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Friday, March 21, 2014

Diana Flowers Guest Reviews MaryLu Tyndall's "The Ransom"

The Ransom

Ransom Press, 2014

Reviewed by Diana Flowers (Guest Reviewer)
5 stars!*****

Shiver Me Timbers!

With quill in hand, MaryLu Tyndall has crafted a swashbuckling, seafaring adventure set in the wicked city of Port Royal, Jamaica, where nefarious villains and pirates roam the streets—and where an unescorted lady dare not!

Juliana Dutton is the daughter of one of the wealthiest shipping merchants in Port Royal. With a drunken gambler of a brother and an ailing father, Juliana must keep the business afloat single handedly—all while trying to help a fallen friend, and work at the orphanage as well. While seeking to stave off the affections of an intrusive would-be suitor – Captain Nichols – Juliana agrees to a fake engagement to the foppish Lord Munthrope, who perhaps may not be all he appears to be. He seems all too willing to help, but can he be trusted?

When Juliana is accosted by vulgar ruffians on her way to check on her friend, a most unlikely person comes to her rescue…the most feared and relentless pirate on the Spanish Main—Pirate Earl! The infamous Pirate Earl, Alexander Hyde, son of Captain Edmund Merrick Hyde, leads a dual life as he attempts to hide the dark secrets that plague his soul day and night. As her faint-hearted fiancé and Juliana's lives become intertwined with the fearsome Pirate Earl, an enemy follows and dangers ensue—especially those of the heart. For the virtuous Juliana simply cannot get the memory of the startling, piercingly blue eyes of a certain immoral, enigmatic pirate out of her mind…

MaryLu Tyndall has written an exhilarating adventure on the high seas and off, that will awaken your senses and heighten your emotions with her amazing descriptive imagery! With an intricate, heart racing plot guaranteed to cause the reader to chuckle and shed a few tears, this is certainly in my opinion, one of, if not the best pirate novels that has ever come from this writer's pen…er, quill that is. With a powerful thread of redemption and second chances, I drew a deep sigh at the satisfying conclusion, and tears formed in my eyes at that wonderful last sentence (but don't peek!) So get yer sea legs on, mateys—ye are about to set sail on a journey ye won't soon forget!

This book may be purchased through AmazonCBDBarnes & Noble, and your local bookstore.

Giveaway: An ebook copy or paperback of The Ransom. "Like" MaryLu's Amazon page and leave a comment about this post and telling us you liked it and your email address.   

38 comments:

  1. Thank you, Quillers, for having me today. It's always a pleasure to visit here and I see CARRIE has my goose down pillow all fluffed up in my favorite rocking chair, and a steaming cup of hot cinnamon spice tea. How very kind of her!

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  2. Good Morning Diana! Once again my friend you have written an excellent review on what has become one of my all-time favorite books. MaryLu certainly knows how to create a story with characters that will steal your heart, especially the ones from this book. I have to say her description of the Pirate Earl almost did me in, I KNOW it made my heart skip a beat! :-)

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    1. Thank you, Teresa! This is one of my all-time faves for sure as well! What a delightful book! Your heart just skipped ONE beat? lol

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    2. Well...it could have been it almost put me in A-Fib!! lol

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    3. He was quite a hunk as MaryLu so aptly put it! :)

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  3. LOVE, LOVE your review, Diana!! Just like I did TERESA's and NOELA's. You're all great reviewers and it's clear how much you enjoyed this book. I HAVE to get to read it soon!!

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    1. Thank you, Maid Marian! You will also love, love this book! I double dare you to put it down! lol

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  4. G'day Diana! Thought I'd pop in for a bit and share some of that hot cinnamon spiced tea you've got there... yum! ;) Loved your wonderful review of The Ransom... And I have just noticed the Quill connection in your review and the name of this site!! :) I agree with Teresa (above), the Pirate Earl is one dashing pirate... and I fear stealing all our hearts as well the loot from his plundering.. :)

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    1. The quill thing was just a coincidence, but how appropriate, huh? It must have been meant for me to be here! Sigh...he is quite dashing isn't he? But a pirate! Oh my!

      Thanks for kind words, NOELA!

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    2. I agree, Noela, that was cute!

      Diana, yes, what a dashing hero!!!

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    3. Indeed he is, CARRIE! I wonder what MaryLu's "quill" will come up with next. I'm looking forward to it, whatever it is!

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  5. Thanks so much for sharing your review with the CQ gang, Diana! Many blessings to you!

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  6. Great review! I read the first book in the series, Redemption, and the other 2 are in my TBR pile. Oh, and I liked MaryLu's Amazon page. Thanks for the giveaway!
    garfsgirl [at] hotmail [dot] com

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    1. Thanks, LIZ! They were all great, but this one is my favorite I do believe! Maybe you will win here and have the whole collection to read back to back!

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  7. Enjoyed the review! The Ransom sounds like an exciting and romantic book. I am looking forward to reading it. I already like MaryLu's Facebook page.
    may_dayzee(at)yahoo(dot)com

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    1. KAY, it really is all that and more! On my list of 2014 faves already!

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  8. Diana! I've only a moment to stop by but I was teary eyed at your wonderful review!! Thank you so much!!! I'm thrilled you enjoyed "Munny" and the Pirate Earl and Juliana. :-) What a blessing you and all the ladies of CQ are!! I appreciate you all so much. My daughter just had my first grandbaby so I'm heading Back to the hospital. I was without sleep for 24 hours yesterday, having the incredible opportunity to be in the delivery with her. But I wanted to stop by and thank you!!! God bless and Hugs all around.. or perhaps pink cigars!

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    1. Mayhap pink patches or pink quills, milady? lol Congrats, Grandma, and give that new baby lotsa sugar from all of us!

      The pleasure was all mine, and you're so very welcome!

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    2. We are so grateful you were willing to do a Guest Review, Diana, and hang out with us CQers! How is your rocker doing? Can we fluff your pillow for you?

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    3. I'm going great, CARRIE! Pillow nice and fluffy just like I like it. If you didn't have a hurt foot, I'd ask you to fix me a ham sandwich, tho, hold the mayo. ;)

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  9. Wonderful review, Diana, for a wonderful book! I'm reading The Ransom now and am thoroughly enjoying it. MaryLu has written a such fun, exciting book. Congratulations Granny MaryLu on your new granddaughter! Blessings to all!

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    1. Thank you, LISA! It's great to see you again! There was not one boring spot in the whole book! Page after page of fun-filled excitement. Happy Reading!

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  10. I can't wait to read The Ransom. I LOVE the Legacy of the King's Pirates series. I liked MaryLu Tyndall on Amazon. I didn't even know you could do that til now.

    - Rachel, rmweatherford1s@gmail.com

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    1. Oh, you will so love this one, RACHEL! It's the best in my opinion, but I think I already said that in my review, didn't I. lol Thx for liking MaryLu's page...I think a lot of people are unaware that there is an option to do so on Amazon.

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  11. Congratulations on the new book release and the arrival of your new granddaughter, MaryLu.

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    1. MARYLU is celebrating the awesome arrival of two new babies...her gbaby and The Ransom! :) How cool is that?

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  12. Great review, Diana! MaryLu's story sounds exciting. I adored her Veil of Pearls and have confidence in her writing always being top notch. Thank you for this giveaway and the chance to win a wonderful read!

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    1. Thx, BARB! You will love this one---Girl Scout's honor! lol

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  13. Wonderful review. I have liked MaryLu's Amazon page and would love to win a copy of the book! Thanks for the giveaway :)

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    1. Hi, BETTI! I read mine on Kindle and just got a paperback copy in the mail of this beautiful book today! Could you please leave an email addy for contact purposes should your name be drawn? Thx so much!

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  15. Hello! Great review Diana, and since you have the e-book you can just send the paperback on to me. :) I love, love, love this cover and have been trying to win it. I have liked MaryLu on Amazon. And, MaryLu, congratulations on this precious baby that made you a grandmother. It's great! Please put my name in the hat for a win. And, thanks to Carrie also. Maxie mac262(at)me(dot)com

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    1. haha I would do just that MAXIE; however MaryLu signed it for me personally so I can't---sorry. ;) You're so funny. Thx for the kind words and by the way the book is so pretty!

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  16. I liked your amazon page, MaryLu. I would love to read your book! Rhonda
    rhonda_nash_hall@comcast.net

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    1. RHONDA, thanks for coming by! I threw your name in my pirate hat here, matey! ;)

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  17. You have me wondering about that last sentence! The last sentence of a book is not what you usually remember about it=) I would love to win a copy!

    pattymh2000(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  18. Forgot to mention about that I liked MaryLu's Amazon page.

    Patty

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