Veil of Pearls  -     By: MaryLu Tyndall
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Veil of Pearls

Barbour / 2012 / Paperback

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After escaping her vicious owner in Barbados, runaway slave Adalia blends in with the myriad of emigrants flooding Charleston, South Carolina, in 1812. That is, until the handsome son of a rich landowner sweeps her into the elite's extravagant, pampered lifestyle. But when her master finds her, will her new world come crashing down? 320 pages, softcover from Barbour.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 320
Vendor: Barbour
Publication Date: 2012
Dimensions: 8.38 X 5.50 (inches)
ISBN: 1616265779
ISBN-13: 9781616265779
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Publisher's Description

Be swept away to Charleston of 1811, a city bustling with immigrants like Adalia, who is a runaway slave so light-skinned that no one guesses her past. Terrified her secret will be discovered, she settles into a quiet life making herbal remedies for a local doctor. But when Morgan, the handsome son of a prominent family, sweeps her into his glamorous world—a world in which the truth about Adalia’s heritage would ruin them both—suspicions and petty jealousies are aroused. What will Morgan do when he discovers that the woman he has fallen in love with is a runaway slave?

Author Bio

MaryLu Tyndall, a Christy Award finalist and bestselling author of the Legacy of the Kings Pirates series, is known for her adventurous historical romances filled with deep spiritual themes. She holds a degree in math and worked as a software engineer for fifteen years before testing the waters as a writer. MaryLu currently writes full time and makes her home on the California coast with her husband, six kids, and four cats. Her passion is to write page-turning, romantic adventures that not only entertain but open peoples eyes to their God-given potential. MaryLu is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers and Romance Writers of America.

Editorial Reviews

MaryLu Tyndall can bring a character, a scene, a setting to life as few others can. In a few, well-placed words, she sweeps her readers into another time and place, transporting them from their own life into that of someone they might never otherwise have thought about, let alone taken the time to get to know. Veil of Pearls is no exception. This is more than just a nice historical romance. This is a story that will prick your heart and call you to examine your own conscience, as the heroine asks herself just how far she is willing to go to please the man she loves. Will she betray her roots, her ancestors…her very faith…to keep from losing the one who has captured her heart and introduced her to a life she never imagined possible? Aren’t we, as readers, tempted to do something similar at times? MaryLu Tyndall does more than entertain us in this well-written novel; she challenges us…and I applaud her for that.

***Kathi Macias ( is the author of nearly 40 books, including Deliver Me From Evil and the Golden Scrolls Novel of the Year and Carol Award finalist, Red Ink.


One can expect two things when they pick up a MaryLu Tyndall novel--endearing characters and a plot that sweeps you away. Hidden within the entertainment is a spiritual message that whispers to the corners of your soul. Give yourself a treat by losing yourself in one of her enchanting stories.

Kim Vogel Sawyer--Bestselling author of My Heart Remembers

I loved this book. I had never read anything from MaryLu Tyndall before, but now I know I have to read more of her books. Everything about this book was fun and entertaining. The twists, the danger, the love – I found myself easily absorbed in the story and it didn’t take me long to finish at all. I loved Adalia. The courage she demonstrated and the fact that she stuck to what she believed is such a great example for us all. I would highly recommend this book to anyone loving a good historical romance.

This is a thought-provoking read about the perils of slavery. Tyndall doesn’t just write about human slavery but how we are all slaves to something in our lives. We are slaves to our positions in society, to our looks, to our money. Not surprisingly, Tyndall portrays these slaves as the non-Christians in her book. It’s an interesting thought and perhaps we need to take a look at ourselves and our own lives.

Ultimately, although this is a book about slavery it comes across as a swash-buckling romance with hints of Pretty Woman, My Fair Lady and Pirates of the Caribbean. The opening description of Althea’s escape hooks the reader and the novel is a pleasant enough way to pass an afternoon.

Veil of Pearls is much more than a historical romance.  It is a love story with wonderful depth and a reflection of real-life society.  The characters are deeply human.  They are flawed and imperfect.  But they are likeable.  You will find yourself cheering for both Adalia and Morgan, hoping for them to find happiness together and within themselves. 

Wow!  I have read many of MaryLu Tyndall's books, but Veil of Pearls is by far the best!
MaryLu Tyndall is a Christian writer, so the reviews bashing the Christian theme throughout the book are really silly.  This book is not preachy.  It is an addictive, inspiring read that I recommend to all historical romance lovers.

What a riveting plot! From the very first page I was invested in Adalia's story and sympathetic to her situation. The characters were very well written and complex, I completely understood why they did what they did and the struggles that they had to overcome and the dangers they faced.

Oh my! Seldom has my heart ached more at the turn of a last page. MaryLu Tyndall is simply one of the best in Christian romance today and Veil of Pearls, her finest work yet. A pearl beyond compare, this is a love story that transcends era and class to race your heart and soothe your soul, leaving you breathless and longing for more. Absolutely one of my favorite reads ever!

- Julie Lessman, award-winning author of The Daughters of Boston and Winds of Change series.

4 1/2 Star Review & Top Pick from Romantic Times--You'll be instantly transported to the sights, sounds, and smells of 1812 Charleston, S.C., in Tyndall's latest.  Adalia, Morgan and their friends come alive, and you will experience their joys and sadness along with them.  It will take a moment to remember this is 2012, not 1812, when you put the book down.   --Cheryl Hanson, Romantic Times, August 2012

Veil of Pearls is beautiful. It is a magnificent love story that manages to make your heart ache and sing in one sitting. It takes an unflinching look at the realities of slavery and the assumptions of its morality and permanence present at that time.

A well written, jaw dropping, enlightening, frustrating, on the edge of your seat read. I'll have to ponder on this review. It must be worthy of this read. I LOVED it!

I loved this story of opposite worlds colliding, and it was the first novel from the author that I had read. Based on the writing skill demonstrated here, it won't be my last. Highly recommended!

Veil of Pearls by MaryLu Tyndall is a wonderfully complex, romantic love story about forbidden love and racial prejudice. At the heart of the tale is a strong, courageous woman who risks all for love. It is a poignant portrayal of the prejudices of slavery and its effect on white and black people alike. The characters have depth; Morgan and Adalia both experience inner struggles to shed their past. This is an enduring novel of great depth. Beautifully written, it explores how far the human spirit will journey for freedom and love. This story was a real pleasure to read. Highly recommended. 

A light historical that doesn't weigh the reader down with too many historical references, this novel has a familiar fairy-tale feel that brings a smile. Veil of Pearls is something of a Cinderella story that, while it doesn't necessarily land the Prince and his True Love in the castle, ends with them heirs to their own humble kingdom just the same.

MaryLu Tyndall has given me one of the best books she’s ever written. After several years of waiting, she has given me what I’ve been waiting for, a book that makes me remember why I love her as an author so much. If I have to wait several more years to get a book this good or better from her again, I will do it, but I feel like she has found her niche and will stay in it. I have loved seeing her improve and grow as an author and look forward to watching her grow and improve more.

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  1. Age: 45-54
    Gender: Female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Wonderful Story!
    May 9, 2015
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: Female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This review was written for Veil of Pearls - eBook.
    MaryLu Tyndall is an exceptional writer in every way! Her settings are historically accurate, her characters are so real and vivid that I feel like I know them personally, and her plots are utterly suspenseful, completely unpredictable, and totally satisfying. This was a wonderful book that was completely riveting. I highly recommend it!
  2. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    I Loved Veil of Pearls!
    October 7, 2014
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    I loved "Veil of Pearls"! It's the story of love, secrets, and wanting to be accepted. Escaping from the island of Barbados, Adalia only wants to be accepted for who she is, therefore keeping her family history a secret from those around her. She has her freedom and wants nothing more than to be able to help others, using her skills with herbal remedies. But will her past catch up with her? Morgan Rutledge, son of a wealthy land owner, is taken with the beautiful Adalia, but she wants nothing to do with him, and shuns him at every turn. Will he be able to win her heart? MaryLu Tyndall tells the beautiful story of how God's love changes hearts, showing that true acceptance comes from knowing Him.
  3. Virginia
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Awesome Historical Fiction!!
    June 1, 2013
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    I think this is my favorite book from MaryLu Tyndale so far! This book stole my heart from the very first page, and still hasn't turned it loose yet! Veil of Pearls will stick with me for a long time.

    Amelia found employment with a local Dr. in the early 1800's in Charleston, SC, but if anyone every finds out her secret, who she really is, her quite life as it is now will be over. No one knows she is a part black, runaway slave from Barbados. Things get even worse when she is attracted to the rich and famous, fast life ladies man Morgan Rutledge. But even though Amelia knows that she can't have someone like Morgan, she is so attracted to him she agrees to go out with him anyway, thus bringing on more trouble than she ever imagined.

    When I finished reading this book, all I could say was Wow! I love Amelia and I was scared for her so many times in this story because she is such a sweet young lady that was forced to live a inhumane life. The other characters, good and bad, were so real and believable, I don't think I've ever felt I was living the story like I felt with Veil of Perils. The entire book was just amazing. And I can't wait to see what MaryLu has in story for her readers next!

    I highly recommend Veil of Pearls if you enjoy historical fiction. I was assure you, this is one book you do not want to miss!

    I received this book from the author to read and review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 55
  4. MA
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    3 Stars Out Of 5
    It was okay
    January 21, 2013
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    Quality: 3
    Value: 3
    Meets Expectations: 3
    This review was written for Veil of Pearls - eBook.
    A little frustrating to find the inconsistencies through the story. Although the main character was raised as a slave as a young girl, it appeared easy enough for her to cross over to a society she knew little about. Her speech, her mannerism, even the way she interacted with people outside of a society she knew nothing about seamed to be easily accomplished. Not a very credible story. Didn't care for it much.
  5. Milwaukee, WI
    Age: 18-24
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Simply Breathtaking
    January 6, 2013
    Milwaukee, WI
    Age: 18-24
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Veil of Pearls is simply another one of Mary Lu Tyndall's masterpieces. She has a way of capturing her audience like not too many can do. Veil of pearls is a romance worth having in your hands. It's a tale of discovering who you are regardless of your past. One thing I absolutely love about Mary Lu Tyndall's writing is through her books she some how increases your faith along with her character. This book is one of her best and to say the book was good would be a horrible under statement!! READ IT! I guarantee you won't put it down till you flip the last page!!
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