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Forsaken Dreams

By MaryLu Tyndall


They Left Everything Behind to Build a New Southern Utopia

Colonel Blake Wallace has seen enough death to last a lifetime. Weary and disillusioned, he slumps beneath the weight of defeat and loss. With his entire family murdered by the North and his name appearing on a list of officers wanted for war crimes, Blake organizes a shipload of southerners who, like him, long to escape the horrors of war and start a new life in a verdant land called Brazil.

Eliza Crawford can barely remember the days of her youth spent in opulence and comfort at her Georgian home. She can't help but wonder how different her life would be had she not met her late husband, Stanton Watts, a general in the Northern army. Now a war widow, Eliza is rejected by both North and South. Desperate to keep her marriage a secret and escape her past and pain, she longs to start over again in Brazil.

But once the voyage begins, troubles abound. Dangers at sea and enemies from within threaten to keep Blake and Eliza from the new life—and love—they long for.

Book Takeaway:

There is so much I pray my readers take away from this story: Rebellion against God produces pain and heartache. Stubbornness and pride never win. Bitterness and anger cause so much more pain than forgiveness. Other themes revolve around the question we all ask at one time or another: Why does God allow so much pain and suffering in the world? Why does God allow war?

Why the author wrote this book:

Forsaken Dreams is the first in a trilogy about a little known piece of American History in which thousands of Southerners fled the South after the Civil War in search of starting their own Utopia in foreign lands. The overall arching theme is that running away from your problems and from God never leads to the happiness and freedom you long for.


"Absolutely fantastic!! Forsaken Dreams is a past-paced historical romance set on the high seas. The hero and heroine are electric and their relationship sizzles, even though it has as many ups and dow"
- Vickie on April 18, 2013

"A captivating story. Characters that grip your heart to an ending that simply made me sigh in delight."
- Casey on April 13, 2013

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