Elusive Hope by MaryLu Tyndall
From the back cover:
Falling in Love Was Never Part of Their Plans
On the shores of Brazil, their Confederate friends are seeking a Southern utopia. But Hayden Gale and Magnolia Scott have different plans. Hayden is out for revenge and vows to keep pursuing his father—at any cost—whom he blames for his mother’s death. Magnolia is looking for a way out. . .and a way back home after her father insists their family escape the South following the Civil War. As the fledgling colony of New Hope struggles to survive, they both seek to use the other for their own purposes. Falling in love was never part of their plans.
MaryLu Tyndall (insert sigh here)….she knows how to write a good book.
Elusive Hope is the second book in a series. I did read the first one which lays some ground work for this book. However, I think you could read the second book and still catch up quickly with what’s going on.
MaryLu’s attention to detail as she describes Brazil, the jungle, bugs and smells makes you feel like you are sitting there with the characters. It brings back memories of Gilligan’s Island, but without all the comic relief.
Our heroine in this story is a tough one to have a lot of sympathy for but you do find it, especially if you have ever struggled with being good enough for a parent. Magnolia is a bit of a snot and wants what she wants when she wants it. Yet, underneath of all that you know she is a broken little girl who needs to know the love of Jesus.
Hayden, the hero, is hard to trust. He, too, has his issues that he needs to overcome. He seems self-centered and uncaring but beneath his tough exterior is a boy with a broken relationship with his father who needs to come to his Heavenly Father for redemption.
Can these two find love, will they find grace in Jesus? You’ll just have to read the book to find out 🙂
Check out the book trailer here. If this doesn’t make you want to read it don’t know what will.
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A ebook of this book was given to me by the publisher through Netgalley.com in exchange for an honest review.