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Blaming God for his wife's apparent death, Captain Edmund Merrick sails away to drown his sorrows, only to find himself trapped in the dark world of a demented French pirate, Collier. When he finally wakes from his rum-induced pity party, Merrick must find a way to escape the vile man's clutches with his life and go in search of his mutinous crew who stole his ship. Then maybe he can pull his life back from the ashes.

Kidnapped by her arch-enemy Captain Kent Carlton, Charlisse ...

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Overview

Blaming God for his wife's apparent death, Captain Edmund Merrick sails away to drown his sorrows, only to find himself trapped in the dark world of a demented French pirate, Collier. When he finally wakes from his rum-induced pity party, Merrick must find a way to escape the vile man's clutches with his life and go in search of his mutinous crew who stole his ship. Then maybe he can pull his life back from the ashes.

Kidnapped by her arch-enemy Captain Kent Carlton, Charlisse must not only face abandonment by her husband, but she must find a way of escape for both her and Lady Ashton. When word reaches her that her husband has returned to piracy and other women, Charlisse becomes the captain of his old pirate crew and goes in search of him to teach him a lesson he won't soon forget!

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Editorial Reviews

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Swashbuckling pirates, high seas adventures, and ardent romance abound in this 17th-century tale. Capt. Edmund Merrick has retired from his pirate lifestyle now that he is happily married to his beloved Charlisse. But an old nemesis, Ken Carlton, has arranged to kidnap a pregnant Charlisse and convince Edmund that his wife is dead. This high-spirited, fun read should please fans of historical and pirate romances. Book 2 in the "Legacy of the King's Pirates" series (after The Redemption) is reminiscent of Johanna Lindsey's romance novels without the sexual language. The recent popularity of the Pirates of the Caribbeanfranchise may also peak interest in this. The author lives in California.also of interest


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The Fresno Examiner

Self-reliance is contrasted with reliance on God, and Tyndall demonstrates which choice is the most beneficial. The Reliance is a lively and fulfilling follow-up to the histories of the characters in The Redemption, also ending the author's journey with her beloved couple and preparing the faithful reader for the storyline of her final volume in the Legacy of the King's Pirates trilogy.

— Natalie Gorna

The Fresno Examiner - Natalie Gorna
Self-reliance is contrasted with reliance on God, and Tyndall demonstrates which choice is the most beneficial. The Reliance is a lively and fulfilling follow-up to the histories of the characters in The Redemption, also ending the author's journey with her beloved couple and preparing the faithful reader for the storyline of her final volume in the Legacy of the King's Pirates trilogy.
Judith's Desk - Judith J
The Reliance is even better than The Redemption, if that's possible. I highly recommend this book. It has everything in it you could possibly want: danger, romance, and unexpected twists and turns that kept me turning the pages long into the night
Romance Reader's Connection - Wendy Keel
This story set in 1668, is full of romance, action, pain, a powerful message, great characters and a page-turning storyline, you’ll hate to put down. Fans of the first book, THE REDEMPTION will be pleased to once again travel along with Charlisse and Merrick.
Arm Chair Interviews - Jamie Driggers
Book Two of The Legacy of the King’s Pirates Series is even more gripping than the first. Full of captured ladies and scoundrels as well as good-hearted men gone wrong, there is something in this book for everyone.
Romance Junkies - Sheri Myers
Sweet romance, fast-paced adventure, stormy seas, dangerous pirates, handsome heroes, and a woman not afraid to go rescue her man from danger all combine to make this sequel a read that won’t disappoint
TitleTrakk - Vickie McDonough
A rousing plot filled with adventure, heinous pirates, God’s awesome power, and exciting chapter hooks will have you quickly turning the pages. The Reliance is a book for people who love adventure and edgy, but clean, stories
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780991092178
  • Publisher: Ransom Press
  • Publication date: 8/13/2014
  • Pages: 362
  • Sales rank: 828,957
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.75 (d)

Meet the Author

A Christy Award finalist, MaryLu Tyndall dreamt of tall ships and swashbuckling heroes during her childhood years on Florida's Atlantic Coast. She holds a degree in Math and worked as a software engineer for fifteen years. Trapped in a land-locked cubicle, she was often seen pounding furiously upon the keyboard during her lunch hour, creating what would become her Legacy of the King's Pirates series, all the while believing God's promise to her that. "If you write it, I will get it published". And He did! Fourteen books later, her loving husband and six children still haven't gotten used to her historic costumes and nautical speech. MaryLu describes herself as an introvert, patriot, mother of six, the neighborhood cat-lady, tall ship enthusiast, friend of pirates and mermaids, obsessive compulsive control freak, history lover, hopeless romantic, and a sword wielding princess-warrior of the King of Kings. Her books are filled with adventure and romance and themes that are guaranteed to touch your heart! She continues to pen her romantic tales on the California coast while managing a home, husband, six adult kids, and several stray cats who have decided that her keyboard is the best place to sleep! She believes that without popcorn and chocolate, life would not be worth living, and her sole motivation in life is to bring others closer to God.
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  • Posted October 14, 2011

    I Recommend this Book!

    Although I wanted Charlisse and Merrick to live happily ever after after The Redemption, that is not necessarily real life, and The Reliance demonstrates how, even through trouble, people can trust in God and His plans for their lives. I recommend this book, especially for fans of pirates and history.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 24, 2014

    An incredible adventure in trusting God. As they battle the tem

    An incredible adventure in trusting God.

    As they battle the tempests that threaten to tear them apart, is there any way Edmund and Charlisse can regain the helm and steer their way back to the haven they both so desperately seek? Or will their love drown in a whirlpool of treachery and deceit?

    This is a wonderfully written swashbuckling adventure. At the same time it is an incredibly well written look at how past baggage and methods of dealing with problems can take over again for believers when disaster strikes. The character development is fantastic, not only for the two main characters but also for a fairly large number of secondary ones.

    Both Charlisse and Edmund had go-to ways of dealing with problems. As well as thought patterns that had developed before they accepted Christ. When they are torn apart and believe the worst they each revert to their past methods. The battle then becomes one of trying to trust God and believe what they had learned of Him.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 7, 2013

    A continuing story takes place in "The Reliance" by Ma

    A continuing story takes place in "The Reliance" by MaryLu Tyndall where we last left Charlisse & Captain Merrick.  Both on a mission together in the beginning of the story, soon a huge tragedy takes place separating the two newly married and finally able to spend their life together.  Captain Merrick believing Charlisse, his wife, is dead, he turns his back on the One true God and goes to his old life of piracy.  Charlisse captured by a villainous pirate, soon to escape to then seek out Captain Merrick, her husband, but starts to struggle with her own insecurities.

    The capture of Charlisse, she tries to help another lady, Isabel, escape from Kent, while she is struggling to face Captain Merrick when she discovers what he has been up to.  Captain Merrick finally realizing being disgusted with his old way, repents, and struggles to get back on the right track, with shocking news about Charlisse still being alive. As in the in "The Redemption" see how the title, "The Reliance", plays out through this second novel to the "Legacy of the King's Pirate".  Watch how Charlisse's faith grows, where she can only rely on the Lord, and Captain Merrick being dependent on the Lord and leave it in His hands.  "The Reliance" has truly been a hard book to set aside, where I want to know how things are going to turn out in the end.  Definitely going to read this novel again!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 14, 2012

    Entertaining Romantic Seafaring Adventure

    In book 2 in "The Legacy of the King's Pirates" series, Charlisse and Edmund are enjoying married life, and they are expecting their first child. Unfortunate circumstances separate the young lovers, and lead Edmund to believe that his bride is dead. To drown his sorrows, he turns his back on God and the painful memories of his wife, takes up his bottle of rum and seeks to pillage and plunder like he did prior to meeting Christ. Meanwhile, the captured Charlisse tirelessly strives to be reunited with her husband. But by the time Edmund and Charlisse meet again, will Edmund have gone too far to be reconciled to his lady love.

    This is a wonderful adventure story. The action is nearly non-stop. I was completely impressed with how the author brought to light the craftiness of the enemy to use self-doubt to keep us from being all that we can be through Jesus. M.L. Tyndall's characters model traits that I would like to possess - tenacity, a capacity for forgiveness, humility, grace and faith under pressure. You cannot put this book down, so start it very early on a Saturday morning and clear your schedule for the day!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 9, 2012

    Book#2 Danger, Romance, Faith, Perseverance!

    The Reliance is the second book in the Legacy of the King's Pirates series.
    The Reliance brings back the characters from the first book, Captain Merrick and Charlisse. An old enemy also makes an appearance. Kent wants revenge, and he gets it. Kent is changed by a woman he has kidnapped on his ship. Isabel befriends Charlisse; the two women battle their way through terrifying times aboard the ship of an evil man, hoping Merrick, or anybody, will save them. Meanwhile, Merrick has given up everything good and is losing his mind, believing his wife dead.
    The book follows misfortune after misfortune, which originally did not appeal to me. Then I found out that MaryLu Tyndall modeled her book after the story of Job. And we all know how the book of Job ended...that should give you a hint as to why you must continue to read this series.
    I have read this book three times. The second time I picked up parts that I had missed, making me appreciate it a lot more. Plus, I knew the ending!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 13, 2012

    Wonderful!

    The second book in the series, "Legacy of the King's Pirates", is just as page-turning as the first. It gives a great description of what it is like, as a Christian, to face trials and loose faith along the way. But it is equally good at showing God's love and faithfulness to us...therefore turning us back to His path. A strong live story that fights to the end.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 29, 2011

    Recommended-Grest Book!

    I really loved this book, I appreciated the way Tyndall showed some new sides of Kent, Merrick, and Charlisse. I also liked the way Charlisse takes command and how Merrick trys to hold to his values in the midst of the pirates. I highly reccomend this book.

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  • Posted October 16, 2011

    An Awesome Addition to The Redemption!!!!

    This was a good continuation of Charlisse and Merrick's story. When Charlisse is kidnapped by an old enemy, Merrick believes her dead. Charlisse has to take matters into her own hands and keep her, another young lady named Isabel, and her unborn baby safe. This was another great book of MaryLu Tyndall's! I couldn't wait to reach the end to find out what would happen to these familiar, realistic characters. It was heart-wrenching and a sure page-turner! Merrick and Charlisse defiantly have their own faults that are visible in this book, which makes them even more believable. This was an awesome book and I can't wait to read the next one in the series!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 15, 2011

    Book Two! Lost more sleep.

    Book Two! Just as great as the first book, The Reliance continues its story. The storyline is so appealing, you are never disappointed. Sometimes you feel like you are a part of the story. The emotions are so real.....captivating! If you love reading about adventure on the high seas, pirates, romance and God's amazing power, you must own this trilogy!

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 15, 2011

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    You are missing out if you haven't read it!

    Once again, this is another book by MaryLu Tyndall that I have, and will read over and over again. I can't get enough of her books. Read them in order though, or some things wont make sense!!!

    Throughout this book I bawled my eyes out! It is so heartbreaking and wrenching that you almost feel like putting the book down. Several times I almost threw the book away, but there was this sense that God would work through the characters. I absolutely loved this book and the characters. They were very realistic and not some cardboard people trying to act and sword fight. I literally saw it all happening and everytime something bad happened I would gasp and everyone around me would look at me weird. Honestly, one of the best books.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 14, 2011

    I Also Recommend:

    Exciting second book!

    In the second book of the Legacy of the King's Pirates trilogy, we get to read more about the original characters, plus get introduced to some new and equally exciting ones! With plenty of plot twists and high seas adventures, you will love the continuing story of Charlisse and Merrick.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 3, 2011

    Put on your page turning hands!

    This book is the sequel to The Redemption, and MaryLu Tyndall did an excellent job on it. I was so happy she did a continuation on Charlisse and Merrick.
    Charlisse and Captain Edmund Merrick's marriage is blooming and as strong as ever. With the upcoming birth of their first child, they find God's blessings to be in full abundance. Yet when life seems to be going perfectly, tragedy strikes. An attack on a fort, old enemies collide, and the life of an unborn child at risk. This book keeps your mind itching for more. Great job, MaryLu!

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  • Posted January 29, 2009

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    fabulous historical fiction...

    This book stormed with action like a ship caught up in a Tsunami. Fabulous writing and very fast paced. There were some opportunities for the reader to catch their breath, but then the author plunges them right back into the action. Tyndall also does something I found particularly exciting. She shows the heart behind the behavior and the outward appearance of some of the characters. The Reliance brings those points home on an emotional level...with the reader in the center of the maelstorm. The author flushes out some deep spiritual truths. Sometimes God allows His loved ones to be sucked into a mighty storm for their benefit, but more so for the benefit of others...in particular, the lost. There were some characters in this story who would not have had a change of heart if Merrick and Charlisse had not been separated for a time. Through their struggles the people around them saw God working in their midst. As their faith was strengthened, their lives became a testimony to those around them. Unfortunately, the opposite was also true. When they fell, others noticed, and the only reward they received from stumbling was grief and heartache. So true! There were plenty of fights, stabbing, sweat, drinking, and the works in this novel to make it feel truly authentic. I found the setting compelling and realistic. I thought the way the heroine had the pirates cussing was particularly hilarious (since she couldn't use real words.) I think my favorite term was stiff-necked barnacle. In short, The Reliance contains just enough testosterone and action to please a male audience, and enough romance and adventure to capture the female reader as well. Since Charlisse and Merrick were married, I dare say their relationship sizzled, and it was very satisfying and realistic to read about. I enjoyed The Reliance just as much as I enjoyed The Redemption, if not more so...

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 9, 2007

    Shiver Me Timbers--She's Done It Again!

    Author MaryLu Tyndall has done it again¿picked up right where she left off with The Redemption by grabbing me by my throat and depositing me back at sea on The Reliance, complete with ¿shiver me timbers¿ pirates and damsels in distress. Charlisse, however, the beautiful heroine of both The Redemption and The Reliance, is anything but a shy, retiring young thing who¿s afraid to get her fingers dirty or her hair mussed. Charlisse can sail the seas with the best of them¿and does, when circumstances require that she take command of the ship and its hard-as-nails crew. In fact, this lovely young woman is not only instrumental in rescuing a true damsel in distress, but she also cleans up the act of her motley crew, including requiring them to bathe and to gather for daily Bible readings. And throughout the entire adventure, all she wants is to be reunited with her former pirate captain husband, who believes she is dead. Another thrilling adventure/romance from MaryLu Tyndall, leaving me anxiously waiting for book number three of this excellent series!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 8, 2007

    Another Winner!

    MaryLu Tyndall has done it again. I adored her debut novel, The Redemption, and feared no sequel could do it justice. My fears were unfounded. The Reliance pulled me back into the Carribean world of pirates and privateers, rakes and rogues with the inexhorable force of the tides. The characters run a gamut of emotions that left me breathless. Battle scenes in which you smelled the gunpowder and tasted the fear, coupled with the clear workings of God's Spirit in the hearts of the cast make this an exciting book that leaves you satisfied on all counts. This is one of those books where you become so engrossed, you're actually breathing the same Carribean air as the characters and living their exploits.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 13, 2007

    Swashbuckling Adventure

    Can I admit up front that I am not a pirate fan. I endured Pirates of the Caribbean. Not my cup of tea by a long shot. But MaryLu Tyndall has crafted a story that I could not put down. It didn't matter that pirates were the center of the story. In fact I think I liked it even more because of the unique setting and time period. The Reliance is a swashbuckler of the first order. Open the book and you will step back in time to 1668 and the Caribbean. You can almost smell the mixed aroma of fresh sea air colliding with unwashed bodies and the stench of below-decks. A nemesis from Captain Merrick's past rises up to destroy Merrick by making him believe Charlisse is dead. The rest of the book is spent with the twists and turns of the two dealing with the results of this trickery. Charlisse leans deeper into God, while voices whisper that He too has abandoned her. Merrick plunges back into his old ways as he battles with God about what has happened. I won't say more because the plot and writing will pull you through this book. Charlisse's character development was believable, reactions were real, and I cared deeply about what happened to her. Merrick was a bit more of a ... pirate... but I still wanted to see him reach a place of growth and acceptance. The setting was rich, the language piraty without being annoying, and it made this non-pirate really enjoy the book.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 17, 2007

    Yo-ho-ho and a Bottle of Rum for Tyndall

    Author MaryLu Tyndall broadsides the reader with a rip-roaring adventure on the stormy Caribbean. It¿s all here, from walking-the-plank to rat-infested ship holds, while interspersed throughout with love, devotion and duplicity. It¿s a given that handsome and brave Captain Merrick is my favorite male character, but a close second goes to his first-mate Sloane. A crusty curmudgeon, he¿s got a heart as big as the sea. His care and protection of Charlisse in Merrick¿s absence is admirable, and his conversion toward the end could make a grown pirate cry. Many new characters are introduced, but the heart of the story is the faith journey of Charlisse and Merrick. Charlisse¿s new faith catches wind and sails in the midst of tragic events. Merrick¿s trust in God plunges to murky depths so gloomy, the reader wonders whether he¿ll drown in his doubts. I must admit to being nervous when embarking on The Reliance since my heart had already been kidnapped by Tyndall¿s first book, The Redemption. But before the end of chapter one, I¿d been reeled in. Tyndall is a master of character development and rope-dangling scene endings. Once you begin reading, your everyday life will be thrown in the hold until the last page. Five stars, ten yo-ho-ho¿s and a bottle of rum for Tyndall¿s masterpiece, The Reliance. My only concern is how she¿ll be able to top this with the third and last book in the series due out later this year. Don¿t get stranded ashore and miss the adventure. Set sail for the nearest bookstore and capture this treasure!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 18, 2006

    Terrific Sequel!

    M.L.Tyndall has done what many authors haven't been able to deliver: a sequel which is, in my opinion, even better than the first book in the series - and I thought The Redemption was good, too! We follow Merrick and Charlisse as they endure sorrows, fears, and crises of faith. They change and evolve, as any married couple would - though in this case their changes are truly amazing to watch as you turn the pages. I couldn't put this book down until it was finished, and it's one I hugely recommend.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    great high seas Christian romantic suspense thriller

    In 1668 in the Caribbean, former pirate Captain Edmund Merrick continues to spread the word of the Lord amongst his former associates. However, he has also found happiness with Lady Charlisse who he and his crew saved three years ago and has since married using Porto Bello, Panama as his current base of redemption operation. When the fort is attacked by an unknown emery Merrick goes out to learn what is happening leaving Charlisse with their host Don Diego de Acala for her safety though she objects. However Don Diego¿s hacienda is attacked when Merrick returns he thinks his beloved died and blames himself because he chose duty to the King and ¿abandoned¿ her. --- Unbeknownst to the grieving guilt racked ex pirate is the fact that his high seas enemy Captain Kent Carlton and the crew of the Vanquisher abducted her. Feeling God let him down and refusing to behave like a sparrow, the hawkish Merrick denounces his born again credo with a plan to revenge the death of his beloved by killing Carlton and his crew even if that means going to hell to achieve his objective. --- Readers will see how ¿soft¿ Edmund¿s belief in Jesus is when he faces adversity with the ¿death¿ of his beloved thus the audience will wonder whether he can be redeemed regardless of whether he saves Charlisse or not. The action-packed story line is fast-paced but carries a terrific inspirational message on REDEMPTION. Though readers would be better off first perusing the Legacy of the King's Pirates book 1, THE REDEMPTION as there are several major references to those earlier events, Mary Lou Tyndall provides a great high seas Christian romantic suspense thriller. --- Harriet Klausner

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  • Posted October 23, 2014

    The Reliance is the continuing story of Charlisse and Edmund Mer

    The Reliance is the continuing story of Charlisse and Edmund Merrick. Three years after their marriage, they find themselves in the middle of an attack upon the city in which they are staying. As they run for their lives, a momentary diversion causes them to become separated and in the end, Merrick believes his wife to be dead. Feeling that God has let him down, he turns his back on Him and returns to his old ways, albeit to a lesser degree. While Merrick’s old life threatens to consume him, Charlisse is faced with imprisonment from her husband’s arch enemy, former first mate Kent Carlton. She vows to escape the fierce pirate captain as soon as she can and go in search of her husband. But will what she finds bring her joy or break her heart? In another masterful swash-buckling tale, MaryLu Tyndall shows how God can heal a broken heart.

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