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Forsaken Dreams (Escape to Paradise #1)

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Embark on a seafaring adventure in a brand-new series from bestselling author MaryLu Tyndall.

They left everything behind to build a new Southern utopia...

After witnessing the death and destruction caused by the Civil War, Colonel Blake Wallace is eager to leave his once precious Southern homeland for the pristine shores of Brazil and the prospect of a new utopian communit
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Paperback, 320 pages
Published March 1st 2013 by Shiloh Run Press
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Anne
What did I think? I think that I have almost gone crazy over this series, because I have now finished all three books and am incapable of getting out of that world and moving on with other things. I mean, I've been reading another book for what, three days now, and I haven't even made it to page 100, because I simply cannot focus and still think about the wonderful characters I met in Escape to Paradise. Yes, it was that good. I couldn't put it down, and I wanted to shush everyone and everything ...more
Shantelle
I think Forsaken Dreams is my favorite novel by Marylu Tyndall so far. It was captivating, heart-rending, and fresh. A whole new story, but still with the usual ships, rough oceans, and sea battles that are always included in Marylu’s books.

I loved the character Eliza Crawford, and Blake too, even though his extreme bitterness at times made him a little unlikable. Their love story was a beautiful one about redemption, forgiveness, and most importantly, trusting God. It was thrilling.

I also ve
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Heather Manning
Jan 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Each of MaryLu Tyndall’s books gets better and better as new ones are published, which is saying a lot, because I have loved every single one of them!
Forsaken Dreams is no exception. It encompasses many page-turning qualities that I loved: adventure, romance, and a thrilling plot-line.
This story centers around a group of Southerners who leave everything they once lost home to start a new life in Brazil after the devastations of the Civil War. They hope to create their own Southern Utopia in the
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Sandi *~The Pirate Wench~*
Setting: The Civil War

Eliza Crawford wants only to start over and forget all the ugliness of the Civil War,in which she has lost everything. Eliza is also carrying a terrible secret that could now affect how people will treat her if they find out, including Colonel Blake Wallace. Blake is the person spearheading this adventure to Brazil and he is also recovering from the horrors of the War as well. All Blake seeks is peace and quiet, but will the dangers of the high seas prevent this ragtag grou
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Leah
Nov 13, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Forsaken Dreams is an amazing adventure full of trials, love, friendships, and storms. I was swept right into the story when we find the ship, New Hope, in the middle of a storm. We soon learn that this ship is full of Southerners who are on their way to Brazil to begin a new life after the Civil War ended. All of these Southerners are dreaming of a better life and hope to escape the pain of their pasts.
Blake was an officer for the South. He lost everything after the war so he put together a gro
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Elizabeth
Jan 31, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: everybody
Recommended to Elizabeth by: MaryLu Tyndall
Escape To Paradise
Let me take you on a seafaring adventure in a brand new series from best selling author MaryLu Tyndall. This book had me drawn in on the first chapter. You think you can maybe stop at the end of a chapter, but when you get there you want to go on...I loved it.
Colonel Blake Wallace, A leader and organizer of the expedition to Brazil and decorated war hero wanted for war crimes by the union and suffers from post traumatic stress disorder. He has seen enough death to last him a li
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Deborha Mitchell
Jan 29, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Have you ever sat through a movie and it seemed to end way too soon? There was so much excitement going on, twists at every turn.........you think, Why oh why did it have to end so soon? That is exactly how I felt when I read the final sentences of Forsaken Dreams. I was so captivated by the characters and what they were going through, that I didn't want the book to end. I need to know what happens next in their adventure! But, alas, I must wait for MaryLu's second book in this series....sheer t ...more
Ali
Feb 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This book is absolutely amazing! I could not put it down. Forsaken Dreams is filled with awesome plot twists, daring adventure, beautiful romance, and a powerful message of forgiveness! You don't want to miss it! MaryLu Tyndall never disappoints!
Marie
Jul 25, 2012 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars, Really liked it!

Forsaken Dreams is an intriguing blend of romance and adventure but it is very character driven. Eliza and Blake are very easy to like, and I loved the historical atmosphere of how they were all struggling with the aftermath of the Civil War. It's written very realistically and the voyage was both literal and spiritual. Although Brazil is mentioned as the ultimate utopia - and readers may think 'Brazil? I am not interested in Brazil' this is not a novel about Brazil. I
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Teresa Mathews
Feb 21, 2013 rated it it was amazing
5 STARS*****

Utopia, have you ever dreamed of such a place? A place where there is no war, no hatred, no prejudice, a place where you can leave your past behind and start your life anew. If so, then come along with MaryLu Tyndall in her latest series, Forsaken Dreams; Escape To Paradise; Book One.

The year is 1866 and the United States is just beginning to rebuild after the horrific Civil War. The Yankees are still in full force in the South and there is vast devastation everywhere you look. Sout
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Stacey
Mar 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing
First of all, I would like to extend a heartfelt “Thank you” to MaryLu Tyndall and her publisher for sending me a copy of "Forsaken Dreams" to review for them. I am truly grateful for this generosity. I really appreciate the time, effort and expense it takes to make a reviewer copy available to me.
MaryLu Tyndall’s latest adventure casts a group of Confederates onto the high seas in search of a place to call home where the South can rise again after the Civil War. Eliza Crawford, a war widow and
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Amalie Vantana
Jan 02, 2013 rated it it was amazing
A land where dreams come true. That is what is promised in the first book of the Escape To Paradise series from MaryLu Tyndall. Forsaken Dreams is a fine telling of how there are always consequences to our actions whether they be good or bad.

After the destruction of the Civil War a group of war ravaged people set sail to Brazil, the land of new opportunities, but secrets and a supernatural power wrap each person in a grip that threatens to crush them before they reach their promised Utopia.

Eliz
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Tracy
Oct 09, 2012 rated it it was amazing
In the years following the Civil War, nearly three million Southerners migrated from the former Confederate States of the loss and devastation of war and persecuted by the North. Many moved out west or to larger cities of the North in the United States and a mass number traveled to Canada and Mexico, but it is unknown to the amount traveled to Brazil. All Southerners had to do was simply board a ship and sail away with no requirement of a passport. In MaryLu Tyndall’s newest novel, “Forsaken Dre ...more
Angela Holland
Mar 02, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Let's set sail on a journey together to a vast new land and escape the harsh war ridden country that we currently live in. Climb aboard the ship with Colonel Blake Wallace and his crew to see where the sea is going to take us. Are you up for it? I was and I am glad I set sail. Ahoy Matey!

I loved this book and have nothing but good things to say about it. What a fun and safe way to go on a journey to a new and foreign land than through an exciting new book by MaryLu Tyndall. Forsaken Dreams dealt
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Kate Lynn
Dec 30, 2016 rated it did not like it
Yikes. That is my summary for this book. The writing style of Tyndall is smooth, but the words used are dreadful. By the third time the main character said, "oh fiddle!" I wanted to pull my hair out. That's not even the worst of it.

When I read "Southern Utopia" on the back when I picked this book out at a library sale, I had no idea it meant a utopia created by post-Civil War Southerns who feel the North has oppressed their way of life. This has led them to sail to Brazil where they want to rec
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Betti
Jan 29, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Put tall ships, the sea, pirates, black magic, unexplained occurances, a little romance and lots of adventure together and you have the beginning of why this book is worth every moment it takes you to read it!
MaryLu Tyndall has done a fabulous job of starting this new series in grand fashion. Escape to Paradise is something we all dream of doing at times, I'm sure. This is the new series starting with this wonderful book, set just after the end of the civil war between the North and the South.
I
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Marklessgirl
Jun 13, 2015 rated it really liked it
*Warning for some mature elements, in the story. *

old:
This book was so interesting and crazy and exciting and romantic!! I love the historical aspect this takes place right after the civil war has ended and I was a Civil War reenactor for I don't even know how many years a lot of years and I know the fashion and things really well so this book was like coming home in a lot of aspects. I love how exciting and intriguing this book was without being feeling like things are happening every 5 seconds
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Melanie
Aug 21, 2012 rated it it was amazing
A wonderful story that kept me entertained and had me flying through the pages! I loved the characters and enjoyed the plot -- I don't think I've ever read a book quite like this one.

Forsaken Dreams had me rooting for Eliza and Blake, but it seemed like things would never work out for them and so I was nervous for a majority of the story (especially near the end!).

All in all, a great book and I recommend it if you enjoy historical romance with some danger.

*I received a complimentary eBook copy
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Maria
Is it possible to start over after a terrible war has taken everything from you? Colonel Blake Wallace believes there is always hope, and he is determined to make his dreams come true. He wants to be the first member of a new colony in Brazil, and forget all the tragedies the Civil War caused to his family. Other people will join him in this exciting and dangerous adventure. Eliza Crawford, a young widow with a dark secret, is one of them. Will they make it to Brazil? Will they have a new chance ...more
Rambling Readers
Jan 13, 2013 rated it really liked it
After reading nearly all of MaryLu Tyndall's previous novels, I eagerly anticipated the release of her new series, "Escape to Paradise." The fist book in the series, "Forsaken Dreams," begins with the introduction of the major characters aboard a ship escaping the ravaged and war-torn South and bound for Brazil. This setting is one that has not been featured in any post-Civil War novels that I have read, and it offers a unique perspective. Each passenger has his or her own reason for leaving the ...more
Loraine
SUMMARY: Embark on a seafaring adventure in a brand-new series from bestselling author MaryLu Tyndall. After witnessing the death and destruction caused by the Civil War, Colonel Blake Wallace is eager to leave his once precious Southern homeland for the pristine shores of Brazil and the prospect of a new utopian community. Widow Eliza Crawford seeks passage on Wallace’s ship harboring a dirty secret—and a blossoming hope for a fresh start. But will dangers from the sea and from man keep them fr ...more
Angi G.
Feb 20, 2013 rated it it was amazing
WOW! What a Story!!!

To say that MaryLu Tyndall's books get better with each release, is an understatement. Forsaken Dreams far exceeded my expectations. Her attention to detail...every description, every thought, every word...draws the reader into the very story that is being told through the eyes of her characters. I loved how she used an actual historical event to base her story around, something she has done before in previous books, which in my opinion really enhances the reality of what peo
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Rebekah Gyger
Mar 05, 2013 rated it really liked it
Who hasn't done something that they wish they could take back? When are scapegoats not searched for? Do we all not first hate and then learn to forgive? A search for Paradise will always pull Shoel into our face. Satan will do what he can to keep us from Christ's forgiveness and our tendency for sin makes it difficult to fight back. It is easiest to pretend that we don't need to.

I found that Forsaken Dreams did a great job of expressing this. Beyond that, I was grateful that MaryLu did not try t
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Crystal
Oct 22, 2013 rated it did not like it
If you are a person of color you might want to skip this one. I tried. I really did and got about halfway thru the novel. But the repeated glorifying of the South and by extension slavery was too much for me to handle. Over and over again the Union is painted as the real cause of the Civil War while the slave owners are depicted as innocent victims forced out of their country to seek a new Southern utopia where oppression is ok. In one culturally insensitive scene the novel suggests that because ...more
Jackie
Mar 01, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This book is the first in an unforgettable series. I couldn't put it down. The book is set when north and south were at war, Eliza has had a tough life and after losing her husband she sets off to forget her old life and she joined a group aboard the New Hope. Whose mission was to start over in Brazil. Along the way she never expected what was to come about. Secret identity's and a love/hate relationship are both unexpected and cause many problems, but with faith in God and determination to star ...more
Rabbit {Paint me like one of your 19th century gothic heroines!}
Disclaimer: This ARC was given to me for free in exchange for an honest review from Netgalley.

This was okay. Kind of predictable.
Lisa
Feb 04, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I'm a big fan of Gone with the Wind, and Scarlett O'Hara, love her or hate her, is a complex and well-written character. (If your only reference to GWTW is the movie, then I tell you now, READ THE BOOK!)

And if you're a fan of the Civil War-era stories and strong leading ladies, then MaryLu Tyndall has a new book you'll want to add to your to-be-read pile.

Forsaken Dreams, the first in her new series Escape to Paradise, introduces a group of Southerners, just after the Civil War has ended, who are
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Lynn's
Feb 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing
In 1866, the New Hope sailed out of the Charleston harbor toward Brazil…but instead of hauling heavy cargo, the ship was laden with the weight of dark secrets. In Mary Lu Tyndall’s newest release, Forsaken Dreams (book 1 in the Escape to Paradise Series) a group of defeated Southerners sail away from their American homeland dreaming of a better life in Brazil. But will un-forgiveness and prejudice destroy the peace and freedom they so desperately long for? Forsaken Dreams is the story of Colonel ...more
Casey
Oct 30, 2012 rated it really liked it
A tale of romance, intrigue and God’s truth on the high seas.

The story has a hint of the “Lord of the Flies” simply because our characters are heading for a Utopian promise only to collide against everything *they* believe should be right. But the similarities end there.

The story captured me within the first chapter. It flipped between past and present and I loved the retrospective style of the chapter crafting. It was always very clear which present I was in, but it gave a delightful flavor to
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Salyna
Mar 24, 2013 rated it really liked it
This book had hooked from the very beginning! It was an amazing read and I enjoyed it very much!

I haven't read very many books where their is travel or a voyage through Oceans. I should really change that because I always seem to love them when I do. MaryLu Tyndall is known for her Inspirational Adventure Romance novels and it's not difficult for me to tell why. She is brilliant with the way she uses descriptions- from the way everything looks, feels, tastes, sounds, to smells. It's a wonder th
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“Thunder bellowed, barely audible above the explosion of wind and wave. How did this tiny brig withstand such a beating? Surely the timbers would burst any moment, splintering and filling the room with the mad gush of the sea. Locking her arms with the ladies on either side, she closed her eyes as the galloping ship tossed them like rag dolls over the hard deck.” 4 likes
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