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Surrender the Heart (Surrender to Destiny #1)

really liked it 4.0  ·  Rating Details ·  2,061 Ratings  ·  196 Reviews
On the brink of the War of 1812, Marianne Denton must marry to unlock her inheritance. Without the money, her mother can't receive medical care and her sister will be destitute. But Noah Brenin needs to sail his cargo to England before the war commences in order to prove his worth to his father and make enough money so he won't have to marry at all.

Defying his father's wis
Paperback, 368 pages
Published August 1st 2010 by Barbour Books (first published June 1st 2010)
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Jul 04, 2010 Heidi rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Marianne Denton finds herself engaged to the man who tormented her when they were both children because she needs to access her dowry to save her mother and sister. Noah Brenin agreed to the engagement to please his father, but now regrets it. On the night of their engagement party, Noah decides to continue to torment her - hoping she'll break off the engagement so he won't have to damage her reputation by doing it himself.

Unfortunately, Marianne has grown a backbone and decides to confront Noah
Gwendolyn Gage
Mar 22, 2012 Gwendolyn Gage rated it it was amazing
Don't you just love it when you open a new book and the first sentence grabs your attention?

"I'd rather boil in oil than marry Noah Brenin."

Yep, this book had me at first sentence. :-)

Desperate for her dowry, Marianne accepts a marriage proposal from her childhood enemy, Noah. Her dowry will buy the medicines that can save her mother's life and keep her little sister from poverty. Noah proposed marriage to Marianne to please his father and save the family merchant business, but he doesn't plan o
Jul 05, 2011 TJ rated it really liked it

A surprisingly rich and evocative romance set during the war of 1812. Marianne is a plain, somewhat plump young lady who desperately needs the money from her inheritance to help pay for her gravely ill mother's medicines. The only way to obtain it, however, is through marriage and the man the families have agreed upon is just as determined to avoid her and break off the arrangement as she is to see it through.

The story takes us into the life of the seafaring merchants of the time, those u
Mar 22, 2012 Kelli rated it it was ok
Reading this author, I know what I will get. The story line comes together really well at the beginning, but most of the writing and dialog is super cheesy.
This one is like that, yet starts out fun. The only major annoyance is in the two main characters. They aren't consistent. The voice the author has given them doesn't match with their actions. They both loathe each other, then wonder why they are being so kind to everyone else. It's just a strange writing choice. Half way in, the story gets
May 06, 2011 Lisa rated it it was ok
A very promising start made me think I'd really like this one. Unfortunately, the story ended up being too drawn-out and preachy for my liking.
Aug 21, 2010 Amanda rated it it was amazing

MaryLu Tyndall is a marvelous writer!! This woman can wield a pen like a cutlass, slashing out the most heart-pounding, romantic adventures on the high seas, right before our awestruck eyes! Her lyrical prose is like a sirens call, effortlessly drawing you into the story and keeping you a joyous captive of her charms! And her strong faith flows through the pages in some of the most powerful conversions and mighty deliverances, creating scenes that beautifully portray the awesome saving grace of
Amber Stokes
Sep 06, 2010 Amber Stokes rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ever since reading the Legacy of the King's Pirates series, I have been enthralled with MaryLu Tyndall's books. I anticipate each new one because I know that I am guaranteed a thrilling and inspiring story! Surrender the Heart more than lived up to my expectations.

What was rather different and wonderful about this book was the heroine. I found myself able to relate to her in her self-consciousness about her looks and her feelings about being "ordinary." Tyndall's dedication at the beginning of t
Alexis Villery
Aug 21, 2011 Alexis Villery rated it really liked it
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Marianne Denton is twenty-five and desperate to receive her inheritance, which she can only obtain by marrying. Noah Brenin has the weight of his family on his shoulders and wants only to please his father by paying the family debts. While Marianne has is resigned to the match, Noah feels no such obligation and only wants Marianne to break the engagement so that he may be on his way to earn his fortune on his own and gain his father's approval in the process. Unfortunately for him, he doesn't co ...more
Marianne needs to marry in order to receive her inheritance. Money that is so desperately needed for her mother and little sister. After the death of her father they were left with nothing, but an outsider could never tell. They hide it well. Being a little plump and a little plain Marianne doesn't really have a line of young men lining up to court her, so it all comes down to an arranged marriage between the families. She does not want to marry Noah Brenin.

Noah isn't overly trilled about the p
Margaret Chind
I have loved everything that I read so far from MaryLu and I'm so excited about this new series, and the covers are to die for! Marianne is such a personality on the page and I really enjoyed reading her story as her emotions went this way and that. Usually in a book it is the heroine that I enjoy most, and although I do love Marianne to death, Noah was the on that captured my heart. Page by page and chapter by chapter MaryLu takes you on an adventure rocked by the waves of the sea.

From the snug
Aug 14, 2010 Casey rated it really liked it
What is it about a ship on the high seas, filled with action, drama, and a love story that never fails to send a quiver through my heart and make me sigh, that just so enthralls me?

The answer can only be found in two words: MaryLu Tyndall.

This author never fails to deliver an entertaining story that sweeps me off my feet and transports me to another time and place. The lyrical prose paints a picture until I can see the ocean and taste the salt on my lips. Envision the cannons belching black smok
Jul 26, 2016 Jackie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I didn't feel the connection between Marianne and Noah. The story got a little boring in the middle. Picked back up towards the end.
I really, really liked this book! It was an action packed Christian romance based on historical events. Perfect combo for me.

I am quite often getting the free Kindle books from Amazon and mostly enjoy them, but this one was extra special. While this one was Christian, it didn't lack for romance either.

Set in time leading up to the War of 1812 between The United States and British Empire, we meet Marianne as she is prepping for her arranged engagement to the insufferable Noah Brenin. Their famil
Jul 20, 2011 Michelle rated it it was amazing
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This is my first novel by MaryLu Tyndall, and I thoroughly enjoyed it! It's also the first novel that I've read that is set on the "high seas." After reading this one, I will definitely add Mrs. Tyndall's other books to my wishlist. MaryLu is certainly a gifted author, with an amazing talent for storytelling and a heart for God that shines through the pages!

My knowledge of ships is very limited, but it's obvious that MaryLu has done her research! The setting really came to life for me, and I fel
Apr 15, 2011 Courtney rated it it was amazing
If you've ever struggled with understanding what your destiny is in life than you'll thoroughly enjoy this book! Marianne is a young woman who finds herself engaged to the man that as a child drove her insane with his taunting of her. She is suffering to marry him because she needs her inheritance money to help take care of her sick mom and younger sister. She doesn't feel as though this is her destiny because she knows the marriage will not be based on love and she can barely stand the sight of ...more
Jenni C
Jan 19, 2014 Jenni C rated it liked it
Shelves: clean-romance
The only three things great about this book are...1.) Details about ships. The author did a great job setting the story on ships 2.) It was a clean romance. 3.) It dealt with Christianity.

But! I did NOT enjoy the following.
1.) The author used the word "Belly" a million times.
2.) There was a 'manifest destiny' or mix of God's favoritism towards Americans...I believe the American Revolution was a miracle and every other war won a blessing, but I don't like it paraded as such in literature.
3.) D
Molly (Cafinated Reads)
Aug 29, 2010 Molly (Cafinated Reads) rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: everyone
Recommended to Molly (Cafinated Reads) by: CFBA
Wow! MaryLu Tyndall's done it again! After reading other books by this FANTABULOUS author, I knew I HAD to read this book! Not only did it sound absolutely wonderful, the cover was breathtaking. I could NOT wait to set sail with another inspiring historical book by nautical Queen!

A tender story of a marriage without love, perfectly created characters make up this deep romantic novel. I saw so much of myself in Marianne, for I time I could believe I was Marianne. I prayed for her and traveled her
Sep 27, 2010 Pumikin rated it it was amazing
Another Enthralling Inspirational Romance from MaryLu Tyndall...

MaryLu has once again done what she does best--thrust the reader into a page of history, complete with a dashing lead male and a heroine destined for transformation.

MaryLu's regard for historic detail is, as always, impressive. She has obviously done her homework!
One very special aspect of this book, however, is MaryLu's choice for the main character. Rather than choose an obviously beautiful character, she has chosen a woman who so
Loraine Alcorn
Jul 09, 2011 Loraine Alcorn rated it it was amazing
I received this wonderful book free off amazon and I'm so glad I did , Now I just have to read all of MaryLu Tyndall's books .

I really enjoyed this book, it really has everything a Christian fiction book should have . I loved the way both Noah and Marianne went from 2 people practically forced to become engaged to finding their Destiny together through some exciting circumstances . This is a very inspiring read, it clearly shows the need for people to stop living with fear and resentment and tru
I loved the first 1/3 of the book. It was just how I like my romance stories...the arranged or convenient marriage plans, which neither of them were very happy with. They had misconceptions about each other from childhood. I really liked how she got embarrassed and upset when he walked out on their engagement party and left to go on a months long voyage to sell goods for his father. She follows him and ends up stuck on the voyage. The descriptions of the ship and life on a ship were very vivid a ...more
Oct 01, 2010 Janna rated it really liked it
I love M.L. Tyndall's books. The pirates, the buccaneers, the romance, the swashbuckling - ah, the things dreams are made of! M.L. captures all of these elements so beautifully that I get swept away in her books. "Surrender The Heart" centers around the War of 1812, which I find fascinating. The characters of Noah and Marianne are wonderful, first off they are engaged but neither can stand the thought of marrying the other person. Then neither of them is a perfect person, in fact they are both f ...more
Feb 19, 2013 Tiffany rated it it was ok
Beyond the first line of the entire book, the first three chapters were not intriguing whatsoever, and I was tempted to "jump ship". I was happy when it picked up in chapter 4. There was a lot of excitement, and I enjoyed the ship setting and the War of 1812 time period. Unfortunately, I did not care for the heroine's childish antics, especially in the beginning.

The woe-is-me, repetitive self-pity and doubt wore on me. I felt the story would have been better told with at least 100 fewer pages.
Jennifer Taylor
Jan 05, 2011 Jennifer Taylor rated it it was amazing
This is one of those books that is so good, I had to stop and wonder, will I ever be able to write like that? The characters are so real, their thoughts, pains, fears, situations, everything about them.

The story is intriguing, entertaining and adventurous. The characters are kept in impossible circumstances that leave you wondering how they will survive. The faith aspect was layered in perfectly, not too much, but just enough that it had me to thinking about my own faith walk. I loved the littl
Jul 22, 2011 Michelle rated it it was amazing
This was seriously one of the best books I have ever read. I love a good historical fiction novel, but this exceeded all of my expectations. The colonial American era is so fascinating to me and I loved reading about life during the time of the war. The romance between Noah & Marianne is believable and had me glued to me kindle! I loved that it was a Christian story, and the action scenes were so well written that I found myself cheering out loud for the Americans. I am so excited to read th ...more
Kathy * Bookworm Nation
I liked this, but didn’t love it. I felt overwhelmed with all the churchy stuff. It just felt way over the top and I found myself skipping rather large sections just to get back to the story. I did like the story, plot and characters, but was turned off by all the preaching. I liked Marianne and Noah quite a bit; the best parts of the book were when the two were together. I really enjoyed their story and romance. It was a fun adventure and for the most part I enjoyed it.

Sep 08, 2010 Ronie rated it it was amazing
ML Tyndall is one of my FAVORITE authors--and Surrender the Heart proves why. Amazing characterization, a fabulous love story, spunky heroines and quirky moments. I fell in love with her secondary characters as well--here's hoping for a book for Luke Heaton (*swoon*). And the amazing Mr. Blackthorn and his son, Daniel.

Amazing. It's rare for me to love characters as much as I love Tyndall's. An excellent read, as always.
Jul 28, 2011 Melissa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: clean-romances
This was a fun read. Loved the romance and the history in the book. It was kept very clean and will appeal to Historical romance readers who like to keep it PG. Fan's of McClure, Hatch, Kurland, and Whitson will like this book. It is a series so don't freak if the end does not wrap up everything. Also don't read the prologue or the info at the first of the book read it after you read the book it will make more sense. This book is free write know through amazon kindle for your computer.
Jun 18, 2011 Mara rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Contrary to what I read in other reviews, I found the Christian theme too overwhelming, above all in the second part of the book. We are not talking of a very (and I mean very) strong faith only, but of god actually answering (in words and actual phrases...).
To me this is fantasy, not historical.
You may have a strong faith and feelings, but if you actually hear god... we have a problem, er, probably you have a problem.

Pity, because otherwise, the romance is nice and convincing.
May 02, 2015 Jamie rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2015-reads
Another solid and enjoyable read from MaryLu Tyndall - enjoyed seeing the development and changes in the characters.
Jul 27, 2011 Irene rated it it was amazing
I love this book!
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