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Veil of Pearls
     

Veil of Pearls

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by MaryLu Tyndall
 

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Be swept away to Charleston of 1811, a city bustling with immigrants like Adalia, who is a runaway slave so light-skinned that no one guesses her past. Terrified her secret will be discovered, she settles into a quiet life making herbal remedies for a local doctor. But when Morgan, the handsome son of a prominent family, sweeps her into his glamorous world—a

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Be swept away to Charleston of 1811, a city bustling with immigrants like Adalia, who is a runaway slave so light-skinned that no one guesses her past. Terrified her secret will be discovered, she settles into a quiet life making herbal remedies for a local doctor. But when Morgan, the handsome son of a prominent family, sweeps her into his glamorous world—a world in which the truth about Adalia’s heritage would ruin them both—suspicions and petty jealousies are aroused. What will Morgan do when he discovers that the woman he has fallen in love with is a runaway slave?

Editorial Reviews

NetGalley - Faith Oygard

What a riveting plot! From the very first page I was invested in Adalia's story and sympathetic to her situation. The characters were very well written and complex, I completely understood why they did what they did and the struggles that they had to overcome and the dangers they faced.
Random Refreshing Reviews

Tyndall writes with passion and intrigue. This book captured me right away and didn't let me go. Adalia is a complex character who could have been even better developed. After being a slave for 7 years she transitions into the regular world with unbelievable ease. Morgan is both likeable and loathe worthy. The connection between the two is passionate and life-altering. While I had my eye rolling moments when the plot was so predictable I also had my "ah" moments and I really enjoyed this read. Tyndall is growing in depth as an author and I look forward to more from her. The view from a slave's perspective is particularly intriguing. Reading of life in Charleston in the early 1800's was very interesting. A good read that I recommend! 

— Melissa MacDonald

Our Goodwin Journey

MaryLy Tyndall is a wonderful author with deep faith and the ability to write a novel to include the power of prayer and the amazing strength we have as a child of God. Her books are encouraging, challenging and thought-provoking. Not to mention full of adventure! The characters are very real and it is easy to relate to their feelings. As the reader, you will laugh and cry with them as they discover that their point of view might jaded. We walk with them as they learn more about people and we rejoice as they allow God to touch their hearts.  This is a well-written story that will open your eyes to history and will challenge you to see things from a new perspective.  This book is another incredible story from one of my favorite authors!

— Jenilee Goodwin

Romantic Times

4 1/2 Star Review & Top Pick from Romantic Times--You'll be instantly transported to the sights, sounds, and smells of 1812 Charleston, S.C., in Tyndall's latest.  Adalia, Morgan and their friends come alive, and you will experience their joys and sadness along with them.  It will take a moment to remember this is 2012, not 1812, when you put the book down.   --Cheryl Hanson, Romantic Times, August 2012

— Cheryl Hanson

GoodReads

A well written, jaw dropping, enlightening, frustrating, on the edge of your seat read. I'll have to ponder on this review. It must be worthy of this read. I LOVED it!

— Tawana Faciane

Burton Book Review

I loved this story of opposite worlds colliding, and it was the first novel from the author that I had read. Based on the writing skill demonstrated here, it won't be my last. Highly recommended!

— Marie Burton

Historical Novel Review

Veil of Pearls by MaryLu Tyndall is a wonderfully complex, romantic love story about forbidden love and racial prejudice. At the heart of the tale is a strong, courageous woman who risks all for love. It is a poignant portrayal of the prejudices of slavery and its effect on white and black people alike. The characters have depth; Morgan and Adalia both experience inner struggles to shed their past. This is an enduring novel of great depth. Beautifully written, it explores how far the human spirit will journey for freedom and love. This story was a real pleasure to read. Highly recommended. 

— Mirella Patzer

Words with Books

The author takes on a generational social issue and tackles it beautifully in Veil of Pearls.  I simply could not stop reading, the characters were so charming, and the plot kept getting thicker!

— Kalyn Comings

Imagine a World

Veil of Pearls is beautiful. It is a magnificent love story that manages to make your heart ache and sing in one sitting. It takes an unflinching look at the realities of slavery and the assumptions of its morality and permanence present at that time.

— Farrah Sayyed

USA Today's Happy Ever After

A light historical that doesn't weigh the reader down with too many historical references, this novel has a familiar fairy-tale feel that brings a smile. Veil of Pearls is something of a Cinderella story that, while it doesn't necessarily land the Prince and his True Love in the castle, ends with them heirs to their own humble kingdom just the same.

— Serena Chase

The Christian Manifesto

MaryLu Tyndall has given me one of the best books she’s ever written. After several years of waiting, she has given me what I’ve been waiting for, a book that makes me remember why I love her as an author so much. If I have to wait several more years to get a book this good or better from her again, I will do it, but I feel like she has found her niche and will stay in it. I have loved seeing her improve and grow as an author and look forward to watching her grow and improve more.

— Danyelle Hunnicutt

Radiant Lit

I loved this book. I had never read anything from MaryLu Tyndall before, but now I know I have to read more of her books. Everything about this book was fun and entertaining. The twists, the danger, the love – I found myself easily absorbed in the story and it didn’t take me long to finish at all. I loved Adalia. The courage she demonstrated and the fact that she stuck to what she believed is such a great example for us all. I would highly recommend this book to anyone loving a good historical romance.

— Jen Whitney

Proverbial Reads

This is a thought-provoking read about the perils of slavery. Tyndall doesn’t just write about human slavery but how we are all slaves to something in our lives. We are slaves to our positions in society, to our looks, to our money. Not surprisingly, Tyndall portrays these slaves as the non-Christians in her book. It’s an interesting thought and perhaps we need to take a look at ourselves and our own lives.

Ultimately, although this is a book about slavery it comes across as a swash-buckling romance with hints of Pretty Woman, My Fair Lady and Pirates of the Caribbean. The opening description of Althea’s escape hooks the reader and the novel is a pleasant enough way to pass an afternoon.

— Sally McComb

Romantid Historical Lovers

Veil of Pearls is much more than a historical romance.  It is a love story with wonderful depth and a reflection of real-life society.  The characters are deeply human.  They are flawed and imperfect.  But they are likeable.  You will find yourself cheering for both Adalia and Morgan, hoping for them to find happiness together and within themselves. 

— Helena Frank

Book Reviews R US

Wow!  I have ready many of MaryLu Tyndall's books, but Veil of Pearls is by far the best!

 

MaryLu Tyndall is a Christian writer, so the reviews bashing the Christian theme throughout the book are really silly.  This book is not preachy.  It is an addictive, inspiring read that I recommend to all historical romance lovers.

— Stephanie Rollins

From the Publisher

MaryLu Tyndall can bring a character, a scene, a setting to life as few others can. In a few, well-placed words, she sweeps her readers into another time and place, transporting them from their own life into that of someone they might never otherwise have thought about, let alone taken the time to get to know. Veil of Pearls is no exception. This is more than just a nice historical romance. This is a story that will prick your heart and call you to examine your own conscience, as the heroine asks herself just how far she is willing to go to please the man she loves. Will she betray her roots, her ancestors…her very faith…to keep from losing the one who has captured her heart and introduced her to a life she never imagined possible? Aren’t we, as readers, tempted to do something similar at times? MaryLu Tyndall does more than entertain us in this well-written novel; she challenges us…and I applaud her for that.

***Kathi Macias (www.boldfiction.com) is the author of nearly 40 books, including Deliver Me From Evil and the Golden Scrolls Novel of the Year and Carol Award finalist, Red Ink.

One can expect two things when they pick up a MaryLu Tyndall novel--endearing characters and a plot that sweeps you away. Hidden within the entertainment is a spiritual message that whispers to the corners of your soul. Give yourself a treat by losing yourself in one of her enchanting stories.

Kim Vogel Sawyer--Bestselling author of My Heart Remembers

Oh my! Seldom has my heart ached more at the turn of a last page. MaryLu Tyndall is simply one of the best in Christian romance today and Veil of Pearls, her finest work yet. A pearl beyond compare, this is a love story that transcends era and class to race your heart and soothe your soul, leaving you breathless and longing for more. Absolutely one of my favorite reads ever!

- Julie Lessman, award-winning author of The Daughters of Boston and Winds of Change series.

Romantic Times - Cheryl Hanson

4 1/2 Star Review & Top Pick from Romantic Times--You'll be instantly transported to the sights, sounds, and smells of 1812 Charleston, S.C., in Tyndall's latest.  Adalia, Morgan and their friends come alive, and you will experience their joys and sadness along with them.  It will take a moment to remember this is 2012, not 1812, when you put the book down.   --Cheryl Hanson, Romantic Times, August 2012
Imagine a World - Farrah Sayyed

Veil of Pearls is beautiful. It is a magnificent love story that manages to make your heart ache and sing in one sitting. It takes an unflinching look at the realities of slavery and the assumptions of its morality and permanence present at that time.
GoodReads - Tawana Faciane

A well written, jaw dropping, enlightening, frustrating, on the edge of your seat read. I'll have to ponder on this review. It must be worthy of this read. I LOVED it!
Burton Book Review - Marie Burton

I loved this story of opposite worlds colliding, and it was the first novel from the author that I had read. Based on the writing skill demonstrated here, it won't be my last. Highly recommended!
Historical Novel Review - Mirella Patzer

Veil of Pearls by MaryLu Tyndall is a wonderfully complex, romantic love story about forbidden love and racial prejudice. At the heart of the tale is a strong, courageous woman who risks all for love. It is a poignant portrayal of the prejudices of slavery and its effect on white and black people alike. The characters have depth; Morgan and Adalia both experience inner struggles to shed their past. This is an enduring novel of great depth. Beautifully written, it explores how far the human spirit will journey for freedom and love. This story was a real pleasure to read. Highly recommended. 
USA Today’s Happy Ever After - Serena Chase

A light historical that doesn't weigh the reader down with too many historical references, this novel has a familiar fairy-tale feel that brings a smile. Veil of Pearls is something of a Cinderella story that, while it doesn't necessarily land the Prince and his True Love in the castle, ends with them heirs to their own humble kingdom just the same.
The Christian Manifesto - Danyelle Hunnicutt

MaryLu Tyndall has given me one of the best books she’s ever written. After several years of waiting, she has given me what I’ve been waiting for, a book that makes me remember why I love her as an author so much. If I have to wait several more years to get a book this good or better from her again, I will do it, but I feel like she has found her niche and will stay in it. I have loved seeing her improve and grow as an author and look forward to watching her grow and improve more.
Radiant Lit - Jen Whitney

I loved this book. I had never read anything from MaryLu Tyndall before, but now I know I have to read more of her books. Everything about this book was fun and entertaining. The twists, the danger, the love – I found myself easily absorbed in the story and it didn’t take me long to finish at all. I loved Adalia. The courage she demonstrated and the fact that she stuck to what she believed is such a great example for us all. I would highly recommend this book to anyone loving a good historical romance.
Proverbial Reads - Sally McComb

This is a thought-provoking read about the perils of slavery. Tyndall doesn’t just write about human slavery but how we are all slaves to something in our lives. We are slaves to our positions in society, to our looks, to our money. Not surprisingly, Tyndall portrays these slaves as the non-Christians in her book. It’s an interesting thought and perhaps we need to take a look at ourselves and our own lives.

Ultimately, although this is a book about slavery it comes across as a swash-buckling romance with hints of Pretty Woman, My Fair Lady and Pirates of the Caribbean. The opening description of Althea’s escape hooks the reader and the novel is a pleasant enough way to pass an afternoon.

Romantid Historical Lovers - Helena Frank

Veil of Pearls is much more than a historical romance.  It is a love story with wonderful depth and a reflection of real-life society.  The characters are deeply human.  They are flawed and imperfect.  But they are likeable.  You will find yourself cheering for both Adalia and Morgan, hoping for them to find happiness together and within themselves. 
Book Reviews R US - Stephanie Rollins

Wow!  I have read many of MaryLu Tyndall's books, but Veil of Pearls is by far the best!
MaryLu Tyndall is a Christian writer, so the reviews bashing the Christian theme throughout the book are really silly.  This book is not preachy.  It is an addictive, inspiring read that I recommend to all historical romance lovers.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781616265779
Publisher:
Barbour Publishing, Incorporated
Publication date:
07/01/2012
Pages:
320
Sales rank:
462,781
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.00(d)

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MaryLu Tyndall, a Christy Award finalist and bestselling author of the Legacy of the King’s Pirates series, is known for her adventurous historical romances filled with deep spiritual themes. She holds a degree in math and worked as a software engineer for fifteen years before testing the waters as a writer. MaryLu currently writes full time and makes her home on the California coast with her husband, six kids, and four cats. Her passion is to write page-turning, romantic adventures that not only entertain but open people’s eyes to their God-given potential. MaryLu is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers and Romance Writers of America.

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Veil of Pearls 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 38 reviews.
Southern_Blessings More than 1 year ago
Veil of Pearls by MaryLu Tyndall is set in the 1800s and begins with our heroine, Adalia, running for her life and her freedom in the Caribbean. You see Adalia is a slave who wants to start her life fresh in America. Morgan is a wealthy plantation owner's son who finds Adalia fascinating and tries desperately to convince her to let him court her. Adalia, however, only wants to help others and finds Morgan's advances bothersome. MaryLu really knows how to draw you into a story. From the very beginning the characters were brought to life through her writing. I found myself caring about Morgan and Adalia and couldn't wait to see what would happen to them next. If you like historical or Christian romances, MaryLu Tyndall's books are the best, and Veil of Pearls is no exception. This book was given to me by the author in exchange for an honest review.
Jenuinerock More than 1 year ago
------Simply Breathtaking ----- Veil of Pearls is simply another one of Mary Lu Tyndall's masterpieces. She has a way of capturing her  audience like not too many can do. Veil of pearls is a romance worth having in your hands. It's a tale of discovering who you are regardless of your past. One thing I absolutely love about Mary Lu Tyndall's writing is through her books she some how increases your faith along with her character. This book is one of her best and to say the book was good would be a horrible under statement!! READ IT! I guarantee you won't put it down till you flip the last page!!
girlsmama More than 1 year ago
Sadly in America, Freedom is something we all tend to take for granted. But in the book “Veil of Pearls” by MaryLu Tyndall we meet a young woman named Althea who knows the true value freedom as she fights tooth and nail to gain hers. She escapes her Barbados plantation prison from a cruel slave master by sneaking away and gaining passage on a ship bound for Charleston, South Carolina. It is here that she reinvents herself and changes her name to Adalia and seeks to help in a local orphanage with the ill children as she has abilities with natural healing remedies. As she is so light-skinned that no one guesses her to be a runaway slave she starts her new life undetected by those around her as a runaway slave. She does however manage to catch the eye of a local young man coming from one of the most prominent and wealthy families in town, Morgan Ruteledge. Adalia’s initial meeting with Morgan is one filled with ire and she definitely puts the rather bold and spoiled young man in his place. Adalia’s skills as a young healer catch the attention of a local Dr. in need of a young assistant willing to take care of the local “Negro’s” in need of care, especially for the slaves in the local plantations. This provides Adalia with the fresh start she needs with room and board with the Dr. It also causes her cross paths with Morgan as Adalia is summoned to his family’s plantation to help with the ill slaves. Morgan is captivated by Adalia and wears her down with his constant attention. Adalia is swayed by his constant attention, good looks and charm and agrees to accompany him on several occasions to parties, the theatre, etc. She definitely begins to be wooed by his lifestyle and by Morgan as well as she gets to know Morgan and see how he is influenced by her. The Dr. with whom she is staying is not a fan of the Ruteledge family and so tries to strongly discourage Adalia from the attentions paid her by Morgan. But the heart wants what the heart wants and Adalia ignores the Dr.’s counsel. Of course Adalia’s past catches up to her, but how will Morgan respond to the knowledge that the woman he is falling in love with is a former slave? My thoughts on this book are that MaryLu Tyndall writes with a lot of passion and brings a storyline that is compelling and romantic. You truly do root for Adalia as she has so many past struggles and things she has overcome, along with past convictions. I appreciate it though that the author didn’t make her incapable of falling a bit- sort of getting caught up in the whole rich, glittery lifestyle of Morgan and sort of became drawn in by it all. Morgan had so much growth to do as well with his stand on slavery, the out of proportion importance of his wealthy lifestyle, etc. I also really liked the Dr’s storyline and background as well which made you understand his over-protective nature concerning Adalia. I thought there were many layers to the story. I would say the only thing that caught me off guard a bit were some of the romantic scenes. They seemed just slightly overdone at times- Just my 2 cents. Overall, a very enjoyable and heartfelt read. 4 stars I graciously received a free copy of this book through the Net galley program in exchange for an honest review. All opinions expressed are my own
MommaRog More than 1 year ago
Veil of Pearls is one of those books that you just can't put down! It draws you in on the very first page and doesn't stop. Every turn of the page draws you in more to the life of Adalia and Morgan. MaryLu has a way with words, making the reader feel right along with the characters, heartbreak, joy, love, the presence of God. There is a message for all in this book. Adalia and Morgan are 2 characters that will not be quickly forgotten!
Chaplain-Debbie_777 More than 1 year ago
I just finished reading Veil of Pearls by MaryLu Tyndall. I was swept away from the very first page! MaryLu has a way of bringing her characters to life. As I read this book, I found myself being transported to the year 1811. The details are so vivid, that you can actually picture the people, places and events. This is a very inspiring story about a young slave girl, who finds her freedom, yet she is not completely free. She finds herself in a world she’s never experienced before, one she only dreamed of having. The relationships are wonderfully written with two main characters that will steal your heart away, Adalia and Morgan. In each of MaryLu’s novels, you find yourself not only enthralled with the story, but you also learn some history along the way. In school, I hated history, did my best to avoid it. But, now I am enchanted with this era, thanks to MaryLu’s influence. If you enjoy Christian Historical Romance, you need to check out all of MaryLu’s novels. You will not be disappointed. Like me, you will find yourself wondering why her novels have not been turned into movies yet.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved it sooooooo much. Could not put it down. Very detailed, like watching a movie. I like the discuss questions on the back, used it for school. Finshed in less than 8 hours total. Im in middle school, and the details were a little too much for me, so id say 14+. You need to get it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I promise you, you will not be dissapointed.
ibjoy1953 More than 1 year ago
I think this is my favorite book from MaryLu Tyndale so far! This book stole my heart from the very first page, and still hasn’t turned it loose yet! Veil of Pearls will stick with me for a long time. Amelia found employment with a local Dr. in the early 1800’s in Charleston, SC, but if anyone every finds out her secret, who she really is, her quite life as it is now will be over. No one knows she is a part black, runaway slave from Barbados. Things get even worse when she is attracted to the rich and famous, fast life ladies man Morgan Rutledge. But even though Amelia knows that she can’t have someone like Morgan, she is so attracted to him she agrees to go out with him anyway, thus bringing on more trouble than she ever imagined. When I finished reading this book, all I could say was Wow! I love Amelia and I was scared for her so many times in this story because she is such a sweet young lady that was forced to live a inhumane life. The other characters, good and bad, were so real and believable, I don’t think I’ve ever felt I was living the story like I felt with Veil of Perils. The entire book was just amazing. And I can’t wait to see what MaryLu has in story for her readers next! I highly recommend Veil of Pearls if you enjoy historical fiction. I was assure you, this is one book you do not want to miss! I received this book from the author to read and review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 55
CoopTroop More than 1 year ago
Finishing MaryLu Tyndall’s eleventh book, but second single novel she has written, I have found myself once again transported back in time deep into the storyline.  “Veil of Pearls” takes place in the year 1811 right before the war of 1812 between the Americans and the British.  Adalia Winston escapes as a runaway slave from Barbados to Charleston to seek out freedom, but realizes later on she may have not truly escaped to freedom.  Morgan Rutledge is a man who is born into a prominent family where he gets easily bored with his life and seeks adventure where his family does not approve of to where he is afraid of losing something that seems important to him.  Reading through how the relationship between Adalia and Morgan takes way, will snatch your heart away.  Find out how wavering Adalia’s faith in God takes control of her, and if Morgan will find out his true purpose in life from God or not.  An outstanding part about MaryLu’s novel, “Veil of Pearls”, is that this time there are discussion questions at the very end of the book to leave you or anyone thinking more about what happened throughout the story, and to think about how your very own life with relating to all this!  If you like to read Christian Historical Romance novels where it will leaving you wanting to know more of what is going to happen with the main characters of the story, this novel will be right for you.
JoyGirl16 More than 1 year ago
A deep secret, romance, and two people from different worlds I love MaryLu Tyndall's books and this is another great book by her. MaryLu does a great job of weaving this story together. Tyndall tells of a runaway slave, Adalia, who wants to start a new life, but is hiding her true identity. She then meets a man from one of the most prominent families in the area and is swept off her feet by him. MaryLu keeps you wondering - Will Adalia be found out or will she share the truth? Will people accept her or reject her? Can she ever find love? I would highly recommend this book! It is an invigorating story and one you are sure to love!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book! It not only has the romance of love, but also the intriguing topics of the worlds of both slaveholders and slaves themselves. Each chapter leads to the next in excitement while making it difficult to close the book satisfied. I would definitely recommend this book to friends or family who enjoy a great book! 
Annie53 More than 1 year ago
This is a love story that takes unusual twists and turns. It is Christian based, and the story helped bring a man who had lost his faith back to God, through a woman who had a strong faith in God who was placed in his home through an unusual turn of events. I thoroughly enjoyed this book, as well as all of the other books written by this author.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
First things first... When i read this, if Marylu was in the room with me i would have strangled her. I mean how is a person to get to sleep when each chapter is a cliff hanger? I stayed up till 1 am reading this book because I was so into it. This book captures your heart from the first page and easily keeps your curiosity and attention throughout it entirely. Marylu Tyndall is one of the best authors in my opinion! Defenitly 5 stars!!!
DebbieLynneCostello More than 1 year ago
MaryLu Tyndall’s Veil of Pearls is one of the best books if not the best that I’ve read this year. I’ve read and enjoyed all of her novels and each time think her stories just can’t get any better, but she proves me wrong every time. Veil of Pearls is a wonderfully weaved story full of passion, romance, villains, misguided people and suspense. I fell in love with both the hero and the heroine, both came alive and were easy to connect with. But I have to say Morgan, the hero won my heart. He is the epitome of what men struggle with not only in the 19th century but also today. One of the things I really enjoyed about this book was the way that Ms. Tyndall showed all of her characters being a slave to something. The suggestions were subtle and she did a beautiful job of tying it all up in the end. It was an eye opener and shows how even today both Christians and non-Christians have a tendency to fall into the same trap. A wonderful story with a message one can take to heart. I can’t recommend this book enough. It is a must read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Grab your tissue and get ready for an emtional ride! Best book yet!
JessieRe More than 1 year ago
MaryLu Tyndall has written 10 wonderful seafairing adventures over the last several years & her 11th "Veil Of Pearls" is by far her best work to date! There is not one bad thing that can be said about this book.... (but who am I kidding, there never is when u read one written by MaryLu Tyndall...lol!). "Veil Of Pearls" is the story of a beautiful runaway slave named Adalia. Trying to escape her past & the abuse she has suffered, Adalia leaves her home in Barbados & boards a ship bound for Charleston. Tho she is a negro, Adalia is so light skinned she secures herself employment without question & is able to put her past behind her to begin a new life. Along the way she meets the younger son of one of Charleston's most prominent families & is swept into a world of which she never dreamed. While trying to keep her identity a secret Adalia struggles with many different emotions, feelings, & human weaknesses which really endeared this character to me more than any other one MaryLu has written (including Hope, from her book "The Blue Enchantress", who, till now, has always been my favorite). Beautifully written, this story will cause you to feel many different emotion, you will laugh & cry, as well as enjoy an adventure on the high seas (I mean who doesnt enjoy a good sea batttle?). Truly, throughout the entire book I felt as if I could be Adalia, at so many different points in the story; like her struggles with keeping God as a prority even when things in life seem to be going great! Ms. Tyndall has such a talent for writing tales such as this, & reaching the heart, that I never want one of her books to end! (& believe me I have read them ALL!) If you want to enjoy a wonderful tale of adventure, love, & human growth then this book is right up your alley! I promise you will not be dissappointed!
BookLoverDaisy More than 1 year ago
I recently finished reading MaryLu Tyndall’s newest book, Veil of Pearls and I can honestly say that it is her best book yet. I am an avid fan of MaryLu, have read all her books, and have enjoyed them all; but I have to say that Veil of Pearls is now at the top of the list. I was hooked from the first chapter, and it was hard to put down. Veil of Pearls is a beautiful story about Adalia, a runaway slave and Morgan, an aristocrat who falls in love with her. The setting is Charleston, SC in the early 1800’s when slavery was a common practice. MaryLu has a way of writing about her characters that make you feel like you are right there with them, feeling what they are feeling. Your heart will ache when they ache and rejoice when they rejoice. I also love how MaryLu weaves her Christian faith throughout her books. If you are a fan of Historical Christian fiction than I highly recommend this book. You will not be disappointed! When you are finished with Veil of Pearls, pass it on to a friend! They will thank you for it!
Jen_Fleming More than 1 year ago
“Am I beautiful, Daddy?” The cry of every girl’s heart, young and old, is to hear that their father thinks they are beautiful. As a child Althea’s father made sure she knew she was beautiful and cherished. But that all changed the day her parents were killed and she and her sister were taken captive and made slaves in the home of the odious Sir Walter. Because of the girl’s mixed parentage they were seen as less than human in his eyes, plus he was just evil. He abused the girls in a multitude of ways, until finally Althea is able to escape and make her way by ship to Charleston and start a new life as a healer and physician’s assistant. She lives a quiet, happy life and is continually worried that people will discover her past as well as her parentage. For in 1812, black slavery is rampant. Enter Morgan Rutledge, second son of a wealthy plantation owner who is captivated by the beautiful Althea and pursues her despite her reservations and efforts to dissuade him. When his little sister falls ill and none of the doctors can help her, Morgan calls Althea to see what she can do. Althea goes and prays for the little girl, who is almost past the point of no return. Miraculously the little girl is healed and Althea becomes the talk of society. Morgan pursues her even stronger after this, and he finally breaks down her resistance and escorts her to a party, where she begins to admit she is developing feelings for him. Along the way people get jealous of the relationship and sabotage it in various ways that I can’t share or else it would give away big plot points :) There is a happily ever after, the best part of which is Morgan ensuring Althea knows that she is beautiful to him and cherished by him no matter what :) This was a wonderful book that I highly recommend. I laughed, I cried at least twice, and I am contemplating reading it again in the next few weeks. It was a great encouragement to me as I am still on the lookout for my prince, and now I have added a few of Morgan’s qualities to my list for my prince :) Thank you to the author, MaryLu, for providing me with a copy in exchange for my honest review.
Prolificreader More than 1 year ago
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.
pwnmom More than 1 year ago
In Veil of Pearls, Adalia and Morgan both find themselves in circumstances that they have not chosen for themselves. Adalia is a slave who finally escapes the brutal master she has had for 6years. She finds her way to Charleston, where she is hired as an assistant to a local doctor. Life is good, she is not seen as a Negress or a slave, she is seen as a beautiful, intelligent woman in a working trade, and even comes to be accepted by the upper society. Is that what she really wants? Can she continue to hide her past and be accepted by Morgan's friends and family? Morgan is a young man that has been born into society with all it's expectations and rules. Honestly, he is bored with life... isn't there more than parties, plays and pretty girls? When Adalia comes into Morgan's life with her amazing beauty and her sharp tongue, his life is changed. He is drawn to her and intrigued by her view on life as well as her innocence. He is desperate to win her love, but at what cost? When Adalia's secret is found out will the truth of it keep them apart and send her back to her cruel owner?
amb32 More than 1 year ago
Because I love the suspense, adventure, and depth of characters in everything I’ve read by MaryLu Tyndall, I was excited to start Veil of Pearls. The cover was intriguing, and the setting promised to transport the reader back to the glory days of the Old South. And, I wasn’t disappointed with the story! Taking on the themes of slavery, dealing with the desire for popularity, and struggling to meet parents’ approval, Tyndall wraps the novel neatly in an attractive package complete with interesting, feisty characters and a very descriptive plot. Tyndall successfully kept me on my toes as I wondered if the heroine’s secret would be revealed and how the hero would respond. I would recommend this book to anyone who has an interest in history, romance and suspense woven with both encouraging and convicting spiritual themes.
Sheri_Salatin More than 1 year ago
I think what I loved most about this book was the friction and dialogue between Adalia and Morgan. There were times that I laughed out loud at the hilarious responses and outrageous scenes. Even though Morgan was rough around the edges (quite the ladies’ man) he was very lovable and endearing. I loved how he continued to pursue Adalia and didn’t give up. Sure, the overlying message in this book is about slavery being wrong. However, there was so much more to it than just that. The book also carried undertones of loyalty, and being yourself. The message that sang the loudest to me was the one about being who God made me to be. Not to worry about what others think, but to be my own person and serve Him to the very best of my abilities. It’s adventure, turmoil and sweet romance, but most of all it’s a message that rings loud and clear. Tyndall does a great job weaving the themes into the book without being preachy. I like that. A wholesome book where the storyline is so engaging you forget you are reading. So grab a copy for yourself, put up your feet for a spell and go on a journey. It’s worth it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Veil of Pearls most definitely swept me off my feet! The characters fascinated me. Each had their own problem, or burden. Adalia was a strong heroine that I liked. I've never read a book with a character like Morgan in it. He was caught between two things he wanted, and seemed so very confused. This was an awesome read with amazing depth and romance. MaryLu Tyndall never disappoints me!
Espan_Rose More than 1 year ago
What a wonderful new masterpiece by the brilliant MaryLu Tyndall! Though I have been reading her works since the beginning, this one truly captured my heart and would not let go until the last page was turned. The historical research put into this book is truly astounding, and the writing so fluid that it’s easy to get lost in the world Tyndall has created. As reality mixes with fantasy, one cannot help but fall in love with Adalia, or after all, what girl does not want to be a princess? But is Morgan truly her prince come to save her? A well written narrative, with a love story that will warm your heart, this fairytale is a must read.
ChristiMaly More than 1 year ago
I absolutely loved this book! I made myself draw this one out, so much time I wanted to spend with Adalia and Morgan :) I loved Morgan's relentless pursuit of Adalia, and the lessons each of them learn along the way. I recognized other lessons as well, and I had to feel sorry for some of the secondary characters, some of whom complicated things for Morgan and Adalia. As soon as I opened the book, I could see the scene unfolding before me, and really found myself wishing this could be made into a movie. The plot was wonderful, the characters enjoyable, and the lessons profound. I really felt for Adalia and Morgan and really wanted to smack some people, so deeply involved I was in the story. Love, romance, humor, spiritual lessons, heartache, joy, and of course, adventures on the sea... I guarantee you'll be thinking of Adalia and Morgan long after you've turned the last page.
orphans4christ More than 1 year ago
Not only could I not put this book down, it spoke to me. I realized closer to the end just how much I related to Adalia. There is so much symbolism that can also be found within this book. It drew me back to what God has been trying to teach me, but I have been putting it off. Adalia’s life was filled with intimidation that kept her from the fullness of what God had in store for her – freedom, confronting her fear in every sphere of her life, even the hope of marriage. Even more courageous, was not shrinking back from who she is: her identity. Her responses to Morgan and eventual relationship revealed a lot of her struggles and the chains that held her spirit. Each scenario will capture the reader and produce multiple emotions: elation, heartbreak, anger, frustration, etc. Truth be told, this kind of book will speak to the reader’s heart and captivate the senses. There is so much more I could mention concerning this book, but words are so inadequate compared to the experience of personally engaging in the story. Personally, it is so hard to find books of such high quality after reading Redeeming Love. It is refreshing to find another book of such quality!