The Reckoning by MaryLu Tyndall, a review

About the Book (from Amazon):

When Morgan Shaw crept into the hold of an old pirate ship replica at San Diego’s Annual Tall Ship Festival, her only intention was to avoid the guy who had just dumped her and who was now boarding the ship with two women on his arm. What she didn’t expect was to wake up aboard a real pirate ship three-hundred years in the past. But of course, it wasn’t real. Her wealthy father had obviously staged it all in an effort to get her mind off her upcoming chemo. Or had he?  

Pirate Rowan Dutton seeks enough treasure to repay a debt to his sister and reinstate the Dutton name among British Jamaican Society. He is but one major haul away from accomplishing his goal when a strange woman appears on his ship and causes him to lose his prey. Despite his anger, he is enthralled with the little minx, her strange clothing, odd speech, and her insistence that they are all actors playing a charade paid for by her father. 

Yet when the brazen little lady divulges Rowan’s secret to a longtime nemesis, events are triggered that could cost them both their lives and change the course of history forever.

About the Author (from her website): 

A Christy Award finalist and best-selling author, MaryLu Tyndall dreamt of tall ships and swashbuckling heroes during her childhood years on Florida’s Atlantic Coast. She holds a degree in Math and worked as a software engineer for fifteen years. Trapped in a land-locked cubicle, she was often seen pounding furiously upon the keyboard during her lunch hour, creating what would become her Legacy of the King’s Pirates series, all the while believing God’s promise to her that. “If you write it, I will get it published”. And He did! Fourteen books later, her loving husband and six children still haven’t gotten used to her historic costumes and nautical speech. MaryLu describes herself as an introvert, patriot, mother of six, the neighborhood cat-lady, tall ship enthusiast, friend of pirates and mermaids, obsessive compulsive control freak, history lover, hopeless romantic, and a sword wielding princess-warrior of the King of Kings. Her books are filled with adventure and romance and themes that are guaranteed to touch your heart! She continues to pen her romantic tales on the California coast while managing a home, husband, six adult kids, and several stray cats who have decided that her keyboard is the best place to sleep! She believes that without popcorn and chocolate, life would not be worth living, and her sole motivation in life is to bring others closer to God.

My Take:

The Legacy of the King's Pirates are some of the first Christian fiction books I read and I have been hooked ever since.  The Redemption, The Reliance,  The Restitution and The Ransom are all wonderful reads, but since it's been a while since they were written... I wondered how this new book, The Reckoning, would fit in to the series.  Well, fit it did!  

I really was not sure at all of the time travel from current times to pirate times, I love how MaryLu wove this story.  It really worked... all the way through to the end.  There were times in the book that I both liked and despised Morgan Shaw... times that she really got on my nerves, but other times that I felt sorry for her.  Pirate Rowan Dutton is a man's man.... and a lady's man, but when Morgan comes along she seems to throw him for a loop and he doesn't do things quite as his men expect of him.  He's one of the more honorable pirates and some of his men don't care for that!  Will Dutton be able to get this Lady Minx off his ship and get on to his treasure? Or will his worst enemy beat him to it? How will Morgan get back to San Diego and back to her doctor appointments and chemo?  

This book is so many things... suspense, romance, pirates and battles and in the midst of it all, there is God.  The Reckoning is an amazing tale and adventure.  You don't have to read the other books to pick this one up, but once you do read this one, you'll want to go back and read the others!!