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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...more
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Published August 1st 2010 by Barbour Books (first published June 1st 2010)
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Heidi
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...more
TJ
4.5/5.0

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...more
Alexis Villery
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
Amanda

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...more
Amber Stokes
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...more
Gwen
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...more
Casey
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...more
Carrie (ICanHasBooks?)
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...more
Margaret
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...more
Lisa
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.
ReviewsByMolly
Aug 29, 2010 ReviewsByMolly rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: everyone
Recommended to ReviewsByMolly 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...more
Michelle
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...more
Courtney
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
Janelle
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...more
Loraine Alcorn
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...more
Pumikin
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...more
Stacey
“Surrender the Heart”, the first novel in the Surrendered to Destiny Series, is a wild, page-turning adventure from the first turn of phrase. Mary Lu Tyndall creates vibrant characters that set sail on sparkling seas and into the hearts of her audience. Marianne Denton is not your typical wealthy American girl. She is being forced to marry Noah Brenin to unlock her inheritance so that her mother may receive much-needed medical care.

Noah’s circumstances aren’t much better. He lives in the shadow...more
Kelli
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...more
Janna
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
Jennifer Taylor
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...more
Stephanie Smith
3.5/5

I just can't give it four stars even though I enjoyed it and found it to be a page turner.

This book had a lot of potential, I loved the romance and the adventure, but it started to fall a little flat towards the end and the Christianity aspect of the story felt very tacked on and lacked sincerity. The piece is historical fiction, yet I felt like the religious aspect of the book used present day language and ideology which made it feel even more out of place.

I think the real problem with the...more
Melissa
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.
Kathy
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.

Jenni C
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...more
Irene
I love this book!
Renee
Looking for high seas adventure? Read this book! Looking for romance? Read this book! Looking for great message? Read this book! Can you tell that I loooved it? But that shouldn't surprise you if you've been a reader of my blog for any length of time. MaryLu Tyndall's books are some of my favorites and for good reason, I don't think there are many other new Christian books that are set on the sea! The only series that I can think of is Kaye Dacus's Ransome Trilogy.

Not only do I love Surrender t...more
Michelle Griep
With vivid detail and a flair for blending fact with fiction, author MaryLu Tyndall takes the reader on a memorable historical voyage. From the dizzying heights of a ratline, down to breathing in the acrid leftover smoke of canon-fire, you’ll become as impressed aboard the British man-of-war as hero Noah and heroine Marianne.
Noah is everything a hero should be—handsome and strong—but not so pristine that he doesn’t have a fault or two. He’s a man on a mission to prove himself to his father. Ma...more
Theresa
Oct 06, 2010 Theresa rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Everyone!!!
Recommended to Theresa by: FIRST
I LOVED this book! The night I started it, I needed to get to bed early but found myself still reading into the wee hours of the morning. MaryLu Tyndall can really write a captivating story - so captivating, that I couldn't put it down.

I adored the main characters. Marianne was sweet and smart, but there were times I would become frustrated with her lack of consideration towards Noah. Her knowledge of finances didn't ring clear with some of the things she planned to get back home. Noah, on the o...more
Kristi (Books and Needlepoint)
About the Book: Marianne Denton feels like her fate has been sealed. She is in a forced engagement to Noah Brenin, a man she has no feelings for and only bad memories of him antagonizing her as a child. With her plain looks, and plump figure, she doesn't feel she has a lot of options - and she must marry in order to receive her inheritance. This inheritance is all that her mother, baby sister and herself have left. With her mother ailing, Marianne needs the money for her medication. They have al...more
Christine Lindsay
MaryLu Tyndall’s fast-paced, fresh style of writing always gives me a few hours to escape from the weariness of life, and inspires me at the same time.

Her latest, Surrender the Heart, is set during one of my favorite times in history, the War of 1812. The characters, Marianne Denton and Noah Brenin, are two ordinary people.

Marianne is aware Noah only wants to marry her for the fortune he supposes her to have. She has no love for him either, and allows him to remain under the delusion she’s wea...more
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