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Elusive Hope

Title:  Elusive Hope (Escape to Paradise #2)
Author:  MaryLu Tyndall
Pages:  320
Year:  2013
Publisher:  Barbour Publishing
When I began reading the novel, I thought how different it was from other historical novels I have read.  For one thing, the action and adventure takes place in Brazil.  The inhabitants aren’t just learning to adjust to a new land, but also to live as a community.  However, they encounter several trials along the way as each main character has a hidden past.  Some have come with wealth to begin anew after the ravages of the Civil War have left them nothing.  Others come as no other path at the time availed itself to them.  One man has come with an intent that sparks hatred and anger at every turn, though there is a small glimpse of soft-heartedness when Hayden begins to acknowledge where his heart is leading him.  He is fighting his heart for reasons he alone knows.
As the novel starts, these brave few who have come to start a new life in Brazil happen upon a village crudely built, but long forsaken.  As Hayden ventures father into the jungle, what begins to unfold will keep you turning page after page till the very end.  With supplies dwindling, strange noises that happen when least expected and their guides misguided beliefs, fear begins to change the feel of this small camp in the middle of the Brazilian jungle.
The author has written this second installment in her Escape to Paradise series with excel lance!  It continues the tale of various characters that began in book one, Forsaken Dreams.  The third novel is due to be released in 2014.  At the end of the book, the author shares her knowledge of the real place settlers went after the Civil War along with some of the many legends that abound.  In these works of fiction is a poignant reminder that war may begin with the first shot, but healing and rebuilding take a lifetime.
My rating is 5 stars.
Note:  I received a complimentary copy for an honest review of this book.  The opinions shared in this review are solely my responsibility.  Other reviews can be read at  Also follow me on Twitter @lcjohnson1988, FaceBook at
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