by M. L. Tyndall

August 2007
ISBN: 978-1597893619
Reviewer Graphic Button Barbour Publishing Inc.
Trade Paperback

Lady Isabel Ashton was disowned by her wealthy, influential parents after she gave birth to an illegitimate child. Isabel longs for her rightful place in society, and shuns those she considers beneath her, even while on exile in the Caribbean. If she would have given her son, Frederick, up, her parents would have taken her back in, but even though Frederick is the child of a pirate who ravaged Isabel, she has grown to love him.

Nightly, Isabel has nightmares about her son being kidnapped by pirates, and yet when it happens, she is unprepared. She tries to chase after them, but the pirates get away. Isabel is devastated and promptly writes her parents for help. What she gets is a return letter saying that she could come home now that her son is gone. That hurts Isabel more than anything.

Then Captain Kent Carlton, the babyís father, reappears. He didnít know he had a son until he heard the babe had been kidnapped. He knows who took the babe, but he needs Isabel to accompany him because she is the only one who knows what the baby looks like. Isabel is hesitant to accept Kentís offer. After all, she knows better than anyone that he canít be trusted. Will she risk accepting Kentís help and to chase down her childís kidnappers? Will she ever see Frederick again?

The Restitution is the third book in the Legacy of the Kingís Pirates series, and it easily stands alone. Previous characters are reintroduced in The Restitution, but it is not necessary to have read the other books to understand the story.

Isabel is a realistic character, loving the son that was born out of less than desirable circumstances, and wanting to protect him at all costs. The odds were against her finding him again, but I hoped that she would succeed. Kent is a character I grew to hate from the first two books, but he is the bad boy turned good in The Restitution. I grew to care for him and his desires just as much as I cared for Isabel.

The faith message is expertly woven in and is not intrusive. The writing is stellar and the setting plays an important part of the story. At times I felt the events were a bit contrived, but the way it is written seems to be popular in regencies, so it maybe true to the time period. If you like historicals, especially pirate stories, then M. L. Tyndallís The Restitution is the book to pick up.

Reviewed in August 2007 by Laura.

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