Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Wonderful Work of Historical Fiction! ~ Veil of Pearls by MaryLu Tyndall ~ Review


            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.           





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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?

15 comments:

  1. Case, there is NO question that MaryLu just gets better and better with each book, which is saying something because I LOVED all of her books so far, but THIS ONE -- is REALLLLY something special. One of THE BEST reads I've had in the CBA to date -- EXCELLENT book!!

    Hugs,
    Julie

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    1. Oh my goodness, does she ever! Awesome author. :-)

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  2. Looks great! Another for my TBR pile! Thanks, Casey!

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    1. You're welcome. ;-) Hey, great to see you! Thanks for stopping by. Just a couple weeks more, girlfriend!

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  3. Just ordered the Kindle edition so that I can read it now! My public library does not have the book, sigh. So, another purchase request! My afternoon will be well spent reading this book while I await my beloved four legged companion's spa date call to come home. This period of time, Southern gps and Atlantic slavery are my life study. Adieu, time to read.

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    1. AWESOME!!!! That makes me smile that your last name implies. :D Are you finished yet?

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  4. Can't wait to read this one!!! And I love that cover.

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    1. Have you seen the cover for her next release?? Ohmigoodness. Drool!

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  5. And what do you know, Veil of pearls is ALSO a 'dying to read' book for me.
    Casey, excellent review. 5 stars. Excellent choice of words, you're a fine writer.

    Ganise

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    1. Oh, thank you Ganise! I have great inspiration in MaryLu. :)

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  6. This is a great review, Casey, for a wonderful book. It was one of those that I hated to put down, I just wanted to keep turning pages to find out what happened. I've read a lot of books this summer. Veil of Pearls is one of my favorites.

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    1. I hated that it took me so long to read my copy. Life just kept getting in the way. ;)

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  7. Casey,

    Wonderful review - I've been looking forward to reading this book for a while but now I'm charged up again. I'm heading over to Amazon now!

    Love your reviews!

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    1. Happy reading, Becky! Hope you enjoy it. Have you read any of her backlist?

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