Book Review: “Veil of Pearls” By MaryLu TyndallJuly 30, 2012 at 5:20 am | Posted in Books | 1 Comment
Tags: Book Review, Christian Fiction, M. L. Tyndall, Romance Fiction, Thriller
From the 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 winds, 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 have been reading Ms. Tyndall’s books for year now and, I have to say they are all great but “Veil of Pearls” is her best work yet. Adalia has escaped Barbados and her vile master and found freedom in Charleston. Well sort of. See she is terrified that she will be found out that she is a runaway and part black which means white society wants no part of her. Then there is Morgan who falls in love with her but has no clue as to her race. “Veil of Pearls has some great themes. There are the themes of slavery, racism and rules of society. There is also the theme of who do we love, the individual or the race of the individual? Charleston society provides an allegory for the world with its rules . There are those that will abide by those rules and never leave it, those that dislike the rules but do nothing about them and those that dislike the rules and leave. That is also true about the world and salvation; there are those that will never accept and those that accept and are no longer part of that system.
Once again Ms. Tyndall has crafted really strong characters that live and breathe and make us care and root for them. Both Adalia and Morgan are emotionally deeply wounded individuals who can only heal by the grace of God and by their relationship with each other. Neither one of them can go forward and embrace not only their future but the destiny that God has planned for them until they can turn over their deep-seated hurts to God for their healing. Fear is another theme in this book as both of them have fear that they carry from traumatic events in their respective childhoods that they have to deal with in order to save the others.
“Veil of Pearls” is filled with history. Ms. Tyndall knows how to craft a great story filled with action, suspense and wonderful romance. Don’t start this book late at night because it will be very difficult to put it down or stop thinking about it. I recommend this book highly and am greatly looking forward to the next new series from Ms. Tyndall.
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