Charity is on the run. She has just shot her husband and must escape Portsmouth before the authorities, and her brother-in-law, capture her, try her, and hang her for his murder. She finds herself on a ship bound for the Caribbean, from where she plans to book passage to take her north to her family in Charles Towne in the Colonies. But her plans are thwarted before she can even disembark the ship in Nassau Harbor. With the aid of pirate-turned-preacher, Elias Dutton, Charity will face storms, pirates, surprises, and her very determined brother-in-law, in her attempt to escape fate, all the while trying to ignore that still small Voice calling to her.
Charity’s Cross is the fourth book in MaryLu Tyndall’s Charles Towne Belles series. I haven’t read any of the other books, but that certainly didn’t hinder my reading of this particular story – Charity’s story is her own, and it’s a pretty good one.
Charity has shades of all of us in her – she makes mistakes, tries to fix them in her own power, blames God when things don’t go the way she wants them to go…something we’ve all, unfortunately, been guilty of. Yet, she also grows and matures throughout the story…what we all aspire to do.
And I very much appreciated Tyndall’s detail work. Nautical terminology was so seamlessly integrated into the story that I, a total land-lubber with no clue what a jib is, was not distracted from enjoying the story by overwhelming details. There is just enough to bring the setting to life without interference and confusion.
Overall, Charity’s Cross was a very enjoyable read. The story is occasionally pulse-pounding, sometimes a bit heart-wrenching, definitely smile-inducing, and always God-glorifying. Grab a copy before you head out on vacation this summer – it will be a wonderful addition to your rest and relaxation time. 🙂