Veil of Pearls by Mary Lu Tyndall

She thought she could outrun her past....

From the back cover:

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 part black and a runaway slave from Barbados.  Skilled in herbal remedies, Adalia finds employment with a local doctor and settles into a 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 Review: 

I believe this was MaryLu's 11th book and she just keeps getting better!    

In Veil of Pearls, Adalia and Morgan both find themselves in circumstances that they have not chosen for themselves.  

Adalia is a slave who finally escapes the brutal master she has had for 6years.  She finds her way to Charleston, where she is hired as an assistant to a local doctor. Life is good, she is not seen as a Negress or a slave, she is seen as a beautiful, intelligent woman in a working trade, and even comes to be accepted by the upper society.  Is that what she really wants?  Can she continue to hide her past and be accepted by Morgan's friends and family?

Morgan is a young man that has been born into society with all it's expectations and rules.  Honestly, he is bored with life... isn't there more than parties, plays and pretty girls? When Adalia comes into Morgan's life with her amazing beauty and her sharp tongue, his life is changed.  He is drawn to her and intrigued by her view on life as well as her innocence.  He is desperate to win her love, but at what cost?

When Adalia's secret is found out will the truth of it keep them apart and send her back to her cruel owner?

About the Author:

MaryLu Tyndall, a Christy Award Finalist, and best-selling author of the Legacy of the King's 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 people's eyes to their God-given potential. MaryLu is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers and Romance Writers of America. For more information on MaryLu and her upcoming releases, please visit her website at or her blog at