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.
When Noah walks out on their engagement party, Marianne chases him down and ends up on his merchantman out at sea. The situation worsens when Noah’s ship encounters a British man-of-war and the couple is impressed into the British navy.
While a young lad’s prophecy of destiny looms over them both, Marianne and Noah are forced to face their darkest fears at they desperately try to escape and fulfill their destinies – destinies that could change the course of the war and history forever.
I’ve read a number of MaryLu Tyndall’s (also known as M.L. Tyndall) books prior to reading this one. MaryLu has a fascination with pirates, and from what I can see, she is a bit of a break-through author in that particular genre.
Surrender the Heart is the first in a trilogy entitled “Surrender to Destiny”. This book was highly interesting and an exciting read. MaryLu deftly weaves suspense and romance into a tight-knit novel that makes it difficult to put down. I work full-time and also have other activities after work, but somehow, I managed to finish Surrender the Heart in two days. I was caught right up with Marianne and Noah as they sailed on the high seas and then were captured by the British. I sympathized when they struggled with their inner demons and cheered for their victories. I especially felt for Marianne, who believes she is just an ordinary girl, not destined to any greatness, who will live a simple, normal life. Everyone feels ordinary at times in their life, but it just takes one individual to make you feel like the most special person in the world.
One thing that I’ve come to really appreciate in MaryLu’s novels is her recurrent theme of a character that has strayed from God, yet through the course of the story, surrenders wholeheartedly back into His arms. It is an encouraging theme for any Christian and brings a strong message of hope.