Monday, January 26, 2009

CFBA - The Red Siren

This week, the Christian Fiction Blog Alliance is introducing The Red Siren by Tyndall - Barbour Publishing, Inc
(January 2009)

M. L. (MARYLU) TYNDALL grew up on the beaches of South Florida loving the sea and the warm tropics. But despite the beauty around her, she always felt an ache in her soul--a longing for something more.

After college, she married and moved to California where she had two children and settled into a job at a local computer company. Although she had done everything the world expected, she was still miserable. She hated her job and her marriage was falling apart.

Still searching for purpose, adventure and true love, she spent her late twenties and early thirties doing all the things the world told her would make her happy, and after years, her children suffered, her second marriage suffered, and she was still miserable.

One day, she picked up her old Bible, dusted it off, and began to read. Somewhere in the middle, God opened her hardened heart to see that He was real, that He still loved her, and that He had a purpose for her life, if she'd only give her heart to Him completely.

Her current releases in the Legacy of The Kings Pirates series include:The Restitution, The Reliance, and The Redemption and The Falcon And The Sparrow

Lady Faith Westcott has turned her back on God and on man. Having witnessed the hypocrisy in the Church of England, her older sister's abuse at the hand of her husband, and her own mother's untimely death in childbirth, Faith has determined never to marry and to gain enough wealth so she and her two sisters will never have to depend on man or God again.

To that end, though a lady by day, she becomes a pirate by night and begins her sordid career off Portsmouth when she attacks and plunders a merchant ship commanded by the young Dajon Waite. Humiliated at being defeated by a pirate and a woman no less, Dajon returns home without cargo and ship, and his father expels him from the family merchant business.

After a brief sojourn into debased society, Dajon rejoins the Royal Navy, where he finds comfort in the strict rules and redemption through his service to others. Three years later, he is sent to the frontier outpost of Charles Town, South Carolina to deal with the pirate problem. There, he connects with his mentor and old friend, Admiral Westcott, who has just arrived with his three daughters.

Much to Dajon's utter dismay, Admiral Westcott, who is being called away to Spain, asks Dajon to be temporary guardian of his three lovely daughters. One of the ladies seems familiar to him, a striking redhead who immediately sends his heart thumping.

Faith recognizes Captain Waite as the buffoon whose ship she plundered off Portsmouth. Yet, he appears no longer the fool, but instead a tall, handsome and commanding naval officer. Despite her immediate attraction to him, she labels him the enemy, but sparks are guaranteed to fly during the next few months when independent, headstrong and rebellious Faith falls in love with God-fearing honorable, rule-following Dajon-especially when Faith continues her pirating off the Carolina coast while her father is away.

Will Dajon catch her? And what will this man of honor and duty do when he does?

If you would like to read the first chapter of The Red Siren, go HERE

I haven't read a good pirate adventure romance in years.  In fact, I think the last one was back in the day when my favorite books featured a woman on the cover with the back of her hand against her forehead, a torn bodice and a dashingly handsome pirate standing behind her.  The Red Siren put a new spin on the classic pirate romance. 

When Faith Westcott saw the abusive marriage her oldest sister was thrust into she made a vow to protect her two younger sisters and herself from ending up with the same fate.  She hardened her heart towards God turned to piracy in order to make and save enough money for them to live on.

What she didn't count on was Dajon Waite coming into her life a second time.  A captain in the British Royal Navy, Dajon was also a Christian man determined to clear the waters of pirates, particularly a red headed beauty that he'd fallen victim to a few years back.

The interaction between Faith, Dajon and her sisters made for a fun read.  The main character is a classicly stubborn female who doesn't take advice from most people.  I truly enjoyed reading about the adventures on the high seas and think that many people love the romance and mystery that surrounded the ships long ago.

The only real "complaint" I have is the cover.  The photo is of a cute as a button young girl and it's a little difficult to believe that by day she is this lovely and by night a captain that could command the respect of her pirate crew.  But once I got past this I found the book to be very enjoyable.

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