Veil of Pearls by MaryLu Tyndall
To read an except just go to my post announcing the coming of Veil of Pearls, and clink on the link there. 

Back Cover:
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 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?

 I love how this is set just a year before the war of 1812, where one of my favorite women in history shows what she's made of. But this story is not about Dolly Madison or even the en-pending war with Britain. It's about the inner struggle with slavery and with one's own conscience and one's own beliefs. Being from the South, it isn't uncommon to know and hear the history of how the south once was with the slavery. But what I love about this book is that MaryLu shows, that when push comes to shove we are able to make the right decisions.
 Morgan can have any woman he wants in Charleston, and he practically has, that is until this woman who is caring for his father's slaves comes stomping into his life. She doesn't treat him like the other women do. She doesn't fawn, bat her eyelashes, talk all sweet and gentle, she just tells it like it is, and is unaffected by his advances. Which like any other male, makes him try even harder!
 Adalia, just wants to help other's while hiding from her owner. But this society brat won't leave her alone. He is arrogant, self-centered, and a goody-to-shoes. But there is just something about him, that makes her take pity on him, and say yes to one thing...at least she thought it was just one thing.
But when her secret is let out of the corner, can Morgan swallow his pride, and be willing to loose everything he holds dear, family, connections, society, fortune, in order to have the love of his life? And is Adalia willing to let him give it up for her. And become the wife of a penniless merchant?
 It's a great book, and I was able to finish it in 4 hours because I just couldn't put it down. I was sooo disappointed to find out that it was a stand-alone book. I was hoping to hear a little more about this Charleston society, but I'll just have to leave that up to my imagination. Which when reading MaryLu's books, that is a great pleasure I love to do.
 So grab your favorite Caffeine addiction and curl up with this great book!

To the FTC and whomever else it may concern, I received this book from MaryLu Tyndall. In return, I have promised to review the book but have been given the freedom by MaryLu to give my honest opinions whether they be positive or negative.
1 Response
  1. DMS Says:

    Veils of Pearls sounds fascinating. I like that it is HF and goes back to an interesting time period. I am curious to know more about the characters. It must be a great book for you to be disappointed that there aren't more books in the series. Great review!

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