Book Review: The Liberty Bride

14 Jan
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 and her love for her country.


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.

My Impressions:

Those of you who love a seafaring tale are in for a treat with The Liberty Bride by Marylu Tyndall, the latest installment in the Daughters of the Mayflower series. This time a descendant of Mary Elizabeth Chapman and William Lytton is right in the middle of the War of 1812! It is 1814 and the young nation’s capital has been burned to the ground and the British have their sights on Baltimore. As the daughter of a privateer, Emeline Baratt takes on the persona of a British sympathizer in order to gain valuable information for the American cause. Danger and  . . . love awaits Emeline and the handsome Naval officer who may not be as he seems.

There is plenty of action in The Liberty Bride, an historical novel that brings the sea battles and land skirmishes of the conflict between America and Britain to life. I especially liked the attention to detail while the main characters reside on board the warship HMS Marauder. Whether you are a seasoned sailor or a landlubber like me, you will appreciate the feel of life on board a naval vessel. Emeline is an intrepid character who fights against the desire for an adventurous life and what is required of a proper lady. Her decision to spy is spontaneous, but she is determined to fulfill her role even at the threat of death. Hunky and handsome First Lieutenant Owen Masters is also determined to aid his country and receive his reward. While both characters never lose their daredevil traits they do grow in their relationship with God, overcoming stereotypes and false impressions of what it really means to follow Christ. Freedom has been a continuous thread in the series, and in The Liberty Bride the characters learn what it means to be free indeed. The author includes several characters who positively model the Christian life — a great example to Emeline, Owen, and the reader! Romance is also front and center, and fans will love the chemistry between the characters and the promise of a happily-ever-after life of adventure for Emeline and Owen.

This fast-paced novel is easily read as a standalone and makes a great weekend read. The Liberty Bride is a recommended read!


Audience: adults.

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(Thanks to Barbour for a complimentary copy. All opinions expressed are mine alone.)


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