The Ransom

The Ransom

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by MaryLu Tyndall
     
 
Port Royal, Jamaica 1692

Living in a city deemed the wickedest in the world is no easy task for Miss Juliana Dutton. To make matters worse, with an ailing father and a drunken fool for a brother, she is forced to take over the running of the family business in order to survive. When a meddlesome suitor threatens to discover her secret and cast them all onto

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Port Royal, Jamaica 1692

Living in a city deemed the wickedest in the world is no easy task for Miss Juliana Dutton. To make matters worse, with an ailing father and a drunken fool for a brother, she is forced to take over the running of the family business in order to survive. When a meddlesome suitor threatens to discover her secret and cast them all onto the streets, she agrees to a spurious engagement with the town buffoon, Lord Munthrope. She only hopes the man is trustworthy.

The Pirate Earl, Alexander Hyde, son of the infamous Captain Edmund Merrick Hyde, is the most feared pirate in Port Royal. Disillusioned with the religion of his parents and the pleasures of the world, Alex staves off his emptiness by leading a dual life to hide his deepest secrets.

A long-time enemy is out to destroy Alex and take Juliana for his own. Struggling to maintain her faith in the Divine, Juliana faces her problems bravely, but the harder she tries, the more it seems everything is working against her. Unwittingly, she and her weak fiancé become entangled in the hostility between the Pirate Earl and his enemy, while even more dangerous forces are rising up to destroy them all.

Editorial Reviews

Romantic Times - Sara Frobisher
Juliana is a strong, capable female lead, and the dual persona of Alexander as both the Pirate Earl and Lord Munthrope adds both comedy and suspense. The Ransom is paced well and holds readers' attention throughout. In addition, the historical facts weaved into the novel make it appealing for readers of general fiction as well as those who love historical fiction
Sara Frobisher
Juliana is a strong, capable female lead, and the dual persona of Alexander as both the Pirate Earl and Lord Munthrope adds both comedy and suspense. The Ransom is paced well and holds readers' attention throughout. In addition, the historical facts weaved into the novel make it appealing for readers of general fiction as well as those who love historical fiction
Diana Flowers
With an intricate, heart racing plot guaranteed to cause the reader to chuckle and shed a few tears, this is certainly in my opinion, one of, if not the best pirate novels that has ever come from this writer's pen...er, quill that is
Colonial Quills - Diana Flowers
With an intricate, heart racing plot guaranteed to cause the reader to chuckle and shed a few tears, this is certainly in my opinion, one of, if not the best pirate novels that has ever come from this writer's pen...er, quill that is
Cindy Vallar
The Ransom is a deftly spun tale of masquerade, redemption, and forgiveness. . .Tyndall paints her characters with such vividness and detail that they come to life, pulling readers into the midst of their lives so we walk beside them through all the dark intrigue and dazzling gaiety. When the inevitable occurs, we experience their terror, suffering, and salvation. The Ransom is a journey not soon forgotten and one we never want to end.
Editor Pirates and Privateers - Cindy Vallar
The Ransom is a deftly spun tale of masquerade, redemption, and forgiveness. . .Tyndall paints her characters with such vividness and detail that they come to life, pulling readers into the midst of their lives so we walk beside them through all the dark intrigue and dazzling gaiety. When the inevitable occurs, we experience their terror, suffering, and salvation. The Ransom is a journey not soon forgotten and one we never want to end.
T.S. Matthews
I have never read one of Ms. Tyndall's books and been disappointed. They are filled with adventure, excitement and a beautiful love story but at the center of all of that you will find a thread of the Gospel that is woven throughout that ties it all together. You will never put down one of her books without being reminded of God's love for us, his creation
Colonial Quills - T.S. Matthews
I have never read one of Ms. Tyndall's books and been disappointed. They are filled with adventure, excitement and a beautiful love story but at the center of all of that you will find a thread of the Gospel that is woven throughout that ties it all together. You will never put down one of her books without being reminded of God's love for us, his creation
Overcoming with God - Noela Nancarrow
You'll be captivated by this adrenalizing romantic adventure of the grandest swashbuckling type! From clashing sword fights and battles between ships, to earthquakes and fire, there is nary a dull moment leading up to the finale of this exhilarating story that will bring a lump to your throat, tears in your eyes, and praise for God in your heart
Noela Nancarrow
You'll be captivated by this adrenalizing romantic adventure of the grandest swashbuckling type! From clashing sword fights and battles between ships, to earthquakes and fire, there is nary a dull moment leading up to the finale of this exhilarating story that will bring a lump to your throat, tears in your eyes, and praise for God in your heart

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2940149245512
Publisher:
MaryLu Tyndall
Publication date:
02/27/2014
Series:
Legacy of the King's Pirates , #4
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
418
Sales rank:
449,875
File size:
8 MB

Meet the Author

Acclaimed author, MaryLu Tyndall dreamt of pirates and sea-faring adventures during her childhood days on Florida's Coast. With more than fourteen books published, she makes no excuses for the deep spiritual themes embedded within her romantic adventures. Her hope is that readers will not only be entertained but will be brought closer to the Creator who loves them beyond measure. In a culture that accepts the occult, wizards, zombies, and vampires without batting an eye, MaryLu hopes to show the awesome present and powerful acts of God in a dying world. A Christy award nominee, MaryLu makes her home with her husband, six children, and several stray cats on the California coast.

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The Ransom 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 42 reviews.
StaceyNV More than 1 year ago
As a member of MaryLu’s Motley Crew, I would like to extend a heartfelt “Thank you” to my Captain for sending me a copy of "The Ransom" in exchange for an honest review. I am truly grateful for the privilege of supporting a wonderful author who loves Christ and doesn’t shy away from presenting Him in her books! Huzzah! “The Ransom” by MaryLu Tyndall is a luminous treasure! Overflowing with rich plot twists, sparkling humor, exotic settings and brilliantly crafted characters, this crown jewel of a novel is the long-awaited fourth offering in the Legacy of the King’s Pirates series. “The Ransom” reads beautifully as a stand-alone novel. The other books in the series (The Redemption, The Reliance and The Restitution) are wonderful, and I highly recommend them as well. Miss Juliana Dutton is living a lie! Following in her deceased mother’s footsteps, she has a heart for the less fortunate of Port Royal, Jamaica and frequently cares for their needs, but her father’s failing health has forced her to take on the task of running the family shipping business with no help from her flighty drunkard brother who has a gambling problem! She is also dealing with the attentions of three men: the obnoxious Captain Nichols, the foppish Lord Munthrope and the dashing and dangerous Pirate Earl! Captain Nichols wants it all - Juliana’s affections and the head of the Pirate Earl! Juliana, wanting nothing to do with the arrogant Captain, accepts a proposition from Lord Munthrope that will hopefully dissuade the Captain from pursuing her further. Lord Munthrope hopes to win over Juliana’s affections as they spend time together because of their bargain. But Juliana’s heart beats a bit faster whenever she encounters the Pirate Earl, who always seems to show up as her protector when she needs the Lord’s deliverance the most. The notorious Pirate has watched Juliana from afar since she arrived in Jamaica. He is touched by her kindness and genuine caring for the undesirables of Port Royal, so he has appointed himself her protector as she endeavors into the seedier parts of the city to care for her friends. This has given her the reputation of being the “Pirate Earl’s Lady”, a title that simultaneously thrills and repulses her! “The Ransom” is crafted as meticulously as one of Shakespeare’s comedies and detailed as richly. The scenes play out so crisply in the mind’s eye, I can’t help but feel this novel (and the others in the Legacy of the King’s Pirates series) would make a wonderful film! What a beautiful picture of Christ this novel paints. When Jesus came to earth, He was rejected because many saw Him as the foppish Lord Munthrope, weak and mad. But there were a select few who saw Him as the strong and protective Pirate Earl! My prayer is that those who read this amazing novel will see the Lord Jesus as a strong, caring and sensitive protector who put Himself in harm’s way to save our very souls! And that the realization will draw us to a place where we cannot spend enough time in His presence.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is another wonderful story about pirates! It was easy-to-read and kept my attention throughout. The plot contained adventure, mystery, humor, challenges, and love--but most of all showed the loving forgiveness of our Heavenly Father when we turn to trust Him. I highly recommend this book!
dun1 More than 1 year ago
This was a good story; who wouldn't love a good pirate adventure. I enjoyed this story, because it reminded of the Scarlet Pimpernel. I was waiting with bated breath to see when the heroine would figure of the hero was. It is always a joy to see the characters realize that God had been with them every step of their journey.
MollyMalloy More than 1 year ago
I just finished reading this new book by MaryLu Tyndall - it was probably her best book so far!  It is a worthy addition to her pirate series. The characters were strong, well described and very entertaining. The plot thickened and she wove the strands of it together so well. It was a good glimpse into the life of Port Royal, Jamaica at its heyday. But the best part were the reminders of how God works in  mysterious ways, which we don't always understand, to work out His perfect plan for us. It is easy to apply much of the feelings of the various characters to modern life today.  Many will identify with the feelings of Juliana, the Pirate and others in this most entertaining  novel. I won't give any of it away with too much description but suffice it to say it has humor, drama, pirates and the Royal Navy, rich fops and poor ladies, betrayals, exciting sword fights and deep love. This is a must read book! It is not your usual  "historical romance," it is much, much more. I give it 2 thumbs up (and I would give it even more if I had more thumbs)! 
CoopTroop More than 1 year ago
After three years of publishing the first three books to the series “Legacy of the King’s Pirate” MaryLu Tyndall writes a fourth outstanding swashbuckling novel to this thrilling series, "The Ransom"!  Like her other novels, I had a very hard time putting this novel down.  This exciting adventure takes place in the year 1692 in the meanest city Port Royal, Jamaica.  Secretly, Miss Juliana Dutton is trying to keep her father’s business afloat while her father is extremely ill and her twin brother does nothing to help, but get drunk and gamble away anything.  The son of Merrick and Charlisse Hyde, Alexander Hyde, lives his life by leading a double life to hide certain deep secrets from society.  Will each choice or action Juliana and Alexander take through life either turn against or backfire on them? Only reading through this God-inspiring novel, see how each character comes to grip in trusting in their own path to what will be best for them or if they trust in the Lord to show them their rightful path! “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.” Proverbs 3:5-6
Broadwayphan902 More than 1 year ago
The Idea: I looooved the idea. In case you don't know, this book is related to MaryLu's Legacy of the King's of the King's Pirates series. (One of my favorites from her.) Well, this piece is about Merrick and Charlisse's son, Alex, AKA The Pirate Earl AKA Lord Munthrope. I really enjoyed the idea of pirate Alex leading a double life as the most feared pirate in the area and fluffy, nonsensical, colorful Lord Munthrope.  I also enjoyed the idea of Juliana Dutton being forced to take over her father's business as he falls ill.  And, there were pirates. So I loved it.  The Characters: The characters were fantastic! Juliana and Alex had vivid, realistic back stories. I loved Alex as both "Munny" and the Pirate Earl. Even the smaller characters were pretty well developed. I was really invested in this book and didn't want to stop reading. The Plot: It was a great plot! It really kept me reading, and I would love to read it again. This book was a little longer than most in its genre, but I enjoyed it. There were many twists and turns, and while I could predict the outcome of some events, I still loved it. The Setting: Fan. Tastic. I am writing a novel right now involving someone who was injured in the Port Royal earthquake of 1692, so I have been doing a lot of research for this era. MaryLu did not disappoint. Everything was accurate and vividly described.  Overall: It was amazing! I loved this book and recommend it to friends. I am a huge fan of MaryLu Tyndall, and this did not disappoint. 
Espan_Rose More than 1 year ago
Welcome back to the Caribbean!  MarLu Tyndall has outdone herself with this signature piece. Returning to The Legacy of the King’s Pirates series, the characters that propelled her on her writing career, she reminds us of her special touch. Port Royal, Jamaica, is a haven for the lost, and Juliana has a heart to try to save them. Unfortunately, her heart to help the poor lands her in a heap of trouble. While she wasn’t surprised at being attacked by pirates, she wasn’t expecting being saved by one! Sparks fly ever time Juliana and the Pirate Earl meet, creating a great clash of personalities. But, there is one other man in Juliana’s life, the adorable, and annoying, Lord Munthrope, and though subtle, sparks are definitely flying between them too. The characters are so lovable! Juliana has such a heart of gold, and a brilliant mind, even while being a little naïve about her nightly excursions. But, if she was more careful, then she wouldn’t need the dashing Pirate Earl to save her, right? And the Pirate Earl himself is charming, and roguish, the perfect blend of piratical arrogance, and noble chivalry. Add to it Lord Munthrope, a really sweet buffoon, who’s adorable in his funny shenanigans. All the characters are so well written, placed in a setting so vivid, it’s easy to imagine yourself there. The message is so wonderful, a great echo of her first work, The Redemption. The story is well written, a great action packed adventure, full of surprising twists and turns. If you’re a fan of pirate adventures, deep romance, a great message (and a fondness for The Scarlet Pimpernel) then this is a highly recommended must read.  
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
One of MaryLu’s best so far! I officially declare it an “Up-all-nighter”. She made the scenes and characters come alive as if I was standing right next to them. I couldn’t help but laugh out loud at the antics of “Munny”. What a character! And who can resist a debonair swashbuckling Pirate Earl? The story was very well written with suspense, danger and plenty of action to keep it moving along. Julianna is a lovable and strong heroine.  She has family secrets she is trying to keep hidden while fighting to hold her family life together. Both the main characters are dealing with issues that are preventing them from moving on in life and love. You HAVE to read this and enjoy the ups and downs, as much like the deck of a ship, and see how the whole story comes to a wild, suspenseful end in a big way.   This is a sequel to the “Legacy of the King’s Pirates” series, but you can totally read it separately.  And I highly recommend you READ IT!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Having traveled to Jamaica a number of times this book caught my eye. It took a bit for the plot to completely catch my interest, but once it did I didn't want to put it down. The ending seemed a bit abrupt though, hope this means there is another book coming in the series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very well written and very suspensful
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wonderful book by mary lu. You wont be disapointed.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I recall, years ago, walking into Borders and seeing the trade paperback of The Redemption on a front table. I was captivated by the story concept of a pirate hero in a Christian novel. That book has been on my keeper shelf ever since, so I was excited to see the talented Ms.Tyndall had returned to her pirate series. The Ransom has been well worth the wait! The characters are fun, engaging and heartfelt. I especially enjoyed Alex’s double life between the Pirate Earl and the foppish Munny. Loads of fun here, but beneath is a wonderful, spiritual storyline that deepens as the novel progresses.The Ransom is a satisfying read on all levels from romance to adventure to the secrets and twists that keep you turning pages.
LizD1 More than 1 year ago
The Ransom ( Legacy Of The King's Pirates book four) By: MaryLu Tyndall Wow, this is one AWESOME book you will want to put at the top of your list to read. It grabs you from the start and don't let go till the last words, then you are saying, I want more. I have read several of MaryLu's books and I can say that she has out did herself on The Ransom. I loved it and I think it is her best one yet, and she has herself a winner. The Ransom is book four in the series, but you can read it as a stand alone and not get lost. When you read The Ransom get ready for a journey you will not forget. The Ransom takes place in Port Royal Jamaica 1692. This city is the wickedest city in the world. it is not easy for Miss Juliana Dutton who is trying to keep her wealthy father's shipping company from going under. She has an ailing father and a drunk and gambler  brother. She is hiding a secret and it must not get out, because it would ruin everything. Juliana is also putting her life in danger going out into this wicked city to help some orphanage. There is Lord Munthrope who acts like the town idiot. I laughter at the Lord so much . Pirate Earl, Alexander Hyde, Alex, is the most known and feared pirate of Port Royal. Oh, but but will you love him or hate him? He has something missing in his life and he takes on a duel role to help fill the emptiness and hide his secrets. Alex also has an enemy who is out to destroy him. There is a lot of secrets in The Ransom. I am going to stop before I give to much away. You will love the characters MaryLu has weaved into her book. One minute I was laughing and the next tears would be rolling down my checks. I think i was on the edge of my seat the whole time I was reading this awesome book. Another thing I like about MaryLu Tyndall's books is that she keeps God in her books. Some characters have lost their way, will they find their way before it is to late?  I was given an ebook from the author for my honest review. 
SeasonsofHumility More than 1 year ago
I was so thrilled to learn that MaryLu Tyndall was writing a sequel for the "Legacy of the King's Pirates" series - the trilogy that introduced me to her work and made me fall in love with her writing. The Ransom is a great sequel to the series, as Tyndall never fails to pen engaging stories full of adventure and heart. At the beginning, I confess I was a little put off by the dialogue. I'm not sure it's all that different from her first books, but for some reason it hit me the wrong way this time, like it was trying too hard to define itself as historical. But as the story moved along, I got caught up in the happenings, and the dialogue was no longer a big issue. And what interesting happenings! Captain Merrick's son leads a very strange life as half-lord and half-pirate. I loved how he used both roles to woo Juliana, though - really rather cute, if buffoons and pirates can be called such! And his fascination with the sea - his longings to revive his father's ways and times - resonated with me. History is so romanticized for us historical-romance lovers, and there is a certain desire to bring back or visit "better," more exciting times. As for Juliana, I really did like her character overall. She's sweet. She has a big heart. She takes care of her family and isn't afraid to stand up to others. I confess she did come across as rather foolish (in some of her actions) and rather naive (she seriously didn't get Alex's secret for that long?), but it all contributed to an intriguing plot, nonetheless. The connections to the book of Ecclesiastes were thoughtful and well-suited for the characters. Love how Tyndall weaves Scripture into her stories. And the dramatic conclusion was fitting for the series. I do hope the way it all ended means there are more books about this family to come?? The Ransom is a must-read for Tyndall fans, although it can be enjoyed without having read the first three books in the series, as they're only loosely connected. Bring on more seafaring stories, MaryLu! *With thanks to the author for providing me with an e-copy of the book in exchange for my honest opinion.*
TSMathews More than 1 year ago
An adventure that will take your breath away and a Pirate that will steal your heart! When I heard MaryLu Tyndall was setting sail for the Caribbean again with another story from the Legacy of the Kings Pirates Series I knew I wanted to be onboard. I wanted to feel the wind in my face and to smell the salt laden air and enjoy the tale of the most revered Pirates that ever sailed. Alexander Hyde, son of the infamous Captain Edmund Merrick Hyde, is one of those pirates. Just hearing the name of The Pirate Earl spoken strikes fear in even the most depraved pirate; but things would be a lot different if they knew the secret life he leads when he's on land.  After the passing of her dear mother Juliana Dutton was left in the care of a father that has never had a kind word for her and a twin brother that only cares for himself. Some days it seems even God doesn't remember her so she works hard at doing good deeds such as visiting the children in the rundown orphanage and visiting a friend that has fallen from grace in the hopes God will bless her. It was during one of those visits to the Cat and Fiddle Tavern, ~gasp~ that Juliana encountered The Pirate Earl and had it not been for him she would not have survived the night!! The moment their eyes met Juliana knew she was in trouble, so fierce was her attraction to him. Her mind tells her she must not even think of him but her heart feels otherwise and despite telling him to leave her alone it seems this daunting Pirate has decided he should be her protector.  When her father falls ill Juliana must secretly take over the family business and all seems well until a friend of her brother starts to pressure her into accepting his offer of marriage. Knowing she could never marry him, Juliana decides instead to enter into a feigned engagement to Lord Munthrope a lovable bozo that despite his silly antics seems to be truly devoted to Juliana.  Even though she has never seen his face sans the white face powder there seems to be something about him that Juliana finds endearing. Could following through with this engagement be the way she will finally rid her heart and mind of the infamous Pirate Earl?  I have never read one of Ms. Tyndall's books and been disappointed. They are filled with adventure, excitement and a beautiful love story but at the center of all of that you will find a thread of the Gospel that is woven throughout that ties it all together. You will never put down one of her books without being reminded of God's love for us, his creation. The Ransom was beautifully written, delightfully engaging with awe inspiring descriptions, especially the one describing the Pirate Earl! I can't believe I survived that one without melting into a puddle! Reading this was like going on the adventure of a lifetime. If you like Pirates, (especially one with a heart of gold) and Swashbuckling Romance then this book is for you! Thank you MaryLu for another exciting voyage and I anxiously await your command to Hoist the Colors on your next adventure!!
MrsTina42MR More than 1 year ago
The Ransom by MaryLu Tyndall***** e-book The Ransom is book 4 in the Legacy of the King's Pirates series set in1692 Port Royal, Jamaica. However, it can be read as a stand-alone book. When Juliana Dutton's father becomes seriously ill and her twin brother is continuously out all hours of the night drinking and gambling, she has no choice but to secretly run her father's shipping business in order to survive. In a desperate attempt to keep an unwanted suitor, Captain Nichols, from learning her secret Juliana agrees to a false engagement to the buffoon Lord Munford. But can she trust him? While trying to assist a friend in need, in a less than respectable part of the city, she encounters the infamous Pirate Earl. Despite her fear of him, she is grateful for his assistance from evil-intended, rough, drunken men in her path. There is something familiar about him she can't place. The Pirate Earl finds Juliana enchanting and against her wishes sets himself up as her personal protector. There are undercurrents of wicked activities and a lurking enemy that endanger Juliana and the Pirate Earl. I don't want to give anything away to spoil the story. But will say this is a fantastic pirates tale with sea battles, secrets, adventures, wickedness, humor, intrigue, grief, struggles along with healing, romance, forgiveness, faith and love; interwoven with much history of the time period. I never cared for pirate stories until I read MaryLu's fantastically written pirate series. She is an amazing gifted writer. ~~I received an e-book copy of the book from the author for my review~~
lmbartelt More than 1 year ago
Secrets. And surprises. Those two words sum up everything I love about MaryLu Tyndall's new release, The Ransom, the fourth in her Legacy of the King's Pirates series. (Disclaimer: I was given a free e-copy of the book by the author in exchange for my review.) Set in the Caribbean--Port Royal, Jamaica--in the late 17th Century, The Ransom is a story of identities and the roles we play to survive in whatever society we find ourselves in. After the death of her mother, Juliana Dutton is left to run her family's shipping business when her father becomes ill and her brother turns to gambling and drinking. With the help of the family's butler, she's got the town convinced all is well with the business. For now. On the other hand, Alexander Hyde, son of the infamous Captain Merrick Hyde, is living a pirate's life by night while masquerading as the dandy Lord Munthrope by day. When Lord Munthrope offers Juliana a pact that could help them both, their carefully constructed schemes begin to unravel. The Ransom is a fun tale laced with adventure and romance, bringing to mind the antics of Westley in The Princess Bride or any of the Johnny Depp Pirates of the Caribbean movies, all of which I now want to watch again. When I first started reading Tyndall's books just over a year ago, her seafaring adventures intrigued me because I hadn't read anything like that in inspirational fiction. But I convinced myself that I wasn't really all that into pirates. After much consideration, and plenty of reading, I can safely say that has all changed. I'm firmly rooted in the pirate camp, and what I love about Tyndall's stories, including this one, are the elements of faith worked in. Everyone is struggling with their beliefs and has made mistakes they regret. But none are exempt from redemption. Though technically book four in the series, The Ransom can be read as a standalone novel. But trust me when I say you'll also want to read the other books in the series: The Redemption, The Reliance and The Restitution.
MyBookAddictionandMore More than 1 year ago
RANSOM (LEGACY OF THE KING'S PIRATES) by MaryLu Tyndall is an exciting Inspirational Historical Fiction set in 1692 Port Royal, Jamaica. #4 in the "LEGACY OF THE KING'S PIRATES, but can be read as a stand alone. See, The Redemption, Legacy of the Kings' Pirates Series #1, The Reliance, Legacy of the Kings' Pirates Series #2 and The Restitution, Legacy of the Kings' Pirates Series #3 Meet, Miss Juliana Dutton, the daughter of a shipping owner and Alexander Hyde, son of the infamous Captain Edmund Merrick Hyde, aka, The Pirate Earl and Lord Munthrope, who is the town's buffoon or so they think. And a few other wicked and not so wicked secondary characters. "Ransom (Legacy of the King's Pirates)" is the tale of faith, passion, secrets, love, romance, healing and forgiveness. Action packed, and fast paced from beginning to the every last page. Filled with adventure, a sea battle or two, struggles, and romance. Oh, an earthquake, and an earth shattering realization, literally! WOW!! I was so excited to receive this long awaited tale, and was not disappointed. I adore pirates! The characters are engaging, and realistic. The storyline is interesting and intriguing. Although, poor Juliana meets with one problem after the other. From her desire to keep her secrets, to her troublesome twin brother, to her reaction to the Pirate King, and her growing attraction the buffoon Lord Munthrope. But can she trust either of them with her heart and her secrets? Juliana feels abandoned by everyone in her life, including God, sometimes. Faith based, but not "preachy". A pure joy to read! I couldn't put RANSOM down! Ms. Tyndall is back with her pirates!! I absolutely loved this tale of the promise of love, and the power of forgiveness and healing. A sweet romance! I can hardly wait to what is next for THE LEGACY OF THE KING'S PIRATES. If you don't read any other tale of pirates and romance, you really should pick up RANSOM ( LEGACY OF THE KING'S PIRATES). You will not be disappointed! Well done!! Received for an honest review from the author. RATING: 4.5 HEAT RATING: SWEET REVIEWED BY: AprilR, courtesy of My Book Addiction and More
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Absolutely wonderful!! I could not stand to put it down. If you like her books you wil LOVE this one. I only have one other author that I have to own all her books. Guess im off to get all of M.L Tyndalls. A must for my library! !
LJ44 More than 1 year ago
Must read! Full of adventure and fun, captivating until the very end!! Loved this read!
aligirl96 More than 1 year ago
This amazing tale of love is sure to keep you turning the pages! MaryLu Tyndall never disappoints me when I read her books. This one is no different. This fresh, inspiring story is filled with sorrow, but also hope and joy. Juliana was everything you would want in a heroine, and the rogue Pirate Earl everything a hero should be! Pick up this book and read it, it's amazing! 
Queen_Lizzie More than 1 year ago
Time travel may not exist, but MaryLu Tyndall has come close to accomplishing the impossible in her book "The Ransom." On page one you will find yourself taking a step into a tavern in Port Royal, 1692, and I guarantee you will be enthralled until the last page.  Juliana Dutton Betrayed by her father's health and her brother's immaturity, Juliana is forced to try to run the family business in order to pay the bills. In a world where women are considered a wall flower, not capable of intelligent thought, Juliana struggles to hide her day to day activities, all while her brother is determined to spend all of her hard earned money at the gambling tables. To top it all off, she seems to have acquired an unwanted suitor who is threatening to uncover her secrets. There seems to be only one man who can help her, Lord Munthrope, someone she considers to be a buffoon, and she may be forced to accept his bizare engagement to stave off the rumors that being to encircle her life.  Alexander Hyde Disenchanted with the world as his infamous father, Captain Edmund Merrick Hyde, one of the most feared pirates in Port Royal, raised him to believe in, Alexander steps away from the family faith and sets out to create his own destiny. The Pirate Earl is the man he becomes upon the Caribbean seas and in the dark alleys of Port Royal, but the pleasures no longer satisfy as they once did, and Alex becomes more desperate to find a way to stave off the emptiness lodged in his heart, all while battling an enemy from the past who threatens to take his life.  With an enemy out to destroy Alex and capture Juliana for himself, they both must struggle to overcome their fears and rely on the Divine while all seems to be lost.   Take a step back into Port Royal, Jamaica in 1692, as MaryLu Tyndall once again weaves a tale that will leave you unable to walk away. Although I have never been to Jamaica, I felt as if I was there, visualizing the whole novel page by page.  MaryLu Tyndall creates a gripping story, and not just some feel good novel, but an accurate telling of what life was like in Jamaica in the 17th century. I am so tired of reading books that skim over the filthy, and sordid facts of the past. I must say I was impressed on the first page, when MaryLu threw her character into the brothels and proceeded to not skip over the lewd facts that permeated the docks of Port Royal in the 1600s.  Another thing that has impressed me with MaryLu Tyndall's writing is that although she has been pressured by the publishing companies to tone down the message of our salvation in Christ, she refused and has now branched out on her own, publishing her own books. Too many Christian books now-a-days have perhaps a paragraph worth of the Christian message, and MaryLu refused to be brow beaten into submission to what Satan's plans are for our world. An admirable feat to be sure.  I will conclude that if you are looking for a book filled with pirates, murk, mire, and mayhem, you have found the right book, and the right author. Go pick up one of her books at your local library, bookstore, or order online at amazon, barnes & noble, christian book store, or many other sites. You wont be disappointed!
AmVan More than 1 year ago
Not often can I say with complete confidence that I love a book, but with The Ransom I can! After finishing this book, I read it a second time to make sure that I liked it as well the second time. I did. What is not to love when the heroine’s suitors are a pirate and a fop? Juliana Dutton is determined, independent, and sometimes stubborn. The Pirate Earl is swoon-worthy. Lord Munthrope is flippant, foppish, and unforgettable. Juliana Dutton has a secret, one that could cost her everything if it is found out. With an ailing father and a wastrel for a brother, she is secretly running her family’s business. When a disagreeable, detestable suitor threatens her, her only aid comes from the town fop. Agreeing to become engaged to Lord Munthrope, she finds in him more than she expected, for he has secrets of his own. When Juliana develops feelings for two very different men, she must decide who she can trust, a fop, or a pirate. There was a Christian theme throughout the story, but it is not beat into you with a cudgel. MaryLu Tyndall does a fantastic job, as always, writing flawed characters whose walk with the Lord is true to life. We can all struggle with keeping the faith in the face of trials like Juliana Dutton. We know people who deny the Lord even though they were raised knowing the Lord like Alex. We feel for them as they fight every step of the way, but we trust and believe that one day they will return to the Father who loves them without fail. That is one of the main reasons I love MaryLu’s stories, and The Ransom is perhaps the best. The Ransom is full of wit, fun, action, adventure, and romance. There were moments when I shouted at the characters, grit my teeth, and wanted to throw the book because of foolish decisions made, but I held on and was not disappointed.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Review of The Ransom --author Mary Lu Tyndall Reviewer Elva Cobb Martin, President American Christian Fiction Writers South Carolina Chapter 6/13/14 I was so happy to be back on the high seas with Mary Lu Tyndall’s wonderfully drawn characters, exciting plots and strong spiritual elements she always manages to weave in without being the least bit preachy. The Ransom scores five stars on all these points. What’s not to love about a heroine, Juliana, struggling with low self-esteem and her family’s survival, plus the failure of the men in her life, but full of courage and grit; and a hero, son of The Redemption’s Captain Merrick, struggling with making his parent’s faith his own? The Ransom is a skillfully spun historical tale dealing with these needs common to men and women in every generation, including love and romance in scintillating doses. Mary Lu is a master (mistress?) at giving what I call “big ending shocks” in her novels and this one is no different. I can only describe the last scenes of The Ransom as Whamo! Whamo! The final whammy is an historic event you don’t want to miss.
MommaRog More than 1 year ago
The Ransom is the long-awaited 4th book in the Legacy of the King's Pirates series. It takes us back to Port Royal where Miss Juliana Dutton desperately seeks to find balance in a man's world. Along the way she faces many trials and obstacles, including trying to hide the fact that her father is sick and she is the one running his business. This adventure is full of secrets, determination, love, devotion, and most importantly, faith in God. Along the journey, Miss Juliana meets the Pirate Earl and is intrigued by him while also finding an odd attraction to Lord Munthrope. The relationship she builds along the way with both characters only adds to the excitement and adventure of this tale. This is another book that you just won't want to put down and you don't want to end!