Saturday, September 1, 2012

Veil of Pearls by MaryLu Tyndall, c2012


An unlocked door. A chance to move. Chains.
Each step she took toward freedom loosened the fetters enslaving her soul until they began to slip away, one by one. --Veil of Pearls, page 7

Leaving one perilous situation to come to another? Has a change of name not changed her servitude? Althea Claymore, now known as Adalia Winston, is offered and takes a position as a physician's assistant under Doctor Langston Willaby. Is she to be tossed right back into a life she had known for seven years previously? Only... she now is on the opposite side of the role as she arrives at Rutledge Hall. With her knowledge of healing herbs, Adalia is sent to the plantation by Dr. Willably to care for a sick child. Compassion. She knows the ill service others are given and desires to correct it. But how can she? Meeting the two Rutledge sons, Hadley and Morgan, she is convinced they are unequal to the task.

Provision of her needs beyond what she has known, Althea becomes a distant past as Adalia is given good physical care with food and shelter. Is it enough to rise above the terror of discovery? Historical fiction is my very favorite! Come and join this adventure and discover for yourself, Veil of Pearls!

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 soon finds employment with a local doctor, and settles into a quiet life, thanking God every day for her freedom. Still, she lives in terror that her owner will come looking for her.
    Born into one of Charleston’s prominent plantation families, Morgan Rutledge is handsome, charming, bored—and enamored of the beautiful Adalia, who spurns his advances. His persistence, however, finally wins, and soon Adalia is swept into the glamorous world of Charleston high society, a world of luxury and opulence she never knew existed.  
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 approval of society and the heart of the man she loves?   And when her secret is discovered, will that love be enough or will the truth ruin Morgan and send Adalia back into slavery? 
Can she ever be truly free? Meeting society contacts soothes the soul for awhile, but then becomes empty again; void of meaning. As the young future slave-owner prospect becomes enamored, will he be truly free to love and follow the lead and tug of his heart?

Come and meet the author of Veil of Pearls, MaryLu Tyndall. You will be glad you did! Swashbuckling Romances Anchored in Faith ~, at her blog, and Facebook where you will find the sea tugs at her heart, and to you in the adventure it brings! Thank you to Barbour Publishing for a copy of Veil of Pearls in exchange for this review in my own words.


  1. Wonderful review! Thank you so much. I'm thrilled you enjoyed Veil of Pearls. :-) It was a fun book to write, but also an important book because of the message of how easily we can all get enslaved by things in this world.. alcoholism, power, wealth, looks, etc.. as well as other people's opinions. Not all slavery bears physical chains. Thanks again!

    1. Thank you. A valuable reflection of our heart's void that only can be filled in One place with the Lord's desire for us.