Elusive Hope: Escape to Paradise (Book 2)

Elusive Hope: Escape to Paradise (Book 2)

by MaryLu Tyndall




Embark on an exotic adventure in Book 2 of the Escape to Paradise series from bestselling author MaryLu Tyndall. In the fledgling colony of New Hope, their friends struggle to create a Southern utopia in Brazil soon after the Civil War. But Hayden is seeking revenge—relentlessly. And Magnolia is seeking a way out—desperately. They both seek to use the other for their own purposes—deceptively. Falling in love was never part of their plans. . . .

Escape to Paradise Series:
Book 1 - Forsaken Dreams
Book 2 - Elusive Hope
Book 3 - Abandoned Memories - July 2014

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781616265977
Publisher: Barbour Publishing, Incorporated
Publication date: 11/01/2013
Series: Escape to Paradise Series , #2
Pages: 320
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

MaryLu Tyndall, a Christy Award finalist and bestselling author of the Legacy of the King’s Pirates series, is known for her adventurous historical romances filled with deep spiritual themes. She holds a degree in math and worked as a software engineer for fifteen years before testing the waters as a writer. MaryLu currently writes full time and makes her home on the California coast with her husband, six kids, and four cats. Her passion is to write page-turning, romantic adventures that not only entertain but open people’s eyes to their God-given potential. MaryLu is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers and Romance Writers of America.

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Elusive Hope: Escape to Paradise (Book 2) 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 72 reviews.
BrittanyMc More than 1 year ago
Elusive Hope is the second book in the Escape to Paradise series and features the characters that we met on the voyage to Brazil from the first novel, Forsaken Dreams. Hayden Gale and Magnolia Scott now take center stage as the main characters in this story. If you have read the first book in this series, Forsaken Dreams, then you know that Hayden and Magnolia are not sweet, kind, wonderful characters. Not at all! Hayden is a former con man bent on revenge and Magnolia is a self-absorbed young woman with a drinking problem! So, when an author takes on tricky characters like Hayden and Magnolia and makes them the main characters for the second book in a series, it can have the potential to create a very interesting story of change and growth, or just fail miserably. Well, I am happy to report that not only is this a very interesting and entertaining story, but it is also a deep story of personal change and growth for these characters that can only have been brought about by allowing God into their lives. The author paints amazingly vivid pictures of life in the Brazilian jungle and of a deep and disturbing evil that seems to be working to unnerve the new settlers. I really enjoyed this book. I liked seeing how Blake and Eliza were doing, as well as the continuing hints at a possible connection between Angeline and James. That is a relationship I am really anxious to read about! Looking forward to the next book already! (5 stars) I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing through NetGalley in exchange for my honest review, which I have given. Then, about the same time, I was blessed to win a copy on the author’s website.
StaceyNV More than 1 year ago
First of all, I would like to extend a heartfelt “Thank you” to MaryLuTyndall for having me as a member of her Motley Crew of Influencers and for sending me a copy of "Elusive Hope" to review for her. I am truly grateful for this generosity. I really appreciate the time, effort and expense it takes to make a reviewer copy available to me. MaryLu Tyndall’s “Elusive Hope” is an entertaining romantic adventure with a healthy dose of the supernatural. Magnolia wants to leave the Brazilian community of New Hope to return to civilization in the United States and the fiancé she left behind. Hayden is searching for his father to keep a promise made to his mother on her deathbed. Their paths lead them to journey together and discover a mutual attraction that must be denied for their missions to be completed. Meanwhile, the community of New Hope is experiencing its own set of problems. Mysterious visions are being seen by the citizens and an ancient temple steeped in evil has been discovered. Several members of the community are reunited with past acquaintances in the jungle. This novel has it all: action, romance, a suspenseful storyline, lush locales and fleshy characters. This novel had me praying through man’s tendency to look at outward appearances versus God’s examination of the heart.
BMace More than 1 year ago
Oh my - what a difficult book to set down! This second book in the Escape to Paradise series does not disappoint. Picking up with many of the main characters from 'Forsaken Dreams', the author brings many of their idiosyncrasies to light. From the incessant search for gold, to the ever present wish to return to Georgia, we learn more of what the settlers had to deal with when trying to make a new home in a totally new, and unsettled area. It was a never ending experience with creatures that are abundant, vegetation that seems to grow overnight, pirates that suddenly appear, and more. Dreams of what was, and dare I say, visions?, keep the reader on the edge of their seat. One can't help but wonder what will come next!  
Lynn_Mills More than 1 year ago
“Leaning over, he picked up his knife, still stuck in the snake’s head and held up the beast. Magnolia leapt back. ‘What are you going to do with that?’ Shoving aside the scraggly bush, Hayden headed back to camp. ‘Make dinner.’” The story of New Hope, a colony of American Southerners who sought to establish their own paradise in the jungles of Brazil after the Civil War, continues in Elusive Hope. This is the second book in the Escape To Paradise Series by Mary Lu Tyndall and within its pages we read of the romance between Magnolia Scott - a spirited belle from Georgia, and Hayden Gale - a con man who has devoted his life to finding the man who stole his mother’s life. Though these two make a peculiar couple, even more odd is the circumstances they find themselves in…hiking together through the jungle to Rio de Janeiro, alone. The scene above is just one of many humorous, yet, adventurous passages throughout the book. While Magnolia and Hayden are on their journey, back in New Hope the colony struggles with visions, a wayward member of the colony who refuses to leave an ancient temple and eventually, pirates! When I finished Forsaken Dreams (the first book in the series) earlier this year I couldn’t wait to see what was ahead for New Hope and all the characters that I had fallen in love with. Elusive Hope satisfied all my expectations and left me longing to know what happens next! I love a good adventure and this book is full of them! That’s one of the reasons why I gave this book five stars. No matter what character you’re with, something is happening. I really liked the special mirror that Magnolia had. Though it delved a little deeper into the “spirit realm,” I didn’t have a problem with that. It reminded me of the truths you see in allegories and fantasy, in the end, I was very glad this element was in the story! Another thing that always has me looking forward to Mary Lu’s books are the pirate scenes. Just when you think everything is going to be okay - a pirate shows up and crashes the party! Love it! Now, if you’re not a big fan of pirates, don’t let my enthusiasm frighten you off! The pirates weren’t a “large” part of the story, only a chapter or two, but I thoroughly enjoyed them and in the setting, you will too. There wasn’t a character I didn’t enjoy. In between scenes with Hayden and Magnolia the story would go back and “check up” on the rest of the colony and what happened with James, Graves, Angeline, Sarah and Mr. Dodd. By the end of the book I was just as anxious to see what was going to happen to them as well as Hayden and Magnolia. There’s another story there just begging to be told! That was another reason this is a five star book for me - I don’t have to debate within myself whether or not I’d be interested in the next book when it releases…I want, no, need to know what happens to the colony! (Yes, the ending was very, very mysterious and dramatic!) Five stars. A must read if you like romance and/or adventure. I highly recommend Elusive Hope!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a great sequel to Forsaken Dreams.  It highlights two of the characters introduced in Forsaken and tells their story as well as being a continuation of the original storyline. It's hard to put down so be prepared to read late at night!  The descriptions are graphic and the banter is funny. I kept thinking, "This would be a great movie!"  Now the hard part will be to wait for book 3 in this series.   You won't be disappointed and will be left both satisfied and on the edge of your seat!  The deeper teachings of these books are touching as characters struggle with self-worth and identity and struggles to overcome past mistakes. The hope is real and MaryLu does an extraordinary job of teaching about our great God of love and hope. Don't miss it!
JessieRe More than 1 year ago
I cannot put into words how much I enjoyed this book!!! I knew it would be a great book because I have yet to read a bad, or less than enjoyable book written by Ms. Tyndall (& I have read them all); but when I began reading Elusive Hope I had no idea to what extent I would enjoy it!!! Ms. Tyndall has an amazing talent for creating such loveable, colorful characters that you cannot help falling in love with!! Her creativity in this story just blows my mind!!!!! Each time I think she cannot get any better SHE DOES!!!  Having read the previous book in this series (Forsaken Dreams, which I highly recommend) I already knew a little about the main characters so I was greatly anticipating the story between Hayden & Magnolia.... Hayden Gale & Magnolia Scott come from two different worlds. Her's is one of luxury; his is one of poverty, depending on swindling to survive. They each have their own agenda and do all they can to get what they want, both using the other in the process. They set out on an adventure through the jungles of Brazil headed for the city of Rio De Jeaneiro and find eachother as well as themselves along the way. And just when you think the story is coming to an end, you are on another rollercoaster ride adventure. The spiritual warfare displayed throughout the entire book makes for an exciting turn of events as well, and each scene is filled with such raw emotion and spiritual truths as to speak to anyones heart! I don't know how she does it but Ms. Tyndall has out done herself once again with Elusive Hope!!! You will not go wrong in purchasing a copy of this adventure filled tale!!!!! 
sarahjmcbride More than 1 year ago
Wow! Let me just say, Elusive Hope was an awesome book to read. Hayden and Magnolia's story has been my favorite of all of MaryLu Tyndall's characters' so far, rivaled only by Alex and Rose (Surrender the Night). The story picks up a few months after the end of Forsaken Dreams, book one in MaryLu's Escape to Paradise series. It starts out with a few scary surprises, and continues to be exciting, riveting, and page-turning to the end. I really loved the parts with just Magnolia and Hayden. Their love-hate relationship is so sweet, sometimes sad, and often funny. Their journey (literally, emotionally, and spiritually) is so wonderfully written. Besides all that, there are plenty of spooky things going on in the jungle! I was actually so scared at one point that when my phone rang while I was reading, I jumped. I don't suggest reading this book when you're home alone at night. *Shiver.* But then, I get scared easily, so maybe it's just me. Haha ;) No matter what, I guarantee you'll LOVE Elusive Hope!! And I definitely suggest reading Forsaken Dreams first, if you haven't already.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Like with every book MaryLu Tyndall Elusive Hope was amazing. It got me from the start, a group of American trying to get away from the damage caused my the Civil War. Magnolia Scott has eveything she wants except for a father's love and all she wants is to go back to the state to be with her love. And there is the stowaway Hayden Gale hows heart is so full of revenge he can not think of anything else. When Magnolia and hayden are in the jungle they both discover things about themselves. As I was reading this book I related to Magnolia like very girl, all we want is to be excepted in societywith our fathers, but we are allnready excpted by one Greater God all mighty him self. The one who made us and loves us more than anything. I got all this through Elusive Hope this is a book every girl/women needs to read.
CoopTroop More than 1 year ago
Finally settled in Brazil in a colony named New Hope, everyone is trying to adjust to the new climate and culture away from the United States.  Magnolia Scott, born and raised up as a Southern Belle on a cotton plantation in Rosewell, Georgia, but now living in Brazil against her will by her father’s orders is trying to make her way through the Brazilin jungles to make her way back to the states to the life she once knew and was comfortable with.  Hayden Gale, a man mixed between a bad boy and a charmer, vows to find his good-for-nothing father who abandoned his mother and him at a very young year leaving his mother to perish. “Elusive Hope” is the second book to the series Escape to Paradise.  This story takes place in Brazil where the colony, New Hope, is trying to find hope in a brand new future of living, which they are finding things difficult to accomplish.  Magnolia is trying to find some hope where she can find a way back to states to be reunited to her fiancé when her parents took her away against her will to Brazil.  Then Hayden is on a desperate search in trying to have hope in finding his father after what he did to his mother, when he hears of news of his father was helping some colony in Brazil.  Dig into reading how Magnolia and Hayden get through their difficulty trails of what they are hoping for or if the two will put their utmost hope in God to where things will come much easier for them.  “Elusive Hope” is filled with many different kinds of adventure, darkness, deception, drama, laughter, love and romance to keep you wondering what is going to happen next or even if the characters are going to survive their new life in Brazil.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Reviewer Elva Martin Cobb Martin, President, American Christian Fiction Writers – South Carolina Chapter 12/28/13 MaryLu has done it again with Book 2, in her Escape to Paradise series, Elusive Hope. This exciting plot pulls the reader into an adventure full of twists and turns in the South American colony settled by distraught Southerners hoping to establish a utopia after the Civil War. What’s not to love about heroine Magnolia Scott and hero Hayden Gale? Both have enormous personal issues and phantoms of the past to overcome before love can burst into bloom, but the reader is drawn into pulling for each of them with gusto. Magnolia, uprooted from her pleasurable Southern plantation life by her stern father, battles homesickness, low self-esteem and an addiction to rum. She cannot think of love or a God who seems to have abandoned her. Hayden lives, breathes, and dreams nothing but revenge against his swindler father who abandoned him and his mother when Hayden was a child. He also knows he has become very much like the man he hates. Love and faith have no place in his goals. But romance does bloom between these two in the midst of a steamy tropical forest full of snakes, spiders and demonic apparitions after Magnolia attaches herself to Hayden thinking he’ll help her escape to Rio de Janeiro and to passage on a ship back home. The haughty southern girl and proud, savvy swindler meet their matches in each other. Both of their dreams, his to get revenge on his father, hers to get back home, keep tantalizing but eluding them with every new plan they concoct. No one but MaryLu Tyndale could write such romantic scenes in a sweltering, dangerous, bug-infested jungle in Brazil and then draw all the story threads together, including spiritual renewal and deliverance, into a surprising and satisfying ending.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Oh my goodness. What a ride. The first book was great, this one was even better. I can't wait for the third one. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is filled with mystery, adventure, and love. It will keep your attention right to the end.
AngiOakley More than 1 year ago
I love MaryLu Tyndall’s books! From beginning to end, she keeps you wanting to turn each page, wondering what will happen next. Elusive Hope is no different. From the first page to the last, this story, based on an actual historical event, is the continuing saga of the southern colonists who sailed to Brazil to begin a new life, post-Civil War. Magnolia Scott is a spoiled southern belle, who detests that her parents forced her to move to the jungles of Brazil after losing everything they owned. She will do anything she can to get back to the states and to her fiancé, even if it means following the one man she absolutely can’t stand through the jungle back to Rio to catch the next ship home. But what she doesn’t count on is the attraction she feels growing for the man, despite his gruffness. Hayden Gale is a man on a mission. To find his father and exact retribution on him for leaving he and his mother when he was just a young boy. Now, feeling like he’s closer than ever to finding him, he doesn’t need anything to hinder his progress, including the stuck-up belle who thinks he should bow down to her every whim. And though she has a sharp tongue, he can’t shake the notion that he needs to protect her, nor that he’s attracted to her. MaryLu tells the story of a southern bell who thinks her only worth is her beauty, and of a con man who needs to learn forgiveness. She weaves a spiritual thread through the story, of how we all need God to help us face the things in our lives that can hinder a relationship with Him. And to top it off, she throws in romance, mystery, and a spooky old temple. Great job, MaryLu!
CinnamonG More than 1 year ago
This is another great book by MaryLu Tyndall! Although Elusive Hope is the second book in a trilogy, it also can stand on its own (although after reading this one, it might be hard not to read the others). After the Civil War, a group of displaced Confederates is seeking a new start in Brazil, but Magnolia’s family clings to their past way of life, full of wealth, status, and slaves to wait on their every whim. They could still live in luxury if not for a mistake Magnolia made just before the war. Now her parents hold her mistake over her, expecting her to repay her debt, so she is desperate to escape back to the States where she hopes her fiancé still waits. In the same colony, Hayden Gale has come on a mission: to hunt down the man who ruined his life. His search leads him to Rio, where Magnolia wants to go to find passage back to America. Clearly their paths are crossed, and even their pasts are more closely connected than they even guessed. They are forced to face their darkest secrets, examine their souls, and consider their relationships with God. At the same time, though, there are dark forces at work in the jungle. Suspense, romance, and adventure are in strong supply.
amb32 More than 1 year ago
I have to say that this title by MaryLu Tyndall had me even more intrigued than the first in the series. As always, Tyndall captured me once again with her in-depth characters, sizzling chemistry between hero and heroine, and detailed setting descriptions and plots. Tyndall’s books are so well-written, and here, the descriptions of the Brazilian jungle setting were so incredibly exotic and wonderful that I felt like I was there! While I have found the characters in this series a bit less likeable than in Tyndall’s other books, I also think that is what makes the redemption of the characters so inspiring. In addition, the way that the colonists struggled to make a living, the various mishaps along the way, and the spiritual forces at work led me to suspect that something big was going to happen in Elusive Hope, and I had to keep turning pages to see if I could find out what it was. But, Tyndall left just enough a mystery that I can’t wait for the third book in the series! Elusive Hope cleverly illustrates struggles we all experience, but it packs even more of a “spiritual punch” than Tyndall’s other novels, taking the battle up a notch in a way the author never has before. Very interesting, and well worth the read!
LJ44 More than 1 year ago
Love this author! The characters are so real and I was pulled in immediately and couldn't put book down...can not wait for the next book!!
Natalie11 More than 1 year ago
As usually, MaryLu's new book is a thrilling and uplifting story, with a little romance to cap it off. The second book in the Escape to Paradise series, takes back to the jungles of Brazil and shows us that although our plans may not workout, God always has a plan that does and His plan is better. Everything about this book is beautiful, the setting and cover, the hope and love. There is also a mystery woven through out the story, first introduced to us in the first book. This mystery has me hooked and holding my breath for the third book to be released. Of course, you can't have a MaryLu story without a bit of pirate thrown in there somewhere. I highly recommend reading this trilogy, along with all of MarLu Tyndall's books. In the end, you're left feeling spiritually uplifted and look inward to see how you can better yourself and become even closer to God. Loved the story and ready for the next!
AbigailSkott More than 1 year ago
Tyndall masterfully wove in spiritual warfare, while simultaneously maintaining historical feel. Hayden is a con man searching for his father. Magnolia is a formerly rich girl, rejected by her father. Magnolia is desperate to get out from under her father’s control and marry a rich American man. Hayden is willing to do anything to find his father and exact his revenge. Magnolia follows after Hayden on his journey to Rio. The two begin to fall in love, but do they have too many differences? And what happens when old enemies arise as well as supernatural ones? I loved this book! The first book in the series, Forsaken Dreams, was just “okay” compared to this! If you didn’t totally love the first one, you will love this! It was weird for me at first to read a book with supernatural events, but it worked really well in this book.
MommaRog More than 1 year ago
Elusive Hope is book 2 in a 3-book series called "Escape To Paradise". MaryLu has outdone herself with this one! It's full of deception, lies, love, and, most importantly, forgiveness. This book takes off where the 1st one ended, in the jungles of Brazil. Follow Magnolia and Hayden as they search for their "happy ending". Will they find what they are looking for? Will they find love and happiness, or will the past be too strong for them to overcome? Pick up this page-turner and fight the urge to read it through in one sitting!
dun1 More than 1 year ago
This book is filled with so many emotions; it is so alive and real. It proves that hope is not elusive; I really enjoy a book like this, because it gives all the glory to the Lord. I love the spiritual warfare and the fact that the characters come to realize that their worth is not in their beauty nor in them trying to reclaim the past nor in seeking a fortune nor in seeking revenge. I'm glad that they realize their worth, joy, well being and value is in Christ Jesus. A truly amazing story; I highly recommend it and I can't wait to read book 3. I received a free copy of this book courtesy of the author for my honest review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Elusive Hope is an enchanting story that will keep you reading for hours! The dangerous and beautiful Brazilian jungle is the perfect backdrop for the characters' story to unfold. Strange mists, fierce jungle creatures, and hidden enemies are just a few of the dangers the characters face in this book. Hayden Gale was an amazing hero who intrigued me and was the perfect opposite of the prim, yet fiery Magnolia Scott. The beautiful setting, amazing characters, and powerful spiritual message will captivate every single reader. God's power and truth could never ring more clearly. MaryLu Tyndall has written yet another entrancing tale!
MyBookAddictionandMore More than 1 year ago
ELUSIVE HOPE by MaryLu Tyndall is an exciting Inspirational Historical Romance set in 1866 in the jungles of Brazil, Colony of New Hope. #2 in the "Escape to Paradise" series, but can be read as a stand alone. Although, I would recommend reading "Forsaken Dreams",only to get the beginning of the story..... I love this author's stories and "Elusive Hope" is no exception. I enjoy the characters, they are not flawless far from it, but are realistic,enduring, and engaging. This series just gets better! Filled with darkness, faith,healing,a bit of laughter, romance, secrets, deception,and the power of love. Paradise is not always perfect. This is Hayden Gale and Magnolia Scott's story and what a story! One is seeking revenge, the other seeking to return back to suitors, wealth,slaves, and beautiful things. Each uses the other for their own gain, until......love was never a part of their bargain. Follow them as they traipse through the jungles of Brazil toward Rio De Janeiro,you will not regret your journey with them. An intense,emotional but very exciting and satisfying story of love and healing. I would highly recommend especially to historical romance readers and anyone who enjoys an awesome read!! If you have never read one of Ms. Tyndall's books you are in for a real treat, if you have, I need say no more... She is a compassionate,masterful storyteller who draws her readers into her stories as her characters face tragedy,their faith and the power of love. A must read!! Received from the author and/or publisher and Net Galley for an honest review. Rating: 5 Heat Rating: Sweet Reviewed by: AprilR,courtesy of My Book Addiction and More
LizD1 More than 1 year ago
Wow and Wow, I was drawn to the beautiful cover and the title "Elusive Hope" Escape to Paradise book 2 .This book is awesome. MaryLu Tyndall has out did herself on this one. When writing this book she pens of romance, mystery, adventure, danger, darkness , healing and spiritual warfare . One minute you will be laughing and the next you will be on the edge of your seat while reading this story. Just when you think you have come to a place you might be able to stop for a while , well you can't because it is at a point where you have just got to find out what happens next. Well get aboard and travel to Brazil, Colony of New Hope where all is wanting to start over. Magnolia Scott and Hayden Gale are referred to a the princess and the toad. Magnolia is use to beautiful clothes , wealthy suitors, and slaves that wait on her every move. One of her wealthy suitors swindle her and her parents out of all of their money.That is the reason she is in the jungles of Brazil against her will. Her father she cannot please no way she tries . He wants her to dress and look perfect because he intends to wed her to a wealthy suitor and a title. Magnolia wants to leave and get away from her father,New Hope and the jungle. She will do anything to get away and go back and marry an old suitor, if she can find him.  Hayden has been trying to track down his scoundrel of a father. He ran out on his mother and him at a very early age. He also lost his mother a few years after his father left. In trying to find his father, he has become just like him. He is seeking revenge and no one or nothing will stand in his way. He has lost his reputation , name and is no better than his father. He plans on leaving New Hope going into the jungle to Rio. Well leaving is also on Magnolia's mind too and she wants to leave at any cost. Here in New Hope strange things and visions are being seen that is just not right. In the jungle are insects, snakes, wolves and nothing much to eat. Both Magnolia and Hayden are having thoughts about each other, but both are using each other to get what they want and love was never part of their plans. Will they both listen to God and follow his plans? What about Magnolia and Hayden , Will they let the pass keep them apart?  This book was so good I wanted to go slow and let it all soak in. You will feel like you are right there in the jungle with them.. I highly recommend this book and cannot wait for book #3. I gave this book a 5 star and would have gave it more if i could. I was given a copy of this book by the author for an honest review. 
lmbartelt More than 1 year ago
Elusive Hope is a perfect blend of romance, adventure and spiritual truth. MaryLu Tyndall is a unique and creative storyteller and this book is no exception to her talents. Earlier this year, I read my first-ever MaryLu Tyndall book when she released the first book in her new series, Forsaken Dreams. I loved it so much, I could hardly wait for the second book, which released this month. And Elusive Hope doesn't disappoint. (I received a free copy of the book from the author in exchange for my review.) In it, Tyndall continues the story of the post-Civil War Southerners who are looking to start a new colony in Brazil. Forsaken Dreams told the story of their sea voyage and the relationship between the ship's captain, Blake, and Southern widow Eliza. Book 2 turns the lens toward Hayden, a con man looking for the father who abandoned his family, and Magnolia, the spoiled daughter of a wealthy couple who is miserable and wants to go home. The book started a bit slow for me and I wondered if Elusive Hope would be conform to the pattern I've often seen in a trilogy where the second book is weak and just a placeholder of sorts between the beginning and the end. I'm happy to say that Elusive Hope does much better than that. I don't know how the author does it, but she blends romance, adventure, and spiritual truth in a way that is challenging, interesting and entertaining. When I read Forsaken Dreams, I compared it to Gone with the Wind, only with the setting on a ship. That was meant to be a compliment. Elusive Hope reminded me of some of my favorite scenes from that '80s movie Romancing the Stone with Michael Douglas and Kathleen Turner. I loved that movie, and when Hayden and Magnolia are navigating the jungles of Brazil, I pictured scenes from the movie. I like that Tyndall's books remind me of other works I like without feeling like they are carbon copies of those works with a slightly Christian perspective. Tyndall's characters undergo significant trials and overcome major obstacles on their way to faith. She pulls no punches in her belief that there is a battle of good and evil taking place here and now. Both books so far in the Escape to Paradise series have had elements of spiritual warfare. Elusive Hope's plot builds on that theme, and without giving anything away, leaves us with a lot of questions yet to be answered in book three. I, for one, can't wait to see how this ends. Tyndall doesn't write your "typical" Christian fiction, and I don't mean to knock anyone's favorite author, but her books are worth the read because they are different in a good way.
Espan_Rose More than 1 year ago
Yet another brilliantly told masterpiece by MaryLu Tyndall! The second in her Escape to Paradise trilogy, this one tells the story of Magnolia, the epitome of a Southern Belle, and Hayden, the self-made con man. Both characters want something, and both are very willing to use others to get to their end goal. But what happens if you start falling for a person you’re trying to con? What is more important, your original goal or your newfound love? And what of God’s plan? Both characters have to deal with whether or not what they want is what God wants for them. Hayden’s past, that of a lifelong search, is thrown in his face, and he has to answer the question if it’s really worth pursuing. And Magnolia, the beautiful Southern Belle, is forced to look at the beauty she so prizes, and whether it’s is truly as important as she believes. As with her first book, MaryLu unabashedly gives the readers a glimpse into the life of Southerners after the Civil War. She opens the minds up for us to understand their thoughts, but also shows how their own beliefs change over time. With beautiful prose, plenty of adventure, a romance that’ll warm your heart, not to mention a good dose of God’s love against Satan’s lies, this book is an absolute must read.