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The Red Siren (Charles Towne Belles #1)

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Worlds collide when a lady pirate meets a godly naval captain

Faith Westcott abandoned her shallow faith when a series of tragedies struck her family. To save herself and her sisters from forced marriages, this fiery, born-to-the-manor redhead is a lady by day and a pirate by night. How long can she maintain this dual identity before she's caught red-handed?

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Paperback, 317 pages
Published January 1st 2009 by Barbour Books
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Holly (2 Kids and Tired)
After her mother's death, and after her tyrant of a father marries off her eldest sister to a lecherous man who will ultimately inherit their estate, Faith Westcott turns to piracy in order to amass a fortune that will provide for her and her sisters. Early in her piracy career as the infamous Red Siren, she captures the ship belonging to Captain Dajon Waite.

Several years later, now living in colonial Carolina, Faith's father has arranged for her to marry Sir Wilhelm Carteret, a man she does not...more
Great guns, this book was good! This may very well be my favorite Tyndall book yet. In fact, it was so stinking yummy I am still smacking my lips. I wish they'd release these books closer together because now I have to wait, and wait...sigh. At first I thought it seemed a bit far fetched that a woman heroine would be a pirate on the side. So I googled this info and whaddaya know, there were lady pirates in those days. So I went back to reading. And then I couldn't stop reading. Seriously.

I love...more
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Mrs. TB
I must preface this by saying I do not read romance novels. I believe love is a wonderful gift, but these sappy books full of unreal characters and too-good-to-be-true endings (after the conflict, of course) just don't do it for me. But I did win this book through, so I read it.

I made four predictions, and three of them came true. The fourth, well, I would have to read the next book in the series to find that one out, but I imagine it will work out the way I imagined. The predictio...more
Not my favorite by Ms. Tyndall. I know this is so shallow, but I couldn't help but judge this book by it's cover. I did not like it at all, it was a bit of a turn-off. It's not how I would picture the main character in the book at all.

I found the whole she-pirate theme a bit unbelievable for my taste. It didn't mesh right. I did like the male heroine, but not her so much. I'm not sure if I'll continue on in this series because her sisters were no more appealing than she was from reading this bo...more
The Red Siren by M.L. Tyndall

The Red Siren is the first book in M.L. Tyndall's series, Charles Towne Belles.

It is also the first book I have ever read by M.L. Tyndall.

The Red Siren is historical fiction and has a fun twist because there are pirates intertwined in the story!

Faith Westcott is a lady by day, the daughter of a man determined to marry her off into money, whether or not the man is nice.

By night, Faith is a pirate, trying to get enough wealth from pirating to save herself and her siste...more
I won this book as one of the Goodreads First Reads and was really excited to dig in, in spite of the incredibly tacky cover with some prudish girl in a southern belle dress leaning against a porch rail, on the cover. I am known for always finishing the books I read, whether they be horrible or not, but allow me to digress and say that I couldn't get 70 pages into this book before I was utterly annoyed, throwing the book across the room in a fit of rage. Well maybe not rage, but you get the idea...more
When you read the description of this book, it evokes the notion of “a lady pirate, how can that be a story line with a ring of truth?” But this story is not farfetched. Faith Westcott is struggling against God and man. Her father has no love to lavish and spends his time at sea, leaving his three daughters to their own devices, until a godly captain is asked to step in and be their guardian while their father is away for an extended time. The battles that ensue do not always include pistols and...more
M.L. Tyndall is home. The Christy Award finalist has returned to her beloved sea and pirate novels. As if to reflect her homecoming, the title of Tyndall’s newest novel returns to the name of a ship: The Red Siren.

The Lady Em is a merchant vessel returning from the Gold Coast with a load of Ivory, gold and pepper. After surviving the African pirate-infested waters of 1713 all the way to Portsmouth England, Captain Dajon Waite encounters a burning ship. This son of a successful merchant seeking D...more
This was a well written book. I loved that she was the bad guy, but with good intentions. It is a change. She was in charge of her life, and she had a reason for all of the stuff she was doing. In the end, I wished that I could have the kind of faith and courage that she had! Another good one by MaryLu Tyndall!
3 1/2 stars really. I've gone with four stars because I really did enjoy it and it was a quick entertaining read. But there were too many little inconsistencies and unrealistic plot points.
Sheri Salatin
Wow, what a fantastic book. The first word that comes to mind is ACTION. Lots of action! Lots of adventure! I stayed up late to read it all in one sitting.

Faith Wescott, a fiery redhead, gives Dajon Waite a run for his money when her father leaves him as custodian over her and her two sisters. Faith is larger than life in this book. She is a lady by day and pirate by night! What a story! At times you want to grab her around the throat and throttle her and then other times you are cheering her on...more
Michelle Griep
The Red Siren is the first in the Charles Towne Belle series—and an action packed beginning it is. MaryLu Tyndall shows off her nautical finesse in the surprising twist of a lady pirate. With the imagery Tyndall incorporates into her writing, you can almost taste the salty spray of sea water and feel as though your own feet are planted on a heaving deck right beside Faith Westcott.
Besides imagery, I also like how irony is woven into the story’s fabric. An example would be how Faith worries abo...more
The Red Siren by M.L. Tyndall is the first in the Charles Towne Belles series. The second book is The Blue Enchantress and the third is The Raven Saint. The books are about three sisters: Faith, Hope & Grace Wescott. They have an older sister who is married and still in England, her name is Charity. Their father is an Admiral in the Royal Navy and spends more time at sea then with his family. Their mother died in childbirth. As she lay dying she asked Faith to take care of her sisters. A req...more
What would you do if you were a girl in colonial America faced with a tough choice? The choice between allowing your father to give you away in marriage to horrible men, or find a way to support yourself. Today that choice would be easy, but in Faith Westcott's time, her options seemed limited. She had to find a way to save not only herself, but her two sisters from what she saw as the horrible fate of marriages that they had no say in. Her choice to try and raise money is an interesting one. Sh...more
Debbie Lester
My Synopsis:

The Red Siren is the first book in the Charles Towne Belle Series by Marylu Tyndall

(E-book Galley provided by Barbour Publishing for review)

The Red Siren is a historical romance with a pirate twist. Captain Dajon Waite has been requested by Admiral Westcott to oversee the care of his three daughters while he is called away on a lengthy journey.

Little does he know that Faith Westcott, the eldest daughter is the infamous lady pirate, and captain of The Red Siren, a ship she stole from...more
Feb 07, 2009 Brenda rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: people who like likehearted historical fiction
Recommended to Brenda by: goodreads giveaway
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I love to read books about strong, confident women. Faith Westcott is definitely such a women, and strength, confidence, and determination are all necessary traits considering the fact that she's a pirate. Right at the beginning, she takes command of a ship, The Red Siren, and makes it her own, not realizing the disgrace that will soon befall the ship's former captain. All that she can see is that it is up to her to provide for her sisters so that they're aren't all married off to horrible, gree...more

I think I saw the last two books in this series mentioned on some other blogs so I decided to get book one to see if I liked it. Well, I should have gotten books two and three at the same time. It’s a very unique story. A woman who is a pirate by night and a lady by day.

Faith Westcott is the second oldest daughter of Rear Admiral Westcott of the British Royal Navy. Yet she is also the elusive captain of the pirate ship Red Siren. Who never sheds any blood and goes after rich cargo.

Why does a la...more
M.L. Tyndall has done it again! What a fabulous story of adventure, trust, faith, and love.

Faith Westcott, has allowed the tragedies that have touched her family to shape the woman she has become. The daughter of a Navy Admiral, Faith has witnessed one of her sisters married off to a tyrannical, womanizing man merely because of his title and wealth. Refusing to let that happened to her or her remaining sisters, Faith does the unthinkable. A lady by day and a pirate by night, Faith sets out to am...more
Kate (Too Read or Not Too Read)
The Red Siren by MaryLu Tyndall was such an interesting twist on the pirate story! Instead of your usual gruff and determined man in charge of a pirate ship, we find that Faith Westcott, daughter of a British Royal Navy Admiral is the notorious female pirate that rumors have been circulating for years about. She is the captain of the Red Siren, a vessel she acquired in one of her early pirating schemes.Being the fairer of sexes has it's advantages in pirating, Faith has found out. However, Faith...more
Beth Cato
This is the first book I received through the LibraryThing Early Reviewer program. The publisher provided the book free for blog reviewing purposes.[return][return]The Red Siren is a Christian historical romance taking place mostly in the vicinity of now-Charleston, South Carolina in the early 1700s. It was refreshing to read about this time period and place; I lived near Charleston for several years and was familiar with many place names in the book, so that made it feel more personal for me.[r...more
Angie Lippard
I tend to read books with Cowboys and Rustlers. I haven't read any Christian Historical Fiction about boats and Pirates. I just didn't think it would interest me. Boy, was I wrong!

This book had me totally involved from the beginning – a female pirate luring and capturing a man's boat, taking it from him and sending him on down the road. I was hooked! I couldn't stop reading this book.

I counted the hours that I could get back out on the high seas, I mean, couch and continue to read about Faith an...more
Brooke Barenfanger
If you are looking for an adventure, this is the book for you. The cover may be a bit lame, but don't let that put you off. ML Tyndall gives a vivid look into the lives of pirates of the 1700's. Faith is the fiery heroine who has given up on God and wants nothing more than a better future for her sisters. Thinking that a fortune will secure their future, she becomes the Red Siren and plunders ships for their treasure.

One thing that kept popping into my mind as I read the book was the hero's nam...more
Karen Powell
It's a familiar plot to romance readers, but with the added element of Christian evangelism. The heroine Faith is the lady pirate with a noble cause: to amass a fortune in order to save her sisters from a fate worse than death -- marriages to lecherous men. When her admiral father is called away to sea, guardianship of the sisters is placed in the hand of the handsome, godly Mr. Dajon Waite, a commander whose job, coincidently, is to catch pirates. Also coincidently, he once lost his father's me...more
Rachel Brand
Having seen first-hand the devastation that her older sister's arranged marriage brought on her family, Faith Westcott is desperate not to let the same thing happen to her or her younger siblings. But her sea-faring father is convinced that the way to keep his daughters safe is to marry them off as soon as possible. Faith strikes a deal with him; if she can raise enough money through her "soap making" business to support her and her two sisters, they don't have to find husbands. Little does her...more
Jul 15, 2010 Margaret rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommended to Margaret by: MaryLu Tyndall
Upon starting this novel, I was not completely enthralled with the character of Faith. She is independent, and feminist, and arrogant. After learning her background and coming to understand her plight I was able to allow her into my heart more. My first adventure with MaryLu Tyndall's The Falcon and the Sparrow was able to show me that MaryLu was a fabulous story teller. This book was able to show me that I want more and more and that the story is not long enough. I have not yet read her origina...more
The Red Siren (Charles Towne Belles, Book 1)
By M.L. Tyndall
Published by Barbour

Faith Westcott, proper lady, devoted eldest sister, and the feared pirate The Red Siren? After the death of her beloved mother, Faith promises to take care of her two younger sisters and to ensure they are not married off to despicable men out of convenience to their sea fairing Admiral father. Forced to choose between the least of several evils, Faith must ensure her sisters safety, but at what price?

Honorable, God...more
I would like to extend a heartfelt “Thank you” to M.L. Tyndall and her publisher for sending me a copy of "The Red Siren" to review for them. I have always been grateful for this generosity, but haven’t been very consistent in taking the time to thank them in a public forum. I really appreciate your time, effort and expense in making a reviewer copy available to me.

"The Red Siren" does not disappoint! Although this novel begins a bit slower than M.L. Tyndall's other swashbuckling efforts, the pa...more
The premise of THE RED SIREN is an instant formula for fun: Faith is a proper lady by day and a feared pirate by night.

We quickly learn it is not all fun and games for Faith though, as she is maintaining these charades in order to support and protect herself and her two sisters, Grace and Hope, in her father's absence. Captain Dajon Waite is the only man who can put a kink in her plans. He is charged with looking after the three girls, which includes protecting them from some truly slimy, villai...more
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M.L. Tyndall (MaryLu) grew up on the shores of Southern Florida dreaming of romance and adventure upon the sea. She now lives with her husband, six children, and four cats in Northern California where she writes inspirational adventure romance novels. MaryLu's novels have been praised for their fast-paced action, strong inspirational messages, and incredibly vivid settings. Her first novel, The Re...more
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“A storm began to brew within Faith. "Why no, Mr Waite. I have only just begun.” 0 likes
“Suppressing a chuckle, Dajon leaned and peered intently into her eyes. "What are you doing?" she snapped. "Trying to see if there are two of you in there." He grinned and then furrowed his brow. "The transformation is so swift and unpredictable, I know not which of you to expect, vixen or enchantress.” 0 likes
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