Title: The Reliance (Legacy of the King’s Pirates #2)
Author: M. L. (MaryLu) Tyndall
Year: 2006 (Reissued 2011)
Publisher: Barbour Publishing (Mission Books)
An incredible adventure in trusting God.
Captain Edmund Merrick, convinced his pregnant wife, Charlisse, is dead, sails away to drown his sorrows. Having turned his back on God, Edmund reverts to a life of villainy and joins forces with the demented French pirate Collier. When Edmund’s mind clears from its rum-induced haze, will he be able to pull himself up from the depths to which he has sunk?
Believing herself abandoned by her new husband, Charlisse begins to battle her own insecurities, as well as the vengeful pirate Kent who now holds her and the Lady Isabel captive. Will Charlisse lose her love for Edmund as well as the life of her unborn child?
As they battle the tempests that threaten to tear them apart, is there any way Edmund and Charlisse can regain the helm and steer their way back to the haven they both so desperately seek? Or will their love drown in a whirlpool of treachery and deceit?
This is a wonderfully written swashbuckling adventure. At the same time it is an incredibly well written look at how past baggage and methods of dealing with problems can take over again for believers when disaster strikes. The character development is fantastic, not only for the two main characters but also for a fairly large number of secondary ones.
Both Charlisse and Edmund had go-to ways of dealing with problems. As well as thought patterns that had developed before they accepted Christ. When they are torn apart and believe the worst they each revert to their past methods. The battle then becomes one of trying to trust God and believe what they had learned of Him.