Author: M.L. Tyndall
Publisher: Barbour Books
Date Released: January 1, 2010
Series: Charles Towne Bells Bk 3
Age rating: 12 & up
Pros: A deep (and moving) spiritual message and wonderfullycharacters with detailed backgrounds, make the story gripping and all the more real.
Cons: I loved the ending but I only wish we could have seen both Nathen & Hope and Rafe & Grace married.
When Grace Westcott is kidnapped by a French mercenary, tossed aboard his ship, and told she will be sold to a Spanish Don in Columbia, she cannot imagine what she has done to deserve such a horrid fate. She has spent her entire life serving God and helping the poor, not to mention trying to save the souls of her two wayward sisters. Thinking perhaps God has sent her to preach to the vile captain and his crew, Grace's every attempt to correct their sinful ways is rewarded with only mockery. When Grace's situation grows far worse than she could imagine, she is forced to face her own human weaknesses. But she isn't prepared to face her biggest weakness of all-falling in love with the nefarious captain, Rafe Dubois.
Captain Rafe Dubois hates nothing more than a religious pretence of piety. Fleeing a home of abuse and betrayal under the thumb of his self-righteous father, he became a mercenary upon the Caribbean. There isn't any job, no matter how vile, he won't undertake in order to amass the fortune he needs to build a hospital for the poor in his home town of Port-de-Paix. The praises of the people fill a craving in his soul for the self-worth and value he never received from his father, while giving him a sense of purpose for his otherwise reckless life. That is, until he meets the saintly Miss Grace Westcott who continually berates his every move.
I loved both, The Red Siren and The Blue Enchantress, so I knew when I picked up The Raven Saint I knew I wouldn’t be disappointed. M.L Tyndall once again, masterly wove love, adventure and God together. Picking up right where The Blue Enchantress left off, your really able to get into the story and the into the characters . Rafe is a perfect opposite to Grace, brash, forward and faithless while Grace is pious, stubborn and demure. And when the two clash, sparks fly. The message in The Raven Saint, is so true for a lot ofChristians (especially me). I sometimes find myself judging others because of who they appear to be . I judge their actions, without giving a thought to what they've maybe been through and what they've had to live with, a second thought. Between that, the longing, deception, and the nefarious captain Rafe Dubois, there was never a dull moment in The Raven Saint. I really thought that the Raven Saint finished the CharlesTowne Bells trilogy with an end that didn’t leave me wanting. Although that doesn’t mean I wouldn’t love to see what happens after they return to Charles Towne.