Genre: Christian Romance/Fiction (Brazil)

Series; Escape to Paradise #3

Source: Received for an honest review from the author.


  • Series: Escape to Paradise (Book 3)
  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Barbour Publishing Inc.; Gld edition (July 1, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1616265981
  • ISBN-13: 978-1616265984


*From author’s website*

Something sinister lurks in the lush Brazilian jungle. . . .


It is 1866 and the fledgling Confederate colony of New Hope is Angeline Moore’s last chance at a normal life. Running from the law, she longs to make a fresh start in this new Southern Utopia. But a series of strange disasters threaten to destroy everything the colonists have worked for, and strange visions threaten to reveal a past Angeline is desperate to hide.


James Callaway failed at both doctoring and preaching, but he hopes that his move to Brazil will give him another chance to become the spiritual leader he so desires. He longs to create a world free from the immorality that plagued every street corner back home and ruined his life. And he believes Angeline is just the sort of refined woman he needs to keep him on the right track.


But something is amiss in New Hope: haunting visions, the discovery of crypts beneath an ancient temple, and an archaic Hebrew book, set the colonists’ fears on edge. When one of their own is murdered, a series of disasters leads them to believe God has brought them to Brazil to defeat an evil that, if unleashed, could wreak havoc on the entire world.

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ABANDONED MEMORIES by MaryLu Tyndall is an exciting conclusion Christian Historical Romance set in 1866 in the colony of New Hope, Brazil. #3 in the “Escape to Paradise” series, but can be read as a stand alone. Although, I would suggest reading the other two in the series, for your reading pleasure, not necessary to follow the storyline. See, “Forsaken Dreams” and “Elusive Hope”.

In the conclusion, and what a conclusion, readers find many twists and turns, lots of struggles, conflicts, and trials with a bit of the paranormal mixed into the story.

Angeline Moore is running from the law, looking for a fresh start, but what she finds is mysterious events that could threaten everything she wished to find, and reveal secrets she wished to keep hidden.

James  Callaway, is a failure, in his eyes, in both doctoring and preaching, hopes by moving to New Hope he will get a second chance to become a spiritual leader.

Something sinister is in New Hope, and threatening to destroy New Hope and its people. Haunting visions, murder, an ancient script, ancient crypts, and fear are among a  few things happening. An evil has been unleashed, can faith revive the people in New Hope or destroy the hope they had by moving to Brazil? They left behind one evil only to find an entirely different kind of evil. In this tale, Ms. Tyndall has written a bit different than her usual stories, but I found a page turner within the pages of “Abandoned Memories”. Ms. Tyndall is an amazing storyteller who draws the reader into her stories and holds them within the pages of her stories. The characters are enduring, flawed, realistic as well as engaging. The storyline is intriguing and as I said earlier a bit of a different style for Ms. Tyndall, which, I found she carried out flawlessly.  I absolutely loved this series! I feel her readers will thoroughly enjoy “Abandoned Memories”. Pick up all three tales for a  tale of sacrifice,greed,healing, hope, dreams, forgiveness, and the power of grace,love and faith. A bit of an Indiana Jones! Well done! Received for an honest review from the author and publisher.

Rating: 4.5

Heat rating: Sweet

Reviewed by: AprilR, courtesy of My Book Addiction and More