Reviewed by Vickie McDonough
The Red Siren by M.L. Tyndall
"Conflict bounces off every page, and Ms. Tyndall’s characters are so realistic that you’ll cry for them and cheer for them."
For the sake of her sisters, Faith became a pirate. But the man who’s stolen her heart has the power to destroy all she’s worked for.
Faith Westcott saw one of her sisters married off to a horrible man, and she’s determined to save herself and her other two sisters from a similar fate. Faith lives in a world where a woman has few rights, and all she owns goes to her husband when she marries. Sailing as the Red Siren, Faith is a pirate who plunders ships delivering goods to Charles Towne. She hopes to amass enough wealth so that she and her sisters can live independently and never have to marry.
Thanks to the Red Siren, Dajon Waite lost his father’s ship and cargo and was disinherited five years ago. Now he captains the HMS Enforcer for the British Navy and has been assigned the job of protecting the Carolina coast from pirates. Admiral Westcott requests that Dajon oversee his three daughters while the admiral goes on a lengthy journey, but Dajon declines. When the shifty admiral tricks him, Dajon knows that his future in the navy could be jeopardized if he doesn’t serve as guardian for the Westcott women. But the admiral’s three daughters are anything but meek and mild, especially Faith, with her fiery red hair and temper.
Faith insists she doesn’t need Dajon to keep watch, and the sparks fly between the two from their first meeting. To make matters worse, the admiral has promised Faith in marriage to a sniveling fop of a man if she doesn’t come up with enough money to become independent before he returns from his voyage. Faith also recognizes Dajon as one of the captains whose ship she stole and fears he will recognize her and throw her in the Watch House. As Dajon and Faith work together to keep a stubborn, rebellious sister out of trouble, their attraction blossoms and their relationship deepens. But what will happen when Dajon learns Faith’s true identity. Will she be hung as a pirate? Can a romance birthed on such roiling seas have any hope for survival?
I thoroughly enjoyed M.L. Tyndall’s other books, but I have to say The Red Siren is my favorite. From the very beginning, you know that Faith and Dajon are going to clash at some point—and clash hard. I don’t think I’ve anticipated the ending of a book more than this one, as I saw no way for The Red Siren to have a happy ending.
In spite of her name, Faith has hardened her heart, and no longer believes God cares for her. Though she never hurts a soul during her raids, she has stolen a small fortune. She is shamed by Dajon’s honor and efforts to always obey the rules but must continue her pirating until she has enough fortune to support her sisters and herself. She is a strong, spunky heroine who tries to control everything. Dajon is a hero to admire, honorable, handsome, and determined to protect Faith and her sisters, even though he never wanted the duty. His faith in God has been shaky in the past, but he always believes and trusts God to help him, especially when he loses his heart to a red-headed female pirate.
Conflict bounces off every page, and Ms. Tyndall’s characters are so realistic that you’ll cry for them and cheer for them. The setting of the early American Carolina colony is unique and extremely well drawn. There seems no way that this book could have a happy ending, but alas, you’ll have to find out for yourself if it does. For a swashbuckling romantic adventure in the American Colonies, you’ve got to read The Red Siren.
Vickie McDonough is an award-winning inspirational romance author. She has written four Heartsong novels and five novellas. Her stories have placed first in several prestigious contests, such as the ACFW Noble Theme, the Inspirational Readers Choice Contest, and the Texas Gold contest. She has also written books reviews for nearly five years and enjoys mentoring new writers. Vickie is a wife of thirty-one years, mother to four sons, and a new grandma. When she’s not writing, Vickie enjoys reading, gardening, watching movies, and traveling. Vickie loves hearing from her readers via e-mail.