Surrender the Dawn
Baltimore’s Cassandra Channing will do anything to provide for her family—even if it means hiring the town rogue as a privateer. Luke Heaton is a handsome rake with a tortured past who is blackmailed by the British into selling supplies to their ships just off the coast. Cassandra and Luke’s worlds collide as they are drawn into danger, secrets, romance, and war. But when the British begin to bombard Fort McHenry, how long can they protect their love—and each other?
I've always been attracted to MaryLu Tyndall's books- their descriptions always involve pirates and swordfighting and adventure. However, I never had the chance to read any of her books until a friend loaned me The Falcon and the Sparrow last winter. It wasn't the worst book I've ever read, but I wasn't impressed. But after winning a copy of Surrender the Dawn from Katie at Legacy of a Writer, I was more than willing to give the author a second try!
I enjoyed this book a lot more than the other I had read by Mrs. Tyndall. True, sometimes the characters could be annoying, but both Luke and Cassie won me over in the end. Rogue that he was, Luke had me a little wary at first, but his sincere love for his brother and for Cassandra did wonders in raising my opinion of him. And though Cassandra's extreme independence and stubbornness got on my nerves -as well as seeming a little too twenty-first century- I ended up liking her and rejoiced when she realized how her troubles had come directly from her heedless, impatient actions.
The last chapters of this book were the best- and I loved how the complete lyrics to "The Star-Spangled Banner" were included in the back.
Rating - 8