Saturday, July 12, 2014
Bring In The Books: The Raven Saint by M. L. Tyndall
The Raven Saint is the third and last book out of the Charles Towne Belles series. It follows the youngest Wescott sister, Grace, on an adventure, involving kidnap, ministry and romance. Grace is kidnapped by French mercenary, Rafe Dubois, after she goes off to help a family in need. She is betrayed by her servant and handed over to Rafe. Once on the ship, she is informed that she will be sold to a Spanish Don in Columbia. Amidst all of this, Grace still tries to cling to her faith, but is faced with turmoil and her own human weakness. But above all the bad things that have/will happen to her, nothing could be worse than falling for her kidnapper.
The book was just as good as I thought it would be. I loved it, completely. Though all of the three books in the series are nearly completely alike, with the characters, it was still a great read. Rafe is a man who is by no means, a gentleman. He drinks often, is all over any kind of woman, and expect the affections returned. He's suffered a terrible cruel past concerning his father and an old lover. But when he meets Grace, she is nothing like he thought she would be like. He was expecting some kind of trollop of some sort, nothing like the good spiritual person that she really is. He finds himself respecting her for the kind person that she is, and finds himself unable to rid her from his thoughts. He even ends up saving her a few times during the book. Grace, well, Grace is a God fearing woman who tries to look on the bright side of her situation. She tries to see it as a chance to minister to Rafe, his crew and people at the places that they stop at. But when no one listens to her, she doesn't really know what to do. They don't even give what she says a second thought.
I say this all the time and I'll say it again, I love how imperfect the main characters are. They're not one sided, a.k.a., all perfect. Rafe, by no means, is perfect. He drinks to drown out the pain and the hurt from his past and always is going after women to spend the night with. Not to mention the fact that he has kidnapped an innocent woman. Grace, I love Grace. She tries to do so much good for other people. When will she realize she needs a spiritual check on herself? Well, let's say she figures it out later in the book.
Well written, it kept me captivated and up in my bunk for nearly an entire morning. I'll give The Raven Saint a rating of 8 stars out of 10.
I Recommend This Series Whole-Heartedly. Add Them To Your Summer Reading List!