Veil of Pearls by MaryLu Tyndall
Barbour Books / 2012
Barbour Books / 2012
About the book:
She thought she could outrun her past...
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'm not that familiar with MaryLu Tyndall's novels - in fact, Veil of Pearls is the first book of hers I've finished. I really enjoyed it and found the theme/message of the book great - slavery, of all kinds, and being free; prejudice; etc.
Adalia and Morgan, the main characters, were wonderful - I especially liked how they both had struggles and things weren't resolved instantly. There were a few unsavory characters that I didn't like, but that's to be expected since they were so mean.
There were two things I didn't personally care for in Veil of Pearls. A few times in the story a character would pray and hear from God - actual replies - that's one of my pet peeves and I just thought I'd mention it. The second thing I can't say much about without possible spoilers, but it has to do with a white-robed man - I just didn't personally care for that aspect of the story.
There were quite a few suspenseful moments in Veil of Pearls which was a pleasant surprise! I love when books get my blood pumping and this one definitely did that at times. The opening chapter grabbed my attention (it was so tense) and I thoroughly enjoyed the entire book.
Overall, Veil of Pearls was a very good read that I recommend if you enjoy books with romance, a good message, and some tense scenes. I look forward to reading more of MaryLu's books in the future - especially her newly released book, Forsaken Dreams.
*I received a complimentary copy of this book for my review. I was not required to give a positive review, only my honest opinion - which I've done. All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.*