Abandoned Memories - Escape to Paradise series
by MaryLu Tyndall
Barbour Publishing Inc. (July 1, 2014)
Reviewed by Noela Nancarrow
~5 Stars~ *****
A stunning, action-packed conclusion to an outstanding series!!
Venture into the steamy and breathtakingly lush Brazilian jungle in ‘Abandoned Memories’, a location dense with verdant, lofty trees carrying vine-laden branches, while the tropical floor erupts with a flourish of ferns and a lavish array of colorful and fragrant flowers. Among the trees and azure sky, boasts an abundance of vibrant birds echoing their calls throughout the jungle. Amidst this majestic setting however, abides a dark and destructive evil that starkly contrasts with the picturesque beauty of the jungle..
In this third book of the ‘Escape to Paradise’ series, the third invisible malevolent being has recently been released from deep in the caverns below an ancient temple, bringing with it destruction and anguish to New Hope’s colonists. The group of colonists that had arrived in Brazil for a fresh beginning after the Civil War, strive to survive the deception, delusion, and devastation that threatens to completely destroy their budding utopia. But can they halt the release of the fourth and most apocalyptic beast while they fight for their survival? In time, the colonists wonder if perhaps there was a much higher purpose guiding them toward their escape to this unstable paradise.
Balancing the page-turning action, author MaryLu Tyndall brings us a stirring love story between two of the colonists, James and Angeline. These charismatic characters of tremendous depth have shameful pasts hidden from each other, pasts that affect them both in every measure of their lives. James longs to be the spiritual leader in a utopia free from immoral women, women that once led to his downfall. In love with Angeline, how will this preacher/reluctant-doctor handle Angeline’s sordid past when it’s revealed? The camaraderie between all the colonists is heart-warming, bristling with friction at times, and always engaging. Many of these folk have dreadful pasts that have damaged their lives with wounds that continue to bleed… will it be possible for this battered community to ever abandon their memories to make new ones?
Wow, what a story! ‘Abandoned Memories’ is packed with as much excitement, adventure, and love, as there is foliage in the overgrown jungle. The author uses the vivid strokes of a master artist’s brush to effortlessly transcend the words on the page into striking colours, sounds, and aromas. Emotionally, I found my heart swelling, throat clogging, and spirit rejoicing! And that’s when my pulse wasn’t racing, although those reactions sometimes eventuated within moments of each other, giving credit to the author’s expertise. Last but certainly not least, inspirational and relevant spiritual messages of redemption & forgiveness are strongly featured. Highly recommended!!
* * * * * * * * * * * *
This book may be purchased from Amazon, CBD, BAM, Barnes & Nobel, and Book Depository. The first two books in this thrilling series, 'Forsaken Dreams' and 'Elusive Hope' can be found on Amazon by clicking on their names!
GIVEAWAY: Leave a comment below for a chance to win a copy of one of the books in the 'Escape to Paradise' series!