MaryLu Tyndall’s latest masterpiece, “Veil of Pearls” is not your typical Christian romantic adventure tale. It is the entertaining and thought-provoking story of Althea Claymore, a slave who has escaped from a plantation on the island of Barbados. Since her fair complexion allows her to pass for a white woman, she changes her name to Adalia Winston and finds herself working as an herbal healer in Charleston, South Carolina. Her vocation leads to a meeting with Morgan Rutledge, the seemingly spoiled son of a wealthy South Carolina plantation owner, and a love that she never thought she would ever know. But will that love be enough to sustain her if the secret of her race should be discovered or if Sir Walter, her owner, should ever find her.
Morgan has inner demons as well. He cannot fathom life without the affluence that the Rutledge name and money brings. He also feels a call from the sea. What will he have to give up to fulfill God’s plan for his life?
This beautifully written novel involved me so completely with its plot and themes that I frequently found myself wondering to what I might be enslaved. It also led me to ask myself what price I would be willing to pay to save someone I love. The characters in this novel are carefully and skillfully crafted. The detail with which Ms. Tyndall creates the inner struggle of each character as they work out their faith is inspiring and encouraging. The opulence of Charleston society is richly painted throughout the book. I was transported to the early 1800s south where slavery was an acceptable way of life and appearances meant everything to success. Wait. Doesn’t sound much different than today, does it? Thank you, MaryLu for another wonderful stand-alone novel that has already changed the way I think and pray.