Title: Veil of Pearls
Author: Marylu Tyndall
Publisher: Barbour Books
Published: July 1, 2012
Adalia Winston is a new immigrant to Charleston and s hiding a huge secret behind her light skin. She’s part black and a runaway slave from Barbados. After escaping her abusive owner, she hopes to use her skills in herbal remedies to survive. When she finds employment with a local doctor, she settles into a quiet life of freedom and respect. Though she relishes the new life she’s creating, she’s still fearful that her owner will find her and drag her back to a life she’d rather die than go back to.
Morgan Rutledge was born into one of Charleston’s most prominent families and a life he hates. Born with a handsomeness he’s well aware of, he spends most of his time drinking, partying, and wooing ladies. That is, until he meets Adalia. He becomes enamored with her, but she keeps spurning his advances, making him want her more. With a determination to win her over, he tries everything in his power to win her over. When he finally does, Adalia is swept up into Charleston’s high society and her want to impress.
As their relationship grows, Adalia soon realizes that her new life comes at a high price. She finds herself denying her heritage and her zeal for God. She now must ask herself how far she’s willing to go to win the heart of the man she loves. When her secret is revealed she wonders how Morgan will react, if their love is enough or if the truth will ruin all love Morgan has for her and send her back into slavery.
Will their love be enough to forge the bonds of slavery or will it crumble under the pressure? Will Adalia be forced to live the rest of her life with an abusive owner or will she have a life she never hoped to have? Will Morgan be willing to give up everything for her or will he choose status over love?
I have been a huge fan of MaryLu Tyndall’s since her debut novel and have read almost all of the books she’s written. After her first four books, her books took a turn for the normal. Her books were still great, just not what I expected from her. This book, however, changed all that. This book is more like her first books and gives me hope that she will someday revisit her pirate books; the books that made me her fan.
One thing I love about this author is her romances. She has the ability to create a realistic romance with passion and class. This romance is no different. The passion in this book is more than you’ll see in the average Christian romance genre, but it’s done so tastefully and with such class that even the biggest stickler for an innocent romance could love this book.
Another reason why I love this author’s romances is because of the journey she takes you on. Because we all know what happens at the end of a romance novel, a great journey that leads you to the end is key for me. This book has that incredible journey that makes you actually a little sad at the last page because it means that you have to say goodbye to these characters. Since this book is a single title and not part of a series, it makes the ending that much sadder. I can only hope that maybe she makes a sequel to this book sometime in the future.
One thing I didn’t fully realize I missed was the faith in this book. So many Christian novels don’t really emphasize their faith in the book and I had gotten used to the lack of Bible verses and declarations of faith throughout the book. This book was full of examples of faith and the struggle it takes to be a follower of God. So many authors have a passion for Christ but don’t properly portray that passion in their novels; this author has shown me her passion for Him through Adalia’s passion for Christ. I look forward to seeing that passion in more of this author’s books.
MaryLu Tyndall has given me one of the best books she’s ever written. After several 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.
Overall, this is a fantastic book and I recommend it for anyone that loves a romance that takes you on an incredible journey. I don’t recommend this for younger readers but I feel that adults will love this book. I give this a five out of five.
*I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher through The Christian Manifesto specifically for this review. All opinions expressed are my own.*