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The Red Siren (Charles Towne Belles #1)

3.98  ·  Rating Details ·  1,421 Ratings  ·  128 Reviews
You'll find it hard to come up for air once you dive into this suspense-filled historical romance where a lady pirate meets her match in a God-fearing naval captain.
ebook, 320 pages
Published August 15th 2009 by Barbour Publishing (first published January 1st 2009)
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Sandi *~The Pirate Wench~*
2 1/2 Stars

What drew me to this one of course was it having a lady pirate in it.
While the whole story/plot could have worked, it was because of many unrealistic things that took place..or I should say "didn't" was what made it fall into the 2-3 star bracket for me. First off.. its never explained just how Faith became a pirate...she just was and her crew followed her faithfully. And although her character was feisty she just didn't quite pull it off ( the cover just didn't work either) does she
Jacob Proffitt
Feb 03, 2017 Jacob Proffitt rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: unfinished
I had so many problems with this story I just had to stop (after five or six shortish chapters). There are three problems I couldn't get past.

First, and most minor, the intrusive faith. The characters might as well have labels. Ex-sinner but devout man of God. Ex-faithful daughter bitter about losing mother. Autocratic worldly father. Deviant lecherous suitor. Each character had a clear and obvious relation to God and the trajectory they'd take in the story was pre-set to affirm the reader's pre
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
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
Jan 17, 2009 Carol rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Jan 13, 2009 CMT325 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: from-giveaways
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
Dec 09, 2011 Janelle rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2011
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
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
Jan 18, 2009 Frank rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Mar 01, 2009 Leah rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jan 23, 2010 Casey rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jan 10, 2013 Kate rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was an absolutely delightful, humourous, adventurous novel! I loved how Faith and Dajon wove circles around each other: she trying to evade capture, he trying to capture the pirate known as the Red Siren, not knowing it was her all along. I loved how Faith and Dajon changed and grew during the course of the novel, and I think that the way the ending came together was just right.
That said, be aware that the epilogue ends with a bit of a cliff hanger. Though, since the other 2 novels in this
Mar 29, 2011 Melanie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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!
Marguerite Gray
Apr 17, 2016 Marguerite Gray rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm very interested in anything Charles Towne since my novel Hold Me Close takes place in the same place 50 years later.
The intrigue, piracy, and redemption are weaved together in a unique read. I can't wait to finish the next two.
Jul 12, 2013 Janelle rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Mar 17, 2017 Debra rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Awesome Read!!!!!

So excited to start this series. I couldn't put the book down. I am going to read every book written by Miss Marylou! I love how she includes God with her stories. Exciting read!!!
REVIEW FOR ALL 3 BOOKS IN Charles Towne Belles Series
M.L. Tyndall

THE RED SIREN book#1 Charles Towne Belles Series
M.L. Tyndall


I loved this entire series and read all 3 over a 6 day period in honor of Natl. Talk Like a Pirate Day (-smile). There are exciting adventures upon the high seas in the early 1700s, miraculous deeds, as well as evil presence (things many Christian authors do not bother to address).
Some of the excitin
Mariah H
Really loved the whole series.
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
Angie Lippard
Aug 18, 2010 Angie Lippard rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Tamara Tilley
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
Aug 13, 2011 Judy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Debbie Lester
Feb 01, 2010 Debbie Lester rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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

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
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
Margaret Chind
Oct 08, 2008 Margaret Chind rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Apr 10, 2011 Christy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Michelle Griep
Jan 21, 2009 Michelle Griep rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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Best-selling author, MaryLu Tyndall dreamt of pirates and sea-faring adventures during her childhood days on Florida's Coast. With more than fourteen books published, she makes no excuses for the deep spiritual themes embedded within her romantic adventures. Her hope is that readers will not only be entertained but will be brought closer to the Creator who loves them beyond measure. In a culture t ...more
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Charles Towne Belles (4 books)
  • Blue Enchantress (Charles Towne Belles, #2)
  • Raven Saint (Charles Towne Belles, #3)
  • Charity's Cross (Charles Towne Belles, #4)

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“A storm began to brew within Faith. "Why no, Mr Waite. I have only just begun.” 3 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.” 2 likes
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