4 1/2 Stars
Lady Charlisse Merrick Hyde’s life is shattered when she is captured by the vindictive pirate Captain Kent Carlton who stages her death deceiving her devoted husband and reformed pirate, Captain Edmund Merrick in this sequel to The Redemption.
In his grief, Merrick spirals back to his old ways, aligning himself with the evil and twisted French pirate Collier, convincing himself he is avenging Charlisse’s death and turning his back on God. Imprisoned on Kent’s ship, Charlisse is confined with Lady Isabel, who has also been captured by Kent and so begins her own struggle to hold to the truth that God has not deserted her.
I can’t help but revert to wonderful cliches and claim Mary Lu Tyndall’s new release another swashbuckling tale of adventure, villainy and romance on the high seas! Merrick and Charlisse’s separate journeys through grief, rage and desperation are fascinating as their different choices impact their faith and destinies. Kent and Collier are well drawn evil pirates bent on revenge and selfish gain yet MaryLu is able to draw a distinction between them as Collier’s madness drives him to barbaric behaviour while Kent struggles to ignore his niggling conscience that refuses to die.
The Reliance is an energetic, exciting and romantic read, full of interesting details of pirate culture (if one could call it that!), the ships that defined them and the changes that God can make to the hearts of even ones so hardened by their hostile and brutal life. The only downside is waiting until August for the release of The Restitution by Barbour.
To read my review of The Redemption, click here!