Friday, January 11, 2013

Veil of Pearls - Review

Hi and Welcome! It's time for a new review.

Just so you know, I received a copy of this book from the Publisher via NETGALLEY.
Veil of Pearls
by MaryLu Tyndall
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?


My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Veils of Pearls is a sweet romance set in a conflicted time. Where slavery was still common and the color of your skin determined who you were supposed to be and how you were supposed to act. An era of prejudices and pain for a lot of people.

Adalia is a runaway slave. Escaping from the clutches of an evil man she leaves Barbados and heads to Charleston. The color of her skin allows her to pass as a common woman and her future seem brighter until she meets Morgan. As a member of one of the wealthiest families, Morgan is part of a privileged circle. When Morgan decides to pursue Adalia, everything starts to tremble. They both are dealing with unknown feelings and with people who hates seeing them together.

This is a sweet and loving story, an innocent romance with two strong characters. Once the love flourishes between them, their lives are turn upside down and will have to face more than one obstacle. Adalia is a character you will love for her strength and kindness. And Morgan is one of those characters you love and hate, all at once, with actions that deserve a punch in the face and others that will melt your heart.

The story has a slow rhythm at times and as many romances some actions or events are a little predictable. However, the book gains some points for the funny and clever dialogues and the excellent representation of the historical time.

A thing that could disturb or dislike some readers is the uncountable references to God and the deep love Adalia has towards Him. In my opinion is just part of her personality and goes according to the way people were in that time, it just make her more real.

Overall, Veils of Pearls is a sweet romance, with some pros and cons, two great characters and the best finale.


  1. Sounds sweet but I understand your opinion about the references to God. It usually doesn't bother me because it's the character's personality, but some times it may turn tiresome.

  2. This book sounds good. The author is a Christian Fiction writer so this book sounds pretty on target with her other romance books. Books like this are sweet, fun and usually carry a certain moral or sentiment. I think the innocence of stories like this add a wholesome charm. Some authors will add sex to their stories in overabundance so it's a nice break from that. Since I read a variety of different genres I can appreciate a book that is on the subtle side of things every now and again.


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