The Reckoning

The Reckoning

by MaryLu Tyndall

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BN ID: 2940151364621
Publisher: MaryLu Tyndall
Publication date: 06/16/2015
Series: Legacy of the King's Pirates , #5
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 342
Sales rank: 452,809
File size: 8 MB

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The Reckoning 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 26 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved it
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nhr3bookcrazyNR More than 1 year ago
This is the first book I have read by this author - and even though it is the 4th in a series, that created no problems. I truly enjoyed the characters in the book, and the idea of a woman from 2015 ending up on a pirate ship in 1694. Quite a story. I will now have to get the other books in this series to read.
BrittanyMc More than 1 year ago
The Reckoning was an adventurous tale that I did not want to end! I liked so many different characters. I really felt for Morgan and all that she was going through. Although I found myself wanting her to realize that she’d traveled through time, it made sense that it would be hard to comprehend that reality. But, once she did realize that, the book really took off for me and was hard to set down. I thought her transformation from the beginning of the book to the end was fabulous. Rowan was a wonderful hero. Very much a rogue, with a lot of baggage and the habits of a pirate, he had a lot of growing to do through the story. And it was a wonderful experience to see that happen! As The Reckoning is a story that involves pirates, there were references to drinking and some pirates who were looking to use the lady for their own pleasure. These references made sense in the story and I felt that they added realism to the novel. There were a plethora of wonderful side characters who were part of the crew of the Reckoning and they added so much to the story. And I enjoyed meeting characters from some of the author’s previous books. That was especially fun. Even though I had not read the other books from the series, I had no trouble at all following along. I really enjoyed this book and plan to read more in this series. I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Shoni More than 1 year ago
I have been a fan of MaryLu's since she released her first novel, "The Redemption." In fact, her hero, Captain Merrick, was the inspiration for my son's name. As the fifth book in the Legacy of the King's Pirates, "The Reckoning" does not disappoint. Time travel, pirates, sea battles, romance, adventure, hidden treasure, Biblical teachings - who doesn't want all of that in a novel? Morgan Shaw is a modern woman from 2015 who happens to be dying. While trying to hide from the guy who dumped her, she stumbles upon the key to time travel and wakes up 300 years in the past on a real pirate ship. But this is all staged by her rich father, right? Rowan Dutton is a man who has spent the last two years chasing the elusive treasure to make amends for his past mistakes. A rogue and a pirate, Rowan can't believe that the woman who mysteriously appeared on his ship has turned his world upside down. Who does she think she is, making demands of him, a notorious pirate captain? Their worlds collide when Morgan accidentally reveals the location of a treasure map. Now both of them are in danger from the enemy both human and spiritual. Will they surrender and trust in the One who knows all? Or will they succumb to the fear and greed that holds them? And when they both figure out what God wants from them, will it all be taken away? "The Reckoning" is a well developed story. I loved the characters and felt I could relate to both Morgan and Rowan. There is violence, the normal violence you would expect from pirate battles and sword fights - none in graphic detail. For sexual content, there are references to "bedding," adultery, raping, and kissing - none of these are illustrated in graphic detail. The story is told from both Rowan and Morgan's perspectives. "The Reckoning" shows fictional characters who deal with very real problems that we face today, and tells of the One who is the answer to all those problems, if we only surrender, acknowledge and trust in Him.
Lighthouse204 More than 1 year ago
An extremely interesting book.! This was written with a twist - a time twist. I enjoyed the characters in this book as well as the challenges they faced in present day situations and situations in history. I usually prefer Christian mystery over romance. This book had both. I had to immediately look for another one of MaryLu's books in this series.
KelseyP More than 1 year ago
Morgan Shaw was trying to have a good outing with her boyfriend, well almost trying. He had picked the destination, San Diego’s annual Tall Ship Festival. She had just told him she was sick with cancer and he’d dumped her because he couldn’t “deal” with that. As she is drowning her sorrows with her roommate, Morgan wanders aboard a ship and begins exploring. She finds herself below deck and not a little inebriated. Wait, is the ship actually moving or is that just the alcohol? Morgan doesn’t remember if she passed out, hit her head, or just fell asleep, but she does know that upon waking that these “people” are taking this pirate reenactment too seriously. She begins to wonder if this is one of her father’s “vacations” designed for her to get her mind off of things, in this case her cancer. But the longer she spends onboard and, specifically, in the company of pirate Captain Rowan Dutton, the more she begins to doubt the fiction of her reality. Another marvelous, swashbuckling adventure on the high seas from MaryLu Tyndall, The Reckoning delivers a little fantasy with a lot of faith, some new characters and a few old for your and my own reading pleasure.
SarahsReading More than 1 year ago
I went into this book expecting a full and adventurous read. What I got was so much more. Morgan has a problem. Cancer. As everything seems to fall down around her and she isn’t sure she could feel more alone, everything fades away and she finds herself in an even more unpredictable situation. Anxiety soars as the world grows more unknown. She faces down an unruly pirate captain and his crew, while trying to hold herself and her world together. When she’s not sure she could possibly face another moment, when a simple breath is beyond her, she has a decision to make. Face the rest of the unknowns alone… or put her life in the hands of the One she doesn’t think cares. Rowan is a mighty Captain and one tough pirate. Known for his cunning and ruthlessness, he meets his match in Morgan. He can’t figure her out and she seems to not care for his charm, which usually sends the ladies swooning. Morgan is not swooning. In fact, she seems to be immune to him… but is he immune to her? As a person who fights anxiety, this heroine spoke to me. MaryLu draws the emotions of anxiety out and I could nearly feel Morgan’s panic. I also love how MaryLu dealt with anxiety and the other trials that Morgan had to face. Numerous times I wiped tears from my eyes as truths were spoken that even spoke into my life. Not only is this a wonderful read if you struggle with anxiety, it’s a fantastic adventure for anyone. MaryLu knows how to write a fantastic pirate story. She knows her ships, pirates and adventures and knows how to grab a reader and yank them into the story. It was really hard to put this book down and yet, when it ended, I was sad to read the final page. This will definitely be a book I will re-read many times. I loved it! *I received this book from MaryLu Tyndall in exchange for my honest review. I didn’t have to love it, but I sure did!*
pwnmom More than 1 year ago
The Legacy of the King's Pirates are some of the first Christian fiction books I read and I have been hooked ever since. The Redemption, The Reliance, The Restitution and The Ransom are all wonderful reads, but since it's been a while since they were written... I wondered how this new book, The Reckoning, would fit in to the series. Well, fit it did! I really was not sure at all of the time travel from current times to pirate times, I love how MaryLu wove this story. It really worked... all the way through to the end. There were times in the book that I both liked and despised Morgan Shaw... times that she really got on my nerves, but other times that I felt sorry for her. Pirate Rowan Dutton is a man's man.... and a lady's man, but when Morgan comes along she seems to throw him for a loop and he doesn't do things quite as his men expect of him. He's one of the more honorable pirates and some of his men don't care for that! Will Dutton be able to get this Lady Minx off his ship and get on to his treasure? Or will his worst enemy beat him to it? How will Morgan get back to San Diego and back to her doctor appointments and chemo? This book is so many things... suspense, romance, pirates and battles and in the midst of it all, there is God. The Reckoning is an amazing tale and adventure. You don't have to read the other books to pick this one up, but once you do read this one, you'll want to go back and read the others!! Enjoy!
VicG More than 1 year ago
MaryLu Tyndall in her new book, “The Reckoning” Book Five in the Legacy of the King’s Pirates series published by Ransom Press introduces us to Morgan Shaw. From the back cover: When Morgan Shaw crept into the hold of an old pirate ship replica at San Diego’s Annual Tall Ship Festival, her only intention was to avoid the guy who had just dumped her and who was now boarding the ship with two women on his arm. What she didn’t expect was to wake up aboard a real pirate ship three-hundred years in the past. But of course, it wasn’t real. Her wealthy father had obviously staged it all in an effort to get her mind off her upcoming chemo. Or had he? Pirate Rowan Dutton seeks enough treasure to repay a debt to his sister and reinstate the Dutton name among British Jamaican Society. He is but one major haul away from accomplishing his goal when a strange woman appears on his ship and causes him to lose his prey. Despite his anger, he is enthralled with the little minx, her strange clothing, odd speech, and her insistence that they are all actors playing a charade paid for by her father. Yet when the brazen little lady divulges Rowan’s secret to a longtime nemesis, events are triggered that could cost them both their lives and change the course of history forever. Let me start off by saying that I believe that “The Reckoning” is the best book, so far, from the pen of MaryLu Tyndall. This is the first book that has ever offered us time travel. At first I was a little hesitant. I wasn’t sure that time travel would play well with pirates. I worried for nothing. It plays great with pirates! All of the elements of high adventure are here: on land, on the sea there is action, adventure, suspense, swordplay as well as bravery and honor. Now there is a 21st Century woman, Morgan, back in time to 1694 on board Captain Dutton’s The Reckoning. Only she doesn’t believe it. That is where all the fun comes in. Then just to make it more interesting Ms. Tyndall gave us a romance. The highlight of this book is faith. It is Morgan, and her belief in God, that will keep them both alive so that God can fulfill His purpose. There is a lot going on in “The Reckoning” which is good because it keeps you interested and flipping pages as fast as you can read. Don’t start this book late at night because it will be very difficult to put it down or stop thinking about it. I recommend this book highly and am greatly looking forward to the next book from this highly talented author. If you missed the interview for “Surrender The Heart” or the sequel, “Surrender The Night” and would like to listen to it and/or would like to hear the previous interviews where we discussed this and another series please go to Kingdom Highlights where they are available On Demand. Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Ransom Press. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”
Charity_Andrews More than 1 year ago
As you know, I am a huge Marylu fan. Her stories are fun and exciting. This one took me a bit by surprise. Morgan has been diagnosed with cancer and only has a few months to live. In a surprising twist, she ends up back in time on a pirate ship called The Reckoning. It's here that she finds herself and the things that are important in life. Marylu's books are always well written. I thought this was a little out of my comfort zone because I wasn't expecting a fantasy type book. If I had known that going in, I would have probably thoroughly enjoyed it! The characters were wonderful. The story had plenty of action and depth. Overall, a great read. Thanks, Marylu, for getting this book to me! As always, this is my honest opinion. Here's to many more!! If you would like to see my fun face-off with Marylu, just click here: http://atransparentmom.com/2015/04/28/face-off-with-marylu-tyndall/
MrsTina42MR More than 1 year ago
The Reckoning***** book 5 Legacy of the King's Pirates series, e-book by MaryLu Tyndall Morgan Shaw and her friends attend the San Diego's Annual Tall Ship Festival touring a replica of an old pirate ship. She slips into the hold of the ship to avoid her x-boyfriend and wakes up aboard a real pirate ship 321 years in the past—1694! Not any pirate ship either, but on Pirate Captain Rowan Dutton's ship—one of the most notorious pirates of the Caribbean. How can such a thing happen? How does she get home to her own time—2015? Pirate Rowan Dutton is after enough treasure to repay a debt he feels he owes his sister and to reinstate the Dutton name. Just as he has his sights set on a ship reported to have a mass fortune a strange woman appears on his ship, causing him to loose his prey and the fortune aboard. She has an odd speech, is wearing strange clothes, is a little minx and insists her father is paying him to portray a pirate. He gives her the name Lady Minx. Why and how is this little minx aboard his ship? Is she a thief, a spy? As the other books by MaryLu Tyndall, this one caught me from the first page to the last. I ended reading way past my bedtime. This is not just a pirate story but of time-travel as well. I wasn't sure how MaryLu would work time-travel into a pirate story, but she did a fantastic job. Usually I don't like time-travel stories, but this one was done in such a way that I couldn't put it down. There are many secondary characters that liven up the story and it was good to see some of the main characters from previous stories in the series take part in this one. I was torn between having Morgan return home to her time-period and staying in the past. Pirates, treasures, sea battles, fear, salvation, romance, unexpected surprises, twists and turns, humorous situations that had me laughing out loud, God's redemption and love all woven expertly throughout the story. MaryLu Tyndall sure can spin a tale, shew, I was holding my breath near the end. ~I received an e-book copy of this book from the author for my honest review~
NoelaN1 More than 1 year ago
‘The Reckoning’ is a thrilling high seas adventure that ships the reader back in time to experience swashbuckling pirates in the Caribbean with all of its treachery and peril, a beguiling romance, and a faith that transcends time! From beginning to end, ‘The Reckoning’ is as invigorating as the salty sea spray on your face and as mesmerizing as golden fingers of sunlight glistening on turquoise waters. Twenty-four year old Morgan Shaw is visiting San Diego’s Annual Tall Ship Festival with friends. Rocking boats aren’t her stomach’s favorite thing but somehow she finds herself in the bowels of an old pirate ship replica, while evading the boyfriend that had just jilted Morgan upon learning of her cancer. She feels wretched, alone, and unloved. She’s dying, and she also suffers from OCD and anxiety. Could anything get worse? How about ending up on a pirate ship, 300 years past? That’s exactly what happened when Morgan wakes up in the stinky sludge of the ships hold in the midst of a fierce pirate battle. She would have been sent right over the edge had it not been for blissful ignorance! Morgan reasons it has to be her flagrantly wealthy father staging a lavish production to get her mind off her troubles. Little does she know she’s in the midst of a ship full of unscrupulous and cutthroat pirates! Captain (and notorious pirate) Rowan Dutton, is busily hunting treasure and almost has it in his grasp when a young woman in the most peculiar attire (known today as jeans and t-shirt) appears on deck, creating a colossal distraction. Angry but fascinated with this little minx and her strange words and fearless boldness, Rowan wonders if she is just foolishly brave or a complete lunatic! Will Morgan ever make it back to 2015? Or will she die from lack of treatment? How can Morgan survive in a world so primitive and dangerous? Will she discover where she really is? And finally, the big question… Can this girl with all her problems, find love and peace with a pirate? What an intriguing premise for a plot! From a depressing harsh reality to a frightening fantasy, this epic tale was exhilarating, unpredictable, and brilliantly written. Though there are centuries between Morgan and Rowan, the dialogue was authentic and deliciously entertaining. Should the concept of time-travel give you pause, I assure you that the author accomplishes it masterfully. As she does with the twists and surprises that you don’t see coming! Awash with humor and faith, this story has it all. Highly recommended!!
Mocha-with-Linda More than 1 year ago
MaryLu Tyndall has added a fresh new twist to her latest pirate novel with the addition of time travel, whisking Morgan from current-day San Diego to a pirate ship in 1694. While the opening scene and set-up is a bit cliche, Tyndall hits her stride once Morgan awakens and discovers that things have changed a bit. Her disorientation is well-portrayed, as is her initial lack of fear which stems from her certainty that this is all a set-up arranged by her father. Rowan's reactions to her strange idioms add humor to some tense moments. One of my favorite aspects of Tyndall's pirate stories is the reminder that no one is beyond the reach of God's grace. The Reckoning also shines a light on those who give lip-service to believing in God but whose actions and lack of peace contradict their words, although this is far from a preachy novel. With its faith message woven naturally into the story, this tale contains plenty of action, danger on the high seas, and romance. I devoured this book in a long evening, not setting it aside until the final surprising twist had been revealed. A captivating read, Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this digital book free from MaryLu Tyndall. 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.”
SailinRae More than 1 year ago
This is one of those books you love to read, because it marries old favorite characters with a new generation. You get to hear about everyone in the Legacy of the Kings Pirates series! Plus you get to hear and learn about a new generation, the children :) When Morgan is having a hard time with health issues, a horrible boyfriend, and a little to much to drink...along with being at a Pirate re-inactment on board the Reckoning. Little did she know she was stepping directly into her past/future. It all starts when she is intrigued by a painting done of the great pirate Rowan on board his Ship the Reckoning. And after that it gets a little hazy for her. Rowan doesn't understand this woman that has appeared on his ship. All he knows is that he likes her. but she is distracting him from his mission. Marylu has done it again where she has brought together the past with the present in a wonderful Pirate based book! I love how she does this. The two in this book fight their attraction. And even though they are both confused out of their minds over what is happening they start to form a friendship and mutual trust and understanding that has them helping each other out through out the whole book. In the end this book has some plot twists that I think will surprise you!
FictionFanatic1 More than 1 year ago
Mrs. Tyndall’s books never disappoint. They are filled with fascinating characters, vivid imagery, and delicious chemistry between the hero & heroine. Even though time travel stories are not among my favorite genre, I was quickly pulled into The Reckoning and could hardly turn the pages fast enough to satisfy my curiosity. What could be more perilous than a naïve, modern woman—in tight jeans and a t-shirt—suddenly going back in time and landing on a pirate ship? The fact that she thought it was all fake and something her father had arranged to get her mind off her illness, made it even more delightful. Morgan’s modern quips and lack of fear baffle the pirates, especially the hero, Rowan, creating many humorous scenes. And then you have Rowan, an awesome hero, who is an honorable pirate with a conscience. He is only pirating to pay off a debt to his sister. The plot thickens when Morgan realizes that she has really gone back in time. Ms. Tyndall tosses in several twists you won’t see coming that beef up the excitement. The Reckoning is another wonderful book in Marylu Tyndall’s pirate series that is not to be missed.
amybooksy More than 1 year ago
The Reckoning is the fifth installment of the Legacy of the King's Pirates series. I have not read all of the books in the series yet and feel that this book can be read as stand alone. I really enjoyed this story. I really surprised at how everything played out. Many events happened that I didn't expect. I think it is one of my favorites by MaryLu Tyndall. Great book! 5 plus stars
J_Augustine More than 1 year ago
Ship ahoy! OK, I'll admit it here and now. As far as I know I've never read a time travel story until The Reckoning. Yeah, in the thousands of books I've read I just can't remember any direct time travel storylines. I know I have a couple on my Kindle and I think I might just be digging them out now. This is a bit of a different genre for her but there is still plenty of MaryLu Tyndall's trademark danger, romance, faith, and all things pirate. Ever since she decided to go 'indie' there has been some change to her stories. It's like she's finally able to take them to a deeper level, not only are they entertaining but she also slips in some life lessons important to women. The Reckoning is quite a story. If you are looking for a light, fluffy, sweet, historical novel, don't read this one. But if you want a grittier story that transports you back to the buccaneer days of old it is a good choice. If you enjoy time travel The Reckoning is prefect. MaryLu Tyndall handles the time travel part very well and even delves into the 'what if' of changing history. There is also a touch of spiritual warfare that made the book even more interesting. It usually takes me some time to finish an e-book, longer than print books, but this time I found myself anxiously returning to the digital pages and even thinking about it in between times. At times I had a sneaking sympathy with Rowan's frustration at Morgan's insistence that it was all an elaborate hoax. But as time went on she began to blossom and to grow on me. And Rowan, well, he was so likably despicable at times, and I even wondered what Morgan could possibly see in him. But, as might be expected, my favorite character was Blackbeard, though I really liked several others as well. Time travel and the pirate age, MaryLu Tyndall makes a rip-roaring, swashbuckling winner of it! Don't miss The Reckoning, mateys, or risk walking the plank! (I received a copy of this e-book from the author in exchange for my review. All opinions are my own.)
Queen_Lizzie More than 1 year ago
You know when you pick up a historical novel and you travel back in time? How you wish you were actually there? From the moment I had heard that MaryLu Tyndall had written a novel based on time travel back to the 17th century, I couldn't wait to read it. I mean, someone from the 21st century having to live in a time without electronics and modern medicine, surrounded by pirates and trying to absorb the culture. MaryLu didn't disappoint. A captivating read! Morgan Shaw She had it all. Rich parents, a good job, a handsome boyfriend. But did she really have it all? When she gets some devastating news that shakes all that she knows, she feels even more lost and alone than she ever had before. Dragged by her friend onto a pirate ship replica in San Diego harbor during a festival, she wanders to the depth of the ship to be alone, and suddenly finds herself transported back in time. Or is she? Morgan thinks her father has payed for an extravagant distraction, and is thoroughly convinced that everyone on the pirate ship is under her father's employ. Will something happen to her due to naivety, or will she find out that everything is real, and discover she has no way to return back home? Plagued by fears and anxiety, will Morgan ever learn to trust God the way she needs, and what will happen to this growing attraction to the devilishly handsome pirate that she seems to have no fears of? Rowan Dutton Rowan, having stolen a ship from his sister, has become a pirate and roams the seas looking for ships to plunder. Everything seems to be going perfectly, when he discovers a stowaway on his ship. Who is she and what is she doing on his ship? With a strange way of speaking, ridiculous male clothes, and speaking to a mysterious father in thin air, Rowan fears she is either crazy or possessed. No longer believing in the God who made him, his goal in life is to become rich, famous, and to eventually reconcile with his sister. As time goes on he begins to wonder if that will ever satisfy him. What is Rowan supposed to do with this mysterious woman, and what will happen when his womanizing ways catches up with him? Morgan and Rowan. Two completely different people from two different worlds. One, a pirate and womanizer, and the other a software engineer who seems destined to fall for the wrong guys. Will Morgan learn to ever trust Rowan, and put her faith in God, and will Rowan ever learn to love one woman and to put aside his pride and reconcile with his family? From the first moment I picked up the novel I felt a connection to Morgan. I mean, a distant father, a mother distracted by life and fears, the discovery of an illness that pushes all her fears to the forefront, and a penchant for dating all the wrong men. I loved how MaryLu Tyndall input all of her characteristics at the beginning. Some characters you slowly learn more about throughout the novel, but Morgan I felt I understood and got from the very beginning. I felt myself nodding or remembering times in my life when I felt the same as her, I may have even cried at one point in the novel.   I never considered how difficult it would be to write a time travel book, but as I was reading the more fascinating I found it to be. MaryLu meshed the two worlds perfectly, catching everyone's confusion over the simplest of terms that we use today. Too often you read an historical fiction novel and the speech that you and I use today is the speech that they use, which bothers me because it makes it seem less real. Somehow MaryLu captured both modern language and 17th century lingo, meshing it so well that you truly felt you had been transported through time along with Miss Shaw.  A book of sacrifice, of courage, love and redemption. A book where you realize your dreams of living in the past may not be as easy as you always thought. Do you have the courage to step into a world of vicious pirates?  If you do, I recommend picking this phenomenal book up.  -- I received a copy of this book from the author and was asked for my honest opinion. I am under no obligation to give a good review of this book --
CoopTroop More than 1 year ago
“The Reckoning” the FIFTH book to the series “Legacy of the Kings Pirate” by MaryLu Tyndall!  It all starts when a young lady, Morgan Shaw, was invited to spend the day at a Tall Ship Festival with some friends in the year 2015.  Only thing is that Morgan is having many different problems from anxiety to OCD all the way to cancer where she doesn’t want to do anything but deal with her problems.  Boarding a replica tall ship with her friends, she hides away from everyone.  Though when she comes out of her hiding she finds herself in the year 1694 in the midst of Rowan Dutton.  Rowan, a pirate and womanizer, is out seeking treasure to repay a debt to his sister, only to find Morgan has somehow come stowed away on his ship making things more complicated in his quest. I have very much enjoyed reading this fifth historical romance novel to the series “Legacy of the Kings Pirate”.  When I saw Morgan was somehow transported back to 1694, lots of questions went through my mind. How is she going to get back home to her time period?  With her being in the past how will it affect the future?  Will she want to stay or want to return home?  With Morgan’s different problems how was she going to function without any medication or treatment?  Then would Morgan have any affect on Rowan if he were going to change his ways in pirating or not?  Overall, I had to keep on reading to see weather or not Morgan and Rowan would trust in God with the events to come and in their own abilities.
CinnamonG More than 1 year ago
What could a modern software engineer have in common with a dangerous pirate from the late 1600s?  Quite a bit if they’re Morgan Shaw and Rowan Dutton!  Through a bit of time travel and adventure on the high seas, this unlikely pair is thrown together and soon discover they’re both missing what they need most. The Reckoning is MaryLu Tyndall’s fifth book in her Legacy of the King’s Pirates Series and tells the story of these two battered souls. Morgan Shaw has had a fairly typical life in America today: she was raised by distant and divorced parents, went to college, has a nice job, and even has an actor boyfriend.  The problem is she has cancer, and no one in her life is truly there for her.  Her boyfriend dumps her.  Her roommate encourages her to drink her problems away.  Her mother urges her to pray, but she sees far more dependent on the drugs both she and her daughter have been subscribed, and Morgan’s father just plans to throw money at the problem.  So when an amulet transports Morgan back in time, she believes it is all just an elaborate and expensive distraction provided by her father. Rowan Dutton, on the other hand, knows exactly where he is and where he plans to go… until Morgan appears on his ship.  After gambling away his family’s fortune with a dissolute life, Rowan longs to repay his debt to his sister by finding a fortune that will allow her to live out the rest of her life like a princess, but Morgan’s appearance interrupts his search for treasure.  He does not know what to think of the mysterious young woman who appeared on his ship in the most unseemly clothes.  She keeps speaking of things he does not understand and making demands as if she does not have a fear in the world.  He’s never met anyone like her, and despite his concerns about her sanity, he feels drawn to her especially after learning about her lonely childhood which was not unlike his. The two grow closer together, but dangerous enemies and time stand between them, and they need to learn to put their trust in God before the can overcome the many dangers that bar their way. Although this book is part of a series, it can be read as a stand-alone novel, particularly with its aspect of time travel which cannot be found in the other novels.  Still, some of the scenes will be especially enjoyable for fans of MaryLu’s other books, because several beloved characters do make an appearance as well. I also noticed the potential for a few more novels in the series!
JessieRe More than 1 year ago
MaryLu Tyndall has done it again! I absolutely loved this latest installment of her Legacy of the Kings Pirates series. The Reckoning is by far the best and most creative in the series. In this 5th book in the series MaryLu manages to do something very difficult for most writers. She seemlessly blended two different eras in time and made you interested in both. I for one do not like reading a lot of stuff that is written and set in modern day settings, I prefer historical fiction (Simply because it takes me to a place and time I wish I could visit). So when I heard Ms. Tyndall's latest novel was going to be a time travel story, I got a little worried that it would lack all the things I have grown to love about her books, since she published her very first one! I am not sure now why I got so worried because MaryLu never dissapoints so why would she start now? Morgan Shaw is your typical California girl with an untypical problem. Cancer. She has cancer. After being diagnosed Morgan attends a tall ships festival in San Diego where her boyfriend dumps her. In hopes to take her mind off things and avoid running into her now ex-boyfriend she hides out in a replica of an old ship. Suddenly something changes and she is in the middle of the ocean, in a sea battle, surrounded by Pirates, and a rather handsome Pirate Captain Rowan Dutton.  Rowan Dutton is a fierce pirate whose main goal is not in actually pirating but in finding enough treasure to repay his sister and restore the Dutton family name to what it had once been. When this strange talking, strange dressing female shows up out of thin air on his ship, distracting him & the crew causing him to lose his prize.  Morgan is convinced this is all an eloborate display put on by her father meant to take her mind off her cancer. While Rowan is certain she is a theif, or a spy, or just a little minx. Whatever she was she was distracting! Both characters are searching for the same same thing; something to fill the void in their hearts. Neither one wanting to turn to the God they feel has let them down. Both over come their fears and struggles and come to find God as well as love with each other along the way; but not before a few betrayals, and sword fights, as well as the occasional treasure map thrown in to make even the most avid pirate lover happy! I've said it before and I will say it again. If you are looking for an adventure filled read with heart, enthusiasm, and romance then this is the book for you! I love it and I am certain you will too!
Bookworm_Debbie More than 1 year ago
This is a fascinating historical romance. There is a marvelous time travel twist included in this book. I love the way that Morgan reacts when she first travels through time. It seemed to be handled in a very believable way. The main characters are Morgan Shaw and Rowan Dutton. Two people couldn’t be more different than these two. They are incredibly well developed and, dare I say, both are very likeable. I found it very amusing the way the two of them butted heads over just about everything they talked about. There are a lot of new secondary characters in this book. There are also a few appearances by a number of the main characters that I loved from the previous books in this series. It was fun to see them again and catch up a little bit on what they have been doing since their books ended. MaryLu included fantastic descriptions of sea battles and great “pirate talk” dialog that added great color and excitement to the story. There were also a number of people with a deep seated belief in God that encouraged others to trust Him as well.  I received a free eBook copy of this novel from the author in exchange for my honest opinion.
DeAnnaJulieDodson More than 1 year ago
Morgan goes to the "Tall Ship Festival," hoping to at least briefly escape the horrible turn her life has taken. But much to her surprise, she finds herself on a real pirate ship with a real pirate back in the 17th Century. She thinks Rowan's an actor hired by her father. He, in turn, doesn't understand what she means by "TV" and "internet" and all the other strange words she uses. But, as their mutual attraction grows, they realize they share the feeling of being "unwanted, unloved and worthless" and wonder if God cares. But could He have bent time to bring them together . . . and to Himself? I loved this story. Morgan's plight in the modern world caught me from the very beginning. I wanted to give her so-called boyfriend a good kick in the pants. Every time the pirate Rowan was in a scene, I'd think of Killian Jones from "Once Upon A Time," he was such a charming rogue. I was totally caught up in the story and as soon as I finished, I wanted more. So much fun!
AngiOakley More than 1 year ago
MaryLu Tyndall is a master story teller when it comes to Swash Buckling adventure, and she knows her way around a great romantic story. Put the two together and you come up with an exciting voyage filled with danger and intrigue, involving a beautiful young woman and a handsome pirate. When the present meets the past, both worlds are turned upside down. The year is 2015 and Morgan Shaw is extremely unhappy. She’s sick, but believes no one cares, not even her own parents. When Morgan goes on an outing with friends, she boards the replica of an old pirate ship at the urging of her best friend, and through a strange chain of events, finds herself transported back in time three hundred years…into the hands of a fierce pirate. A very handsome pirate. The year is 1694 and Rowan Dutton is Captain of the pirate ship The Reckoning. Following a fierce battle, Rowan discovers a stowaway aboard his ship. A beautiful woman in strange clothing speaking strange words. Where did she come from and how did she get aboard The Reckoning? Intending on finding out more about her, the realization comes that he alone will be her only protection from the rest of his crew, though he sometimes wonders if the little spitfire even needs his protection. I loved the banter between Morgan and Rowan and at times it was quite comical as neither one can figure the other out. I was allowed to spend a generous amount of time on board a grand pirate ship called The Reckoning, and if you’ve ever read one of Ms. Tyndall’s books, you know you might be floating quietly along one minute and in the next breath, be in the midst of a fierce battle. AND in the last 1/3 of the book, there’s a fun surprise that awaits the reader (but I won’t tell you what it is, you’ll just have to read the book for yourself). One thing that I’ve come to love about MaryLu Tyndall’s books is the spiritual message that she conveys through her stories. The no-strings-attached message of God’s love is clear and beautiful. The Reckoning had a particularly powerful scene, at least for me, which brought tears to my eyes and is one of the many reasons that it is going down as one of my all-time favorite books. I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.