Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Book Review: The Reckoning by MaryLu Tyndall

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Title: The Reckoning

Author: MaryLu Tyndall

Series: Legacy of the King's Pirates #5

Genre: Time-Travel/Historical

Audience: Adult


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.

**3.5 stars**

MaryLu Tyndall pens another tale of pirates, romance, struggle, and faith. But this time, we have a new twist ... time travel.

For the most part, I enjoyed The Reckoning. I generally enjoy MaryLu's books, and this was no different!

A few complaints would be the romance aspect can get a bit edgy. I guess it just has to do with my convictions when it comes to romance; like passionate kissing and all that is best left to married couples! There's some crudeness when it comes to the ungentlemanly pirates; some inappropriate things mentioned and sort of elaborated on. Definitely calls for an adult audience, I would say. It also always kind of brings me up short when a Christian woman who's striving to follow God willingly falls headlong for this man who clearly isn't following God. So that just kind of hinders me enjoying the story, because I'm like, "Wait, wait. What if I did that? Yeah, probably wouldn't work out as wonderfully as Morgan's story did!"

In any case, I still did very much appreciate the faith aspects of this book! The bits about control and trusting ... anxiety and fear ... demons. I love how MaryLu really strives to show the power of God! He is not far away, leaving us to our own devices. No. God is here! And He is in control. He can make anything He wants happen. He can perform amazing miracles. He can change our lives. I so love when I come across a story that shows God's power. Because His power is real! So yeah, that was amazing!

The time travel was intriguing, and honestly, a bit mind-boggling. And a little weird. But still intriguing. *grins* Sort of a fantasy twist. I don't mind it at all. It did take Morgan a looonnngg time to realize things, but whatever. I guess it would be a hard thing to comprehend, ha!

So all in all, a pretty cool story. Not my absolute favorite; but fans of pirate tales, romance, contemporary and historical mixed in one, powerful faith stories, time travel ... you'll want to check The Reckoning out! *smiles*

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