Surrender the Heart

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Relive the rich history of the War of 1812 through the eyes of Marianne Denton and Noah Brenin, who both long to please their families but neither one wishes to marry the other. Noah is determined to get his cargo to England before war breaks out, and Marianne is equally determined to have a wedding so that her inheritance can be unlocked and her destitute family saved. When their stubborn games get them captured by a British warship, can they escape and bring liberty to their ...

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Overview

Relive the rich history of the War of 1812 through the eyes of Marianne Denton and Noah Brenin, who both long to please their families but neither one wishes to marry the other. Noah is determined to get his cargo to England before war breaks out, and Marianne is equally determined to have a wedding so that her inheritance can be unlocked and her destitute family saved. When their stubborn games get them captured by a British warship, can they escape and bring liberty to their country—and growing love?

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Editorial Reviews

RT Book Reviews

A new historical series, Surrender to Destiny, centers around the War of 1812. Tyndall brings new life to the old story of finding romance during war. Her characters are courageous, smart and believe in what they are fighting for.

— Patsy Glans

Creative Madness Blog

Page by page and chapter by chapter MaryLu takes you on an adventure rocked by the waves of the sea.

From the snuggles of Seafoam the cat, to the pressure of the darkness in the cabins to the verbiage and the practical pirates at sea -- I love every bit of it! Each story from MaryLu brings me dying for more! I'm desperately impatient in awaiting the next novel and more. This is a story to get in your heart. It will entertain you and educate you, cause you to look into yourself and grow spiritually as well as sigh in romantic bliss. It has it all.

— Margaret Chind

Romance Junkies Reviewer

For the best in historical romance, commit to memory the name MaryLu Tyndall. SURRENDER THE HEART is just one of the many novels this wonderful author has written. With each new book I discover of hers I can rest assured she will provide me the utmost reading pleasure. This talented author puts a new spin on swashbuckling romance with her own unique style. You definitely will find yourself rewarded when you take the time to read any one of her novels

— Suzie Housley

Reader Views

I love historical fiction and "Surrender the Heart" captures the brink of the war of 1812 wonderfully. The novel feels realistic to the time period although it is fiction. I could easily imagine most of the events that transpired. I would recommend this book to other readers, particularly those who have an interest in romance, Christian fiction or historical fiction. I look forward to reading the remainder of this series.

— Tiffany Schlarman

The Eclectic Blogger

I thoroughly enjoyed this book, and I had no desire to put it down. Ms. Tyndall has the ability to make you feel as though you were actually there in the thick of things by her spellbinding imagery. I look forward to reading more of her works, and highly recommend it to those who love historical fiction.

— Amanda Stephan

RT Book Reviews - Patsy Glans

A new historical series, Surrender to Destiny, centers around the War of 1812. Tyndall brings new life to the old story of finding romance during war. Her characters are courageous, smart and believe in what they are fighting for.
Creative Madness Blog - Margaret Chind

Page by page and chapter by chapter MaryLu takes you on an adventure rocked by the waves of the sea.

From the snuggles of Seafoam the cat, to the pressure of the darkness in the cabins to the verbiage and the practical pirates at sea -- I love every bit of it! Each story from MaryLu brings me dying for more! I'm desperately impatient in awaiting the next novel and more. This is a story to get in your heart. It will entertain you and educate you, cause you to look into yourself and grow spiritually as well as sigh in romantic bliss. It has it all.

Romance Junkies Reviewer - Suzie Housley

For the best in historical romance, commit to memory the name MaryLu Tyndall. SURRENDER THE HEART is just one of the many novels this wonderful author has written. With each new book I discover of hers I can rest assured she will provide me the utmost reading pleasure. This talented author puts a new spin on swashbuckling romance with her own unique style. You definitely will find yourself rewarded when you take the time to read any one of her novels
Reader Views - Tiffany Schlarman

I love historical fiction and "Surrender the Heart" captures the brink of the war of 1812 wonderfully. The novel feels realistic to the time period although it is fiction. I could easily imagine most of the events that transpired. I would recommend this book to other readers, particularly those who have an interest in romance, Christian fiction or historical fiction. I look forward to reading the remainder of this series.
The Eclectic Blogger - Amanda Stephan

I thoroughly enjoyed this book, and I had no desire to put it down. Ms. Tyndall has the ability to make you feel as though you were actually there in the thick of things by her spellbinding imagery. I look forward to reading more of her works, and highly recommend it to those who love historical fiction.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781602601659
  • Publisher: Barbour Publishing, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 8/28/2010
  • Series: Surrender to Destiny
  • Pages: 368
  • Sales rank: 667,203
  • 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 October 14, 2011

    I Recommend this Book!

    Although historical fiction is plentiful, few of these are set during the War of 1812, and even fewer still are of this high caliber. Marianne, the protagonist of Surrender the Heart, may think she's just an average girl, but this is definitely not an average book! I recommend this book to anyone who wants to read a patriotic piece of American history.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 19, 2014

    Recommended historical fiction romance

    This first in the Surrender to Destiny series focuses on the impressment of American sailors by the British in the War of 1812. Marianne's engagement to the merchant sailor Noah is not wanted by either but is the only way to unlock Marianne's inheritance. In a series of somewhat unbelievable circumstances, Marianne is on Noah's ship and experiences first hand impressment on a British ship. The cast of characters are strongly developed as the Americans seek to escape the British ship. The events of the escape feed into an important event in the War of 1812. The shared experiences of Noah and Marianne change their relationship in this engrossing novel about events not often written about in historical romances.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 28, 2014

    Completely Enjoyable

    What a great read! The love story between Noah and Marianne was humorous, passionate, and endearing. The story was suspenseful and kept me turning pages into the night. Marylu Tyndall is such a gifted author!

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  • Posted March 7, 2013

    I have very much enjoyed reading this book, "Surrender the

    I have very much enjoyed reading this book, "Surrender the Heart" by MaryLu Tyndall.  Marianne Denton, an ordinary young lady who feels like she will never be good enough, especially when she is captured on a British navy at sea. Noah Brenin, a driven man to keep his father's merchant business afloat to have his own father approve of him from a past accident of his youth, but then to realizing something else of more importance.

    After reading, "Surrender the Heart", I saw how Marianne and Noah faced their darkest fears as they tried to find a way to escape and fulfill their own destinies. I even noticed how much both needed God in their lives, to have trust in God, knowing that no matter what God has always been with them, and God's destiny for both of them! To conclude, "Surrender the Heart" is filled with lots of action, adventure, drama, and a love story to where I just want to keep on reading to find out what is going to happen next through the whole story!

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  • Posted June 18, 2012

    I loved this book! MaryLu is one of my favorite authors! There

    I loved this book! MaryLu is one of my favorite authors! There is never a dull moment! This book is a great combination of romance and adventure.
    It really gets scary for a little while. You don't know what will happen next. I really liked that Marianne and Noah didn't like each other and they slowly softened to one another and realized their perceptions of one another were not quite right.

    This book made me really think about what it would be like to be right there on a boat with the enemy and what would I do. This is one I will read again!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 9, 2012

    Book #1 Captured by the British...Will Love Win?

    Surrender the Heart is the first book in the Surrender to Destiny series.
    Marianne Denton is desperate to support her ill mother and little sister, and has decided to marry Noah, whom she despises, to get her inheritance. Noah is marrying Marianne to please his father, though he is doing everything in his power to get her to break off the engagement.
    Marianne and Noah are captured by the British, delaying both of their plans, and they must stick together and spend more time with each other than they'd wanted.
    I liked this book, it didn't have as nice a flow as some of her other books, but it was highly entertaining and very sweet. It was actually my least favorite in the series.

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  • Posted June 7, 2012

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    I have not read Surrender the Heart, but I plan to. By all the r

    I have not read Surrender the Heart, but I plan to. By all the reviews below (or above; I don't know where this review will go) it looks like an awesome book!!! For all of you who have not read any of M.L. Tyndall books, get started!!! I have 6 books and can't stoop going back to read them when I have some down time. Here are a list of some of her books: (This word box won't let me go down so I have to type left and right.) Legacy of the King's Pirates #1 The Redemption #2 The Reliance #3 The Restitution Charles TownBelles series #1 The Red Siren #2 The Blue Enchantress #3 The Raven Saint Also: The Falcon and The Sparrow. I haven't read that one but I will. Sorry. That's Charles Town Belles series. Not TownBelles. I hope this was helpful. :)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 11, 2012

    I loved this book. The story was clever and woven in with histor

    I loved this book. The story was clever and woven in with history of that time! The chemistry between the two main characters was exceptional and amusing at times. I could not put this book down! A delightful and fun read with lots of action.

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  • Posted November 13, 2011

    An Awesome Historical Fiction Read

    Surrender the Heart Marianne Denton needs to marry Noah Brenin so she can get her inheritance. This is the only way she can afford the medicine her mother needs. But either Noah or Marianne is very excited about the wedding, why Noah even walked out on his own engagement party! If Noah could make enough money from the cargo he is taking to England maybe he won¿t have to marry this woman he doesn¿t even like. But little did he know that Marianne would follow him to the ship, only to get stranded there when the ship sails. And of course when she was found, the ship was too far out at sea to take her back. To Noah¿s horror, running out on his engagement party was not so smart after all! Oh! What a tangled web we can weave! I absolutely loved this book! Noah and Marianne¿s journey as their adventures at sea started captured me from the very beginning. Not knowing a lot about cargo ships, I really enjoyed the bit of information I learned about ships, shipmates, pirates, and all of the other workers and stuff involved in running a ship. MaryLu has a way with weaving details of the story together with romance and the importance of living Godly lives that makes a most interesting and enlightening story for her readers. In my opinion, MaryLu is just one of the best! I strongly encourage you to grab a copy of each book in this series to read, enjoy and pass along to others for their enjoyment. You will not be disappointed! 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.

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  • Posted November 9, 2011

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    Intriguing history, interesting characters, exciting adventure

    Being English, I grew up with stories of naval battles, Hornblower, Bolitho and co. Being a girl, I mourned the lack of female role models in such tales of valor. And being an avid reader I just borrowed my brother¿s books. MaryLu Tyndall creates a fun heroine in her historical naval romance, Surrender the Heart, though there were times when I could wish the reluctantly betrothed Marianne were a little less headstrong. For someone afraid of water she¿s dangerously careless on board ship, but she has her reasons. Perhaps a lifetime of feeling devalued makes her unable to see how much harm, or good, she can do. The changing relationship between childhood foes, rich Marianne and Noah the merchant¿s son, is nicely done. Both face secret hardship and haunted memories. Their world of ship and shore comes to vivid life, and the danger of war at sea is scarily real. The British are bad guys of course, since this is an American novel, but only a few play the part of irredeemable blackguards. The Americans are good, but not perfect. Meanwhile love and trust win through. Marianne, who can trust no-one, learns to identify herself with the Biblical Esther. Noah, who trusts only himself, learns of friendship and heaven. And a still small voice speaks subtly over the storm. This is a Christian, American, historical novel, well-researched, intriguing, written with convincing characters and appropriate faith, and a really good romantic read. Disclosure: I met the author on gather and was delighted at the chance to read and review a free ecopy of this novel.

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  • Posted October 26, 2011

    A delightful read!

    I've heard a lot of great things about MaryLu and her books, so when I won this book, I was looking forward to reading it. What a fun adventure! Marianne was great to get to know through the course of this book and I laughed out loud on occasion with her and Noah's banter. What fun!

    The Christian content in the book was greatly appreciated. I loved watching both Marianne and Noah grow and mature in Christ. Very realistic!

    I enjoyed every moment I spent in Surrender the Heart. Can't wait to see what happens in the rest of the series! Keep it up, MaryLu!! You've crafted together a wonderful beginning to this series. Very well done!

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  • Posted October 16, 2011

    An AWESOME Start to the Series!!!!!

    I found this book to be a great start to the Surrender to Destiny series. I thought it was great that MaryLu Tyndall created an average character, Marianne; because most people find themselves average! However, this book was anythign bu taverage! I admired both her and Noah and had a lot of fun watching as their story went on. I found myself unable to stop reading and was quite anxious to see what would happen at each twist and turn. All in all, I thought this was a wonderful book and a good start to a new series. I would defiantly recommend this to any friend or family member.

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  • Posted October 15, 2011

    Brilliant!

    I have read few authors that have mastered the art of creating tension in a book; you know, that "I can't put it down after this chapter like I thought I would because I really need to go to bed...but I have GOT to read just a little bit more." From the onset of the first chapter, MaryLu invites you into a world of happenings that swirl around and don't let go until the last pages of the book. The characters are real. The challenges each character goes through are real. Surrender the Heart is a brilliant read that is Christian without the cheesiness so often found in Christian novels.

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  • Posted July 30, 2011

    Loved this book

    Don't think you will be disappointed...couldn't put it down!

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  • Posted July 12, 2011

    Another Great Tyndall Seagoing Romance

    How does MaryLu Tyndall keep writing these seafaring romances with romance and page-turning elixer poured into each tale? Surrender the Heart is a delightful, entertaining, educational tale rooted in the War of 1812.

    Marianne does not want to be married. Period. And definitely not to her fiance, Noah Brenin, who teased her unmercifully when they were children. But if she marries this man, he will take care of her mother and little sister. How will they survive without him?

    How did she accidentally end up on Noah's ship? How did she manage to destroy his cargo and get herself, Noah and some other men captured by a British ship? How do they get out of their predicament and safely back on Noah's ship? Tyndall creates the conflicts and before book's end she resolves everything for her usual well-finished book.

    I loved the references to Marianne's faith, and Noah's faith. The young boy Daniel and the cat added special elements to the story.You'll want to grab this novel from a practiced, creative author whose creative well never goes dry.

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  • Posted June 9, 2011

    Highly Recommended

    As soon as I received this book from a friend as a gift, I read it in one sitting. Then, I passed it around to all of my friends. Everyone that reads it loves it. The characters are great. They clash and bond, and somehow make you laugh and cry at the exact same time. Well done.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 5, 2011

    Great, Awesome, Thrilling!

    MaryLu Tyndall has done it once again in writing such a great read! She always has a way of writing a book that will keep you on your toes, and make you want to turn the next page. This book is about Marianne Denton and the Captain Noah Brenin. Marianne is a young woman who is doing her best to scrape up a living for her mother and younger sister. She will do anything she must to raise money to help her ailing mother, even if it means marrying her despicable childhood enemy, Noah. Captain Brenin is trying his best to keep his merchant fleet afloat, and prove to his father that he is a worthy son. He doesn't want anything to do with the snooty rich girl, Marianne. These two people are thrust into the begginings of the Revolutionary War. In the midst of all the heartache and tragedy, they will find a love. Not only a love in each other, but a love that lasts forever with God.

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  • Posted April 27, 2011

    Great read!

    Surrender the Heart is a great story, full of unique and interesting characters, exciting plot twists, and high seas adventures. This book really kept me on my toes, because every time I thought everything was figured out, something else happened. If you love adventure, romance, and the ocean, you will definitely love this book!

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  • Posted April 16, 2011

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    Inspirational

    If you've ever struggled with understanding what your destiny is in life than you'll thoroughly enjoy this book! Marianne is a young woman who finds herself engaged to the man that as a child drove her insane with his taunting of her. She is suffering to marry him because she needs her inheritance money to help take care of her sick mom and younger sister. She doesn't feel as though this is her destiny because she knows the marriage will not be based on love and she can barely stand the sight of him.

    Noah is also not thrilled with the engagement to his snobby childhood friend Marianne. He has no desire to marry her but he is trying his best to please his father by taking her as his wife and investing her dowry in to his family business. He feels he has no destiny and that he is never able to please his father since the death of his older brother Jacob.

    When Noah embarrasses Marianne at their engagement party she follows him on to his boat and while saving a cat she gets knocked out cold. When she wakes up she finds out they've taken to the seas. The struggles are just beginning as Noah and Marianne learn to find their destiny on the brink of the War of 1812.

    I really enjoyed this book! I got sucked in to the characters stories and lives right from the start, my heart just ached to help them. MaryLu Tyndall has proven to be an amazing author with Surrender the Heart; the way she intertwines faith, inspirational romance, with adventure and history is delightful. This is a stirring historical romance with a lot spiritual threads throughout the story.

    I felt there was quite a bit of topics about faith, God and destiny, sometimes it was the right amount at the right time but other times I felt it took too much out of the story. That is my only complaint, it didn't take away from the whole rest of the story though and I thought the inspirational message was great; I'm excited to read the next book in the Surrender to Destiny series.

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  • Posted March 14, 2011

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    Delightful!

    Two reluctant young people, engaged for all the wrong reasons.

    He needed her money to further his family's business. She needed to marry to unlock her inheritance so she could save her beloved mother. Two hearts so intent on using the other for everything but love, can there be a reconciliation? Is it possible for two people so far apart to find the one thing they never expected?

    Join Marianne as she chases loathsome Noah down after he deserts her and publicly humiliates her in front of everyone of importance. Watch in horror as a delightful set of circumstances abound to keep the two disinterested parties together - finally culminating in a heroic set of events that takes place in the War of 1812.

    I thoroughly enjoyed this book, and I had no desire to put it down. Ms. Tyndall has the ability to make you feel as though you were actually there in the thick of things by her spellbinding imagery. I look forward to reading more of her works, and highly recommend it to those who love historical fiction.

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