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 her 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?
Veil of Pearls was a delightful book to read. I fell in love with Adalia from the first moment. She’s so strong and brave in spite of a very tough life. She is determined to make a way for herself in the world and sets her mind to doing what she needs to do. Things go fairly well and God provides Adalia with a job she can do well. She has faith that everything will work out well if she just keeps her head down and doesn’t reveal her secret. Little does she know that she’s about to meet someone as persistent as she is.
Morgan is rich and bored… until he meets Adalia. Suddenly, he’s not bored anymore. He gives chase and I loved how Adalia kept putting him in his place. I could see his mischievous grin as she shot verbal darts at him. I could feel their chemistry and I enjoyed the sparks. Morgan isn’t about to take ‘no’ for an answer and is drawn in by her fire. Morgan’s world is unknown to Adalia but she steps up to face it. Meanwhile, Adalia challenges Morgan to think about the world he is a part of and life as he knows it.
My romantic heart sighed when they got along, laughed when Adalia got feisty, and cried when her past caught up with her.
Veil of Pearls will keep you engaged from the very first page and the end will surprise you. It was a wonderful, easy read. Full of laughs, tears and intrigue.
I would give Veil of Pearls a 4/5!
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MaryLu Tyndall grew up on the shores of Southern Florida dreaming of romance and adventure upon the sea. She now lives with her husband, six children, and four cats in Northern California where she writes inspirational adventure romance novels. MaryLu’s novels have been praised for their fast-paced action, strong inspirational messages, and incredibly vivid settings. Her first novel, The Redemption was nominated for the prestigious Christy Award for Best Christian Fiction. Find her website by clicking her image above. You can find her on Facebook, Twitter and on Goodreads!