Charity's Cross by MaryLu Tyndall
Book 4 in the Charles Towne Belle Series

Suspected of killing her husband, Charity Westcott flees on the first ship out of Portsmouth, England heading for the colonies. Loathing all men after her abusive marriage, she hopes to reunite with her family in Charles Towne, but the ship’s destination is Nassau. When she spots her husband’s brother, who is intent on seeing her hang, boarding her ship, she jumps overboard.
Elias Dutton, missionary and son of the famous pirate, Rowan Dutton, must get to Barbados as soon as possible. His sister is in danger, and his parents have charged him with her safety. He cannot let them down—again.  But after rescuing a madcap woman from the bay, he now finds himself tricked into masquerading as her husband so they both can procure passage to Barbados.

Pirates, storms, shipwreck and betrayal threaten to delay the couple in their journey even as sparks fly between them. With her brother-in-law in fast pursuit, the last thing Charity wants is help from a man, especially a religious one, but she has no choice. After Elias’ heart was broken by a sordid woman who nearly ruined his life, he seeks a godly woman pure as the virgin sands of the Caribbean. He believes he has found such a woman in Charity. Until he discovers she is a murderer and is now faced with two choices: letting her go or turning her in to the authorities.  

 I loved how she went back and did Charity's Story!! She was always the sister you heard about in the other books. She was married, had money and seemed to be well set and the happy sister. Boy was that wrong!!! In Charity's Cross you get to become familiar with how Charity's husband had been treating her for all those years. What all she had to endure in her young life. When she has the opportunity to escape and see her sisters she takes it without looking back! Swearing off men Charity jumps on a ship to find her father and sisters.

Elias Dutton, one of my favorite things about him, is that he ties in from another one of Marylu's stories! I love how she does this!!! (when you read the book you will understand) He is a man from a past that has tried to stay on the right and narrow ever since his big 'mistake' as a young man. But he just can't help himself when it comes to saving beautiful damsels in distress. He rescues Ms. Charity from the waters and proceeds to help her make her way to her family...but it's not without difficulties along the way. From Spies on the inside, and waring of feelings in his heart, Will Elias ever get Charity to the colonies? And will Charity's precious secret threaten all she has come to hold dear?

This is a great book that you can either read as part of the series (which I recommend because it is that good!) or you can read it as a stand alone. Either way, READ IT!

To the FTC and whomever else it may concern, I received this book Mary Lu Tyndall. In return, I have promised to review the book but have been given the freedom by Mary Lu to give my honest opinions whether they be positive or negative.
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