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Monday, June 25, 2012

Guest Review by Marian Baay of Veil of Pearls by MaryLu Tyndall




Barbour Publishing, (July, 2012)
Guest Review by Marian Baay

5 stars *****
Marvellous!

I think MaryLu Tyndall gets better with each book I read. I was really blown away by this awesome story!

Adalia is young woman with a quarter Negro blood. Although she looks 100% white, she's considered a slave. She has been planning to escape her abusive master for years. One day she actually runs away and starts a new life in Charleston. She finds a position with a local doctor. The doctor sends her to the Rutledge Plantation to tend their slaves. There she meets the two Rutledge brothers—wealthy, spoiled and bored men.

The youngest brother, Morgan, is attracted to Adalia and is trying to woo her. Adalia tries to keep him on a distance, because she knows who she is and she doesn't belong to Charleston society. Morgan doesn't give up and finally she agrees to come with him to a party. More parties and social events will follow and the two are falling in love.

One jealous lady—who has her sights on Morgan—is trying to ruin Adalia. She's starting to dig in Adalia’s past. Will she find out who Adalia really is?

Morgan's father doesn't agree with a courtship of Morgan and a common woman. He's threatening to disown Morgan. What is more important to Morgan—his wealth or Adalia?

This was an awesome read. It had me in tears and smiles at times—it's my condition for a good book! It was so touching and well written I hated to see it end. I highly recommend this book. Well done, MaryLu!


*Thanks to the publisher and NetGalley for my review copy.*



You can purchase MaryLu's books at CBDAmazon and other bookstores.


Bio: Marian Baay is a lector for Kok Publishers in the Netherlands. She is the international reviewer for Overcoming Through Time - With God's Help.


GIVEAWAY:  Leave a comment and your email address to be entered to win a copy of MaryLu's July 1 release!!!

145 comments:

  1. Very nice review, MARIAN! I agree...what an awesome book! You may borrow my rocker with the goose down cushion that Carrie got me for my visits here. lol Everyone at CQs is VERY hospitable!

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    1. Thanks, DIANA! Please send the rocker my way. ;) lol

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  2. I would love to win. What a pretty cover and I have not read MaryLu Tyndall's books before. Thank you for your review. Kathleen lanehillhouse[at]centurylink[dot]net

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    1. hi KATHLEEN! I agree, the cover is very pretty! Thanks for commenting and good luck in the giveaway.

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  3. MARIAN, thanks so much for this great review! I really appreciate Barbour, and MaryLu of course(!), helping us get our advance copies to review. LOL DIANA, let me pull out the rocker and the cushion!!! Guess I better bring the apple streudel out--Johan was here. Lots of coffee left (and of course International creamer, vanilla, for our international guest!)

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    1. Coffee with vanilla, you say? Sounds good!

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    2. MARIAN, I am thinking that chamomile tea might be best right now since you are off to bed soon over there in the Netherlands! I will have coffee ready for you with vanilla creamer in the morning, though! And apple streudel or you can have waffles or cereal!

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    3. Since you're making breakfast, Carrie, I'll have French Toast :)

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    4. I'm ready for that coffee with vanilla creamer, CARRIE. No apple streudel for me unless it's gluten free!

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    5. ANNE, I think CARRIE is still sleeping. By the time she gets up I think I'm starved!! LOL

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    6. You mean she won't get up just for us?! ;)

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  4. Great review! I would love to be entered in the drawing. Thanks for the chance :)

    Beth
    bharbin07[at]gmail[dot]com

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    1. Thanks BETH! You're entered in the drawing. Good luck!

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  5. Beautiful review, Marian, thank you! Congratulations, MaryLu, on writing such a wonderful book! I wish you loads of success. Meanwhile, my anticipation is building for its release, so I can read it myself.

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    1. LISA, thanks for coming by! MaryLu really wrote a winner with this one!

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    2. Thank you so much, Lisa!!! When is your next one?

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  6. Great review. I can't wait to dive-in to this story:)
    Rebecca
    Rebeccahartman07@yahoo.com

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    1. REBECCA, this is a great read. I hope you'll get the chance to read it soon!

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  7. I cannot wait to get this book in my hands!! I LOVE MaryLu's books and have shared them with so many!! Thanks for the review!

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    1. I agree LADETTE, MaryLu writes fabulous books! Good luck in the drawing.

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  8. I just love, love, love this cover and know I'll love the story even more:) So fun to be a part of the buzz about this wonderful book! Congratulations to MaryLu for another release. It's an honor to call her a fellow author and friend! And Marian, your reviews are always so interesting and insightful - thank you so much for being here!!

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    1. Thank you for your kind words, LAURA. You always know how to put a smile on my face. :)

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    2. It's an honor to call you friend, as well, Laura! I recently asked my fan base to recommend books to take on my trip and many of them mentioned you! I told them I've already read all of her books!! LOL. So, you must write another one soon!

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    3. Dear Marian, I think the very same thing about you:) Miles don't matter at all between book friends!

      MaryLu, You don't know how thrilled I am to here that! I didn't think we shared the same readers but am so glad we do!! Thanks so much for VOP! Can't wait to read!

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    4. oke I see the lack of my English vocabulary, because the words I was looking for are right here.
      Marian what I wanted to say was that youre review is always Interesting and insightful!
      Thaks Laura for putting my thoughts down in words haha.

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    5. Well, thank you, Mirjam! :)

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  10. I really like MaryLu's books and have read almost every one of them, and I'd love to have a chance to read this one as well!


    legossi@gmail.com

    (I deleted my last post because I forgot to put my email address in!)

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    1. AMANDA, thanks for commenting and leaving your email! I'm sure you'll love this new book by MaryLu!!

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  11. Good morning from California, ladies!!! What a beautiful day it is! Marian, I cannot thank you enough for this wonderful review!!! I'm thrilled you enjoyed Veil of Pearls. :-) Waving at old friends and new, fellow authors and friends.. love you all! I'll check back later after I've had my coffee. :-)

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    1. Good morning, MARYLU! Funny, it's almost evening in the Netherlands. :) It was my pleasure to write a review of your awesome new book!

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    2. I had no idea you were in the Netherlands until recently! Wow.. Isn't technology amazing? Here we are carrying on a conversation halfway across the world! :-)

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    3. I would love to see your book translated into Dutch, MaryLu! Marian was very instrumental in helping to get Laura Frantz's The Frontiersmansman's Daughter, translated into Dutch!

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    4. I emailed the publisher about VoP. I don't know if they're interested, because they already have another book in this era getting translated. So, we'll have to wait and see...

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    5. We'll keep praying that Kok does translate this to Dutch so that the people in the Netherlands have this great book in their own language, too. Thanks, MARIAN!!!

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    6. Would be nice if Kok translate this book.
      Lezen ze bij Kok dit ook Marian?
      want wij Nederlandse lezers willen dit boek graag in het Nederlands hebben!!
      Sorry had to say the last bit in Dutch, hope you dont mind :)

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    7. Like I said I emailed Kok about this book. If they're interested they can ask me to do the summary. I haven't heard anything (yet).

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  12. Would LOVE to win this. Own all of her books! Great author!!

    battles2001@hotmail.com

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    1. MELISSA, we will enter you in the drawing. Thanks for stopping by!

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  13. I've already pre-ordered this book, so I don't need to be entered in the drawing, but I very much appreciate this review--now I'm even more excited to read Veil of Pearls! This will be my first book by MaryLu. Looking forward to it! Thanks!

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  14. HEIDI, I hope you'll enjoy this book. I'm pretty sure that after you read it, you'll want to read MaryLu's other books! Thanks for stopping by!

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  15. Marian, awesome review. Each time I read a review about "Veil of Pearls", it tells me a little more about the story and makes me all the more excited about the release of MaryLu's latest creation. Only ONE week left, and I can't wait! Thanks for an opportunity to enter your contest. :)

    bookwarp(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. ANGI, your enthousiasm really shows in your comment. :) I'm pretty sure you're going to love the book!

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  16. MARIAN! Great Review! MaryLu's books are always a favorite of mine, I love going on adventures with her! Have fun on here with all the lovely Colonial Ladies. They are all so delightful! :)

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  17. This is the second really awesome review I've seen for this book, throw me in the drawing if you would. rmjagears AT gmail DOT com

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    1. Thanks MELISSA! We'll throw you in the drawing! :)

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  18. Love MaryLu's books :-) Would love to be entered for a chance to win!

    lornafaith at gmail dot com

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    1. LORNA, you're entered! Good luck in the drawing.

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  19. Mary Lu writes great books. This one sounds right up there! I love the time era and suspense! Please enter me for a chance to win. Thanks!

    desertrose5173 at gmail dot com

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    1. LINDA, this surely was a great book! Thanks for stopping by.

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  20. Good morning and thanks for a helpful review!
    Just went and looked online for more infos about this book.
    Sounds interesting, even though I've never read a MaryLu Tyndall book. But everyone says it's good, so you never know.
    Please include me, I'd like to see this! :)

    Ganise (ganise_4life(at)hotmail(dot)com)

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    1. You're going to love this book GANISE! You're entered!

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  21. Great review, Marian, this book continues to get nonstop 5 star reviews!! And each review makes me want this book MORE and MORE! Thanks for the giveaway and please count me in :) Also a quick hello to MaryLu and to you ladies!
    Blessings,
    Kara
    wman4jc@aol.com

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    1. Thanks KARA! Hope you'll enjoy the book when you get your hands on it. Good luck in the drawing!

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  22. The more reviews I read about this book the more I want to read it! Thank you for this giveaway!
    samanthaakuiper(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. SAMANTHA, I think that's the intent of reviews. I'm glad I succeeded in that. :)
      Your name sounds Dutch!!

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    2. Yes it is! My father's side of the family originates from Holland :)

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  23. Marian, your review has made me eager to read this book that has such an intriguing premise. I like all of MaryLu's books I've read so far, so I expect this won't be any different.

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    1. SUSAN, thanks for coming by. I hope you'll enjoy ML's new book!

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  24. Tjanks for the review and giveaway! This books sounds very intriguing. Thanks for posting.

    ks4readin@yahoo.com

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    1. 4READIN, good luck in the drawing! Thanks for stopping by.

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  25. I really really REALLY want to read this book! It looks so good!

    marissamehresman(at)aol(dot)com

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    1. MARISSA, we will put you in the drawing. Maybe you'll win...
      Good luck!

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  26. Thank you all for your interest in Veil!! Lots of readers new to me! And many old friends! I had so much fun writing this book. For one reason, it is set in my favorite city, Charleston, SC.! For another I loved working through the dynamics of an ex-slave falling in love with a slave owner. And thirdly, the theme of "the fear of man", which is putting popularity and people's opinions above pleasing God, is really dear to my heart and something I've struggled with since childhood. I pray the story not only entertains but blesses all who read it. :-)

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    1. Your guest commentary post on upcoming MaryLu week on Overcoming Through Time is awesomeness, ML! I think our other authors are going to have a tough time beating it. Makes me want to not bother with more of my own, lol! Thanks again and we look forward to hosting you over there!

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  27. Marian, it is nice to read your review of MaryLu's fabulous book from half way around the world! Good books are without boundaries. I'm thrilled for MaryLu on this upcoming release. There is such a buzz about it already! MaryLu, you have chosen wisely this spiritual theme. You are fearless at sharing the deep issues that so many of us encounter in such an artful way. Continued blessings on your writing!

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    1. CARLA, I agree. Good books are without boundaries. I'm happy that many good books are getting translated into Dutch--we love to read books by American authors! :)

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  28. Wow! Between the gorgeous cover and the review - which includes copious tears - this book is a must read!

    Thanks for highlighting it! Would love a chance to win (if Canadians are allowed!) If not, I'll buy it for my new Kindle!

    Cheers,
    Sue
    sbmason at sympatico dot ca

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    1. SUSAN, thanks for stopping by! I don't know if Canadians are allowed. Maybe CARRIE can answer that question.

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    2. SUSAN ANNE, thanks for coming by! Wow, all the way from Canada! If you win, you will have to wait till next week to get it via ebook. It releases July 1. No pb copy for international winners, sorry! But you can always look at the picture of the cover online while you read on Kindle!!!

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    3. Question for Carrie, I don't have a Kindle, is the e-book just for that device or do you also have it for the Sony e-reader??

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  29. I agree with Marian. Marylu's books get better and better. The first paragraph had me hooked. Congratulations, Marylu, on a superb story.

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    1. Rita, your such a doll! Thanks. By the way, ladies, Rita can pen an excellent Historical Romance herself! You might want to check out her books as well. :-)

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  30. Haveave never read this author, but I always love finding good authors to add to my TBR lists! This book sounds delightful and the cover is gorgeous! Thanks,

    brendon8@bellsouth.net

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    1. Thanks for coming by, Brenda. I agree about the cover. It's one of my publisher's best so far!

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  31. Oh this book sounds SOOO good!
    I am very excited to read it.
    Thanks for this chance to win!
    dymesich(at)juno(dot)com

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  32. Oh this book sounds SOOO good!
    I am very excited to read it.
    Thanks for this chance to win!
    dymesich(at)juno(dot)com

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  33. Wow! This book sounds amazing. Great review. Thanks.
    Amy Campbell
    Campbellamyd at gmail dot com

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  34. This story sounds wonderful MaryLu. Intriguing setting and complications and potential issues to explore. Thanks for the review, Marian. I look forward to getting my hands on a copy.

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    1. I appreciate that, Lori! Thanks for coming by. :-)

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  35. I love MaryLu's books and am so thankful for this chance to win her newest!
    Please enter me.
    jackie.smith[at]dishmail[dot]net
    Jackie S.

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  36. Marian, another wonderful review! This book sounds so good. I love Civil War and historical fiction, and knowing that this book involves a light-colored slave in the south, living with and socializing with high society makes this book very interesting to me. Thank you for offering this giveaway!
    Nancee
    quiltcat26[at]sbcglobal[dot]net

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    1. Thank you, Nancee. You're entered!

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    2. Nancee, thanks for coming by! I think you're going to like this book. Good luck in the drawing!

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  37. a great review...and what a beautiful cover.

    karenk
    kmkuka at yahoo dot com

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  38. I can't wait to read this book!

    ecriggs1990(at)aol(dot)com

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  39. Great review, Marian! I'm looking forward to reading MaryLu's new book. The cover is so lovely, and the story sounds intriguing. Go pirates/privateers!

    gwen[dot]gage[at]gmail[dot]com

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    1. Hi Gwendolyn! Nice to see you here! Go privateers, indeed! ;-)

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    2. Thanks Gwendolyn! Hope you get the chance to read VoP soon!

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  40. I would love to have one of Marylu Tyndale's books. Have read them but haven't had one to add to my collection yet. Thanks for the chance to enter this great drawing.
    Jen
    butterfliesandme(at)gmail(dot)com

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  41. MARIAN!!! AWESOME review, my friend, but then AWESOME BOOK as well!! I agree with absolutely EVERYTHING you said except one sentence just a wee bit. You said,"I think MaryLu Tyndall gets better with each book I read."

    LOL ... no "thinking" about it, girl -- this is hands-down the BEST MaryLu Tyndall book so far, and that is saying something since she is one of my top MUST-READ authors!!

    BEAUTIFUL COVER, BEAUTIFUL STORY, BEAUTIFUL REVIEW AND BEAUTIFUL AUTHOR ... it's a grand slam!!

    Hugs,
    Julie

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    1. JULIE!!... you're right ... no thinking. It's true! LOL
      Thanks for commenting!

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    2. I pay Julie to be my cheerleader! She does a great job, doesn't she?? LOL

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    3. Who could not love JULIE, MARYLU? She is a gem!!! And so are you - a real pearl!

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  42. What a wonderful review! I can't wait for this book to be released, learning about the characters on MaryLu's blog has been very exciting. Thank you for conducting the give-a-way!

    Lynn
    sgmintheozarks(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  43. What alovely review Marian! You gave me some of the intrigue, but not enough to spoil my reading. You've now managed to get me even more excited for MaryLu's new book :)

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    1. Nastassja, I'm glad I didn't spoil your reading!! :)) Thanks for stopping by!

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  44. Nice review, Marian! I'm thinking I have this book but I can't find it for the life of me. Maybe I read the sneak peek :) It sure sounds intriguing!

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    1. Thanks, Anne! Maybe you downloaded it from NetGalley?

      It's an awesome read. I'm sure you'll love it!

      Thanks for coming by!! It's so great to see you!

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    2. Thank you Marian! You are SO right :) I didn't even think to look there... Just call me duh!

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  45. Wow! A great review, Marian, for what looks like a fascinating read. What a beautiful cover. Congratulations, MaryLu.

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    1. Thanks, Janet! Thanks for stopping by!

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  46. This books sounds so good! Can't wait to get my hands on a copy if I don't win this one=)

    Patty
    pattymh2000(at)yahoo(dot)com

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    1. Good luck in the drawing, Patty! Thanks for coming by!

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  47. MaryLu, you just need to make that trip here to Savannah and we might be able to change your favorite city!! lol. One of these days, I hope to make it up to Charleston for a visit. I really can't wait to read this book-- I have loved every other book by MaryLu that I have read (which is most of them!).

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    1. LADETTE, thanks for sharing the FB link, too! bless you! I love Savannah! Beautiful city. My hubby had a job interview there and I went several times when I lived in Charleston.

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  48. Marian thanks for great review, I am seeing this book in many places with great reviews and know I will reading it too. I would love to be in your drawing also. looks like I will be in good company many names and faces here that I have seen before. Have a great day everyone....
    Paula O(kyflo130@yahoo.com)

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    1. PAULA, if you don't win this u MUST order MARYLU's upcoming release - it is AMAZING!!!

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    2. PAULA, you are our WINNER!!! Hey, your blog gets to looking prettier and prettier! CONGRATS! You will receive a copy of MaryLu Tyndall's new release "Veil of Pearls!"

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  49. What a great review! And beautiful cover too. I'm not entering as I live too far for the postman to find me but I wanted to say G'day and check in with my friends at Colonial Quills.
    Blessings
    Dotti :)

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    1. Dotti, thanks for coming by and leaving a comment!

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  50. I enjoyed the review of MaryLu's book and it sounds like one I would enjoy reading. Please enter me in your drawing and thank you for the opportunity!

    Blessings,
    Lori

    triplel(at)evertek(dot)net

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    1. You're entered, Lori! Good luck in the drawing!

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  51. I am so excited to read this book!
    Please enter me.
    Thanks for this chance to win!
    dymesich(at)juno(dot)com

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  52. Oh yes I am soo excited about Mary Lu Tyndall's new book......'Veil Of Pearls'.......sounds like a wonderful historical fiction book...hope to win......babyruthmac16@yahoo.com......I have shared on facebook and twitter

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    1. Thanks for sharing, Eyeballlucy! Good luck in the drawing!

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  53. "I hated to see it end"!
    Welll...
    It seems My criteria for a great read seems to have been met!
    count me in for this one, MaryLu and TY for your generosity :)

    faithhopecherrytea at*gmail.*com
    and Thanks for the review to captivate us all ...

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    1. Thanks for stopping by. You're entered.

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  54. What an interesting setting! Sounds like a great books. And I love the love and enthusiasm all you CQ ladies have in your comments. :-)
    kentiapalm a gmail address

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  55. This is such an amazing book!! I also received an ebook from NetGalley and simply loved it (as I stated in my review) I'm glad I came across your blog and look forward to following future posts :-)

    secretpearls (at) gmail (dot) com

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    1. Thanks for stopping by Kris! Hope you'll enjoy the posts on this blog!

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    2. KRIS, thank you for the link to your review!!! Posted in on FB and left a comment!

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  56. Ooo, sounds like another good one from MaryLu! Great review and thanks for the giveaway! :)

    writer_weaver(at)yahoo(dot)com

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    1. Anna, I hope you'll enjoy this book as much as I did! Good luck!

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  57. PAULA O is are our WINNER!!! She will receive a copy of MaryLu Tyndall's new release "Veil of Pearls!"

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    1. Congrats, PAULA O!! Enjoy this fabulous read!

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  58. Marian, the review is really good!! I'm going to put this book on my wish list. I also love a book where I can laugh at the story and cry, even if I get a lumb in my throat :)
    Please enter my e-mail for a chance to win a good book !
    mirjam(ad)fotoflits(dot)com

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    1. Thank you for stopping by, Mirjam! You were in Aruba when we had this contest.
      Next week there's another chance to win on Carrie's other blog. I'll message you when it's up!

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  59. haha, I first post and then read what others have written, so I just read that you have allready got a winner. I will blaim the jetlag haha.

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