Surrender The Heart by MaryLu Tyndall is the first book in the Surrender to Destiny series and stars Marianne Denton and Noah Brenin in the days of the War of 1812.
Marianne's family is keeping up the pretense of wealth, but in reality they are destitute until Marianne marries and can obtain her inheritance.
Noah Brenin's family needs money for their shipping business, and they see a marriage with the Denton family as advantageous to the family coffers. The problem is, Noah doesn't want to marry Marianne. He believes he can provide the needed funds by getting a shipload of supplies to England to sell.
(There's always a but in a good story.)
Marianne refuses to let him get away with humiliating her and walking out on their engagement party, and she stows away on his ship to convince him to marry her.
American has just gone to war with England, and Noah and his ship become collateral damage when the ship is captured by an English man-of-war, and Marianne and Noah are impressed into the British navy.
How they survive a crazy British naval captain and learn that God has not forsaken them even amid a world at war is a story well worth reading.
MaryLu Tyndall makes 1812 American history come alive, if you are at all interested in the early years of this great country. But even if you're not a history fan, this story will keep you on the edge of your seat during intense battles at sea and battles of the heart.
Grab a copy of Surrender The Heart for yourself, because my copy is going on my keeper shelf!
Stay tuned for book two in the Surrender to Destiny series...