NOTE TO READER: This is a reprint of Surrender the Heart, published in 2010 4 Stars! A new historical series, Surrender to Destiny, centers around the War of 1812. Tyndall brings new life to the old story of finding romance during war. Her characters are courageous, smart and believe in what they are fighting for. 

--Patsy Glans RT Book Reviews 2010-08-11

 BOOK BLURB: A young mistrustful lady, desperate to save her family A man, burdened by guilt, desperate to please his Both caught in the brink of a war that could change the course of history forever 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. But 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 as they desperately try to find a way to escape and fulfill their destinies—destinies that could change the course of the war and history forever.

ABOUT AUTHOR: Award winning and best-selling author, MaryLu Tyndall dreamt of pirates and sea-faring adventures during her childhood days on Florida's Coast. After obtaining a degree in Math and working as software engineer for 15 years, she decided to test the waters as a writer. With now more than seventeen books published, she makes no excuses for the deeply spiritual themes embedded within her romantic adventures.

As a follower of Christ, her stories often reflect her own journey and walk with God. Her hope is that readers will not only be entertained but will be brought closer to the Creator who loves them beyond measure. In a culture that accepts the occult, wizards, zombies, and vampires without batting an eye, MaryLu hopes to show the awesome present and powerful acts of God in a dying world. MaryLu makes her home with her husband, six children, two grandkids, and three cats on the California coast, where her imagination still surges with the sea.



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1. What do you love about stories at take place at sea and deal with pirates?

2. Have any of you been on the ocean, sailed on a cruse? What did you love about it? What scared you?

3. What do you enjoy most about reading historical fiction stories?

4. If you had the chance to ride an ocean liner (for free) where would you go what would you do on your trip?

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I like reading historical fiction for all the information about times past that I usually can glean. I like thinking about how I might have been able to survive (& thrive) in another era. 

As to going on an ocean cruise...I'd like to travel to Australia on a cruise. Not sure I'd want to start out in the Atlantic though! It would be a long cruise! 

If I had an opportunity to go on an ocean liner I would go to the mediterranean. A friend of mine that goes on a lot of cruises says that that is her favorite place to go. Sightseeing and eating would be my main activities!

3. What I like about reading historical fiction is that it transports you to a time and place you cannot get to in any conventional way. 

I have been on a cruise. I loved the feel of the ocean breeze on my face as I stood on deck!

I love historical fiction' it's my preferred reading. I never liked history in high school, but learning from historical novels makes it real and gets through to me. I love MaryLu's books :))

If I had a chance to ride on an ocean liner, I would love to visit Alaska.  I have heard it is beautiful.  A dream would be to travel the world on a ship.  Visit all the great cities.

If I was ever on an ocean liner, I would travel to Ireland and Scotland to research family roots. Then I would love to go to Israel and see all the Biblical sights.

4.  I'd either go to Alaska or Scotland!

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I enjoy tales that take place at sea and deal with pirates due to the sense of adventure and danger. I have always enjoyed pirate stories and movies beginning with Treasure Island. 

When it comes to stories about pirates, I love the "prodigal" son angle, the rebel and the story about their redemption. There is always something authentic about a pirate.
I've never sailed on a cruise, but I have been in the ocean: The Gulf of Mexico. I'm hoping to see the Atlantic seaboard eventually. If I ever had the chance to ride an ocean liner, it would be a small one, one of the Alaskan cruises.

#1 I enjoy the adventure that stories on the high seas brings.  Pirates are an added bonus.

#2. I grew up a mile from the Gulf of Mexico, so I LOVE the water. I've never been on a cruise or gone sailing.

I love historical fiction and I never cease to learn something. These books prompt me to go back and research the topic that is being written about.


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