Title: The Ransom (Legacy of the King’s Pirates #4)
Author: MaryLu Tyndall
Publisher: Ransom Press
Miss Juliana Dutton feels that family and fortune have betrayed her. She is afraid that fate will do the same. She is forced to take over the running of the family business in Port Royal, Jamaica in 1692. No woman is involved in any type of legitimate business at that time. To try and help keep her secret she agrees to an engagement with the town buffoon, Lord Munthrope. She only hopes that the man is trustworthy. Juliana is struggling to maintain her faith in the Divine.
The Pirate Earl, Alexander Hyde, is the son of the infamous Captain Edmund Merrick Hyde. He is the most feared pirate in Port Royal. Disillusioned with the religion of his parents and the pleasures of the world, Alex staves off his emptiness by leading a dual life to hide his deepest secrets.
MaryLu has done a marvelous job of developing great characters. I admit that I’ve come to expect this of her. There is an incredible twist in that in this novel she has one person living a dual life. The two different personalities are vastly different and she has done a masterful job of keeping them separate and straight while at the same time dropping very slight hints at the duplicity.
The plot is great. It kept me entertained and very involved in the story. I wanted to see how the situations and problems were resolved. I loved following both Juliana and Alex as they try to work their way to trusting that God cares for them. The only down side for me in this book compared to the others in this series is that it mainly takes place in Port Royal rather than on the pirate ship. She does include some great ship scenes and action.
I highly recommend this book. I give it 5 stars.