Genesis 5020

Stories for His Glory

The Liberty Bride by Marylu Tyndall November 23, 2018

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Lieutenant Owen Masters and Emeline Baratt meet on a British warship as sworn enemies. Where will Emeline place her loyalties when forced to spy against her country?
War Forces a Choice Between Love and Country

A trip home from England to Maryland in 1812 finds Emeline Baratt a captive on a British warship and forced to declare her allegiance between the British and Americans. Remaining somewhat politically neutral on a ship where her nursing skills are desperately needed is fairly easy—until she starts to have feelings for the first lieutenant who becomes her protector. However, when the captain sends her and Lieutenant Owen Masters on land to spy, she must choose between her love for him or her love for her country.

My thoughts:

I’ve enjoying this series. Each book is written by a different author so some books I enjoy more than others.

This is one enjoyed very much. I haven’t read a book by MaryLu in a long time. I forget how talented she is and how much I loved her stories.

Emaline is a strong character who has to make some tough choices.

Owen is a desirable hero, who is trying to lead a double life.

The reader knows Emaline and Owen’s secret but they don’t know each others secret and I was just waiting for the truth to come out. Chapter after chapter the tension builds as they get buried deeper in their lies.

A wonderful historical romance.

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Elusive Hope by MaryLu Tyndall October 30, 2013

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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.

My thoughts:

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 🙂

Grab your copy at your local bookstore (this book releases November 1st), Amazon, Barnes and Noble,, Deeper Shopping or Books-A-Million.

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 in exchange for an honest review.


Review: Forsaken Dreams March 18, 2013


Forsaken Dreams by MaryLu Tyndall

From the backcover of Forsaken Dreams:

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 from the peace and love they long for?

My Thoughts:

This is the second book I have read by MaryLu Tyndall. The first was Veil of Pearls, which I absolutely loved, probably the best book I read in 2012. So I had high expectations for Forsaken Dreams.

MaryLu paints a vivid picture of the scenes and characters. At first the two main characters where a little too sweet on each other, it all seemed too perfect, which it was until the conflict arises. Then we get to the good stuff.

All the characters seem to have gotten on the ship, New Hope, to escape their past. But they soon learn you can’t outrun your past, it will catch up with you. Now they are forced to face it and reconcile their future with their past.

Can’t we all relate? Don’t we all wish there were things we could forget about, but the truth is our past has shaped us into the people we are now. That same holds true for this cast of characters MaryLu introduces us to. The past can also be redeemed, but only with the help of our Savior, the Redeemer.

Not only are the main characters endearing that whole cast has a story. You will get bits and pieces of their story as your read Forsaken Dreams and it will made you want to read the rest of the series. I can’t wait to read the next (whenever that will be) and see what secrets the other characters are hiding.

Oh, and there are some mysterious things taking place as well. But you will have to read the book to find out what I am talking about.

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Loved-Part 10 January 25, 2013

This is my 100th post!!!!!!

Can you believe it? God has been so good since the beginning of this blog a year ago (January 27th was my first post).

To celebrate my 100th post I have a big giveaway for you. At the end of this post you will see all that I am giving away.

Heather’s Genesis 5020:

heart-of-love-1328441023DAUIn July 2011, I was promoted to Assistant Manager for the group home I was working in. I had been working midnights up until that point and it was wearing on me terribly.

With this new position, I’m able to work first and second shift. That was a direct answer to prayer.

Again, God’s plan was playing out for me.

It amazes me that even now when I go to work I get this feeling that I am right where He wants me to be. I love working with people with disabilities, they are so special to me and I know they are very special to God.
In the spring of 2012, my church made an announcement that a group would be starting up called Wounded Heart. It was for women who had been abused and who were looking for healing from their brokenness.

I heard God whisper to me to join this group, so I did. My sister was one of the leaders so that made it a little easier.

Through wounded heart, I uncovered so many hurts that I didn’t even realize I had but by uncovering them and sitting in my pain, I was able to work through a lot of my issues and begin to heal. Notice I didn’t say I am healed, I am in the process, still.

After Wounded Heart was over, I was able to free myself from John. I was able to forgive him and pray for him.

I’ve stopped living in fear of him and worrying that he’s going to find me. I’m trusting the God who saves me to protect me from him.

Also after Wounded Heart, I heard God whispering to me again. This time he was telling me to be baptized.

I’ve always been a kind of shy person who hates being in front of a crowd so being baptized never sounded appealing to me because of that. But I clearly heard God on this so I knew I had to obey.

On June 17, 2012, I was baptized. I was so nervous.

I knew I was doing the right thing but I had to give a brief video testimony about why I wanted to be baptized and I had to do it in front of all those people at church.

My brother-in-law is an elder at our church so he did the baptisms. He can tell you first hand, I was trembling when I went under the water.

I was excited to be celebrating my commitment to Christ but it was also a funeral, a burial of the woman I used to be.

I was happy to let go of my old self but really committing to my new life in Christ was a little scary for me, in a good way. My parents were there and so were some of the ladies from my Wounded Heart group.

I felt so much love that day.

I titled this post Loved for two reasons.

1) Heather was only beginning to feel and understand the weight of Christs love.

2) You are all loved dearly. I thank God for readers like you who have stuck by Patrick and I this past year and supported this blog.

To say thank you I am giving away seven books, some paperback, some hardback.

The Scarlet Thread by Francine Rivers (has been read once, you can see in the binding)

A Wedding Transpires on Mackinac Islandby Cara Putman

Wildflowers from Winter by Katie Ganshert

Veil of Pearls by Marylu Tyndall ( has been read, the corners of the cover are slightly worn, nothing major)

The Circle Maker by Mark Batterson

What to do When the Roof Caves In by Marilyn Meberg

Just Walk Across the Room by Bill Hybels

I also will throw in one of those ruffled knitted scarves that are so popular at craft shows. I saw them and thought, “I can make that.” So I did.

As a special thank you to my subscribers, if you leave a comment your name will be entered twice. That goes for anyone who scribes today too 🙂

But you don’t have to subscribe to enter, I just want to do something special for those who do.

******* To enter leave a comment about something God has done in your life over the last year, or leave a prayer request, I would be honored to pray for you. Do this by January 31st at 5:00 pm to be entered. ********