. With the exception of a sailor sitting on the deck of his ship by the dock, an old man ambling down the street, and a couple disappearing in the distance, no one was in sight. Facing forward, she hurried along.

Footsteps sounded behind her.

Her chest tightened. She quickened her pace.

More shuffling. The crunch of gravel. A man coughed.

She glanced over her shoulder. Two bulky shadows followed her.

Air seized in her throat. She hurried her pace and nearly tripped on the uneven pavement. The footfalls grew louder. Grabbing her skirts, she started to run. Where were the night watchmen? Why, oh why, had she been foolish enough to bring all of her money with her? Lord, please ... her prayer fell limp from her lips. God had never answered her petitions before. Why would He now?

She crossed Light Street. A cat meowed.

A man jumped out of an alleyway in front of her. Cassandra screamed and spun around. The two men approached her. Shadows swirled over their faces, masking their features. "What do you want?" Her voice came out as a squeak.

"We wants what's in yer purse there, miss."

* * *

Luke took another swig of rum and squinted into the shadows where Biron had disappeared. Across the street, a lady walked alone. Two, maybe three men crept behind her. Foolish girl. From her attire, he could tell she wasn't one of the tavern wenches. What was she doing wandering about the docks so late? Luke flipped the hair from his face and slowly set his bottle down. The ship eased over a ripple and the bottle shifted, scraping over the oak planks. The men continued their pursuit. Luke shook his head. The last thing he needed was more trouble. He shouldn't get involved. He should stay on his ship. But the rum soured in his stomach. Oh, lud. With that, Luke shot to his feet. Searching the deck for his sword, he sheathed it and leaped onto the dock. The woman started to run. Another man leapt out in front of her. They had her surrounded.

* * *

Cassandra's pulse roared in her ears. Her legs wobbled. She would not allow these ruffians to steal all that kept her and her family from starvation. Her terror quickly turned to anger. She jutted out her chin. "Well, you cannot have it, sir!"

"If you give us the purse, there'll be no trouble."

"Oh, I assure you gentlemen, if you do not leave this instant, there'll be more trouble than you can handle."

The men exchanged mirthful glances then broke into fits of laughter.

Cassandra ground her teeth together. She grew tired of being laughed at. Tired of being told what she could and couldn't do.

One of the men, a short, greasy-looking fellow, approached, hand extended. She recognized him as one of the men at the coffeehouse. "Give it up, miss."

"You'll have to pry it out of my dead hands."

The slimy man grabbed her arm. Pain shot into her shoulder. "If ye insist."


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Surrender the Dawn 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 41 reviews.
StaceyNV More than 1 year ago
M.L. Tyndall’s “Surrender the Dawn” is a wonderful read filled with lots of seafaring action, suspense and intrigue, romance and the struggle to believe in God because of tragedy. Cassandra is trying to provide for her family: her mother and two sisters. Taking their last bit of money, she wants to invest in a privateer but no one will take on a woman investor. Luke Heaton just won a ship gambling. It is a broken-down vessel that needs lots of work and he has no money to fix her up or he would endeavor to become a privateer. Destiny brings these two together and it seems to be a perfect business arrangement. Cassandra has a difficult time trusting Luke because he is a drunk, a gambler and a womanizer. She is also wounded spiritually by her father’s death. But Luke actually makes strides in changing his ways and has some success as a privateer. And it doesn’t hurt that her heart flutters whenever she sees him or hears his name. So, when her money is stolen, Luke saves the day once again, endearing himself even further. Luke, on the other hand, feels that he is worthless. He feels responsible for his parents’ deaths. He believes that he is so far beneath Cassandra that he shouldn’t even entertain thoughts of a future with her. But he can’t get her out of his mind. When his circumstances change for the worst, he struggles mentally, emotionally and spiritually. Will both come to terms with the fact that their struggles should bring them closer to God? I absolutely loved how this story is intertwined with the previous novel in the series. Although this can be read as a standalone novel, it is more enjoyable when you already know the supporting characters. Also, the dramatization of the inspiration for the Star Spangled Banner brought tears to my eyes. The plot led me to discover deeper ideas that I used in prayer as well. So, I am praying that Jesus will continue to give M.L. Tyndall ideas for books and that her writing will reach people for Christ.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Surrender the Dawn is the third book in the Surrender to Destiny series. Cassandra Channing has been driven by desperation to hire a privateer with the last of her family's money. Luke Heaton is the "town rogue" but deep down he is a good man. Cassandra ends up hiring Luke as a privateer. But the British do everything to stop Luke from succeeding. Cassandra starts to fall for Luke, and Luke has always admired Cassandra. This book is amazing. I've read it twice. Some things I missed the first time, which actually had me confused. This book, and the second book in the series, happen at the same time. Also, I don't know who the woman on the cover is, but it's not Cassandra Channing. Cassandra has RED hair. Anyway, if you read any of MaryLu's books, this is the one.
CinnamonG More than 1 year ago
Surrender the Dawn is the perfect conclusion to Marylu Tyndall's Surrender to Destiny Series. I have loved each book along the way, and I definitely recommend all of Marylu Tyndall's books, but this one can stand alone. Cassandra and Luke make the perfect pair, and their younger siblings are adorable! I will definitely be watching for new books from this author!
Liz51 More than 1 year ago
This third in the Surrender to Destiny series centers on the privateering that occurred during the War of 1812. After the loss of her brothers and father, Cassandra must support her mother and younger siblings. Her plan is to invest her father's remaining money with a privateer. While others reject her money, Luke accepts the money to fix up his ship to privateer and make the money he needs to help his younger brother. The interactions between the upper class Cassandra and the gambler, drunkard Luke provide the tension in the novel. The changes in these characters against the strong historical backdrop of the War o1812 makes for a fast paced read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Another great read by Marylu Tyndall! Pure enjoyment!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this series and this book especially. Luke was so sweet and just needed someone to believe in him. I have learned some interesting facts about history as well after reading these books. Be sure to read the historical notes at the end. I am looking forward to reading more by this author.
CoopTroop More than 1 year ago
Finally read the last book in "Surrender to Destiny" series "Surrender the Dawn", MaryLu Tyndall has brought this book to a fantastic thrilling end! Cassandra Channing, a determined woman, who tries to find a way to support her family without marriage, though finds it extremely hard for a woman as herself to hire a privateer, to only finds herself she hires the town rogue. Luke Heaton, the town rogue, who spends his time drinking and gambling, because he carries around an enormous guilt from his past which feeds into his insecurities and traps him in a cycle of uneasiness, that is until Cassandra walks into his life. Reading through "Surrender the Dawn" this books showed me between two characters how one did not believe anymore that God existed and with the other that God basically left like a few other family members left. Luke has grown up through life with nothing going right for him. His parent's died by Indians burning their home down of who they ministered to, though him and his younger brother made it out of the home. Now tending to his brother who has a disease called Rickets, which crippled the boy. Luke doesn't blame God for all that has happen, just can't believe He exists in a world he is living. Cassandra has grew up in a family where her parents were unhappy in their marriage leaving her to run wild as she pleased. She became independent with a hint of temper and rebellion within herself. When her father now long dead and her brothers off fighting in a war, she felt it was her duty to take care of her family. She starts to feel abandoned by her father and brothers, which she puts blame on God, which she feels He has left her as well. Read and see how God works through the two lives and their relationship grows. How Luke just didn't see how God could help him through his life, that you can't do things on your own strength, and with Cassandra that God never abandoned her, that she just needed to allow Him to guide her through life. Plus this book is filled with lots of action, adventure, drama, and a love story that truly made me want to keep reading more to see what happened next!
Danielle_Johnson1 More than 1 year ago
Really good book. I am glad that it incorporated all the characters from the series! The characters were fantastic! Luke and Cassandra came from different worlds but there goals were really the same. The way the history of the war of 1812 was played out in this book really made it come alive. The drama and suspense were palpable! I love how MaryLu Tyndall takes a story and make it so intriguing that you can't put the book down because you want to know what will happen next!
The_hibernators More than 1 year ago
Because all the men in her family have left to fight in the War of 1812, Cassandra Channing must financially support her family. She desperately decides to invest the rest of the family’s money in a privateering ship captained by the town rake Luke Heaton. Because she is forced to trust someone outwardly untrustworthy, she is forced to come to grips with the fact that not everything is as it seems…and sometimes she should have more faith. This is the third book in the Surrender to Destiny trilogy, but I read it as a stand-alone book. (It works fine that way.) However, I liked it so much, I’m planning on reading the first two in the series, as well…just so I can get a complete picture of all the characters. This book is a sweet romance with an interesting historical backdrop. It definitely has a religious message, but it is never preachy. I think it was just what I needed at the moment.
CFPagels More than 1 year ago
Cassandra Channing has known affluence and comfort, both of which are rapidly slipping away. When she is refused the opportunity to invest in a privateer, and what she feels is her last chance to obtain a return on her money (and support for her widowed mother and her siblings) she turns to the town rake. Cassandra resists God's pull at her heart, angry that she has been loaded with burdens that are not of her own making. Luke Heaton struggles with a desire to prove himself worthy as he also tries to kick his reliance upon alcohol to solve his troubles. He has provided for his younger brother and refuses to give God the credit for any of his successes. But an error in judgment endangers those he holds most dear. Against the backdrop of the War of 1812, these two all-too-human characters find that they must surrender to God and His will for their lives before their love can be realized. Luke is a very appealing hero. I loved his dry wit. This may be MaryLu's best hero yet (once he kicked his bad habits!)
ibjoy1953 More than 1 year ago
Surrender the Dawn¿ By MaryLu Tyndall With her father and brothers gone from home, Cassandra Channing is taking care of her family. She wants to invest her money into something reliable, but no one wants to take investments from a woman. That is until Luke Heaton comes into the picture. Luke won a ship while gambling and he needs money to restore it, but with his drinking and gambling, can he be trustworthy? Will Cassandra turn all of her money over to Luke for the ship fixer upper? And it doesn¿t help matters when Cassandra and Luke start having feelings for each other as they spend time together. Read this wonderful historical story to find out these answers. In Surrender the Dawn, MaryLu Tyndall writes another page-turning historical romance. The unique characters were so real I felt like I knew them personally. And I love that she so professionally weaves the characters from all three book together in this last book in the series. I will miss reading about these charming and fun characters. This is my first series by MaryLu to read, and I am hooked! I love the passion she has for writing historical fiction, and the way that passion comes to life in her writing. Another thing I almost forgot is the message in her stories of the importance of living Godly lives. Of course these characters are just like people today, they struggle daily with difficult issues, causing them to turn their backs on God, but MaryLu so consciously teaches through her writing that when we let God control our lives, things are not perfect for us, but God will be there for us, carrying us through our difficulties. I highly recommend this book to those who enjoy Christian Fiction of any kind. You will not be disappointed in either book in this series! A huge thank you to the author MaryLu for providing me a copy of this book to read and review. I was not expected or required to write a positive review. The opinions in this review are my own honest opinions.
Broadwayphan902 More than 1 year ago
I loved this book so much! It was a great ending to the Surrender to Destiny series. I was very excited throughout the whole story to see if Cassandra and Luke would surrender to their own destinies. I loved Cassandra; she was a brave fiery heroine, and Luke was an awesome character. When I read it, I noticed I was feeling the similar emotions to the characters, so I know it was beautifully written. I liked Luke's little brother a lot. I definitely couldn't wait to finish this book to see what happened to all of these exquisite characters. I can't wai tfo rmore books from this author, and I would certainly recommend this awesome read to all of my friends and family!!!
JGraumann More than 1 year ago
I love the piece of history that MaryLu Tyndall chose to weave into Surrender the Dawn! She is a brilliant writer that will captivate your heart, mind & soul. You wont want to put this book down! But start at the beginning with Surrender the Heart and don't miss Surrender the Night. You will love how the three books weave into one amazing story in time!
Queen_Lizzie More than 1 year ago
I just finished reading and I am sitting here numb. With every book of MaryLu Tyndall's that is published, there seems to be a better story line, more defined characters, and more of a biblical pull. Luke and Cassandra are so much like me, and everyone else our there. They have flaws, but in the end they embrace those flaws and five them to God rather than use them as a barrier to stand in between us and a relationship. Whether the thought of someone we loved leaving, causing us to doubt in God, or our own failures staring us in the face, God shines through. We can all find forgiveness, no matter how bad our sins are. This was shown beautifully in this novel. The romance to me seemed real, I felt the connection. The pain they felt I could feel lashing through my chest. A stunning novel, one that I will read many times over.
sarahjmcbride More than 1 year ago
I know it's cliche'd, but it was so hard for me to put this down! This is definitely my favorite of all of MaryLu's books! Set in 1814 Baltimore, this story has everything from action to romance, tavern brawls to full-on battles, sailing and plundering to attending balls and entertaining guests over dinner. This is the perfect conclusion to the Surrender to Destiny series, as it brings together the characters from all three books and ties up any loose ends. I very highly recommend Surrender the Dawn, and the entire trilogy!
Ausjenny More than 1 year ago
This is the final of the Surrender to Destiny series and a great final book. We are still in Baltimore during the war of 1812 and this time Cassandra is needing help to provide for her family. Her father has died and her brothers are missing after going to Canada to fight. Her mother has no concept of managing money and its left to Cassandra to find a way to provide for her family. Luke has his own demons to fight and is the town rouge. He has a ship but its needing repairs. When a encounter happens they end up partners when Cassandra hires Luke as a privateer. As mentioned in the blurb Luke ends up being blackmailed by the British and this leads to some interesting happenings. I do love this story and the way we learn about history. Cassandra is a strong, determined lady which can sometimes get her into trouble. Luke is caring a lot of guilt from something that happened when he was a child but children often find a way to blame themselves for things that are not there fault. I love how Mary Lu deals with this issue and shows why Luke feels like he does. Great read and I really wish there were going to be more in this series.
JessieRe More than 1 year ago
How Does MaryLu Tyndall do it?? Once again she has out done herself! It is amazes me when I think of how her imagination works! She has successfully combined swashbuckling adventures, patriotism, and romance; and wrapped them all into another amazing story! Cassandra Channing is a young woman who is determined to save her family from destitution and as a last resort she turns to the town rouge for help. She places her family's fate and fortune in the hands of the ever so handsome Luke Heaton..... and so begins the romance! With both characters struggling with their faith in God, MaryLu paints a beautiful picture of God's love and demonstrates how God uses everything in life and works them together for His glory! I have personally read EVERY BOOK Mrs. Tyndall has written and she never fails to give you everything you could possibly want in a historical romance! Set during the final days of the war of 1812 MaryLu Tyndall expertly incorporates colorfurl, fictional characters with historical facts! This is a book for anyone who loves adventure on the high seas, romance, and american history! I promise you if you purchase this book you will NOT be disappointed!! :o)
Christine_Lindsay More than 1 year ago
I thoroughly enjoyed another tender romance set on the high seas by MaryLu Tyndall. Surrender the Dawn is an excellent example of this author's talent for telling a fast-paced and romantic tale. She always manages to fill her stories with realistically flawed characters who live and breathe and that you begin to root for from the very first page. Cassandra Channing is a head-strong heroine who has to care for her family of younger sisters and her mother who prefers to bury her head in the sand, or in this case a bottle of laudanum. Cassandra takes a huge chance when she invests the last of their family money with a privateer sailor, Luke Heaton. She figures she has to take a chance or the family will starve. Everyone is outraged that Cassandra would trust their few last dollars with the town rogue who has a penchant for the rum bottle. And her mother continues to push Cassandra into the arms of a man who has the money to support them. But things seem to be going well when Luke makes good on Cassandra's investment. That is until he's forced into treason against his fellow Americans in The War of Independence. The tables turn quickly and the stakes get higher. What I love about MaryLu Tyndall's stories is the real struggles her characters face that people face today, such as alcohol addiction in the face of great stress. I also love the families she sets her heroes and heroines in. Altogether a delightful fun read.
amb32 More than 1 year ago
MaryLu Tyndall delivers another exciting adventure on the high seas with this third book in her Surrender to Destiny series. Definitely a page-turner with everything from battles during the War of 1812 to the sparking chemistry between the hero and heroine, the book is hard to put down and even better than the second one in the series. I enjoyed the depth of her characters and appreciated the apparent research that Tyndall did on the time period, especially with the insertion of characters like Sir Francis Scott Key. I would highly recommend this novel!
AAR More than 1 year ago
SURRENDER THE DAWN by MaryLu Tyndall is a inspirational historical romance and a wonderful third installment to "Surrender to Destiny" series,but can be read as a stand alone. It is set amid the War of 1812,in 1814 Baltimore,Maryland. See "Surrender the Heart",and "Surrender the Night".It is written with depth and details. The characters will not only capture your heart,they are enchanting,and engaging.It has faith,,redemptation, healing,betrayal,heartbreak,the future of a nation,liberty,a British invasion,destiny,a stuggle of attraction,adventure,suspense,danger, secrets and war. This story is about Cassandra Channing,a independent,and desperate to save her family.And Luke Heaton,a tortured soul,who spends his time drinking,gambling,the town rogue and has won a ship he wishes to get fit to sail and become a privateer. Together they will become entangled in a war,fight their growing attraction for each other,and get caught in a British invasion.This is a must read that is full of adventure,danger,secrets and the fight for liberty.This author has done it again with her passion for historical and adventurous stories.She has a art for written stories that will keep you reading all night and have in feeling as if you are indeed in the story. A keeper from beginning to end. This book was received for the purpose of review from the author and the publisher.Details can be found at Barbour Publishing and My Book Addiction and More.
SailinRae More than 1 year ago
This is a great adventure! And I suggest you curl up in a comfy chair with nice cup of tea (or my fav coffee) and set sail on the sea in the time of 1812! What I love about this one, is that you get to hear about the characters of both books before this one in the Surrender to Destiny Series. This is a great book about Women needing to work, Forbidden love, and torn loyalty! Be sure to get your own copy soon!
Natalie11 More than 1 year ago
This is a wonderful story for many reasons. The journey to faith was wonderfully told. It wasn't forced, or rushed; it progressed naturally even though the characters struggled against it. This story was very well written and full of action and even a bit of intrigue. I could smell the ship, the sea and the gun smoke. I could hear the waves crashing against the hull and the bombs over Baltimore. Besides this novel being full of rich detail, a great job was done in weaving the other two novels from the Surrender to Destiny series into Surrender the Dawn. The romance in the story was the added bonus. You'll have to read the book to find out how the town rogue can be such a true gentleman. It's a story of second chances and believing in others even when the odds are stacked against you. With rich detail, heart-warming romance, inspiring faith, breath-holding action, and brilliant writing, this story has all you need.
villageanne More than 1 year ago
MaryLu Tyndall does not disappoint the reader with, Surrender the Dawn. It is the third and final book in the Surrender to Destiny series. I just loved the historical setting, the adventure and the characters in this novel. I was drawn into the story from the first page. The female main character is strong willed and knows what she wants until she finds herself in love with a drunk. The male main character finds that he has strength beyond his imagination when it comes down to the test. He is excellent with a sword and gives the reader the feeling that he is worth saving from himself. I love the way one adventure leads to another. There is not one dull page in this novel. Even though this is the third in the Surrender to Destiny series, it stands on its own. The reader does not need to read the first two books in the series to know what is going on. Although once the reader is finished Surrender the Dawn, they will hunger for the other two books in the series. I was first introduced to this author by a friend on Gather. As history buff, I was drawn to this author by the fact that her books are historical fiction. As a Christian, I drawn to this authors because her books have a bit of romance written from a Christian viewpoint. I stayed a loyal reader of this author because I loved her style of writing as well as the intriguing adventures her stories took me on. Although this book may be considered a romance book as well as historical fiction, it is not your normal harlequin kind of romance. It is real life kind of romance. It is romance with ups and downs and confusion. Real life kinda romance. The kind that is slow coming and slower for the two involved to realize they love each other.
Chaplain-Debbie_777 More than 1 year ago
History, Intrigue, Faith, Romance, Danger on the high seas....these are some of the words that describe 'Surrender the Dawn'. MaryLu Tyndall has a way of adding her own characters to a point in time of actual history. You'd swear that those characters were a part of history themselves. This novel finishes up the 'Surrender to Destiny' series. After reading this novel, I found myself a bit sad, because I knew that I would not be able to continue to read about each character's lives. I will always wonder 'Where are they now?' That is how well MaryLu wrote these novels. She introduces such amazing people to us, that they become our friends. Each of us has a 'Destiny' in this life and we need to figure out exactly what it is. I would like to personally thank MaryLu Tyndall for helping me to realize that I , too, have a purpose in this life; a Destiny set forth by God. I pray that each person who reads these novels is as 'touched' by them as I have been.
Farmchick_Shannon More than 1 year ago
Luke Heaton is a drunkard, gambler and womanizer. He is bitter about his parents' death, but as he promised his mother, he is taking care of his only brother. Once enslaved aboard a British ship with Noah and Marianne Brenin, his hatred of the British has not waned. When the lovely and sophisticated Cassandra Channing offers him a proposition, Luke finds himself agreeing, even though it means giving up his drinking and gambling ways. Cassandra Channing is at her wit's end. With the men in her family away at war, the responsibility of her mother and two young sisters has fallen on her shoulders. Her only hope is to sink her money into a privateer, hoping that profits will abound. She didn't, however, count on every captain on the coast laughing at her suggestion and pushing her way because of her gender. Abhorred by the idea that she may have to marry a Mr Crane for her family's well-being, she chooses to trust the town rogue Luke Heaton. But is Luke simply a rogue or is there something more sinister at play? Cassandra will go great lengths to find out. My Rating: 4 Stars Poetic, fresh, and inviting are all words that I use to describe MaryLu Tyndall's writing. She is a master storyteller, weaving words into pictures. I find her writing style very poetic and visual. Each chapter and scene is written in such a way that you will find it hard to put down. This is the third book in her Surrender to Destiny series and I loved how this book and the second book take place at virtually the same time. She weaves the characters from all three books into this one. If you haven't read the other two, this one can be read as a stand alone. However, you will want to read the first two to be in the know on some of her references. The Christian message in this book is refreshing and clear. I highly recommend it to readers in all walks of life. Many thanks to Barbour Publishing for sending me a copy to review.