Step into a breathtaking novel of adventure and romance set amid the War of 1812. During an assault by an enemy sailor, timid farm girl Rose McGuire is saved by the least likely of heroes—a British Naval Lieutenant. Now that he’s wounded, she’ll have to heal as well as hide him. Alex Reed is being aided and abetted by his enemy—albeit an innocent and attractive one. But he might be doing Rose more harm than good if his presence on her farm is discovered. As their love blooms, trouble looms. Will this couple survive another British invasion?
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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Surrender the Night
By MaryLu Tyndall
Barbour Publishing, Inc.Copyright © 2011 MaryLu Tyndall
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Baltimore, Maryland, August 3,1814
Gong. Gong. Gong. The evening air reverberated with warning bells from St. Peter's church. Rose McGuire halted in her trek to the pigsty and gazed across the shadowy farm. Musket fire echoed in the distance. The British were on the move again. Punctuating the unrest crackling through the air, shards of maroon and saffron shot across the western sky, bringing into focus the line of cedar and pine trees that marked the end of civilization and the beginning of the dense forest of Maryland.
Gong. Gong. Gong. The eerie chime scraped a chill down Rose's spine.
She glanced back at the brick house in the distance. Though she had yet to spy a redcoat anywhere near her farm, she should go back inside. Swallowing her fear, she emptied the bucket of slops into the pig trough. Grunts and snorts amassed in the putrid air above the enclosure, drawing her attention to her favorite pig, who waddled toward her to receive his evening scratch. Kneeling, she reached her hand in between the fence posts. "Hi, Prinney." His moist, stiff hair bristled against her hand as he lifted his head beneath her caress and nudged against the wooden railings, while the rest of the pigs devoured their kitchen scraps.
"You'll miss your dinner, Prinney. Better get some before it's gone." Rose stood and dabbed her sleeve over the perspiration on her forehead. A light breeze, laden with the smells of hay and honeysuckle, brushed her golden curls across her face. Flicking them aside, she drew in a deep breath, hoping the familiar scents would calm her nerves.
Men and their wars. She hated the war, hated the alarms, hated the violence. But most of all she hated the fear. Two years was far too long to live in constant terror of being overrun by a ruthless enemy.
Picking up her bucket, she hastened to the barn, gazing at her tiny garden as she went. Even in the dim light, she could make out the patches of red and yellow of the nearly ripe tomatoes and the spindly silk atop ripe ears of corn. She smiled. Despite the war, life went on.
Musket shot peppered the air. Pop. Pop. Pop. Somewhere close by, soldiers were being shot at or a settler was defending his land—somewhere close by, people were dying. Fear prickled her skin. Just a few more chores and she would go inside. Rose began humming a song her father taught her when she was young. She could still hear his baritone voice as he sang the words—words that always seemed to calm her.
Oh fare thee well, my little turtledove,
And fare thee well for awhile;
But though I go I'll surely come again,
If I go ten thousand mile, my dear,
If I go ten thousand mile.
Setting the bucket down on the dirt floor of the barn, Rose eased beside Liverpool, her milk cow. Why the song allayed her fears she could not say, for it was nothing but a lie. Her father had not even gone ten thousand miles away. Yet he had never returned. Rose shooed a fly from the animal's face and planted a kiss on her nose, eliciting a moo from the friendly cow and a jealous neigh from Valor, Rose's filly in the adjoining stall.
"Don't vex yourself, Valor. I'll take care of you next."
"Rose!" Aunt Muira's voice rang from their home across the small yard.
Rose needed no further encouragement. She would attend to the animals later. "Coming!" she shouted as she made her way through the barn, nearly stumbling over Georgiana, one of her chickens. Squawking, the bird darted across the hay-strewn floor.
Gong. Gong. Gong.
Alarm gripped Rose's stomach. Did the signal mean what she thought? Surely the British would not come this close to Baltimore. Hurrying her steps, she approached the two-story brick house. Light cascaded from the windows like the golden water of Jones Falls in the summer sun, luring her inside to the warmth of the fire and comforts of home. Home. At least she had called it her home for the past five years.
Rose stepped into the kitchen, closing the door behind her. The smells of venison stew and fresh bread wafted around her as she removed her straw hat and hung it on a hook by the door. Cora, the cook, knelt over the massive fireplace, stirring something that bubbled inside the iron pot hanging over the fire.
"There you are, Rose." Aunt Muira, attired in a blue cotton gown with a white sash about her high waist, strutted into the room as if she wore the latest Parisian fashion. "Didn't you hear the alarm? For goodness' sakes, you know you are to come inside when the alarm rings. Oh, look at you dear, covered in dirt again." Her jewel-laden silver earrings—so at odds with her plain attire—twinkled in the lantern light as her sharp green eyes assessed Rose.
Rose glanced down at her gray linen gown and saw not a speck of dirt. But then again, her aunt had a propensity for spotting stains.
"Wash up and take off those muddy shoes, dear. Mr. Drummond awaits his supper." With that, Aunt Muira swung about and swept from the room like a fast-moving storm.
Cora stepped from the fireplace, hand on her back and gave Rose a look of reprimand. "Best do as she says, child." The dark-skinned cook scowled and nodded toward the sink. Black spongy curls peeked from beneath the red scarf wrapped about her head. "You know how the missus can get when her orders aren't carried out."
Slipping off her shoes, Rose skirted the food preparation table and poured water from a pitcher over her hands at the sink. "Do not think poorly of her, Cora. She only wants me to comport myself like a lady."
"Humph." Cora grabbed a cloth, opened the Franklin stove and pulled out a loaf of bread. Setting it beside one that was already cooling on the table, she mumbled, "I don't know nothin' 'bout that, miss. But have you seen Amelia? I could use some help carryin' this food into the dining room."
Rose dried her hands on a towel and smiled. "I have no doubt she will make an appearance when all the work is done."
Cora chuckled and handed her a platter. Together they entered the dining room and placed bowls of steaming stew, fresh corn, and platters of cornmeal cakes on the table.
"Good evening, lass." Rose's uncle, Forbes, smiled from his seat at the table. Short- cropped gray hair sprang from his head in a dozen different directions and framed a ruddy face lined with the trials of a long life. The skin around his eyes crinkled as he squinted at the food-laden table. "Now, what have we here?"
Rose bent and kissed his cheek, then took a seat beside him. "Lose your spectacles again, Uncle?"
He chuckled. "Ah, they'll turn up somewhere, I'm sure."
"Wherever he last placed them, no doubt," Aunt Muira added from her seat next to her husband. "Where is Amelia?"
Cora returned to the kitchen, mumbling under her breath.
Rose shrugged beneath her aunt's questioning gaze. "I saw her this morning. She mentioned heading into town."
"You should discipline that woman, Forbes." Aunt Muira huffed. "She's out of control."
"Come now, dearest," Uncle Forbes said. "She's a grown woman and not our prisoner."
"But we took her into our home to be a lady's maid and companion to Rose. It would certainly be propitious if she would attend to her duties."
"You worry overmuch." Forbes smiled at his wife and took her hand in his.
"And you, dear Forbes, do not worry enough."
Rose shifted her gaze between them as they shared a chuckle. "Amelia has been a great companion to me, for which I thank you both very much. But as a lady's maid"—Rose shrugged—"well, let's just say I have no need of a silly maid anyway."
Uncle Forbes took Rose's hand and gave her a wink. "It pleases me that you two have become such good friends. Now, shall we pray over this grand feast?" Bowing his head, he asked God's blessing on the food, then ladled stew into his and Muira's bowl before passing the pot to Rose.
"You must come inside when you hear the alarm, dear." The candlelight shimmered over Aunt Muira's copper-colored hair streaked with gray. At eight and fifty, Muira retained a beauty and a bearing that gave evidence of her privileged upbringing.
An upbringing similar to that which Rose had experienced, save in her case, all signs of fine breeding had long since dissipated. "But nothing ever comes of them." Rose glanced out the window where darkness had stolen the remaining light, then back at her aunt whose expression had scrunched into a knot.
With a sigh, Aunt Muira rose, circled the table, and wiped Rose's face with her napkin.
Rose gave her a timid smile. "My apologies. I thought I had washed sufficiently."
"I suppose I wouldn't recognize you if you were clean, dear." Her aunt returned to her seat.
Uncle Forbes swallowed the bite in his mouth. "They sound the alarms for a reason, lass. You should heed them as your aunt says."
"But I've yet to see a British soldier anywhere near here." Rose bit into a chunk of meat in her stew, savoring the aromatic flavors. "They wouldn't dare come close to Baltimore. Not after General Smith has gathered such a strong militia."
"I wouldn't put anything past those redcoats." Uncle Forbes spooned corn into his mouth. "Why, they have turned the Chesapeake Bay into nothing but a British pond. A pond from which they emerge like crocodiles to raid upon our poor citizens."
"Leaving hundreds of widows in their wake," Aunt Muira added glumly. "Ruined women and orphans."
A breeze fluttered the calico curtains at the open window and sent the candle flames sputtering.
Ruined women. Rose's stomach soured. She set down her spoon, her appetite gone. "Thank goodness for your charities, Aunt. You and Mrs. Pickersgill are doing much good for those women."
"And you could too, dear. If you accompanied me more often." Aunt Muira gave Rose a look of censure. "They need someone who understands what they have endured."
Uncle Forbes chomped on a piece of venison. "You know, my love, Rose does what she can. We must be patient with her as God has been patient with us."
Aunt Muira smiled at her husband. "I understand." But when his knowing gaze refused to leave her, she huffed. "Well perhaps I'm not patient. It has been five years, after all."
Familiar guilt pinched Rose. "You know I care for the women devastated by this war," she said. "But I'm not as strong as you are, Aunt Muira. I don't have your courage." Though Rose longed to be brave, once had even considered herself brave. But after ... Well, afterward, her courage had abandoned her like everything else—like every one else, including God. "When I look at those women, when I look into their eyes, I see myself." Rose stared down at the cream-colored table cloth. "If only the nightmares would end."
Reaching across the table, Aunt Muira took Rose's hand in hers. "Forgive me, my dear. I simply wish you would learn to trust God."
Trust? Rose grimaced. She had trusted God after her father had been murdered—had kept trusting Him after her mother died. But how could she trust a God who had allowed such a horrific thing to happen to her? "I am trying, Aunt." She winced at her lie.
Aunt Muira drew in a deep breath and shook her shoulders as if to shake off the gloom that had descended on their conversation. She grabbed a johnnycake and placed it on her plate then glanced over the fare. "Oh I do miss having rice. And coffee." She moaned. "And chocolate. It seems years since we've had such luxuries."
Uncle Forbes snorted. "We are fortunate to have food at all with the British blockade."
"More than missing food"—Rose leaned back in her chair and sighed —"I miss peace. I long to feel secure again."
Uncle Forbes grabbed her hand and squeezed it. His brown eyes sparkled with understanding. "You have been through so much in your short life, lass. Peace will come again soon. God will take care of us."
Shrugging off the platitude that had been proven false in her own life, Rose chomped on her corn cake, but the grainy, buttery flavor soured on her tongue.
Uncle Forbes took a swig of cider, dribbling some on his brown waistcoat, and set down his mug. He scratched his thick hair. "Let us pray this war will be over soon, and our lives can return to normal."
"My word, Uncle. Normal only if we win." Rose shook her head. If not. If America once more became a British colony, things would never be normal again.
"Of course we'll win." Aunt Muira nibbled on her corn cake, reminding Rose that true ladies took smaller bites. "It is too much to think otherwise."
"Ever the optimist, dearest." Uncle Forbes gazed lovingly at his wife.
She returned his gaze, then moved her eyes to Rose. "And then perhaps you can finally marry. Goodness, you are all of two and twenty and fast becoming a spinster."
Rose opened her mouth to protest but her aunt continued, "I was eighteen when I married Forbes." The couple exchanged another adoring glance, sending a twinge of jealousy through Rose.
Rose glanced at her food, hoping for a resurgence of her appetite, but it did not come. "I have yet to meet a man who interests me." Or one who didn't sicken her. Truth be told, after rumors of her plight spread through Baltimore, very few suitors had come to call. And even if an honorable man took an interest in her, and she in him, Rose could only hope to have a marriage as good as her aunt and uncle's. If not, she wanted no marriage at all.
"What of Mr. Snyder, the councilman?" Aunt Muira drew a spoonful of stew to her lips. "He's been coming around quite often."
"He is a fat wit."
"Rose, lass." Uncle Forbes squinted toward her. "It isn't kind to say such things."
"I know he doesn't come from an honorable family." Aunt Muira dabbed her mouth with a napkin. "But he has become successful on his own merit."
Rose let out a sigh. "If I do ever marry, it won't be to a man with a dubious character." No, she needed a man she could trust implicitly—someone who would never take advantage of her.
"But dear—" her aunt started to protest when the sound of carriage wheels grated over the gravel in front of their house.
Pound. Pound. Pound. The front door resounded.
The heavy knock at this hour could only mean trouble. Rose's body tightened. Her glance took in the Brown Bess musket perched atop the fireplace.
Pound. Pound. Pound.
"Ah, yes." Uncle Forbes rose from his chair, as he no doubt remembered that Samuel, their footman, was no longer in their employ. "I keep meaning to hire a new man," he mumbled as he disappeared through the dining room door as if he hadn't a care in the world—as if there weren't British soldiers raiding the coast. Rose heard the front door open and anxious words exchanged. The intruding voice sounded like Mr. Markham, Uncle Forbes's assistant from church. Sharing a look of apprehension with her aunt, Rose headed toward the foyer.
A warm summer breeze trailed in through the open door and swirled about the room. Upon seeing Rose and her aunt, Mr. Markham dragged off his hat. "Sorry to disturb you, Mrs. Drummond, Miss McGuire, but there's trouble down at the church."
"Calm down, man. What sort of trouble?" Uncle Forbes squinted at Mr. Markham and laid a hand on his shoulder.
"Some men in town caught a redcoat, sir. And they're threatening to string 'im up." He fumbled with his hat and cast an anxious gaze out the open door. "He's hurt pretty bad too." He glanced at Rose's aunt.
"Oh my." Lifting her skirts, Aunt Muira headed upstairs only to descend within seconds, medical satchel in one hand and a pair of spectacles in the other. "We should alert Dr. Wilson just in case the man's injuries are beyond my abilities."
Grabbing his overcoat from the hook by the door, Rose's uncle swept it over his shoulders.
"A lynching?" Cora entered the room, fear pinching the features of her face.
"Never you mind, Cora. Keep an eye on Rose and we'll be back soon," Aunt Muira ordered.
"Can't I come with you?" Rose said as the familiar fear clenched her gut once again. "I don't feel safe here without Samuel." She glanced at Cora.
"Don't be blamin' me for him runnin' off." Cora wagged her finger. "He was nothin' but trouble, that one."
"You're safer here than in town," her uncle said. "Mr. Markham will stay with you, won't you, sir?"
The gentleman nodded, seemingly relieved he did not have to return to the mayhem in town. "Indeed, I will."
Uncle Forbes patted his pockets and scanned the room. "My spectacles. Where are my spectacles?"
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Surrender the Night is the second book in the surrender to Density series. Rose has suffered abuse by people--both close, and strangers--and has hidden herself from society. Rose socializes with her animals on her farm and avoids town, except on rare occasions. Alexander has become disgusted by his country's treatment of the Americans. After protecting Rose and being shot he is forced to take refuge on her farm, putting him and her family in danger. This book takes place all on land, during the War of 1812. Somewhat of a change from MaryLu Tyndall's other books. I love this book. It is possibly my favorite out of all her books--so far. Alex is a complete gentleman and loves Rose. This book has tender romance, not inappropriate, uncalled-for scenes, but still has passion. It is fast-paced and even gave me goosebumps at the end. It really made me appreciate my country more and despair at how different America is now. Surrender the Night is a must read.
I just finished reading 'Surrender the Night' by MaryLu Tyndall last night. It really amazes me how she can take an actual historical event and weave her own characters into the story, as if they were actually there! If you love history, romance, intrigue, heart stopping moments and life altering moments, you will love any of MaryLu's novels. She shows how God has a purpose for each of us in our lives, even when we perceive it as a day to day mundane life. You never know what is around the corner, what awaits us.........if you have ever felt alone and lost in this life, pick up one of MaryLu Tyndall's novels and get totally refreshed in your walk with God.....I did.
Another great story by Marylu Tyndall! It was pure enjoyment! It was a sweet love story in the backdrop of British-American war of the 1800's. It was suspenseful and kept me glued! Such a great read!
The War of 1812 is a fascinating time period in America’s history. I have read very few, if any, novels set during this time that take place on American soil. MaryLu Tyndall’s, "Surrender the Night", does a lovely job of capturing snapshots of the war from the soldier’s perspective, as well as, that of the civilian’s trials, patience, sacrifices, and some suffering. A fresh viewpoint in this novel is that the hero, Alexander Reed, is fighting for the British Navy! Speaking of heroes, I fell for Mr. Reed right off. My respect and admiration for him grew as the novel progressed. Alex is a gentleman that is tender, romantic, and gentle, but tough when the situation calls for it. Giving him a personality of this nature sets Alex apart from the heroes of some of MaryLu’s other books. He stands out. I appreciate that, because every man isn’t going to have the exact same personality as the next one. On the spiritual side I love the way Alexander begins to trust and follow God by learning from the godly example of the heroine’s Uncle Forbes. Alex has never been around someone like him and develops a hunger for God and family. We never know who is watching us and making choices under our influence. Are we being like Jesus to those around us? This really made me think. Our heroine, Rose McGuire, is just loveable. I thought her affection for the various farm animals was endearing and made her unique from other ladies. Rose is brave when she needs to be, but doesn’t insist on running everything her way. Even though she has faced several hurtful situations, Rose is kind, loving, and has to learn lessons in forgiveness and fighting her fears. I loved, loved, loved Uncle Forbes. He might even be my favorite character in the whole novel! I would love to read his story in another book some day. Rose’s aunt was okay, but seemed a little clueless and strange at times. We were told how much this couple loved one another, but I didn’t really feel it. Amelia as a supporting character that I could have gladly done without. I know she was supposed to be a companion for Rose, but she didn’t seem to have any reason to be in the book. Amelia did accompany Rose a couple of times in public, but never did anything and didn’t add to the story. I kept waiting for something to happen to her, good or bad, but nothing ever did. She was just an extra body taking up page space. The villain was unoriginal and carbon copied from other works. I thought, “Here we go again. Another unpleasant, despicable suitor to whom the heroine is forced/obliged into forming an attachment.” He was simply annoying; a thorn in the side of Rose. I think a suitor that could have been taken seriously would have given more depth and plausibility to this section of the novel. He was almost, but not quite, comedic and I’m not certain if that was the intention of the author. A beautiful romance grows between Rose and Alex. MaryLu Tyndall does a lovely job of showing us the progression of this romantic, tender, and sometimes heart-breaking relationship. "Surrender the Night ‘s" climax and conclusion with the war scenes is described so authentically. I felt like I was really there. Reading "Surrender the Night" leaves me with a feeling of more patriotism and gratitude to all those Americans who fought to give us a free country here in the United States of America. We are so fortunate. God bless America.
I have very much enjoyed reading MaryLu Tyndall's second book "Surrender the Night" of the "Surrender to Destiny" series! Rose McGuire, an American farm girl, who has lost both of her parents at a young age due to the British heading into war against her country, now alone on her family farm with her uncle and aunt, and now having to deal with a British 2nd Lieutenant who defends her against a brutal lieutenant in the processes of getting injured. Alexander Reed, a British 2nd Lieutenant, who is at war by trying to become a better person where his own family back home will accept him, gets injured by saving Rose from a brutal lieutenant, and as he is healing he tries to keeps his true identity secret. After reading, "Surrender the Night", I noticed how two people of the opposing countries could really have an effect on the war. Rose is always being so nervous, and very afraid throughout the war that is going on. She does not want to venture outside her farm home area with her aunt to help others in need during the war. She is also having a hard time to trust anyone especially Alex while she treats him of his injury. Alex is trying to make up for his past back in his home country. After he recovers from Rose's treatment of his injury, he is too stubborn and won't go back to where he suppose to go. As time goes on, Rose starts to let go of her fears, and Alex starts to realize what a true family is like and is feeling more at home with Rose's family than his own. See how God works through both Rose and Alex when more trails and dangerous situations arise just as their relationship starts to grow. Just as the first book to this series, “Surrender the Night” is also filled with lots of action, adventure, drama, and a love story that makes you keep on reading to find out more and more!
I didn't know much about the war of 1812 until I started this series. I really loved this book. I loved the conflict of being loyal to your country or following your heart!! The characters had depth to them and I really wanted to more about them and follow there background and each step that they took. I also wanted to hate Alex but love him at the same time. It was a conflict that made the book more intriguing. This book was really hard to set down! As ever it is a great addition to Marylu's books!
Rose McGuire lives on a farm outside Baltimore, Maryland, and during the war of 1812 the British come ashore. Previously assaulted by a British officer, she ends up taking in and caring for an enemy who protected her from another attack by one of his own crew members. This war is often referred to as the second American revolution. MaryLu skillfully weaves together a tale that had this reader rooting for this unlikely couple to be able to have a life together. Rose is a delightful character with a very winsome way. This is one of the few MaryLu Tyndall books set on land for the entire book. She certainly can develop a wonderful hero (even if he was on the enemy side!) Strong spiritual thread - this is an inspirational fiction. I liked the story so much that it was hard to have to sit down and think what to say about it. I love a book that pulls you into the story until the very end. Great period details, which is to be expected since this is MaryLu’s primary area of research and writing. Lovely writing. Well done!
Wow, what a read. This second book in the Surrender to Destiny series was such a great read! Compared to the first book, Surrender the Heart, I might just like Surrender the Night a wee bit better. Not sure why, I just found it impossible to put down! (Always an awesome sign! ;-) MaryLu has a wonderful talent for crafting her characters and the perilous adventures they go through. While this adventure doesn't take place on the high seas (as is MaryLu's custom), she made up for it by making this a wonderful, romantic, and adventurous landlubber read! My attention was easily grabbed from the very beginning and, as I said, it was just too hard to put down. I ended up staying up into the wee hours of morning, just to find out "what happens next"...which ended up meaning that I stayed up to finish the book! But even though I felt the hours of sleep I lost the other day, it was worth it!! Another awesome read by MaryLu!!
The best book of the series (at least so far!). I thougth the first book, Surrender the Heart, would be my favorite, but this one actually outshines it!!! I absolutely connected with Rose and I found her very real. Her character was sweet, wonderfully written and I admired her very much. Alex Reed was another amazing character whom I totally loved. I found myself staying up well into the night, unable to stop myself from reading and reading and reading this masterpiece! All together, this was an AWESOME book and a must read!
I seriously could not put this one down! The characters all clicked with me & the way this story feeds out of the former (Surrender the Heart; Surrender to Destiny book I) was so captivating & intriguing. This is my 2nd favorite series of MaryLu Tyndall's. The first is the Legacy of the King's Pirates series. (The Redemption-bk1, The Reliance-bk2, The Restitution-bk3)
This is the best book by MaryLu! She is such an amazing author, and gets better the more she writes. This one is so different than some of her other novels, but they never fail to touch you. I liked the way the two main characters related to each other, and how God can create friendship among the worst of enemies. I have had all my friends read it, and they all love it! Good job MaryLu I just finished reading this novel again and I must say that I fell in love again. The characters are so real, and so is their pain! Hard for anyone not to relate.
If you are looking for exciting adventure, astounding historical facts, a sweet romance, and believable protagonists who grow as people, this is the book for you! Like all of Marylu Tyndall's books, Surrender the Night is impossible to put down, and it is one of my ultimate favorites. Set during the War of 1812 in a young United States, this story reveals God's power and reliability, even in times of war.
Rose is a shy farm girl living outside of Baltimore. Alex is a British naval officer sent onto American soil to gather information and plunder the local homes and farms. When he becomes wounded, Rose hides him and takes care of him. Amidst war, betrayal, and love, Rose and Alex must decide what they believe in and fight for it to the end, even if it really does mean the end... of their budding attraction, of their homes, or even of their lives. This is an amazing and exciting book, very different from any of MaryLu's other books, as it all takes place on land, and a lot of the story happens in one place - Rose's farm. That's not to say that it lacks adventure. Believe me, there is plenty of that! I highly recommend this book and the entire Surrender to Destiny trilogy.
I won't rewrite this book in the review, but finally a book that I truly could not put down!! It was real and not filled with pretentious and unnecessary wording! Ms. Tyndale is a great author and makes you feel you are in the midst of all the action. If you don't read this book, you have missed it!! Oh, great romance, too...not silly and cheesy. Very real and very human!
Book Two, Surrender to Destiny Series Baltimore, Maryland (1814) With the British militia determined to claim American soil during the War of 1812, Rose McGuire has ample reason to despise the enemy. They killed her father, and thereby were also responsible for the horrors she endured after his death. Living now with her aunt and uncle on a farm outside Baltimore, Rose is afraid of everything. The events of her life have defined who she is-an insecure girl who rarely leaves her home and is more comfortable with her horses, pigs and chickens than with people. During a terrifying attack by a British sailor, Rose is rescued by British Naval Lieutenant Alex Reed. When the handsome enemy sailor is shot during the fight to keep her safe, Rose is honor bound to care for him until he can care for himself. Not even her aunt and uncle can know she's hiding a member of the British militia on their property. If he is discovered, Rose and her entire family will be tried for treason. Hailing from wealth and pedigree, Alex finds conditions on the farm only tolerable at best. But as he comes to know Rose and her family and friends, he discovers some surprising truths about the things that truly matter in life, and the things that aren't so important, after all. Despite Rose's bitterness against the British and Alex's contempt for Americans, the two find themselves drawn to one another, though any kind of relationship between them is utterly impossible. Or is it? Set amidst historically recorded events, Surrender the Night is a gripping, enthralling romance that keeps the heart pounding, the mind spinning, and all five senses sharply at attention. It deals with serious, difficult issues and handles each of them with ingenuity and aplomb. Number two in the Surrender to Destiny Series, this novel is the first Tyndall book I've read that is set entirely on shore, despite the hero being a naval officer. The author's talents shine every bit as brightly on land as they always have at sea. She shows great insight into the difficult task of forgiving those who have terribly wronged you and brought chaos and destruction to your life.even when they show little or no remorse. It's about trusting God and knowing He loves His children, even when bad things happen to good people. Absolutely amazing, insightful, un-putdownable read!
My Review Orphaned when she was a young child, most of her inheritance taken by her caretaker, and a horrible experience on the way to her aunt and uncle's, life hasn't been easy for Rose McGuire. She has lived at the farm for 5 years now, and loves farm life, and she makes the farm animals her pets. Being in midst of the war of 1812, it is not always safe being alone on the farm. British soldiers could attack at any time, and this is just what happened to Rose this one day in their family barn. Although Alexander Reed was there and saved her life, he was seriously wounded during the attack, so Rose had no choice except to hid him and nurse him back to health. Rose started feeling an attraction to Alex as she helped him, but then she hated him at the same. Alexander Reed was a British 2nd Lieutenant and had no idea he would have to defend a young woman from his superior 1st Lieutenant Mr. Garrick, but he had no choice, it was either Garrick or the woman. Now he was here, in the enemy's barn, the woman having removed a bullet from his leg, facing death if he was found. Yet as the story unfolds, he was later forced to be hired by Roses family as farm help, and he grew attached to the love and family he never had. And Rose was a huge attraction as well, that just kept growing. Surrender the Night, with the historical setting in the war of 1812 was filled with love, forgiveness, family, war, hate, romance, suspense, and patriotism all blended with a cast of characters that pull you into the story and make you feel as though you are right there with them. This is my first book to read of Mary Tyndall's; I can't believe I haven't found her books before now!! My heart went out to Alex, as he was trying to choose between a family that disowned him because he wasn't good enough in their sight and Rose, a young woman he loved and adored, with a family that treated him like one of their own. And Rose's grandfather was a great humble, wise gentleman, full of love, wisdom and knowledge for anyone that needed it. He was just a sweetheart! And I love how the author uses these characters to show that God is with us in each situation we face, even when we cannot feel his presence. And God can and will work each detail of our lives for our good and His glory. Just as Alex and Rose were at the right place at the right time, it is the same with our daily lives. If you are a history buff and like historical fiction, run out and buy a copy of Surrender the Night by MaryLu Tyndall. You will not be disappointed. It will be well worth your read! A huge thank you to the author MaryLu for providing me a copy of this book to read and review. I was not expected or required to write a positive review. The opinions in this review are my own honest opinions.
I was first introduced to this author by a friend. As history buff, I was drawn to this author by the fact that her books are historical fiction. As a Christian, I drawn to this authors because her books have a bit of romance written from a Christian viewpoint. I stayed a loyal reader of this author because I loved her style of writing as well as the intriguing stories she told. SURRENDER the NIGHT is the second book in the "SURRENDER to DESTINY series. I love the way the author takes the reader into history in a way that history itself does not do. She takes the reader back in time. She introduces them to a new world through the eyes of fictional characters who adds a new dimension to the readers reading experience. The reader sees history not as just an event from the past but an experience with people who love, fight, die and live while history is in the making. This story gave me a new look on the war of between Britain and America. It puts the reader amidst the war with a woman and man who are on the opposite side. The couple find love in a forbidden place and time. I felt the pain, excitement and faith as the characters tackle their emotions, the war and the decisions they must make to find true happiness and faith in the Lord. Although this book may be considered a romance book as well as historical fiction, it is not your normal harlequin kind of romance. It is real life kind of romance. It is romance with ups and downs and confusion. Real life kinda romance. The kind that is slow coming and slower for the two involved to realize they love each other. I was drawn into this book from page one til the end. I did not want his story to end. I cheered as the characters overcame dangerous situations. I smiled as the characters found strength they did not know they had. I had tears in my eyes as the female characters were assaulted by the opposite sex in the name of war. I felt the strength and weaknesses of both the British and the Americans in a new light, through unbiased eyes. I loved this book and am anxiously awaiting book three of this series.
What a great book. Love Historical romance and this one doesn't let you down...in fact it is hard to put down! This is Rose's and Alex's romance. They had to learn to trust in God and by doing so they found each other. The story takes place when the enemy is on US soil. There are alarms sounding every so often to alert to the coming of the soldiers. I found some little know facts about the War of 1812 that come out in this book. I was literally laughing out loud about Prinney the Pig...and of course Liverpool the Cow! Loved when she told Alex their names...after the Prince Regent of England, and Lord Liverpool the Prime Minister!! I Loved Mr Drummond...Rose's Uncle...what a great character he was. Her Aunt Muria kept throwing Mr Snyder at her...and he was very interested in Rose. Enjoyed how everything worked out, and if it had me on edge, and couldn't put the book down. Highly recommend this great read...you won't be disappointed!! Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from of Barbour Publishing. 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 Fede
MaryLu Tyndall has done it again! This woman never fails to give you everything you could ever want in a good story. Romance, adventure, & drama its all there! Sweet, young Rose McGuire hasn't had the easy life but she is finally well settled. Orphaned as a young child & taken advantage of by her caretaker, Rose flees with what is left of her inheritance & goes to live with her aunt and uncle in Baltimore where she finds a home. In the midst of a war Rose learns to look past her preconceptions, prejudices, & past experiences & realize that even in the midst of a storm God is always there. She learns to forgive those who have used & abused her & open her heart to love! "Surrender the Night" is a tale full adventure, romance, & patriotism taking you into the heart of the country's capital during the war of 1812. It is another "must read" written by one of my favorite people. The "uber talented" Ms. MaryLu Tyndall!
During the War of 1812, America is experiencing tumultuous times. So is Rose McGuire. After some trauma, she has moved to her aunt and uncle's farm and is trying to forget her traumatizing past. One night that past comes back to haunt her with a vengeance, and a man who is supposed to be her enemy swoops in and rescues her. Alexander Reed is at a crossroads in his life, trying to decide which way to turn. As these two form an unlikely friendship, they try to keep each other and Baltimore safe from a looming British attack. I thought this was a great book, with lots of details to make the story come to life and characters that you care about. I also liked that the author brought back a character I was intrigued by in Surrender The Heart, Alex Reed. Because he was in that book, he gets into some sticky situations in this one, which kept me on the edge of my seat while I read. Hard to put down, be prepared to stay up reading! :) **Many thanks to Marylu Tyndall for providing a copy of the book for review purposes as a part of her Motley Crew membership. Cheers!**
I had the privilege of interviewing M. L. Tyndall, on our radio show "Kingdom Highlights", for her new book, "Surrender The Night", Book Two in her, "Surrender To Destiny" series published by Barbour. This series is dealing with the War of 1812 and this particular book begins in August of 1814. The War will last until February, 1815 so it is coming to an end but there is still many battles left before it does. The story begins in Baltimore on the farm owned by Rose McGuire's uncle. Alone on the farm she is in the barn when she is attacked by Lt. Garrick from Book One. Before he can complete his attack Rose is save by Lt. Alexander Reed, also from the first book. In order to save her Reed must kill Garrick but before he does Garrick severely wounds him. Now Rose must hide, care and treat the British Naval Officer which is a treasonable act as the United States is at war with Britain. Rose and Alex grow during his convalescence and when the uncle hires Alex to be their butler the relationship grows even stronger even though they are supposed to be enemies. Rose is a woman who, basically, is hiding on her uncle's farm from a previous trauma and she doesn't even like to go to town. Alex is a sailor who ran away to sea to escape his family who finds himself drawn to this land and the farm life with Rose. Certain events transpire that bring Alex into Washington, D.C. and the home of President Madison. In an effort to save Alex Rose must put aside her fears and travel to Washington just as the British launch their devastating attack on the nation's capitol city. There are some great themes in this book. Both Alex and Rose are emotionally deeply wounded individuals who can only heal by the grace of God and by their relationship with each other. Neither one of them can go forward and embrace not only their future but the destiny that God has planned for them until they can turn over their deep-seated hurts to God for their healing. If you haven't read the first book you have missed a great treat. Ms. Tyndall knows how to craft a great story filled with action, suspense and wonderful romance. A bit of trivia for you this is the first book written by Ms. Tyndall that never takes you to sea, all the action takes place on land. However, don't let that steer you away as this book is plenty exciting and will have you reading and flipping pages as fast as you can. This book is a suspense thriller as both Alex and Rose's lives are in serious danger from the beginning. 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 in the series. If you missed the interview for "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 Kingdom Highlights where they are available On Demand. To listen to 24 Christian music please visit our internet radio station Kingdom Airwaves Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Barbour Publishers. 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."
Once again Marylu Tyndall captured my heart as she wrote about Rose and Alex and their heart stopping story! I LOVE historical fiction and Marylu Tyndall does an amazing job of bringing real life events into her stories to make you feel like you were actually there! Every time that I dig in to one of her novels it makes me feel like I really did know what it was like back then! There was nothing that I didn't like about this book! From every aspect, this is one I was read again and again!
I started this book one night and just could not put it down. The relationship between Rose and Alex is sweet, yet has a little of that luster for forbidden love as well. Very, very good book.
I would like to extend a heartfelt "Thank you" to MaryLu Tyndall and her publisher for sending me a copy of "Surrender the Night" to review for them. I am truly grateful for this generosity. I really appreciate the time, effort and expense it takes to make a copy available to me as a member of MaryLu's Motley Crew. I have never been in the position to have my home raided during a time of war by enemy soldiers. However, the gifted writing of MaryLu Tyndall takes me to that terrifying place where British invaders challenge American freedom and engage in violent oppression during the War of 1812. "Surrender the Night" is the second novel in the Surrender to Destiny series, and paints a vivid picture of war-torn America fighting to confirm her independence from England. The stage is set to the extent that the reader can smell the smoke of burning buildings. Baltimore in 1812 was a precarious place to be, and Rose McGuire is absolutely in a precarious place. Her parents are dead because of the British. She is fighting off the advances of an undesirable suitor. The fate of her family rests in her hands if her Uncle should be killed during the British raids on her land. When Alex Reed, the Second Lieutenant aboard a British ship, saves Rose from being ravished by his superior, the story twists even further. Injured in the altercation, Alex is at Rose's mercy - and under her care. You may remember Alex from the first novel in the series, "Surrender the Heart". His gallant character and torn loyalties were evident in that wonderful book, and it makes his character pop off the page in this beautifully crafted romance. I eagerly await book three.
Set in the War of 1812 in Baltimore, the hero, British second lieutenant, Alex, saves farm girl Rose from a brutal rape at the hands of his superior. Alex is injured while defending Rose. Will Rose nurse him back to health, or turn him in for being an enemy of the country? I was drawn right into Surrender the Night, starting with the first few pages. The characters are wonderfully written, with such depth and spirit that you can't help but fall in love right along with them. I find it amazing how Ms. Tyndall combines real events from history with a love story that is all her own.