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Monday, July 23, 2012

Lisa Norato Reviews Veil of Pearls by MaryLu Tyndall



Veil of Pearls by MaryLu Tyndall

Veil of Pearls
by MaryLu Tyndall
(Barbour, 2012)

Review by Lisa Norato

A Masterpiece!  5 out 5 stars.

By land or by sea, MaryLu Tyndall never fails to deliver an exceptional love story full of romance, danger and adventure.  Veil of Pearls has all this and more!  This Cinderella story set in early nineteenth-century Charleston, South Carolina, whisks readers off to high society balls and horse races, brings them inside a southern plantation and sails them away on a merchant ship under attack.

As a long-time fan of Ms. Tyndall, I love her settings, but it is her unique characters who give heart and soul to her stories, and I found Veils of Pearls’ brave heroine her most admirable of all.  Adalia Winston has endured many hardships in her young life, the most horrifying being forced into slavery by a licentious, evil man.  She manages to escape and find a new life in Charleston as an assistant to the local doctor.  Yet she hides a dangerous secret among this prejudiced, southern community—her one-quarter Negro ancestry is undetectable in her light skin.

Adalia soon catches the eye of handsome aristocrat, Morgan Rutledge.  Though born with every advantage, Morgan is enslaved in a different way.  Trapped by the expectations of his position and wealth, second son to an overbearing, disapproving father, he escapes to the only place he feels a sense of belonging—the sea.  Yet life as a mariner is as much of an impossible dream for Morgan as being accepted into Charleston society is for Adalia when Morgan brings her into his world.

How can these lovers from two vastly different worlds ever find a way to be together?  Especially when there are those who conspire to tear them apart?  And how long can Adalia hide her secret?  The answers will keep you turning the pages.  I agonized with Morgan and Adalia in their challenges and emotional struggles and sympathized with their fears.  I loved their journeys of discovery in getting to know a loving God.  Veil of Pearls is an engrossing, heart-wrenching and inspiring read.  I cannot recommend this book highly enough!


One place MaryLu Tyndall's books can be found is on CBD, who continues to offer Veil of Pearls on sale.  

Giveaway:  One commenter this week will receive a copy of Veil of Pearls.  Be sure to leave your email address.










52 comments:

  1. With a review this good, I have to toss my hat in the ring. :)
    twinwillowsfarm at gmail dot com

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  2. I guarantee you won't be disappointed, Peg. Good luck in the drawing.

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  3. LISA, Thanks so much for the review. MaryLu's book kept me turning page after page! So glad you loved it, too! Blessings!

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  4. Good morning from California, Ladies!! Lisa... wow. A beautiful review.. written by a wonderful author (that's you!) And it means so much to me. Thank you .. I'm heading off to tweet this. Be back later... hugs.. must go get coffee. LOL

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  5. I am excited to read this book...it sounds awesome! angadair@nwcable.net

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  6. Good morning, MaryLu and Carrie! Thanks for the sweet words, guys. My mother read Veil of Pearls in two days and couldn't wait to call me up to tell me how much she liked it!

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    1. Your Mom? Well, now I feel really special :-)

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  7. Welcome, Angie, and good morning. You're in for a real treat!

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  8. I have been following the blogs and entering hoping to win Veil of Pearls. I love historical romance and I am from the South so love the local of SC. Thanks for the opportunity to enter giveaway.

    misskallie2000 at yahoo dot com

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  9. WAIT TO READ BOOK.

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  10. Welcome, Kallie! Best wishes with the drawing. The southern setting plays a big part in this story. I do hope you get to read it!

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  11. Hi Jenny! Thanks for joining us. I hope you do get a chance to read this wonderful book.

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  12. I can't wait to read this book! Stonewriter_23@yahoo.com

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  13. Welcome, Stephanie! You're gonna love it.

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  14. I have heard so much about this book! And I hopw to read it soon! Thank you, Lisa for the lovely review!

    crazi.swans @ gmail dot com

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  15. Hi, Faye! Good of you to join us. I know you'll love Veil of Pearls. Hope you get to read it soon.

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  16. I would love to have your book! It's not at the local library and I just love this genre. I've been interested in your books for some time now. Can't wait to read it.

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  17. Hi Bianca! Once you read one of MaryLu's books, you'll come back for more. Good luck in the drawing.

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  18. Thanks, everyone, for your interest in Veil of Pearls. And thank you Lisa for hosting this giveaway and once again for your wonderful review! I wish I could give a copy to everyone!! In case you all didn't know, Lisa also has a swashbuckling tale out called Prize of my Heart! Excellent read!!! You might want to check that one out as well!

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  19. Oh wow, how have I just discovered this site? Craziness...

    This sounds AMAZING. I love historical fiction, I love Southern fiction - plantations, balls, gowns, slow-paced elegance - and I love a good love story. This sounds like the perfect fit...Oh man, oh man...

    quarterback.girl[at]gmail[dot]com

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    1. REBECCA, we're glad you found us at CQ!!! We cover all kinds of good stuff up through the year 1820! We'll enter you for the contest!

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    2. Welcome, Rebecca! You'll love Colonial Quills. We have a lot of fun here!

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  20. What a beautiful cover and I would love to see the inside to find out this historical fiction, my favorite genre! Please enter me in drawing for this book by author I have not read yet! Thank you. Kathleen
    lanehillhouse[at]centurylink[dot]net

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  21. Looks like a good book! :) amada_chavez@yahoo.com

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    1. Welcome Amada! Pretty name. My daughter married a Chavez!!

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  22. I'm so looking forward to reading this. I've said it a hundred times, but I wish there was a second me. She'd be a full time novel reader!

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    1. Thank you, Lori! I'd be joining your reading clone! I need one of me to write and the other to read! I can't keep up with all the books I want to dive into.

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  23. Thank you for the review and giveaway! The books sounds intriguing. I love the name she chose for the main character--Adalia.

    ks4readin@yahoo.com

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  24. The heroine's name Adalia means "God is my refuge" Isn't that beautiful?

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    1. I didn't know that. That is beautiful. And congratulations, MaryLu, on the fantastic USA Today review!

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    2. Somehow that did not register with me, ML, but it is BEAUTIFUL, I agree!!! And congrats on that awesome USA Today review by Serena! Our CQ authors ROCK!!!

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  25. Great review, Lisa! I'm looking forward to reading "Veil of Pearls"!

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

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    1. Thanks, Gwen and welcome! I so enjoyed reading and reviewing this book, and I know you will enjoy it, too.

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  26. Please enter me in this giveaway and thank you for the nice review.
    :-)

    Ganise

    ganise_4life (at) hotmail (dot) com

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    1. Hi Ganise! Glad you enjoyed the review. Thanks for stopping by. You will be entered in the drawing and best wishes on winning.

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  27. Wonderful! Congratulations, Cap't on the USA Today review! Praise God!

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  28. Wonderful! Congratulations, Cap't on the USA Today review! Praise God!

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  29. I haven't hear anything but wonderful stuff about this book. Will be buying it...if I don't win it of course. ;P

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    1. That's so sweet of you, Melissa!! Thank you.

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  30. Wonderful review, Lisa! I'd love to be entered in the drawing :)

    Beth
    bharbin07[at]gmail[dot]com

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    1. Thanks for stopping by, Beth. If you enjoyed the review, wait till you read the book! Good luck with the drawing.

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  31. I have seen so much online about this book, I can't wait to get my hands on it! Luckily, my library is pretty good about getting new Christian fiction, so maybe I won't have to wait too long. =-)
    bskaggs(at)zoominternet(dot)net

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    1. Hi Teddy!!! You were just our winner over on OTT-WGH! Good to see you here. This book is amazing! My advice is that if you don't win, go on and buy it as soon as you can and spoil yourself with a great read!!! Blessings!

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  32. I have been wanting to read this book so much! Please enter me in the giveaway!

    I don't think I've read any of MaryLu's books yet, but I have heard great things about them. Thanks for the chance! :)

    frequentreader19 (at) gmail (dot) com
    My blog: Christian Bookshelf Reviews

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    1. MELANIE, I am getting ready to draw! Thanks for coming by and thanks for sharing your blog link!

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  33. wow Lisa! your review alone is a masterpiece!
    ty for the excellent review and stirring up my anticipation for this exciting read ~ Well Done!
    faithhopecherrytea at*gmail*.com

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  34. thanks for the chance to read this wonderful story :)

    karenk
    kmkuka at yahoo dot com

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  35. Just wanted to stop by and read your review. You don't have to enter me in the giveaway. Hope you have a great weekend! :O)

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  36. KATIE SCHEIDHAUER, you are our winner of a copy of MaryLu Tyndall's "Veil of Pearls" Congratulations!

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