29 July 2014

Teresa Mathews Reviews Abandoned Memories by MaryLu Tyndall

Abandoned Memories by MaryLu Tyndall
Barbour Publishing July 2014                   
Reviewed by Teresa S. Mathews
5 Stars*****

What a wonderful conclusion to this exciting series!! A Definite Must Read!!

MaryLu Tyndall has once again written a book that took my breath away.  Being taken back to the lush green jungles of Brazil was something I have looked forward to since I started this fabulous Escape to Paradise series. If you haven't read the two previous ones; Forsaken Dreams and Elusive Hope I would suggest you do so as you will be able to follow the storyline a lot better. Besides you don't want to miss Blake and Eliza, and Magnolia and Hayden's exciting stories.

It seems an evil presence is lurking in this magnificent jungle paradise that is seeking to destroy New Hope's residents. Even James Calloway, the runaway minister turned doctor is still having haunting dreams and visions from his past. James feels he is a failure at everything he has attempted in his life and if the people of New Hope were to ever find out about his past they wouldn't want him as their spiritual leader. Thank God that the anonymity of this group of strangers will allow it to stay buried in his past! 

Angeline Moore thought when she joined this group of diverse members on their trek to Brazil there was no way anyone of them would know the person she used to be. If only that were true; being constantly haunted by visions of people from her former life has made Angeline realize maybe you can't out run your past after all. Especially when two men from her former life are living with this small group of transplants; one was probably too drunk to remember her and the other is just waiting for the right moment to expose her to all of her new friends!

Angeline knows she should stay away from James but there is something that draws her to him; could it be he is the one man that she can finally trust with her heart? What will happen if her past comes to light? Will James be able to deal with the fact Angeline has not always been the reserved woman she is now?

At the climatic ending of this amazing story Blake, Eliza, Magnolia, Hayden, James and Angeline realize God has led them to Brazil for a purpose far beyond what they could have ever dreamed. These six individuals who thought they were running away from their past were in fact walking into their destiny. Six people who were failures in man's sight were going to become God's mighty warriors used to defeat an evil so horrendous it could affect the whole world.

I have always looked forward to reading Ms. Tyndall's stories. Her flair for details draws me into the story and it's as though I am experiencing it up close and personal. There always seems to be just the right amount of adventure and romance that is tied together with a beautiful thread of God's love. This series was that and so much more. I know that Ms. Tyndall stepped out in faith when she decided to delve more into the spiritual realm in this series; I think she did a tremendous job of showing the fight that goes on around us each and every day; good versus evil. "For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places." Ephesians 6:12 Bravo MaryLu!! JOB WELL DONE!!!  

You may purchase this book and the others in this exciting series at AmazonCBDBarnes and Noble and BAM.

Giveaway: We are giving away one book from this fabulous series; US Residents winner's choice of book and format. E-book ONLY to International winner.



47 comments:

  1. What a LOVELY review, Teresa!!! Thank you so so much!! I'm thrilled you enjoyed the book. :-) LOVE and HUGS!!

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    1. MARYLU I loved it so much I didn't want it to end, even though I LOVED LOVED LOVED the ending!! (((BIG HUGS))) back to you!!!

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  2. I agree with MaryLu! A lovely AND enticing review, TERESA! I so have to finish this series! ML is the BoMb!

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    1. The BoMb, eh? You made me laugh, Diana. Thanks :-)

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    2. DIANA you are so right....MARYLU is quite the BoMb!! :-)

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  3. Hi Teresa,
    I have to say that your revew was a wonderful one. Mary Lu is my favorite, she is a teriffic writer and a friend of mine. I love how she writes. I have all 3 of her books. I even have some of her free ebooks too. I don't have this one as a ebook for my kindle on my phone but I would love to add this beautiful and well written book to my other kindle books.
    Mary Lu thanks for your beautiful writing. I really enjoy it a lot. Hope that you will continue with the series. Hugs
    Danie
    oh.hello.hiya@gmail.com

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    1. Hi Danie!! So nice to see you here! Thanks for the kind words. :-)

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    2. DANIE so glad you enjoyed the review, even though it couldn't hold a candle to this amazing book! Thanks for coming by!! :-)

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  4. Great review, and it sounds like I need to get these books and start reading. Thanks for drawing us into this storyline & series, & thank you for the opportunity to win one of them.
    Vicki
    (You have my info...)

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    1. Thanks for coming by Jon and Vicki! :-)

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    2. HI VICKI it's good to see you today! You MUST read this series, it is definitely at the top of my all-time favorites!! Which of course I feel that way about all of Marylu's books!! :-)

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  5. Great review- I'm really looking forward to reading this book now! I've heard that she writes adventure really well :) Thanks for the giveaway!

    colorvibrant at gmail dot com
    http://heidi-reads.blogspot.com

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    1. Hi Heidi!! Thanks for your interest in my book! :-)

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  6. I know I have a copy of the first book in this series, not sure about the second... Would love to have #3! I'm sure I can get my hands on a copy of #2 if I don't have it already.



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    1. Hi Patty... yes, this is one of those series that needs to be read in order. None of my other series are like that. I hope you can get your hands on books 2 and 3! Thanks for dropping by! :-)

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    2. PATTY maybe this will be your lucky week and then you can have a choice of which book you want!! Thanks for dropping by!!

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  7. Loved your beautiful review, Teresa!! Thank you!!

    I'm just getting to know the wonderful characters of "Abandoned Memories" as I'm now reading the first book of the Escape to Paradise series: "Forsaken Dreams". I'm loving the adventure and romance and looking forward to seeing how MaryLu ties in spiritual warfare, a very real presence in our daily lives, in "Abandoned Memories" - I know it will be full of excitement and mystique, as well as inspirational.

    I love how God led all of these characters, unbeknownst to them, to Brazil - to be used in His plans/work. The plot relates to the many people around us presently trying to hide from their past, only God can bring true peace and happiness with oneself and past - by allowing Him to direct our destiny.

    I so enjoy MaryLu's blog posts on religion - I feel she is always right "on the mark" and love that she is so bold in her statements about her Lord and zealous in her efforts to introduce and draw others closer to Him and the awareness of His love and sacrifice for them - through her writing. Thank you, MaryLu!!

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    1. Waving at Bonnie!! Thanks so much for coming by! I'm glad you're enjoying Forsaken Dreams. Keeping you in my prayers... hugs!

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    2. Hello BONNIE, so glad to see you here today!! I'm so glad you are enjoying Forsaken Dreams!! I think you must be MARYLU's biggest fan...right behind me of course!! ;-) lol (((BIG HUGS))) Love you lots!!

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  8. Wow! This book sounds exciting. Wonderful review too
    God bless all of you
    Chris
    granvilleATfrontiernetDOTnet

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    1. CHRIS you are so right... this is a very exciting book!! Here's hoping you get to read this series soon!!

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  9. It sounds like I am missing out on a fantastic series! I will certainly be adding these books to my TBR list! Thank you for sharing your excellent review, Teresa.

    texaggs2000 at gmail dot com

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    1. Hi Britney! Thanks so much for coming by! :-)

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    2. BRITTANY yes you should read this wonderful series ASAP!! Thank you for your sweet words!! :-)

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  10. I've read the first two books in this series. They were hard to put down! I'd really love to win a copy of Abandoned Memories so I can find out the conclusion to this fantastic series!

    pmk56[at]sbcglobal[dot]net

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    1. Oh.. I'm SO glad you liked the first 2 books, Pam!! Thank you so much!

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    2. PAM this could be your blessed week...here's hoping for a win for ya!! I know you will love it!

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  11. I have the first two books of this series. I would love to win this one. Thank you for the chance.
    susanmsj at msn dot com

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    1. Hi Susan... thanks so much for your interest in my books! :-)

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    2. SUSAN...thank you for coming by!! Hopefully you'll win that copy!!

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  12. This does sound fantastic. I need to catch up on my reading.

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    1. MARY maybe you will win a copy and then you will be able to read it!! Thanks for coming by!! :-)

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    1. Thanks DEBBIE for coming by and for your sweet words!

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  14. WOW!! Fabulous review!! I am not surprised that this book was enjoyed so much. I read the first two and I must say that I am really looking forward to getting my hands on a copy of Abandoned Memories. MaryLu is a brilliant writer and I look forward to seeing what she has in store for us next.

    cindialtman(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. CINDI wouldn't it be great if you won a copy here?? MARYLU is a brilliant writer and I'm with you on looking forward to her next book. I know it will be worth the wait. :-)

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  15. Awesome review TERESA!! I loved how you began your review saying it took your breath away! It does tend to have that effect on you! :-) THOROUGHLY enjoyed reading Abandoned Memories, and look forward to sharing my review with everyone later this week! Hugs and love to you Sissy and to MaryLu!

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    1. NOELA/SISSY I can't wait for everyone to read your review....yours are always the epitome of perfection just like MARYLU's books!! I can't wait for the next masterpiece that's going to come from her pen!! Wouldn't another pirate book be absolutely dreamy?!! ;-)

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    2. Haha now is that a dreamy pirate book or a dreamy pirate?? Probably both huh?! :-) Whatever comes from MaryLu's pen... we both know it'll be a masterpiece of writing that'll have us up all night reading!!

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    3. Hmm....I think I will keep you wondering on that one!! :-)

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    4. You two crack me up!! Thanks for making my morning!!! HUGS and LOVE !!!! :-) And yes, there may be another "dreamy" pirate in the making.

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  16. What a great review! This sounds like a winner to me. Thank you for the giveaway.

    mauback55 at gmail dot com

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    1. Thank you so much MELANIE, I'm glad you came by! Wouldn't it would be wonderful if you are our winner?!! :-)

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  17. Great Post I hope I win these books sound amazing. Thanks for the chance. <3

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    1. Hi KRISTINA...it would be great if you won!! Thanks for coming by!!

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