Saturday, November 10, 2007

The Redemption

Tyndall, M.L. 2006. The Redemption.

For those readers seeking adventures with pirates in the Caribbean, then The Redemption by M.L. Tyndall is a nice, safe choice. A Christian romance. You'll find adventure but no smut. It is set in the seventeenth century, 1660s to be exact, and our hero--a dashing reformed pirate--and our heroine an English lady in search of a father she never knew....are about to meet and be thrown into a love-to-hate relationship. Charlisse Bristol. Edmund Merrick.

The more she pondered her situation, the more fear squeezed her heart. She was alone on an uninhabited island in the middle of the Caribbean, with no reasonable chance of rescue. Charlisse Bristol, daughter of Lady Helena Bristol, granddaughter of Lord and Lady William Rochester of Hampstead, raised in the luxury of London nobility, yet for all her noble blood and courtly training, she had no idea how to survive on her own. Still, she felt no regret for leaving, and therefore resigned herself to accept whatever consequences fate had in store for her.

Personally, I had a hard time believing that any of these characters could have ever existed. The adventures took them all over the place, and there was plenty of suspense and excitement, but to me it felt just silly. A bit too melodramatic. A bit too over-the-top. It is what it is. If you're looking for a light-hearted, fun, silly read...then this certainly qualifies. I'm not saying it's an unsatisfying read. It isn't. It just isn't "serious." I never took the characters seriously as people. I never took the 'danger' or 'adventure' as real. But there's nothing wrong with a silly but satisfying read. So I'm NOT slamming the book. I'm not. It was fun.