Book Review: Forsaken Dreams (Escape to Paradise #1) by MaryLu Tyndall

Sunday, March 31, 2013

Forsaken Dreams (Escape to Paradise #1) by MaryLu Tyndall
(Started: March 19, 2013; Finished: March 25, 2013)

They left everything behind to build a new Southern utopia. . . 
Colonel Blake Wallace has seen enough death to last a lifetime. Weary and disillusioned, he slumps beneath the weight of defeat and loss. With his entire family murdered by the North and his name appearing on a list of officers wanted for war crimes, Blake organizes a shipload of southerners who, like him, long to escape the horrors of war and start a new life in a verdant land called Brazil. 
Eliza Crawford can barely remember the days of her youth spent in opulence and comfort at her Georgian home. She can’t help but wonder how different her life would be had she not met her late husband, Stanton Watts, a general in the Northern army. Now a war widow, Eliza is rejected by both North and South. Desperate to keep her marriage a secret and escape her past and pain, she hopes to start over again in Brazil. 
But once the voyage begins, troubles abound. Dangers at sea and enemies from within threaten to keep Blake and Eliza from the new life—and love—they long for. (From Netgalley)
Review: 3 stars
Released on: March 01, 2013
Source: Barbour Publishing Inc. through Netgalley
Press Release: click here
Available on: Amazon, Barbour Publishing Inc. (for ebook version, click here)
It has been a long time since I've read an adult fiction book and albeit it is under historical romance. I've indulged myself on too much young adult and crime suspense books. I had a difficulty in feeling it that I always fell asleep whenever I turn the pages and making me read in a very slow pace. No offense to the author. I was also having a hard time to keep my interest but I was able to have it eventually, thank God. If you have read my book review policy, you know by now that I hate not finishing a book. I always give the book a benefit of the doubt and yes, there are good points I have to commend. For one, it was a tear-jerker that I was able to feel the pain and all the emotions showcased by the author. I felt the very heavy feeling in my chest that I usually experience when I read romance novels. It was something I have missed and loved because it makes a reader feel alive to actually share the emotions of fictional characters. It was really heartfelt. Character-wise, I like how strong-willed Eliza was despite all the emotional turmoil she experienced and how she was treated like an outcast on the ship. Women empowerment is a theme I always praise. Perfect for the month of March, isn't it?

Now on some points I did not really like, I just felt the lack of interaction and intimacy between Magnolia and Hayden, same with Angeline and James. They were there and there was a hint of romance but it was not push through which disappointed me. I was clearly interested with the love-hate relationship of the prior couple because it was more intense than the latter, and Eliza and Blake were a given. The abstaining left me hanging but to counteract this with a positive thought, it might have left me wanting for more. For sure, my dismay and the other questions I still had in mind will be answered on the sequels which I am looking forward to.

The twist towards the end was also a surprise but lasted quickly that it somehow does not felt believable but I guess having faith in God is all you need to accept it and really believe in miracles. The book was fine since it has a whirlwind of events but I was barely satisfied.

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