Lieutenant Owen Masters and Emeline Baratt meet on a British warship as sworn enemies. Where will Emeline place her loyalties when forced to spy against her country?A brand new series for fans of all things related to history, romance, adventure, faith, and family trees.War Forces a Choice Between Love and CountryA trip home from England to Maryland in 1812 finds Emeline Baratt a captive on a British warship and forced to declare her allegiance between the British and Americans. Remaining somewhat politically neutral on a ship where her nursing skills are desperately needed is fairly easy—until she starts to have feelings for the first lieutenant who becomes her protector. However, when the captain sends her and Lieutenant Owen Masters on land to spy, she must choose between her love for him and her love for her country. Join the adventure as the Daughters of the Mayflower series continues with The Liberty Bride by MaryLu Tyndall. More in the Daughters of the Mayflower series:The Mayflower Bride by Kimberley Woodhouse – set 1620 Atlantic Ocean (February 2018)The Pirate Bride by Kathleen Y’Barbo – set 1725 New Orleans (April 2018)The Captured Bride by Michelle Griep – set 1760 during the French and Indian War (June 2018)The Patriot Bride by Kimberley Woodhouse – set 1774 Philadelphia (August 2018)The Cumberland Bride by Shannon McNear – set 1794 on the Wilderness Road (October 2018)The Liberty Bride by MaryLu Tyndall – set 1814 Baltimore (December 2018)
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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The Atlantic Ocean off the Coast of Virginia, August 6, 1814
What would it feel like to drown ... to float listlessly down ... down ... beneath the chilled waters of the Atlantic? To feel salty fingers wrap around you, their deadly talons tugging you farther into the murky darkness, your lungs burning until they screamed for air that would never come ... until finally, cloaked in a silent, peaceful tomb, you floated into eternity. ...
Emeline Baratt pondered these things as she gazed upon the dark waves from the larboard railing of her father's merchant brig — or rather, privateer — Charlotte. The pondering sliced an icy knife down her back. Was it the thought of dying or the chilled mist of the morning that caused her to suddenly draw the warmth of her cloak tighter about her neck? Perhaps both.
Unable to sleep as usual, she'd come up on deck just before dawn. It was the only time of day she was left unhindered by the many sailors on board who felt it their duty to protect and entertain their employer's daughter. On her long journey across the pond from Calais, France, she'd endured more than enough male attention to last a lifetime. Whether their desire for her was motivated by her dowry, their need for a wife to take care of them, or her "exquisite" beauty — as many of them claimed she possessed — she did not know. Nor did she care. As far back as she could remember, she had never wanted to marry.
A sliver of a moon frowned its disappointment down upon her. A scowl with which she was quite familiar, having seen it enough on her father's face whenever she'd dared to tell him of her dreams. Mockery always preceded his frustration, a complete dismissal of all that was important to her. Yet she knew he meant well. He wanted to see her settled and cared for. He wanted grandchildren. And while he didn't voice it, she knew he wanted to be free of the burden of her support.
"At two and twenty, you should be married with a bevy of wee ones frolicking about your skirts," he had told her after he'd discovered her painting away the afternoon. "It is the godly and proper station for women — raising children and caring for a husband. Not wasting your time with frivolous art that will never sell."
That frivolous art was the most beautiful seascape she'd ever painted and a secret commission from the mayor's wife, who'd admired Emeline's work from afar.
She never finished it. The next day her father whisked her overseas to Brighton to spend a year with her great-aunt, a wealthy daughter of a baron.
"What you need is a woman's influence, someone to teach you how to be a proper lady." He waved his hand through the air and huffed. "Perhaps you'll even find a husband. God knows you've rejected every eligible gentleman in Baltimore."
Indeed she had. A smile lifted her lips at the memory of those suitors vying for her affections like puppies for their mother's milk. But she would not be any man's pet. Why tie yourself down to a life of endless scrubbing and mending and cooking and tending? She'd done enough of that in the past fourteen years caring for her father and two brothers after her mother died and then most recently her aunt. If that was to be her life, what was the point?
She gazed at the churning water again.
She could jump.
The brig pitched over a wave, sending the deck tilting and wood creaking, jarring her from her morbid thoughts. Gripping the railing tighter, she sighed and gazed at the blanket of golden light swaddling the horizon, fluttering threads of gold and azure over the inky swells. Soon the deck would be abuzz with sailors, joining the two night watchmen and helmsman standing at the wheel. Soon she would have to go below to spend her final day at sea cooped up in a cabin the size of a privy closet. At least she had her charcoal and paper to keep her busy.
She may even finish her sketch of the captain if one of the sailors didn't come down with some phantom illness she had to address. Possessing medical skills she'd learned while accompanying her uncle on his rounds in Baltimore was yet another thing that kept her forever tending to everyone else's needs.
Everyone's but her own.
La, but she sounded bitter. Forgive me, Lord.
The pound of footsteps and groans of men unhappy to be awakened from their sleep rumbled behind her. A brisk wind flapped loose sails and stirred the curls dangling about her neck, and she drew a deep breath of the sea air. She'd grown so accustomed to the scent of brine, wood, and tar these past six weeks she'd all but forgotten what land smelled like.
She'd nearly forgotten her father's face as well — at least the look of chagrin it usually held. Would he be happy to see her? Perhaps her absence for nearly two years had softened his resolve to force her to marry if she returned without any prospects. Or would he be angry that she returned no better off than when she'd left? Without a husband and with but a pittance of an inheritance from her eccentric aunt.
She supposed his anger would win out, especially since he'd been forced to risk one of his merchantmen-turned-privateers to bring her home during wartime. Not just any privateer, but his best one, along with his best captain, Henry Lansing, notorious not only for capturing three British prizes but also for his skill at breaking through the British blockade of American ports.
Now that they neared the American coastline, they'd need his skill more than ever.
"Good morning to you, miss." One of the sailors smiled at her on his way to the foredeck as more men emerged from below and hurried to their posts.
Facing the sea once again, she drew back her shoulders. She had made up her mind. She would give up her art, marry within the year, and settle down to the life that was expected of her, a life that would please her father, society — and most of all, God.
No more wasted time, no more painting, no more frivolous dreams ...
She dropped her gaze once again to the misty sea. She could still jump. Death would come within minutes, and then she would be taken to heaven. To be with Mama.
"Oh Mama, I miss you so." She gripped the locket hanging around her neck as the sun peered over the horizon, soon becoming naught but a golden blur in Emeline's teary vision.
More sailors greeted her.
Wiping her eyes, she leaned over the railing and watched the line of bubbling foam rise and fall over the hull.
It would be so simple.
But of course she wouldn't jump. She straightened and glanced over the dissipating mist. From this moment forth, she intended to be a proper lady. And proper ladies certainly did not hurl themselves into the sea.
"Lay aloft! Loose top sails, Mr. Brook!" the boatswain shouted behind her.
Sailors leapt into the shrouds and skittered to the tops like spiders on a web. Within minutes, sheets were dropped, flapping idly before they caught the wind and ballooned in a thunderous roar.
Lowering her head, she prayed for forgiveness for her negative thoughts. She prayed that God would take away her dreams and help her be a godly woman. Then, perhaps then, He would choose to bless her and not punish her.
Warmth caressed her eyelids, and she opened them to the sunrise kissing the waves with saffron and whisking away the remaining fog. Perhaps an omen of God's favor at last. She started to turn and descend to her cabin, when a dark shape on the horizon caught her eye. Squinting, she watched as it grew larger ... a leviathan emerging from the mist.
"A sail! A sail!" A shout came from the tops.
They hadn't seen a single ship in the entire crossing. Odd since America was at war with Great Britain. Odd also because the captain had warned her that they may encounter some trouble.
She scanned the deck and spotted him mounting the ladder to the quarterdeck where he took the telescope from his first mate.
Another shout came from the tops. "She's flying the Union Jack, Cap'n!"
"What in the blazes! Where did she come from?" Captain Lansing bellowed, scope still to his eye. "Why was she not spotted earlier?"
"There was a heavy fog this morning," the boatswain offered.
"We are at war, man! Fog is no excuse!" Captain Lansing gripped the quarterdeck railing, his face mottled with rage.
"She's heading our way, Cap'n, signaling for a show of colors."
"By God, then we'll show her our colors! Raise the flag! Beat to quarters! All hands make sail!"
The string of orders sent the sailors dashing here and there as the first mate shouted further commands to the crew.
More sails were loosed. Wind glutted them like white pregnant bellies. Emeline stood frozen, watching the harried crew race about, their eyes sparking in fear. The ship veered to larboard. She caught the rail and slammed against the bulwarks.
"She's running out her guns!" the first mate yelled.
Emeline dared a glance back out to sea. A Royal Navy frigate advanced toward them in a sea of raging white foam.
A spindle of terror wove down her back. She couldn't move. Could hardly breathe.
A foul curse spewed from Captain Lansing's lips, followed by something about bearing off and starboard guns. ... Emeline could no longer make much sense of his words.
Boom! The roar shook both sky and brig. Her heart seized.
Someone shouted, "All hands down!"
Her last thought before dropping to all fours was that God so rarely answered her prayers.CHAPTER 2
Captain's orders. You and Mrs. Keate stay here until it's safe." In his haste to join the battle, the sailor's mate all but shoved Emeline and the quartermaster's wife, Hannah, into the tiny cabin and slammed the door.
Safe? Emeline shared a terrified glance with Hannah as shouts ricocheted above them and feet pounded over the deck. The eerie grate of iron set every nerve at attention to what she assumed were the guns being run out.
"Now, now, dear." The older woman took Emeline's arm and tugged her to sit in one of the chairs. "It will be all ri', you'll see."
"All right —" The deck suddenly tilted. Emeline toppled from the chair, lost her footing, and slammed into the bulkhead. Dazed, she clawed the wood, her shriek drowned out by the mad dash of water against the hull.
"Oh dear, you hurt yourself." Hannah's kind face came into view as she dragged Emeline across the small space and forced her to sit. Within moments, a cloth pressed on her forehead.
"Just a wee scratch. Nothin' to worry about."
The wood creaked and groaned as the brig heaved to starboard. Emeline gripped the arms of the chair while Hannah merely bolstered her stance and remained in place. She withdrew the rag. A red line marred the gray fabric.
Boom! The distant explosion roared overhead. Emeline covered her face and crouched into the chair, too afraid to scream or even breathe for fear the shot would crash through the cabin, through her body, and rip her to shreds.
It didn't. But it did hit above deck as the snap and crunch of wood pierced the air, followed by a gut-wrenching scream.
"I should see if the injured need help." Gripping the chair arms, Emeline attempted to rise, but the ship careened yet again, sending her hairbrush and toiletries crashing to the floor from the table.
Shouts increased in volume and intensity, the captain's chief among them. Wind slapped the sails, the sea roared against the hull, and footsteps pummeled the deck like an angry giant.
"You can't go up top now, dear. It is too dangerous."
Emeline wanted to cry, but her eyes were as dry as her throat. "This can't be happening!"
"Try to calm yourself." Hannah dabbed the cloth on her head again.
"Calm? How can I be calm when we are in the middle of a battle at sea?" Emeline eased the woman's arm away. "And against the mightiest navy on earth!"
This time Emeline made it to her feet and instantly regretted it as the brig pitched. She gripped the bunk chain before she toppled to the deck. It nearly yanked her arm out of its socket, and she fell anyway. Pain seared a trail up her tailbone.
Sinking onto the bunk for support, Hannah reached a hand for her. "Never you fear about that. God be wit' us."
Forty years had not stolen an ounce of vigor or vim from Hannah. Though they had rounded out her figure and added a few silver streaks to her chestnut hair. She had been Emeline's companion on the long journey across the pond, but in truth, she'd been more of a mother figure — something Emeline had not had since she was eight.
Taking Hannah's hand, she allowed the older lady to pull her up onto the cot. "How do you know God is not with the British?"
Hannah shrugged. "Don't matter wha' side 'e takes. 'E's still wit' you and me."
Stern voices — brisk and harried — echoed from above. The brig tilted to starboard again. An explosion shook the ship so violently it seemed every timber would turn to dust. The sound pulsed in Emeline's ears. Beside her, Hannah's lips were moving, but Emeline could make nothing of the words ... something about a broadside.
"We must 'ave fired a broadside," Hannah repeated, staring at Emeline with concern. "Are you all ri'?"
"I want to go above. What if the brig sinks and we drown, trapped in this cabin?" The irony was not lost on her that she'd only that morning been brooding on a watery death.
Easing an arm around her, Hannah drew her close, but Emeline leapt up, stumbled over the shifting deck, flung open the door, and barreled into the companionway. She supposed proper ladies didn't barge on deck in the middle of battle either, but if she were going to die, propriety made no difference.
Hannah's shouts followed behind her but were quickly muffled by the mayhem above. Emeline emerged into a scene of such chaos, blood, and destruction she nearly retreated back to her cabin. She would have retreated if a cloud of black smoke hadn't completely enveloped her, stealing her breath and stinging her eyes. Coughing, she batted it away, when a sailor rammed into her. She stumbled to the side. Hannah grabbed her arm before she fell and dragged her against the quarterdeck as the metallic scent of blood combined with gunpowder sent bile into her throat.
Men scurried back and forth, following the captain's orders. Gun crews swarmed the ten cannons — or guns, as they called them — on the port side, reloading them with shot and powder. A charred hole smoked from the starboard railing. A huge gouge had been blasted from the main mast between main and topsail. The enormous pole whined and teetered, remaining upright by a mere breath and a prayer. Splintered wood, stained with blood, showered the deck, slicing the bare feet of the sailors as they hurried past. Above, sails flapped impotently in search of wind. The brig slowed.
Curses showered on them from above where the captain stood.
"They've got the weather edge, Cap'n, and coming fast on our port quarter!"
An agonized moan drew Emeline's attention to a sailor sprawled over the deck by the foredeck ladder. Before Hannah could stop her, she gathered her skirts and dashed toward him, dropping to her knees at his side. A spear of wood protruded from his neck while blood gushed from a wound on his head. She scanned the scene, looking for anyone to assist her in bringing him below, when another boom split the sky. The sailors crouched.
Was this the end? Would she die aboard this ship? Her heart pounded in her ears, drowning out all other sound and slowing time. Thump ... thump ... thump. Sailors moved across the deck as if wading through oil. The captain was shouting something, his lips opening and closing ever so slowly, but his words sounded hollow and muffled. Emeline glanced down at the injured man and blinked, trying to regain her senses. Grabbing his hand, she closed her eyes. "Oh God, help us."
A splash sounded and the clamor on board resumed.
Emeline peered over the railing to see the British ship coming alongside with the muzzles of at least fifteen guns mocking them from its side.
A confident voice bellowed over the water. "This is His Britannic Majesty's frigate Marauder. Lay down your arms and surrender at once or be blown to bits!"(Continues…)
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Another novel of the Daughters of the Mayflower series, this book is set during the Revolutionary War. Emeline Baratt has had to take care of others for many years - her younger brothers after the death of her mother, then an aunt in England. Fortunately between the two times in her life, she learned doctoring skills from her uncle which assisted in her care of her aunt. It is after her aunt dies that this book opens, with Emeline aboard one of her father's sailing vessels to return to America. Unfortunately, this vessel is overtaken by a British ship and she is given the responsibility of taking care of her former shipmates and British soldiers who were injured in the attack of her father's ship. Because of this situation and trust, she is given dinner with the captain and the position for her was not as difficult for her as it was for others from the ship. Throughout the book, Emeline tries to pray and reason with God, but she finds it formidable, since she had not been attending church, nor a great believer of the greater power. As time passes and she converses with Hannah, the wife of one of the sailors aboard her father's ship, she finds her path to God. There are many characters in the book, but don't feel overwhelmed as you read. This is an incredible account of the difficulties suffered by people who fought for our country. They had questions as to why God would listen to their prayers and not those of the British who believed they, too, were fighting for the good of the people. Fabulous book from a seasoned author. You won't be disappointed in this tale from a time in our history that was a difficult time for the young nation. I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review.
The Liberty Bride: Daughters of the Mayflower by MaryLu Tyndall Lieutenant Owen Masters and Emeline Baratt meet on a British warship as sworn enemies. Where will Emeline place her loyalties when forced to spy against her country? A brand new series for fans of all things related to history, romance, adventure, faith, and family trees. War Forces a Choice Between Love and Country A trip home from England to Maryland in 1812 finds Emeline Baratt a captive on a British warship and forced to declare her allegiance between the British and Americans. Remaining somewhat politically neutral on a ship where her nursing skills are desperately needed is fairly easy—until she starts to have feelings for the first lieutenant who becomes her protector. However, when the captain sends her and Lieutenant Owen Masters on land to spy, she must choose between her love for him and her love for her country. this is Owen Masters and Emeline Baratt's story. Mr. Baratt Emeline father. First Lieutenant Owen Masters took a position beside his captain on the main deck of HMS Marauder in preparation to receive the prisoners on board. “At two and twenty, you should be married with a bevy of wee ones frolicking about your skirts,” he had told her after he’d discovered her painting away the afternoon. “It is the godly and proper station for women—raising children and caring for a husband. That frivolous art was the most beautiful seascape she’d ever painted and a secret commission from the mayor’s wife, who’d admired Emeline’s work from afar. The next day her father whisked her overseas to Brighton to spend a year with her great-aunt, a wealthy daughter of a baron. Henry Lansing, notorious not only for capturing three British prizes but also for his skill at breaking through the British blockade of American ports. Now that they neared the American coastline, they’d need his skill more than ever. Another shout came from the tops. “She’s flying the Union Jack, Cap’n!” “What in the blazes! Where did she come from?” Captain Lansing bellowed, scope still to his eye. “Why was she not spotted earlier?” “There was a heavy fog this morning,” the boatswain offered. “We are at war, man!Fog is no excuse!” Captain Lansing gripped the quarterdeck railing, his face mottled with rage. I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review. I highly recommend reading. The Liberty Bride: Daughters of the Mayflower by MaryLu Tyndall is a wonderful well written 4 star book. I am looking forward to reading more books by MaryLu Tyndall. Legacy of the King's Pirates 1. The Redemption 2. The Reliance 3. The Restitution 4. The Ransom 5. The Reckoning 6. The Reckless Join the adventure as the Daughters of the Mayflower series continues with The Liberty Bride by MaryLu Tyndall. The Mayflower Bride by Kimberley Woodhouse – set 1620 Atlantic Ocean The Pirate Bride by Kathleen Y’Barbo – set 1725 New Orleans The Captured Bride by Michelle Griep – set 1760 during the French and Indian War The Patriot Bride by Kimberley Woodhouse – set 1774 Philadelphia The Cumberland Bride by Shannon McNear – set 1794 on the Wilderness Road The Liberty Bride by MaryLu Tyndall – set 1814 Baltimore
Makes History Interesting. I never enjoyed History in High School....at all. Thanks to books like this, I am seeing history in a new light and I love it! The Liberty Bride is a well written story that will leave you wanting to read more about that time in history. Vivid characters, excitement and God inspired moments. Owen and Emeline's story will have you aboard a British warship facing all manner of dilemmas. To spy or not to spy, to betray or not to betray, to be loyal or not to be loyal...and once off ship, traversing the forest trying to keep from being seen or caught. This is book 6 in The Daughters of the Mayflower series. Each book brings history to life in different ways. I highly recommend The Liberty Bride and all other books in the series. I received a copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and the author. I was under no obligation to write a review.
The Liberty Bride by MaryLu Tyndall (Daughters of the Mayflower - Book 6) is Historical Christian Fiction. Specifically American and British history at the time of the War of 1812. Tyndall’s book is full of action with never a dull moment spying, escapes, medical emergencies, battles on land and sea. The characters are fearless and loyal to their respective countries but most are compassionate to others. Biblical wisdom, values, and growth are woven into the story and lives of the characters. Throughout the book characters are realistic and behave according to their beliefs. We are given a glimpse of how history may have happened and the effects of the war. I have read every book to date in this series and highly recommend each book for the Christian values, history and excellent stories. I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Books through NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own. My thanks to the author, publisher and netgalley for making this book available for me to read, enjoy and review.
The Liberty Bride is the sixth installment in The Daughters of the Mayflower series, but it is completely fine to read as a stand-alone. I was immediately interested as I started reading, but after a few chapters, I was seriously hooked. (The kind of hooked where I would sneak away into my bedroom and read a chapter when my children were occupied with something else.) The plot never dragged thanks to the constant danger, emotional conflicts, and romantic tension between Emeline and Owen. Beyond the adventure, suspense, and romantic moments, a beautiful theme of spiritual liberty arched throughout the story. Emeline deeply struggles with being a proper lady in order to please her father and earn God's favor. She vascillates between different perspectives, sometimes very quickly, as she tries to conform to the constraints of society and religion. Ultimately, Emeline and Owen learn that a personal relationship with Jesus is more important than rules doled out by fallible humans. The Liberty Bride is the first full-length novel I've read by Marylu Tyndall and it made me want to read more of her work. It's also my favorite of the four books that I've read from The Daughters of the Mayflower series. I recommend to readers looking for a tale of adventure, faith, and romance. I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review.
Absorbing Story. Set against the War of 1812, this has an authentic feel to it (though knowing very little about this period in American history I cannot say that it is, or is not, historically accurate). The characters were engaging and the story absorbing. Well written with lots of detail and interest. I would read more by this author. I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book from NetGalley. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
The Liberty Bride was an interesting, informative story about the War of 1812. Emelime is returning to America after the passing of her aunt in England. Her Father's ship is taken over by the British and she decides to proclaim her loyalty to England to see what she can find out to help America. Emelime stays busy in the ship tending to the wounded British soldiers and American prisoners. While on the HMS Marauder she meets Lieutenant Owen Masters, who is posing as a British officer while gathering information for the Americans. Will they be able to show their true colors once they are sent ashore to spy for the British and get their information to the Americans? I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review.
THE LIBERTY BRIDE captured my heart I fell in love with both Emeline Baratt and Owen Masters, and I was sad when the book came to an end. From the first page till the last this book truly captured my heart. Throughout the book Emeline is fighting to be a proper lady and to live up to an impossible standard; I think we can all relate to that in one way or another. Her gentleness and compassion for those in need is beyond touching and really endears her character to the reader. Owen Masters is the charming “bad boy” and though he is drawn to Emeline both characters feel they can not abandon their country to be with one another and often find themselves irritated with the other. I love that we get to read his thoughts because we get to see the inner struggle with who he is. Final thoughts… how can you go wrong when you are reading a romance that is filled with battles on the open sea, spies and double spies and MaryLu Tyndall? Answer, you can’t! I recommend this book highly, it has defiantly made its way to the top of my recommend list! Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book from the author, but am under no obligation to post a positive review. This review reflects my own opinions.
This is another of the novels of the Daughters of the Mayflower Series and a fine one at that. Strong woman character, Emeline, is taken captive aboard a British ship on her way home to America. She convinces the captain of her loyalty to Britain that she just left in order to try to help her home country. Meanwhile, she fights against her growing feelings for the majorly attractive lieutenant Owen. Unbeknownst to each other, they are on the same side but there are many adventures until that comes out. There is very little Christian sharing until later in the novel. Even then, tasteful for those not versed in Christianity and finding their way. Plucky heroine, she saves her man. A little history moment at the end that I would have liked to know more about: Ft. Henry and the battle there. Although no the scope of this book, it could have easily continued on a bit to what happened with Emeline and Owen. Yes, it was that good. Worth the read. I received a free copy courtesy of Barbour Publishing and Net Galley in exchange for my unbiased review. Thank you both!!
The Liberty Bride by MaryLu Tyndall is another in the fabulous Daughters of the Mayflower series. This historical fiction series follows a family tree linked by the daughters across American history from the landing of the Mayflower through the events of World War II. In the Liberty Bride readers are introduced to Emeline, a young woman returning from England to America during the War of 1812. The ship she is on is taken by the British and the story begins and what a delightful story it is. There is action, intrigue, and romance enough to keep the pages turning quickly. The characters are vibrantly strong and believable--artists, adventurers, rebels, spies, loyal Americans and loyal Brits, birthing mothers and dying fathers. The history of the War of 1812 is a great story in and of itself and seeing it through these fictional characters is fantastic. Throughout the story, the author has woven a thread of faith in God the Father and what it means--it is a gift and no matter how much good you do, you cannot earn His favor. I cannot wait to read the next book in this fantastic historical romance series. I received a complimentary copy of the book from Barbour Publishing and was not required to write a review. The opinions are my own.
I have read several of MaryLu Tyndall’s novels before and largely enjoyed them. When I found her latest was included in The Daughters of the Mayflower series, I excitedly began reading as soon as I could. The action begins from the earliest pages with characters that quickly embedded in my heart even as they tried to make sense of the world at war around them, and the battles that wage within their own hearts. I really enjoyed both Owen and Emeline and could relate to them at different points in the story. They struggle for much of the novel, sometimes with their own desires, but often with God and what they think He wants from them. The questions are honest, and the faith journey of both is realistic, even though they come from different reasons and backgrounds. Nothing gets rushed, yet another way the depiction is authentic. The adventure is high in this novel, though the action does not sacrifice the great romance, which is not an easy feat—often a book will have one or the other dominate. Perhaps it is the war-time setting that keeps the action up even as the characters try to understand their hearts. All I know is that the two, seemingly opposing facets of the story, somehow work in tandem to produce a book that I could not put down. This is a wonderful novel with solid Christian content that lets us journey with new believers as they discover it is about relationship with Jesus rather than a list of rules to follow. Even with its strong message, the adventure in Tyndall’s latest cannot be denied, and the first-rate romance set during these tumultuous days will appeal to those who look for a fantastic love story. Current fans will no doubt enjoy this tale of ships and spies, though anyone with an interest in American history will find it riveting as well, perhaps winning new readers through this novel that really does have it all. I recommend it highly! I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review.
The American Revolution! Emeline Baratt is a brave, feisty young American woman who is taken prisoner on a British ship! Handsome Owen Masters is a first lieutenant on the HMS Marauder but is really an American spy. Emeline and Owen face many dangers attempting to warn of the pending attack on Baltimore. In the process they learn that God does care about them. I recommend this historical fiction book to others. I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review.
A proper lady doesn't do that! The Liberty Bride by MaryLu Tyndall is set during the war of 1812 with a major portion taking place on a privateer ship and a British war ship. It was so interesting to learn about this time in history with the story about a young woman who was brave, courageous and bold! After being captured from her father's ship that later sank, she had to find a way to survive with the British and her means of survival are amazing! Mercy and redemption are revealed which were heart warming for the characters and to me. There is a bit of romance along with plenty of mystery, suspense with twists and turns that kept me on edge and I loved it! MaryLu Tyndall is a new author to me and by reading her book I have discovered another writer to follow. I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review.
What would a proper lady do? Poor Emeline was convinced that the bad things in her life were happening because she was not behaving as a proper lady should. That God was somehow punishing her for wanting to pursue her art instead of being trapped in a marriage of servitude. For not doing enough. For not being enough. Despite serving in the British navy for eight years, Owen was still a rebel set on getting all the adventure in his life that he could. He scoffed at his friend Ben’s faith in God, convinced that if there was a God, He would do well to simply abandon mankind. Oh my! It’s hard to know where to start. The Liberty Bride is full of adventure, humor, faith, and love. It was such an experience to be on the ship with Emeline as the British attacked it, feeling the ship rocking and reeling against the cannon blasts. And then caring for the sick and wounded and experiencing the fear that caused her to pretend she was something that she was not. . . The author told such a beautiful story which fully engaged me. I loved the characters, the plot, and the spiritual journey. There was a funeral scene that was simply amazing. I don’t want to spoil anything, so that is all I’ll say about it. It was quite clever how she used Emeline’s concepts of what a proper lady would do throughout the story. The descriptions used for some of the people were delightful. Here are a few examples: “she was definitely a fluffhead” “he resembled more an old piece of rope than a man” “the poor lieutenant was halfmast shy of a ship’s complement” “with a bulbous nose, arms as thick as masts, and a whitecap of hair atop his head”. It’s hard to believe this is already the sixth book in the exciting Daughters of the Mayflower series. While the characters in these books have common ancestors, each story stands alone. I have enjoyed each of them and am so looking forward to reading the rest as well. Read with a Preview at AmongTheReads.net I was given a copy of this book for free. I was not required to give a favorable review nor was any money received for this review. All comments and opinions are my own.
“The Daughters of the Mayflower” series has produced some fantastic novels and some that, while interesting, are less than spectacular. You don’t know what you’re getting until you try each different book, written by different authors about different times of conflict in our country’s history. I have read several of MaryLu Tyndall’s books and really enjoyed the adventure and the Christian message. The Liberty Bride seems to lose some of the adventurous feeling as it gets weighed down by the message Tyndall is trying to impart. The Liberty Bride takes place during the War of 1812. I enjoyed meeting Emeline Barratt, who upon returning from England, finds herself in a position to spy for the Americans. Then there is her counterpart, First Lt. Owen Masters, who both intrigues and annoys her to no end. Emeline doesn’t understand the love of the Heavenly Father but equates God’s love with the punitive love of her own father. She is quite worried that God might be punishing her for any past disobedience. Only doing right will bring God’s approval, she believes. “I’m definitely going to Hell!” So says Emeline about all the deception, lying, and spying she has been doing for the Americans. Emeline’s character is actually very full of mercy and grace, what she needs to learn about God Himself. In short, I loved the action, the themes were good, but the conversation got heavy and preachy. Maybe others will not see it so. I was given a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher and NetGalley. I am not required to leave a positive review, and all opinions are solely my own.
"The Liberty Bride" by MaryLu Tyndall was really good! 5 stars. Set in 1814 during the war between America and England, Emeline Baratt and Lieutenant Owen Masters have a choice between love and country. Sort of a hate to love relationship happens betwen them. I finished this book in 2 sittings. I love MaryLu Tyndall's books. They're full of history and romance, with some humor thrown in. My favorite combo. I recommend "The Daughter of the Mayflower" series! "I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review."
This book is very good and is fast paced. It's a faith-based book with a central element being the hero's and heroine's journey to finding and seeing God's love and goodness. It's also full of adventure and a very sweet romance. I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review.
Emeline Baratt is on her father's ship heading home after being in England with her aunt for several years. England and America are at war and the ship is captured by the HMS Marauder-- an English ship . First Lieutenant Owen Masters --who is an American spy is very surprised to find a woman on board and one who claims loyalty to England. Emeline plays along to save her friends and gather information. She cares for the sick and wounded aboard ship. Emeline is a determined and courageous young woman She begins having feeling for Owen but believes him to be loyal to the English .. Landing in America the captain send Emeline and Owen along with Dimsmore and Mr. Ryne to get word to the British about plans he has discovered. During their trip they both discover they are on same side and begin planning how to get word to the Americans on the British plans. They succeed and find her father in their journey . This is a good book to read. I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review.
I'm loving this Daughters of the Mayflower series, every single book! The characters in The Liberty Bride were realistic and believable. The war of 1812, where America was fighting for independence against Britain was front and center. Spies, cannons and muskets, oh my! On the ship the Charlotte, Emeline soon found herself along with all the other passengers, captured by the British and put on board the HMS Marauder. She soon was used for her medical skills learned from helping her uncle. Both American and British passengers were injured during the skirmish and she treated each equally with care. This was noticed by Lieutenant Owen Masters on the Marauder. Emeline soon realizes she needs to pledge allegiance to the British for her safety even though she is American at heart. She feels guilty at her deception but sees no other way. Owen is also harboring a big secret from all. I loved these two characters and how they reacted to circumstances. Emeline was the bravest woman I've read about in a long while. And Owen was strong and very well versed in what he needed to do to succeed in his situation. Real history among fiction, I love it! I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review.
If you like history, romance and suspense then this book is a must read. I have enjoyed all of the "Daughters of the Mayflower" books. They are each different and so good. I received a copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review.
Emeline Baratt is the 7th generation of the Lytton family when Tyndall once again picks up the saga of the Lytton family. With her mother deceased, her father has sent her to her Great Aunt in England to become a lady. Instead Emeline finds herself a caregiver for her great aunt who has become ill. After 2 years, her aunt has died; and Emeline is returning home on an American ship that is taken over as bounty by an English vessel. War has broken out between the Americans and English once again in 1812 as England attempts to return the US to its control. Emeline is definitely a lively and engaging character. As she plays her double role, she portrays the perfect English lady while internally staying true to her American roots. Owen Masters, a British Lieutenant, is the perfect hero playing his double role to a tee. Both of them were intensely loyal to the US whilst playing their roles as a British lady and officer. Yet never knowing the true person behind the facade. Yet hints are shown in their kindness and caring for the American prisoners taken aboard the English ship. This book hooked me from the start and was another definite success in the Daughters of the Mayflower series. This series can be read as stand alones but are more enjoyable when read as a series. **I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Books through NetGalley. Opinions are mine alone. I was not compensated for this review.
Courage, determination and faith are found in this great story. I enjoyed reading this one. I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review.
I've enjoying this series. Each book is written by a different author so some books I enjoy more than others. This is one enjoyed very much. I haven't read a book by MaryLu in a long time. I forget how talented she is and how much I loved her stories. Emaline is a strong character who has to make some tough choices. Owen is a desirable hero, who is trying to lead a double life. The reader knows Emaline and Owen's secret but they don't know each others secret and I was just waiting for the truth to come out. Chapter after chapter the tension builds as they get buried deeper in their lies. A wonderful historical romance. A copy of this book was given to me through Netgalley.com. All opinions are my own.
OK! Loved this, so much action and no dull moments. I love the Daughters of the Mayflower series. I loved how Emeline helped anyone that needed her help, not just those on "her side". She was a warm, loving person. Lots to learn from this woman. I think you will enjoy this wonderful historical novel! I sure did. This is a wonderful read for those, like me, that enjoy Christian fiction. I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review.
This series is wonderful! I love how each book takes place during important moments in American history. This book gave a great look into the War of 1812. It’s full of adventure and spies! I loved it! Besides having an entertaining story, this book has a great message! I highly recommend reading this! I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review.*