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Elusive Hope by MaryLu Tyndall
Escape to Paradise Book Two
Synopsis: In a colony named New Hope, while their friends are seeking a southern utopia...
Hayden is seeking revenge. Relentlessly.
After years of all but selling his soul to track down his scoundrel of a father, Hayden Gale discovers his search must continue in South America, where his father is reported to be helping colonize Brazil. Hayden has nothing more to lose, certainly not a good reputation, and vows to keep pursuing--at any cost--the vile man who he believes killed his mother.
Magnolia is seeking a way out. Desperately.
She's in the jungles of Brazil against her will, but what choice does Magnolia Scott have? Her father insisted on uprooting their family to escape the uncertainty of Southern life after the Civil War. But how will she survive without all she holds dear--wealthy suitors, beautiful clothes, summer balls, and slaves waiting on her every whim? She vows to find a way to get back home--and attaches herself to handsome Hayden Gale.
As they journey toward Rio de Janeiro, they each seek to use the other for their own purposes. Deceptively. Falling in love was never part of their plans...
My review: I have to say that I enjoyed this book as much as I did the first one in the series (Foresaken Dreams). MaryLu does a good job of sweeping you away to a far away land for an enjoyable trip. The charactr development is very good as is the descriptions of the land. There is a mixture of romance as well as adventure so you will not want to put this book down. Another thing I enjoyed was seeing how the colony was developing from the first story. I can't wait to see what MaryLu has in store for us in the third book. I would recommend reading this series in order to get the full story but that is not to say that you could not enjoy this by itself as well.