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Elusive Hope

(Escape to Paradise #2)

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In a colony named New Hope, while their friends are seeking a southern utopia...

Hayden is seeking revenge. Relentlessly.

After years of all but selling his soul to track down his scoundrel of a father, Hayden Gale discovers his search must continue in South America, where his father is reported to be helping colonize Brazil. Hayden has nothing more to lose, certainly not a
Paperback, 319 pages
Published November 1st 2013 by Shiloh Run Press
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Apr 20, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Elusive Hope. I would be drawn in by that title alone if I didn’t know anything about the author/book. Having read the title, I would be even more drawn in when I saw the beautiful cover of this book.
I have loved MaryLu Tyndall’s books ever since I read The Charles Towne Belles series last summer. I have since then gobbled up all her books and have loved every single one. I own them all and they will be “keepers” on my shelf forever! I’m looking forward to reading them over and over again.
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Heather Manning
Sep 15, 2013 rated it it was amazing
It took me about two weeks to read Elusive Hope, and I can assure that it was not because I did not enjoy reading it. No, I wanted it to last as long as I could possibly make it last. Which was still not long enough.

I am pretty sure that Elusive Hope was better than the book before it in the Escape to Destiny trilogy, Forsaken Dreams, if that is even possible. Every single word was masterfully written, and I loved every second of this novel.

Magnolia hates life in the fledgling Southern Utopia in
Deborha Mitchell
Jun 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing

Enough words? These all describe Elusive Hope, book 2 in MaryLu Tyndall’s Escape to Paradise series.
MaryLu has out-done herself with this book. She has shown that she can write stories that not only have you smiling, but stories that awaken ALL of your senses.
I tried my best to read this book slowly, to savor every morsel. But, it was so hard to slow down. Each chapter ended making me want to read more. I kept waiting for a lull in the story, s
Sep 23, 2013 rated it it was amazing
"Elusive Hope"

"Elusive Hope" is the sequel to "Forsaken Dreams" by MaryLu Tyndall, in the "Escape to Paradise" trilogy. "Elusive Hope" releases November 1, 2013. This sequel continues the tale begun in "Forsaken Dreams", and really would not do so well as a stand-alone.

We return to the lives of our new Brazilian settlers, where we find Magnolia Scott working in the hospital while her father breathes down her neck what a lady should and should not do. Magnolia seeks relief from him and intends
I knew I was going to love this book before I even started it. I had a feeling it would be my favourite of the three in the Escape to Paradise series. Perhaps because we already know the characters and it was easy to get back into their lives, perhaps because they've finally made it to Brazil and their adventures there are really exciting, or maybe it's because the romance here is really well developed, believable and heart-warming? If I'm being honest, it's probably because Hayden is the hero, ...more
Sandi *~The Pirate Wench~*
The second novel in the Escape to Paradise series, now brings readers to the hot jungles of Brazilwith romance, secrets, revenge and a mysterious element thrown in. The characters are so freshly written and are at the same time caring, conniving and will do whatever they need to do to achieve their goals. America's past that was divided not only by a country but the people as well is brought to life in this story.
SUMMARY: So as the ragtag colonists have now made it to their new home in the Brazi
Sep 05, 2013 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Teen +
Once again a well told story by the fabulous MaryLu Tyndall.

My favorite part was the story between Magnolia and Hayden. I loved every part of their overcoming the past, growing in their faith, all of it.

The spiritual battle is stretching towards the fantastical side of believable HOWEVER, I value any author who puts forth the knowledge that there IS a spiritual battle going on in a realm we can't see. Romance meets Frank Peretti? I'm not quit sure how to categorize this one. I really liked the
(Potential readers should read the first book in the series -Forsaken Dreams- before reading this one in order to better understand the story.)

Hayden Gale is seeking revenge and will only find peace once he finds his father and punishes him for the pain he caused. Magnolia Scott hates her new life in Brazil and would do anything to go back to the US, even following the man she despises the most in an exhausting trek through the dangerous and scary jungle. Both of them have no idea about the risk
Reet Champion
Sep 12, 2013 rated it really liked it
To put it bluntly Magnolia Scott hates Brazil. She hates it with a passion. In fact she double hates it (you get the picture). The insufferable heat, the constant filth and the fact that she will be pressed into a marriage of convenience (meant to better her family’s wobbly position in society) only serve to further ground that attitude. Life wasn’t always like this. At one time the Scotts lived a life of luxury. Oh yeah…but that was BEFORE Magnolia allowed herself to fall prey to a conman who s ...more
Amanda O'malley
Oct 01, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I'm so excited for this book!! it has everything romance and danger along with Mystery. I have a feeling this book will be Marylu Tyndall best one ever!!

Like with every book MaryLu Tyndall Elusive Hope was amazing. It got me from the start, a group of American trying to get away from the damage caused my the Civil War. Magnolia Scott has eveything she wants except for a father's love and all she wants is to go back to the state to be with her love. And there is the stowaway Hayden Gale hows hear
Jun 10, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Earlier this year, I read my first-ever MaryLu Tyndall book when she released the first book in her new series, Forsaken Dreams. I loved it so much, I could hardly wait for the second book, which released this month.

And Elusive Hope doesn't disappoint. (I received a free copy of the book from the author in exchange for my review.)

In it, Tyndall continues the story of the post-Civil War Southerners who are looking to start a new colony in Brazil. Forsaken Dreams told the story of their sea voyage
Teresa Mathews
Oct 05, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Utopia is Not Always Perfect!

Once again master storyteller MaryLu Tyndall guides us back in time to the lush colorful jungle of Brazil. There we meet up with the war-worn Southerners who are trying to make a new life for themselves in this humid land that’s not quite the Utopia they had thought it would be. Some are doing better than others adjusting, some are being drawn to the beauty that reminds them of home. Others are being lured into a vile evilness that seems to be in the very air that s
Rambling Readers
Aug 24, 2013 rated it really liked it
Mary Lu Tyndall leaves the ship deck behind in favor of the Brazilian jungle in "Elusive Hope," the second novel in the "Escape to Paradise" series. Tyndall captures a unique segment of history when Americans settled in the wilds of Brazil to create a "new" south following the Civil War. The historical elements and the scenery of the jungle were my favorite aspects of "Elusive Hope." A connection to the characters never completely developed and the symbolism of evil became oppressive.

Both Magno
Jun 09, 2013 rated it really liked it
Another great read from MaryLu Tyndall! It ends with a classic Tyndall cliffhanger and now I'm eager to read the next and final book in the series, Abandoned Memories, as soon as possible.

I loved how all of the characters from Forsaken Dreams were in this story and I also loved the forgiveness/grace part of the book.

I recommend Elusive Hope if you like historical books with danger and suspenseful scenes. It's really good!

*Disclosure of Material Connection: I received one or more of the produc
Jul 23, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: first-reads
“Leaning over, he picked up his knife, still stuck in the snake’s head and held up the beast. Magnolia leapt back. ‘What are you going to do with that?’ Shoving aside the scraggly bush, Hayden headed back to camp. ‘Make dinner.’” The story of New Hope, a colony of American Southerners who sought to establish their own paradise in the jungles of Brazil after the Civil War, continues in Elusive Hope. This is the second book in the Escape To Paradise Series by Mary Lu Tyndall and within its pages w ...more
Jessica Stanley
Oct 04, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: loved-it
I cannot put into words how much I enjoyed this book!!! I knew it would be a great book because I have yet to read a bad, or less than enjoyable book written by Ms. Tyndall (& I have read them all); but when I began reading Elusive Hope I had no idea to what extent I would enjoy it!!! Ms. Tyndall has an amazing talent for creating such loveable, colorful characters that you cannot help falling in love with!! Her creativity in this story just blows my mind!!!!! Each time I think she cannot ge ...more
Oct 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Elusive Hope showcases a magnificent kaleidoscopic portrayal of a misty and steaming jungle, teeming with dangerous animals and a plethora of beastly bugs and irksome insects. The darker side of the jungle contrasts deeply with the stark beauty of beautiful sweet-smelling blossoms and orchids, and with lofty palms parading a rainbow of birds flitting about in the above canopy. This incredible immersion into the Brazilian jungle is experienced by the reader as this exciting adventure takes us dee ...more
Jul 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing
One thing I love about MaryLu's books (and there are many things I love about them) are her dedications. Elusive Hope is dedicated to : all those who feel they never measure up. Wow! I've been there, have you? This is the sense I got from many of the characters.

Have you ever felt trapped? Living your life just to please everyone else? Thinking all that you are worth,comes from your outward looks? Letting your past dictate who you are now and how you feel about yourself? Trapped by anger or feel
Jul 31, 2013 rated it it was amazing

Elusive Hope is the second book in the Escape to Paradise series and features the characters that we met on the voyage to Brazil from the first novel, Forsaken Dreams. Hayden Gale and Magnolia Scott now take center stage as the main characters in this story.

If you have read the first book in this series, Forsaken Dreams, then you know that Hayden and Magnolia are not sweet, kind, wonderful characters. Not at all! Hayden is a former con man bent on revenge
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ELUSIVE HOPE by MaryLu Tyndall is an exciting Inspirational Historical Romance set in 1866 in the jungles of Brazil, Colony of New Hope. #2 in the "Escape to Paradise" series, but can be read as a stand alone. Although, I would recommend reading "Forsaken Dreams",only to get the beginning of the story.....

I love this author's stories and "Elusive Hope" is no exception. I enjoy the characters, they are not flawless far from it, but are realistic,enduring, and engaging. This series just gets bette
Amber Stokes
Oct 04, 2013 rated it really liked it
In this second installment of the "Escape to Paradise" series, the main setting has moved from the sea to the jungles of Brazil, with colorful and exotic descriptions. One thing I love about MaryLu Tyndall's writing is how engaging her imagery is, whether she's describing the U.S. capitol during the War of 1812 or a tropical paradise in South America.

Elusive Hope flowed better than book 1 (Forsaken Dreams), and I enjoyed reading about Hayden and Magnolia's journey. Tyndall knows how to write gre
Karen Martin
Oct 30, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Yet another brilliantly told masterpiece by MaryLu Tyndall! The second in her Escape to Paradise trilogy, this one tells the story of Magnolia, the epitome of a Southern Belle, and Hayden, the self-made con man. Both characters want something, and both are very willing to use others to get to their end goal. But what happens if you start falling for a person you’re trying to con? What is more important, your original goal or your newfound love? And what of God’s plan? Both characters have to dea ...more
I really liked the first book in this series, Forsaken Dreams, so I was looking forward to this book in the hope that it would live up to the last one.

This is definitely a problem exclusive to me, but I found it really, really weird to read a book with the hero’s name being Hayden. Because it’s my own name, I just think of it as feminine even though I know that it was historically a boy’s name. Still, it was a little strange for me!

It was hard to like Hayden and Magnolia at times, because they w
Set shortly after the civil war, a group of disaffected southerners have traveled to Brazil to start a new community called New Hope. This is the second book in the series and will not be understood unless you have read the first book. This novel focuses on Hayden who is still seeking his father whom he blames for this mother's death and Magnolia who is being forced by her father to find a wealthy husband to replace the funds she talked him into investing in a bad deal. From the very beginning, ...more
Susan Snodgrass
Oct 01, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I have read all of MaryLu Tyndall's books and she is a terrific writer. I love, love, love that she includes the spiritual warfare aspect in her books. This one is no exception.

This is the second in a series, the first being 'Forbidden Dreams' and I absolutely loved it! I still can't pick up another book to read because I've been thinking about Elusive Hope for a while.

This book is Hayden and Magnolia's story. I didn't like either of these characters in the first book, but boy, I've changed my m
Oct 15, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Elusive Hope (Escape to Paradise #2) is about the colony of New Hope in post Civil War era Brazil. This installment of the series is mainly about the revengeful Hayden and the spoiled and rich girl, Magnolia. What happens between these two characters when they interact with one another? That, you have got to see.
I think Elusive Hope is a perfect addition to the Escape to Paradise series. I found myself laughing throughout the book at Hayden and Magnolia's antics. They sure were a lot of fun to r
Jun 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Oh my - what a difficult book to set down! This second book in the Escape to Paradise series does not disappoint. Picking up with many of the main characters from 'Forsaken Dreams', the author brings many of their idiosyncrasies to light. From the incessant search for gold, to the ever present wish to return to Georgia, we learn more of what the settlers had to deal with when trying to make a new home in a totally new, and unsettled area. It was a never ending experience with creatures that are ...more
Vickie McDonough
Feb 27, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Hold on! You're in for one fabulous ride!

I have been a fan of Marylu Tyndall’s books since the first one I read. Her latest book, Elusive Hope, is one of her best so far. The descriptions of the jungle are so visually stunning, you’ll hear the birds and bugs and feel the sweltering heat. The chemistry between the hunky, hurting hero and spoiled Southern belle heroine was so fabulous that I didn’t want the book to end. The sinister villain will have you looking over your shoulder and jumping at n
Justine Mendez
Apr 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This Book, This Book!!! It's so amazing!! I give it a 100 Stars. Yes, it was that good. It's my favorite book of 2015 so far. And Hayden has become my new book boyfriend :) <3
Nov 05, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Renowned author MaryLu Tyndall, writer of inspiration-historical-romance-fiction novels has done it again, with her newest release “Elusive Hope”, book 2, from the ‘Escape to Paradise’ series.
After devastation caused by the Civil War in the United States, many left for a Utopia in South America, to a Colony named New Hope, seeking a better life.
Brazil, 1866 - two of the main characters are here for entirely different reasons. Hayden Gale is in hot pursuit of his father, mercilessly attempting to
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“But how does one adorn one’s inside?” Magnolia interrupted, drawing both their gazes. Eliza approached and squeezed her hand. “Only God can do that. All you have to do is ask Him. He loves you, Magnolia. He formed you in your mother’s womb to be unique and talented and beautiful and…well, just to be you.” 1 likes
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