MaryLu has created a masterpiece that not only sweeps you away to the glamour of Charleston before the Civil War, she also takes your breathe away with the descriptions of the horrors of slavery. She paints the true picture of how slavery destroys lives, be it a person enslaved in physical bonds or being enslaved to a life of riches that brings nothing but misery. She also shows God's faithfulness to us even when we let the things in life pull us away from Him.
MaryLu once again has woven a story that will not be forgotten in my mind for a long time and for all you ladies like me that love pirates let me say MaryLu did not forget us, so be prepared to swoon!--Teresa Mathews (05/03/2012)
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"
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"Our Goodwin Journey" (05/07/2012)
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. --;/div>--Cheryl Hanson"Romantic Times" (06/21/2012)
"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"Historical Novel Review" (07/04/2012)
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"Words with Books" (06/26/2012)
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"Burton Book Review" (07/06/2012)
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"GoodReads" (07/08/2012)
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"Imagine a World" (05/31/2012)
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 a 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 her new life comes at a high price—that of denying her heritage and her zeal for God. How far is Adalia 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?
This book was brilliant. Absolutely beautiful.Imagine A World review by Farrah
Note to readers: This book is a reprint of the original Veil of Pearls, published in 2012