Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Story Time . . . THE RAVEN SAINT by M.L. Tyndall

Stuff: Giveaway on Friday's post of Lisa's Meander Scar. Giveaway of A Stray Drop of Blood at The Character Therapist and another at Continuous Delights. And a guest post by moi on achieving your dreams at Chocolate Contemplations.


I can say in all honesty that I thoroughly enjoy books by MaryLu Tyndall, so I was chomping at the bit to open up the third in The Charles Town Belles trilogy, The Raven Saint. I absolutely loved the first two books in the series and knew I'd adore this one too.

I wasn't to be disappointed. The Raven Saint is the story of pious Grace Westcott, who has long been in prayer for her sisters' souls and has done all she can for those in need . . . even when she's been strictly forbidden to. But how was she to know that a visit to take medicine to a supposedly-ill boy would lead to her abduction by the mercenary rogue, Rafe Dubois? Surely the Lord will deliver her. She is His servant, He will never let harm befall her.

Captain Rafe Dubois has his reasons for doing what he does, and though he's never stooped so low as to sell one person to another, delivering the daughter of Admiral Westcott to the Spanish don will not only be the windfall he needs to achieve his goals, it will also right some of the world's injustices. Or so he thinks, before he gets to know the upright woman. It is true she is prudish, overly pious . . . but her sincerity and humility are not what he expected. How is he to remain strong against those kinds of attacks against his fortitude?

I have come to expect a few things from MaryLu's books--they will be packed with adventure, overflowing with depth and passion, and have a few "aha" moments of spiritual enlightenment. I know this--and yet every time I get involved with one, I'm just stunned at how expertly she pulls all of those things together into one tight, heart-thumping read.

What I loved about The Raven Saint was how Grace had to come to realize her own flaws and faults, how she was brought to her knees . . . and hence made stronger in her faith. Though her character induced some eye-rolling in the first two books of the series, when we're in her head and seeing through her eyes, she's a woman that we can relate to and feel for. And Rafe! Be still my heart! There is nothing that can beat a swashbuckling, seafaring, devil-may-care hero who is shown the Light by the heroine, is there?? I think not.

Though the third in a series, this book easily stands on its own, and you do NOT want to miss it! Pick this one up and be prepared to be transported to a world of passion and adventure on the high seas!

I received this book free from the publisher for reviewing purposes.


  1. Aargh - I've GOT to read something by her. Maybe instead of becoming a writer, I should've been a professional reader...

  2. Wow, Roseanna, I just came across this review and wanted to drop in and say THANK YOU so much for your kind words. I'm so glad you enjoyed the book! Hugs, M.L.

  3. Sounds Fantastic!
    Thanks for the review:)