Charity's Cross

Charity's Cross

by MaryLu Tyndall

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Charity's Cross by MaryLu Tyndall

Inspirational Readers Choice Award Winner and Christy Finalist, MaryLu Tyndall's newest release doesn't disappoint!

Suspected of killing her husband, Charity Westcott flees on the first ship out of Portsmouth, England heading for the colonies. Loathing all men after her abusive marriage, she hopes to reunite with her family in Charles Towne, but the ship's destination is Nassau. When she spots her husband's brother, who is intent on seeing her hang, boarding her ship, she jumps overboard.

Elias Dutton, missionary and son of the famous pirate, Rowan Dutton, must get to Barbados as soon as possible. His sister is in danger, and his parents have charged him with her safety. He cannot let them down--again. But after rescuing a madcap woman from the bay, he now finds himself tricked into masquerading as her husband so they both can procure passage to Barbados.

Pirates, storms, shipwreck and betrayal threaten to delay the couple in their journey even as sparks fly between them. With her brother-in-law in fast pursuit, the last thing Charity wants is help from a man, especially a religious one, but she has no choice. After Elias' heart was broken by a sordid woman who nearly ruined his life, he seeks a godly woman pure as the virgin sands of the Caribbean. He believes he has found such a woman in Charity. Until he discovers she is a murderer and is now faced with two choices: letting her go or turning her in to the authorities.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940158444135
Publisher: MaryLu Tyndall
Publication date: 02/01/2016
Series: Charles Towne Belles , #4
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 328
Sales rank: 219,841
File size: 6 MB

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Charity's Cross 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 28 reviews.
CinnamonG More than 1 year ago
After enduring a horribly abusive marriage, Lady Charity Villemont nee Westcott is now being pursued across the Atlantic by her brother-in-law as her husband’s murderer. After several close calls, she ends up jumping into the sea at a port to avoid capture, and her struggles in the water draw the attention of preacher-sailor Elias Dutton. Unable to resist rescuing a maiden in distress, Elias dives into the water and swims Charity to safety, which only begins an ongoing struggle between the two as she seeks to be independent and lands herself into trouble, and he jumps in to saver her, only to be rebuffed as she tries to keep him at a distance. Elias’ primary concern, though, is to reach his sister whose plantation is in danger. When he learns Charity also longs to be reunited with her family, he finds his attraction to her grow. Charity on the other hand is not willing to put herself into another dangerous situation with a man, so she battles her own feelings for him even as he tries to help her home. As the pair begin to let down their guard, lies, secrets, dangers, and Charity’s brother-in-law threaten to separate them forever. Soon their only hope is faith in God and acceptance of and repentance for their past sins. Still, change can be difficult, and Elias clings to his own guilt even as Charity rails at God for her suffering. In the end, will they be able to lay the blame where it belongs and accept God’s forgiveness and his will? Note: This story is technically a continuation of the Charles Towne Belle series because it tells the story of the fourth Westcott sister, and there are also strong connections to the Legacy of the Pirates series as well. However, this does not detract from this novel’s ability to be read and enjoyed on its own. Still, you might find yourself wanting to read the others! And for those readers who have read MaryLu Tyndall’s other books, the connections are very fun to read, and there is one pleasurable scene full of familiar faces ;)
AngiOakley More than 1 year ago
MaryLu Tyndall continues to amaze me with every book she writes. I always wonder how she’ll top the last book, and yet, somehow, she manages to do it every time. “Charity’s Cross” is no exception. The fourth book in the “Charles Towne Belles” series, this is the story of Charity Wescott, the eldest of the Wescott sisters. If there’s one thing that Charity has learned, it’s that men can’t be trusted. Especially the handsome Elias Dutton. When Elias continuously tries to keep her safe, she realizes she can’t trust her traitorous heart either. Only she doesn’t want to be beholden to any man, including Elias. “Charity’s Cross” comes packed with a redemptive message and is filled with danger, adventure, and of course romance. Ms. Tyndall also tucked a little surprise in the story which was sheer delight for this reader. Definitely another winner! *Disclosure of Material Connection: I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention/review it on my blog. I was not required to give a positive review, only my honest opinion - which I've done. All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own and I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.*
SusanSnodgrassBookworm More than 1 year ago
have read all MaryLu Tyndall's books and loved them. She always includes such a strong dose of spirituality and sometimes spiritual warfare, which I love and applaud her for doing so. She writes a mean pirate tale, too. This one is an addition to her Charlestowne Belles series, introducing us to the eldest Wescott daughter, Charity. Charity has married a man despite strong warnings from all her family. She soon learns that everyone was right. Now she must pay the consequences. We then meet Elias Dutton, son of pirate Rowan Dutton and Juliana, whom we met in The Ransom. Elias is also a preacher when he's not out pirating and privateering. Oh, but it is good to be back on the open seas with Tyndall. She writes so convincingly that I swear I could feel the salt spray of the sea in my face! Her verbiage is spot on and exciting, too! I was just overcome with joy to be reading another one of her wonderful books!!! Glorious! There is always much excitement in a MaryLu Tyndall book and the reader has a hard time putting the book down. I read it in a day! There is always a wonderful spiritual theme throughout her books also. We learn here that God has a purpose for our lives and not all the bad things that happen to us are His fault. In fact, none of them are. We would have a much better time of things if we put all decisions in our lives to be a matter of prayer. However, God does indeed redeem our bad decisions and gives us more chances. What a wonderful God we serve! I loved this book so much and really hated for it to end. Now I must wait for another! *I received this book for free in the hope I would review it honestly. I was not required to give a positive review, only my honest opinion, which I have done. All thoughts expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255.
TamaraTilley More than 1 year ago
Another high seas adventure you won’t want to miss from award-winning author MaryLu Tyndall. Charity Westcott’s only desire is to be free. After suffering years at the hand of an abusive, controlling husband, she finds herself running for her life. Accused of murdering her husband, and with her brother-in-law bent on seeing her put to death for his murder, she flees England, hoping to be reunited with her family in Charles Towne. But, when her brother-in-law is waiting for her at the next port, she persuades Elais Dutton to pose as her husband so she can make passage on a ship leaving for Barbados. Not trusting Elais in the least—or any man for that matter—Charity tolerates the man’s questions and counsel only because she needs his help. Elias Dutton is an enigma. He claims he is a preacher but also proves his skills as a ship’s captain, and admits to being the son of a pirate. He desperately needs to make his way to Barbados in order to insure the safety of his sister. When he sees a woman fall overboard he rescues her and then somehow finds himself posing as her husband. He doesn’t know what to make of Charity Westcott, but is sure there is much she is keeping from him. When he finds himself rescuing Charity once again from the clutches of a notorious pirate, he must kidnap her just to insure her safety. And that isn’t the last time that Elias must come to her aid. Charity doesn’t want to like, let alone trust Elias Dutton. He is a man, and even if he proclaims to being a preacher, Charity knows firsthand that men of the cloth are no better than the vile men Elias has rescued her from. But, when Elias continues to put her safety above his own she can’t help but feel he is somehow different from any man she has ever known. But knowing Elias to be a man of such honor only solidifies in her heart that he could never accept a woman such as herself. She has lied to him from the start. Lies that are most definitely too monumental for him to forgive. I loved the characters in CHARITY’S CROSS. Charity has a penchant for trouble, but Elias has a way of always smoothing out her predicaments. Charity has more than just physical scars, but Elias knows the peace she is searching for is within her grasp if she will only trust him and God. Charity is a spitfire that you sometimes want to rattle to her senses, and Elias makes for a great hero—genuine yet not perfect. The secondary characters add to the life of the story, and I enjoyed the way Ms. Tyndall wove characters in from not only the Charles Towne Belles series, but her Redemption series as well. I have been a fan for years and I have yet to be disappointed by any of MaryLu’s books. A must read for those who like romance bookended with adventure and suspense. Disclosure of Material Connection: I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention/review it on my blog. I was not required to give a positive review, only my honest opinion - which I've done. All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own and I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.
Shoni More than 1 year ago
Charity Westcott is on the run after murdering her abusive husband. She desires nothing more than to go to her family in Charles Towne and forget the life she left behind. However, her brother-in-law is determined to chase her down and bring her to justice. Elias Dutton has always felt the need to be the protector of his family and to save the lost as God has called him. When he saves Charity from nearly drowning, he desires to protect the feisty, independent woman. However, a woman from his past has made him cautious to trust women and Charity is definitely hiding something. As Charity and Elias navigate the Caribbean Seas, will they both learn to forgive and open their hearts to God and one another? Such a fantastic story! I love how MaryLu merges her two series, Legacy of the King's Pirates and Charles Townes Belles, together. We get to meet new characters and catch up with old favorites. The story has well developed characters, is told from both Elias and Charity's perspective, has some violence, no sexual content other than a kiss, and has well developed Biblical themes that can relate to us today. I loved this story, as I have all the others of MaryLu Tyndall's. If you are looking for a clean, fun, adventure/romance, then this book is definitely worth checking out (as is all her other books). *Disclosure of Material Connection: I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention/review it on my blog. I was not required to give a positive review, only my honest opinion - which I've done. All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own and I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.*
BrittanyMc More than 1 year ago
Charity's Cross was quite the action packed adventure! I really felt for poor Charity and all of the abuse she endured. I also was pretty frustrated with her for the first half of the book. Because of the abuse she suffered, both physically and emotionally, she did not trust any men and had no faith in God, whatsoever. I felt for her in that, however, she made some silly choices that put her in danger I began listening to this story last year, yet I had to set the book aside for a long while before I was ready to pick it up again. However, once I began listening to Charity and Elias' story a few days ago, I coudn't get enough! I guess I just needed to jump back into it at the right time. Elias was a great hero! And the two of them together had such chemistry. This really is a beautiful story. Charity learns and grows so much by the end and her faith is solid and sure. It was beautiful to read about how she was able to finally see God's hand protecting her and helping her in certain situations. I received a complimentary copy of this book. All opinions are my own.
J_Augustine More than 1 year ago
Will their secrets tear them apart? Another swashbuckling tale of love and the high seas from MaryLu Tyndall! Charity's Cross had everything you could possibly want in a pirate story, even a few things you might not have thought of like true miracles. Every pirate story needs danger and romance, but also a villain, violent storms at sea, betrayal, sailors with wicked intentions, and of course the requisite handsome but flawed hero and beautiful but wounded heroine. *Sigh*, these are what the classic pirate tales, printed or on film, are made of. I have to admit that sometimes I found Rowan even more insufferable than Charity did. I really wondered just where he got off thinking that he could have such a checkered past, be forgiven and change, but the girl he would marry had to be completely perfect and untarnished. But, that, to me, is the sign of a good author. MaryLu Tyndall engaged my emotions and got me totally involved in the story. All in all Charity's Cross really is a tale of redemption, forgiveness, and grace. Don't miss MaryLu Tyndall's latest pirate tale! (I received a copy of this e-book from the author in exchange for my review. All opinions are my own.)
swimreadbreathe4JC More than 1 year ago
"Charity's Cross" by MaryLu Tyndall is the "fourth" book in the Charles Towne Belles series. This was a really fun read because I've read a lot of MaryLu Tyndall's books, and so I recognized characters from a lot of her other books. She combines the characters from the previous three Charles Towne Belles books and integrates them into the heroine's history, but also takes many, many characters from her Legacy of the King's Pirates series to add to the hero's background. Charity Wescott Villemont has suffered under the thumb of her abusive husband long enough. She didn't listen to her father or sisters' warnings not to marry him, and now her family has sailed off to America, leaving her in England. Well, she's had enough. Oh, it was an accident, of course--she never meant to shoot him. But now he's dead, and she's on the run for her life from her late husband's brother who wants her hung. She figures she may as well sail for Charles Towne and meet up with her family, but she doesn't anticipate how hard it will be to book passage as a single female, nor how far her brother-in-law will chase after her. Elias Dutton, son of Morgan and Rowan Dutton, happens along Charity on her journey to freedom when she jumps overboard. The unlikely relationship that ensues between them was unique, but fun to read. I loved how their chemistry was strong, but their commitments kept them focused on other things; Elias, to help his sister; and Charity, to reach hers. Eventually, through their journey together, will they find that they need each other? Will Charity and Elias learn to trust again? I really liked this book. The plot was good and the resolution didn't seem to come too quickly for me, as other books have done. This one seemed realistic. I also liked the characters; I connected with them and found that they didn't seem like the author was just trying to push her luck and squeeze as many stories out of the same characters' families as possible. No, these characters had original personalities and dialogue, and I really enjoyed it. Thank you so much to the author for providing me with a copy of this book to review. *Disclosure of Material Connection: I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention/review it on my blog. I was not required to give a positive review, only my honest opinion - which I've done. All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own and I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.*
Bren-H-7 More than 1 year ago
“CHARITY’S CROSS” (Charles Towne Belles Series, Book 4) She’s done it again .... MaryLu Tyndall, award-winning and best-selling inspirational Author, has written and just published this newest book (February, 2016). In her well-known style of adventurous and romantic stories, MaryLu also teaches deep, spiritual truths. This swashbuckling tale embodies – pirates, storms, shipwrecks, betrayal, romantic sparks, and God’s love. Filled with -- action, drama, humour, heartbreak, mistrust, hidden secrets, and much more. And although this is Book 4 of the Series, it can also be read as a stand-alone. Heroine Charity Westcott, married to Lord Villemont ... has just been accused of killing him. She escapes from her new home in Portsmouth, England aboard a ship, heading for the Colonies. Hoping to reunite with her family in Charles Towne, whom she misses dearly. But the brother-in-law Charles Villemont is in hot pursuit, wanting to bring her back to England to see her hanged for murder. Elias Dutton (hero), pirate-turned-preacher ... must get to Barbados immediately, to help his sister who is in danger. But after rescuing a madcap woman from the Bay (Charity), he finds himself ‘tricked’ into masquerading as her husband, so they can both procure passage to Barbados. After her abusive marriage, Charity trusts NO ONE ... especially not a man, and not a preaching man. Elias is non-trusting of females, after an old flame had broken his heart and betrayed him, plus, he blames himself for a sibling who had suffered a serious accident. Charity – seems to ‘need’ to prove her independence, but also believes she can never be forgiven and that God has forgotten her. Elias – ‘needs’ to prove he is ‘the lone ranger’ (so to speak) ... and must save “everyone”, whether it be a spiritual-saving, or, a physical-rescue. Both main characters absolutely need to forgive their own selves for failures in the past, realize they are only ‘human’, and to allow ‘God to be God’. Does Charles Villemont who is bent on revenge and justice for his deceased brother, capture Charity and return her to England for trial ? Will she ever see her family again, and ‘will’ they accept her back ? Will Elias and Charity be able to reconcile ? Will they seek God’s forgiveness, turn to Him, and trust in Him ? You will just have to read this exciting novel to learn the answers. I give this novel “5+ stars” !!! Well done, once again ... MaryLu ! (* If interested: Book 1-- “The Red Siren”; Book 2 --“The Blue Enchantress”; Book 3 – “The Raven Saint” ... all written by MaryLu Tyndall.) Brenda Hurley
Virginiaw More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this book. This is part of a series but you don't need to have read any of the others to enjoy this story. I really liked the characters. This was funny and serious. Charity and Elias were so fun together. Murder is of course wrong but sometimes there are extenuating circumstances such as what happened in this story. There are many wrists and turns and even pirates and storms on the high seas. Keep these books coming. I received an ebook copy of this story from CelebrateLit for a fair and honest opinion.
VicG More than 1 year ago
MaryLu Tyndall in her new book, “Charity’s Cross” Book Four in the Charles Towne Belles series published by Ransom Press introduces us to Charity Westcott. From the back cover: Suspected of killing her husband, Charity Westcott flees on the first ship out of Portsmouth, England heading for the colonies. Loathing all men after her abusive marriage, she hopes to reunite with her family in Charles Towne, but she ends up in Nassau. When she spots her husband’s brother, who is intent on seeing her hang, boarding her ship, she jumps overboard. Elias Dutton, pirate turned preacher and son of the famous pirate, Rowan Dutton, must get to Barbados as soon as possible. His sister is in danger, and his parents have charged him with her safety. He cannot let them down–again. But after rescuing a madcap woman from the bay, he now finds himself tricked into masquerading as her husband so they both can procure passage to Barbados. Pirates, storms, shipwreck and betrayal threaten to delay the couple in their journey even as sparks fly between them. With her brother-in-law in fast pursuit, the last thing Charity wants is help from a man, especially a religious one, but she has no choice. After Elias’ heart was broken by a sordid woman who nearly ruined his life, he seeks a godly woman pure as the virgin sands of the Caribbean. He believes he has found such a woman in Charity. Until he discovers she is a murderer and is now faced with two choices: letting her go or turning her in to the authorities. I have to say that MaryLu Tyndall really knows how to tell a story. The death happens on page one and that is where the story begins. Charity is on the run because Charles, her husband’s brother, wants to see her hang. She joins up with Elias Dutton and that is when things really get interesting. These two have to learn how to live with one another in order just to stay alive. Elias is a preacher as well as a pirate. Charity has no money, no anything really and is totally needy of Elias even though she doesn’t want to admit it. All of the elements of high adventure are here: on land there is treachery and betrayal, on the sea there is action, adventure, suspense, swordplay as well as bravery and honor. Then just to make it more interesting Ms. Tyndall gave us a romance. The highlight of this book is faith. It is Elias, and his belief in God, that will keep them both alive so that God can fulfill His purpose. There is a lot going on in “Charity’s Cross” which is good because it keeps you interested and flipping pages as fast as you can read. Don’t start this book late at night because it will be very difficult to put it down or stop thinking about it. I recommend this book highly and am greatly looking forward to the next book from this highly talented author. If you missed the interview for “Surrender The Heart” or the sequel, “Surrender The Night” and would like to listen to it and/or would like to hear the previous interviews where we discussed this and another series please go to www.kingdomhighlights.org where they are available On Demand. Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Ransom Press. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”
Baranski1987 More than 1 year ago
What an amazing romantic adventure on those swashbuckling high seas. This is a historic romance that you won’t soon forget. A story that deals with faith, trust, hope and love. I love that there is such strong faith though out this story. Be sure to order your copy of Charity’s Cross today. 5 stars! I received a copy of this book for my honest review.
Heidi_Reads More than 1 year ago
Non-stop action. Epic setting. Dynamic characters. This book reminded me of Pirates of the Caribbean, but with a spiritual thread and a damaged main character. The abuse Charity endured at the hands of her husband completely demolishes her faith and trust in men. Elias demonstrates over and over his kindness and goodness, and it was frustrating how blind she was to his character. I loved that his protectiveness took priority over everything, including his attraction to her. She has a strength and tenacity, even in her desperation, that draws him to her despite her repeated rejection. I thoroughly enjoyed the adventure of this book... even with Charity's overuse of the exclamation "Vapors!" ;) (Thank you to Celebrate Lit Publicity for a copy of the book in exchange for my honest review)
DKStevens119 More than 1 year ago
This book starts off with a BANG! ! First page, Charity shoots her husband and then runs for her life! I am always amazed with all the action MaryLu Tyndall puts on each page. Charity ends up being saved by a preacher who turns out to also be a ex-pirate and we sail off on his ship into many danger times on the high seas of the Caribbean. Elias Dutton has fallen for this madcap woman and has taken it as his duty to see her back to her family and, hopefully get her to fall in love with him before the journey is over. But, even though she feels something for Elias, Charity has had enough of men. She has decided they are all as abusive as her husband was and not to be trusted. Charity has been through enough abuse, suffering and loss, that all she wants is her freedom and to return to her family. What a time these two have as she keeps running and he keeps saving! Swashbuckling pirates, uncivilized natives in a dangerous jungle and an angry brother-in-law after them make for a page turner I was wanting to go on and on!
Charity_Andrews More than 1 year ago
Charity’s Cross is book four in the Charles Towne Belles series and it’s just as fabulous as the others! MaryLu is absolutely one of my favorite authors. Her books were some of the first I started reading in the Christian Fiction genre. Her stories are always fun stories full of pirates, passion and faith. The book starts out saying, “Charity killed her husband.” and so began an adventurous story. As she is on the run after killing her husband in self defense, she meets a preacher named Elias. They travel together, under a set of strange circumstances, causing love to bloom. When he learns of her past, what will he do? Always full of hard issues, deep faith and heart-stopping action. I love this author and her love for God. It spills over into her books in such a special way!! I highly recommend you picking up a copy! Thank you, MaryLu, for this awesome book in exchange for my review! As always, this is my honest opinion. Here’s to many more!!
SailinRae More than 1 year ago
I loved how she went back and did Charity's Story!! She was always the sister you heard about in the other books. She was married, had money and seemed to be well set and the happy sister. Boy was that wrong!!! In Charity's Cross you get to become familiar with how Charity's husband had been treating her for all those years. What all she had to endure in her young life. When she has the opportunity to escape and see her sisters she takes it without looking back! Swearing off men Charity jumps on a ship to find her father and sisters. Elias Dutton, one of my favorite things about him, is that he ties in from another one of Marylu's stories! I love how she does this!!! (when you read the book you will understand) He is a man from a past that has tried to stay on the right and narrow ever since his big 'mistake' as a young man. But he just can't help himself when it comes to saving beautiful damsels in distress. He rescues Ms. Charity from the waters and proceeds to help her make her way to her family...but it's not without difficulties along the way. From Spies on the inside, and waring of feelings in his heart, Will Elias ever get Charity to the colonies? And will Charity's precious secret threaten all she has come to hold dear? This is a great book that you can either read as part of the series (which I recommend because it is that good!) or you can read it as a stand alone. Either way, READ IT! *Disclaimer: I received this book in hopes of my reviewing on public sites. I was told to give my honest opinion of the book. everything in this review is of my opinion and was written by my choice.
BMace More than 1 year ago
Review Wow! MaryLu Tyndall has done it again. She has created characters that you love to love and certainly those you love to hate. The choices one makes in their life can affect many things or even everything. Such is where we find our heroine, Charity. Afraid of being left a spinster, she marries the wrong man. Probably not her first bad choice, but certainly one that affects the rest of her life. After repeated abuse, she finds herself in the unfortunate position of being suspected of murdering this husband. Her second choice lead her to ship and the rest of the story. The author is known for her love of the sea and all things pirate. This book does not disappoint. Her attention to detail is obvious and allows you, the reader, to feel the rocking of the ship and the terror of a gale. Charity's last choice in the story leads to redemption for herself and for those around her. Don't miss this story that is hard to put down until finished!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a high sea adventure filled with pirates, danger, battles and strong inspirational themes woven through the book. Lady Charity flees England and pays a passage on a ship after being accused of murdering her husband. Her brother in-law is now chasing and demanding justice from her. She is rescued by Elias Dutton(a godly man) Well-paced book with well rounded individuals. Inspirational message of repentance and realizing we should rely on God and not ourselves.
Bookworm_Debbie More than 1 year ago
A riveting historical romance! Even though this book in the fourth one in a series, you don’t have to read the others to thoroughly enjoy this one. I loved finding out Charity Westcott’s story. She is a wonderfully well-developed character who has faced horrible hardship and tragedy during her marriage to Lord Villemont. Her experience with organized clergy has left her blaming God for all that has befallen her. Elias Dutton is an incredible character also. He blames himself for another’s accident. He loves the Lord and is focused on helping others and teaching them about God and His love for them. The action in this story is fantastic. There is an incredible description of a sea battle with pirates. This is one of the signature aspects of MaryLu’s books and I always enjoy reading them. Both Charity and Elias have a lot that they needed to learn and grow in. It was great to read through their journey as they face up to the fact that there isn’t always a neat and tidy box to check off and say, “this person, or God, is to blame” for this tragedy. They also had to learn more about trusting God with the difficult things. He is the one that can bring good out of bad. As they were being directed to God by strong, trustworthy friends, I was being reminded of the same things that they were. I received a free eBook copy of this novel from the author in exchange for my honest opinion.
FictionFanatic1 More than 1 year ago
Charity’s Cross Marylu Tyndall has created another fabulous story that is sure to captivate readers. With incredibly beautiful imagery and fast-paced adventure, she pens the story of a woman on the run—a woman who frequently finds herself in trouble. A woman who has never known true love. Elias Dutton is a near perfect hero whom you can’t help falling in love with. A preacher/privateer—the son of a reformed pirate—he sails the Caribbean helping anyone he can and sharing God’s love. And yet, he has a few surprising secrets of his own. Something else I loved about this book is that we got a glimpse of Charity’s sisters, the three heroines in the Charlestown Belles series. Relatives of the hero from some of Tyndall’s other books were also mentioned. It was interesting to see how the families and stories tied together. Lastly, many readers will relate to the faith messages in Charity’s Cross—that we try to control our own destiny instead of yielding to the incredible plan God’s for us. Charity’s Cross is sure to keep you engrossed for hours, make you bite your fingernails at several points, make you smile, and leave you filled with satisfaction. I was given a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
MrsTina42MR More than 1 year ago
Charity's Cross***** by MaryLu Tyndall Portsmouth, England...Charity Westcott's abusive husband—Lord Herbert Villemont—is dead. It was an accident, but who will believe her? With the help of Sophie, her ladies maid, she packs what she can throw into a valise, her jewels and some money. She must get out of England on the fastest ship she can find. Thus begins her journey toward freedom....to the colonies—to reunite with her family in Charles Towne—but the ship’s destination is Nassau. Eight miserable weeks aboard the Neptune, they finally reach Nassau only to spot her husband’s brother, Charles, who is intent on seeing her hang, boarding her ship....frantic, she jumps overboard. On arriving in Nassau, Elias Dutton—former pirate turned preacher and son of the once infamous pirate Rowan Dutton—breathes deeply and glances out across the harbor. He must procure passage on another ship heading to Barbados immediately, where his sister Rose lives. Her husband, Duncan is away and she is in danger and needs Elias' aid. A flash of fabric catches his eye, a woman falls off the ship! Elias dives in to save her and ends up masquerading as her husband to procure passage to Barbados for both of them. We met Charity—one of the sisters in the Charles Towne Belle series (the 4th book in the series) and catch up with her on her journey to freedom....and what a journey is it. She doesn't trust any man, especially a religious one such as Elias, however finds herself drawn to him. It is clear Elias is fighting his own attraction to Charity but he must guard his heart. Their journey is anything but a quiet one—an adventure on the high seas awash with dangers....they encounter pirates, shipwreck, dangerous jungles with uncivilized natives and betrayal. The story-line has unexpected twists and turns—and unexpected surprises, forgiveness—even of themselves, redemption and humorous moments that had me chuckling, faith and love. Both Charity and Elias keep their secrets buried deep, but at what cost? I love the spiritual theme woven through the story, revealing God's great love for us. He does have a plan/purpose for our lives—bad things are not His fault, but He can—and does—redeem as Charity learns and her faith grows. I love we revisit some of the characters from the other books and catch up a bit on their lives. Charity's Cross is an amazing story that kept me reading just one more chapter and then one more chapter. I did not want to put it down until I finished. ~I received an e-copy of this book from the author for my honest review~
eupton More than 1 year ago
Faith, Hope and Grace Wescott are the heroines in the Charles Towne Belles series by MaryLu Tyndall. Another sister stayed behind in England was mentioned briefly in the series. Charity Wescott married Lord Villemont, a man who beat and abuse her. It is now time that Charity's story is told. Charity has lost her faith in God as her cruel and abusing husband would quote from God's book and then torture her. Time and time again Charity would make wrong choices , and in her ordeals she began to doubt that she was good enough for anyone , including God. A tragic accident causes Charity to escape and board a ship heading towards the Colonies. Her plan is to find her father and her sisters. Now you know a handsome hero will be on this ship, not only is Elias Dutton handsome, he is a preacher and also a pirate from a well known Pirate family that finds their way into many of MaryLu's other series. Life on the high seas aboard a ship, with a handsome man and ship's trying to overtake them, leads to so many moments of quickly reading to find out who wins the fight and who wins the beautiful girl. I love the message that MaryLu puts into this amazing book. The words of how each one of us can and do make wrong choices in our lives. Not the one God has for us---but we do it our way and the consequences are ours to bear. I love how Charity discovered the true meaning of the Cross. What I didn't like was --how it ended. I wanted it to go on. I wanted so much to read that the Heros of all the Wescott women--boarded their own ships and set sail on the turbulent waters of the high seas-- seeking the adventurous life that only MaryLu Tyndall can put down on each of the pages that we devour. I received this book to read and write a review in my own words and this I did.
JoyGirl16 More than 1 year ago
I loved Charity’s Cross because it tied both the Charles Towne Belles series and the Legacy of the King’s Pirates series together and made me want to read those books again. This book could be read as a stand-alone, but you will want to read the other if you haven’t yet! The Red Siren, which is the first book in the Charles Towne Belles series, was the first book I read by Mary Lu Tyndall. After that book, I fell in love with her stories on the sea, especially the two series that I mentioned above! This book does not disappoint. Charity’s Cross has a prevailing theme. There is romance, a chase, storms on the ship, and the opportunity for a new life. But there are also betrayals, deceptions, and a lot of blame. Charity most definitely has a cross to bear. So many of the characters felt the need to blame someone, whether it was themselves or someone else or God… I think we can relate to that. It is much easier to blame someone/something than finding the reason for the blame, or seeking forgiveness. After realizing that there was so much blame going around, Elias, one of the main characters thinks, “Wasn’t it just like human nature to want someone to blame for life’s tragedies? Someone on whom to enact revenge.” He sees so many lies and betrayals and yearns for them to stop and for there to be truth. Lastly, we see how forgiveness can prevail. MaryLu does a great job of showing our humanness and ultimately how God’s love for us can overcome it all. This quote does a nice job of summing things up: “’We are all so flawed, we humans…We make mistakes every day, and we will make many more in our lifetime…How can I blame you for not trusting me…?’” ‘Tis no excuse…’ ‘Nay, but it is a reason. Besides, how can I not forgive you when God has forgiven me of so much?’” Forgiveness can cover all the blame, all the sin. If only we are willing… I believe you will find things you can relate to in this story. It has lessons to learn, but is fun in the telling. It is a great book to pick up if you have never read any of MaryLu’s in the past. If you have read her past books, you will love to see many of her stories come together. I highly recommended Charity’s Cross. *Disclosure of Material Connection: I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention/review it on my blog. I was not required to give a positive review, only my honest opinion - which I've done. All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own and I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.*¬¬
Espan_Rose More than 1 year ago
What an amazing novel by this wonderful author! Connecting not one, but TWO of her wonderful series, Legacy of the King’s Pirates and Charles Towne Belles, this story is both a wonderful stand-alone and a great connector of lovable characters. This tale follows Charity, on the run and yearning for a new start, who continues to run into Elias, a pirate-preacher from a long line of pirate-preachers, who just wants to help everyone. The characters grabbed me from the start and refused to let go. Charity just pulls at the heart strings, knowing how much suffering she’s had in her life, and you can’t help but admire her strength and tenacity, even while her refusal to accept help can get a bit annoying. Personally, I love a character that I can yell at for a bit; it makes it so much more satisfying watching them finally figure things out. And then there’s Elias, who has such a good heart and is so kind, a real knight-in-dented-armor hero, even when he has his moments of annoyance. I love the banter between them, the equality of them from the start, and watching him slowly woo and win her just melts the heart. And of course, it wouldn’t be a true MaryLu Tyndall pirate novel without heart pounding, high-seas battles, beautifully described exotic locales, and a touch of the miraculous. And to top it off, this story is immersed with a beautiful message of God’s mercy and love. Yet another success from this wonderful author, it is a story that I highly recommend for anyone looking for an adventure on the high seas, a romance to warm the heart, and a deep message that seeps into the soul. *Disclosure of Material Connection: I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention/review it on my blog. I was not required to give a positive review, only my honest opinion - which I've done. All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own and I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.*
Lynn_Mills More than 1 year ago
Excellent? Outstanding? Captivating? I simply can’t find one word to describe what I felt when I finished reading MaryLu Tyndall’s latest book, Charity’s Cross. I knew I would love it because it was set on the seas of the Caribbean and told the story of an ex-pirate turned preacher and a lady who was accused of, well, who actually did, commit murder. How would MaryLu handle such an interesting situation? You’ll have to read the book to find out, but I want to go ahead and tell you what I loved most about Charity’s Cross! The first thing that caught my attention when beginning this book was how it continued the story of so many of MaryLu’s other characters. It could easily be the fourth book in Tyndall’s “Charles Towne Belle” series and even a spin off from her “Legacy of the King’s Pirate” series as well. How? In “Charles Towne Belle” there was a fourth sister who stayed back in England, married to an abusive husband. That young lady, Charity Westcott Gregson or Lady Villemont, is our heroine in Charity’s Cross. If you read “The Reckoning” when it was released in 2015, you will meet Morgan and Rowan Dutton’s son, Elias, in this tale as well. That connection puts Charity’s Cross in a unique position – it bridges two series together in a way I will never forget. In fact, it fits both series’ so well it could be the fourth book in “Charles Towne Belle” and the sixth book in “Legacy of the King’s Pirates.” If you, like me, moan when your favorite series ends and you don’t know what will happen to the characters you fell in love with…well, one could keep themselves pretty happy if they read all nine of these books together.  The second thing I loved about this book was how the characters were so different from MaryLu’s other stories. The author is not one to repeat themes and situations in her books, but Charity’s story was so “fresh!” The plot of a pregnant murderess, a brother-in-law bent on seeing her hang and a preacher determined to protect (and maybe marry) her had me hooked from the first page. I was never bored and the ending had me sighing in satisfaction. It’s funny when, just a few chapters before the close you can be mentally screaming one thing and then completely change your mind when you see how the author ends the story. Ah! This brings me to the next topic, when Tyndall writes a book, the love and redemption of God shines from every page. Elias’s ship – The Restoration – hints at the spiritual theme hidden within the pages. Both Charity and Elias had problems they had to deal with in their life in order for them to be completely restored to the Lord. Elias had to forgive himself for the past (you’ll just have to read the book to find out what that means!) and Charity had to realize she was blaming God for decisions she made, even when He tried to rescue her from them later on. I think that both of those things are struggles many people deal with today on a daily basis; the solution given in this book is Biblical council that can be trusted and applied to anyone’s life. Yet, don’t think that the text is “preachy” or boring – trust me, it isn’t! MaryLu had me laughing and giggling with every chapter. Her humor is great, and most importantly, clean! “Charity’s Cross” has everything you want in a Historical Romance Novel – wit, a strong spiritual theme, dangerous plot, love and situations you’ll be staying up extra late to see how the character’s get out of. If you want something exciting,