I have been a fan of MaryLu Tyndall since I picked up the first title I found by her. Since that moment I’ve rejoiced each time her new novel hits my hands and this time was far from an exception.
Veil of Pearls combines so much into a solid novel. Historical controversy (in this case the plight of slaves pre-Civil War), strong characters that aren’t afraid to grow and learn to embrace change. A love story that moves the depth of my heart with impassioned precision. And writing that completely grips me, painting word pictures upon my mind that only make me want to stop and savor the impact of their words.
Tyndall’s novels have progressively improved to where I do believe, she is even better than when she started, though not to detract from her previous titles. The power of each word to build a story complex in emotion and plot is carefully built until at the end of the story I was disappointed to leave these characters behind.
Adalia and Morgan’s love story is one that the reader can never escape from knowing it possibly cannot succeed. Adalia has come from a slave’s descent and bears the marks on her very back. Knowing this the entire time I was reading the book kept an element of unease waiting to break lose.
Spiritual threads, romantic elements, wordsmithing! I truly adored this title. It’s unique and different. Yet entertaining and compelling. Tyndall’s latest is not to be missed!
This review is my honest opinion. Thanks to the author for my copy to review.
More about the novel...
She thought she could outrun her past...
It is 1811, and the prosperous port city of Charleston is bustling with plantation owners, slaves and immigrants. Immigrants such as the raven-haired Adalia Winston. But Adalia has a secret: her light skin belies that she is part black and a runaway slave from Barbados. Skilled in herbal remedies, Adalia finds employment with a local doctor and settles into her quiet life, thankful for her freedom but still fearful that her owner will find her.
Born into one of Charleston's prominent families, Morgan Rutledge is handsome, bored—and enamored of the beautiful Adalia, who spurns his advances. Morgan's persistence, however, finally wins, and Adalia is swept into the glamorous world of Charleston high society.
But Adalia's new life comes at a high price—that of denying her heritage and her zeal for God. How far is she willing to go to win the heart of the man she loves? And when her secret is revealed, will that love be enough, or will the truth ruin Morgan and send Adalia back into slavery?