Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Surrender the Heart ~ book review

On the brink of the War of 1812, Marianne Denton must marry to unlock her inheritance. Without the money, her mother can't receive medical care and her sister will be destitute. But Noah Brenin needs to sail his cargo to England before the war commences in order to prove his worth to his father and make enough money so he won't have to marry at all.

Defying his father's wishes, Noah loathes the idea of marrying a woman he finds plain and pompous. Marianne wants nothing to do with the rogue who taunted her as a child, yet she must convince him otherwise or her mother will die. 

But when Noah walks out on their engagement party, Marianne chases him down and ends up on his merchantman out at sea. The situation worsens when Noah's ship encounters a British man-of-war and the couple are impressed into the British navy. While a young lad's prophecy of destiny looms over them both, Marianne and Noah are forced to face their darkest fears as they desperately try to find a way to escape and fulfill their destinies-destinies that could change the course of the war and history forever.

This book began really well, but I soon became really annoyed with the first half of this book. The two main characters of this book, Marianne and Noah, have hated each other since childhood... and yet they start falling for each other really quickly at the beginning of the story. Marianne would do things such as noticing how attractive Noah looks without a shirt on (in a situation that was very much contrived, I might add), making me roll my eyes and feeling like it might be a good time to throw the book across the room.

Thankfully, the real story finally did kick in and I started to enjoy the book by the start of the second half. The love/hate relationship between Marianne and Noah became less cliché; the heightened action and introduction of more Christianity into the story definitely helped matters. However, the ending did feel a little abrupt and not quite as conclusive as I would have liked.

Alyianna's rating: 7 out of 10

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