Charity’s Cross by MaryLu Tyndall
I loved Charity’s Cross because it tied both the Charles Towne Belles series and the Legacy of the King’s Pirates series together and made me want to read those books again. This book could be read as a stand-alone, but you will want to read the other if you haven’t yet! The Red Siren, which is the first book in the Charles Towne Belles series, was the first book I read by Mary Lu Tyndall. After that book, I fell in love with her stories on the sea, especially the two series that I mentioned above! This book does not disappoint.
Charity’s Cross has a prevailing theme. There is romance, a chase, storms on the ship, and the opportunity for a new life. But there are also betrayals, deceptions, and a lot of blame. Charity most definitely has a cross to bear. So many of the characters felt the need to blame someone, whether it was themselves or someone else or God… I think we can relate to that. It is much easier to blame someone/something than finding the reason for the blame, or seeking forgiveness. After realizing that there was so much blame going around, Elias, one of the main characters thinks, “Wasn’t it just like human nature to want someone to blame for life’s tragedies? Someone on whom to enact revenge.” He sees so many lies and betrayals and yearns for them to stop and for there to be truth.
Lastly, we see how forgiveness can prevail. MaryLu does a great job of showing our humanness and ultimately how God’s love for us can overcome it all. This quote does a nice job of summing things up:
“’We are all so flawed, we humans…We make mistakes every day, and we will make many more in our lifetime…How can I blame you for not trusting me…?’”
‘Tis no excuse…’
‘Nay, but it is a reason. Besides, how can I not forgive you when God has forgiven me of so much?’”
Forgiveness can cover all the blame, all the sin. If only we are willing…
I believe you will find things you can relate to in this story. It has lessons to learn, but is fun in the telling. It is a great book to pick up if you have never read any of MaryLu’s in the past. If you have read her past books, you will love to see many of her stories come together. I highly recommended Charity’s Cross.
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