An Epic Romance of the Old South
From an Acclaimed Christy Award Finalist MaryLu Tyndall
Uhrichsville, OH — She longs for peace, he desires her love. But Adalia hides a secret that could destroy their love and ruin their lives. This July, MaryLu Tyndall unveils an epic romance that reveals the beauty and tragedy of the Old South in Veil of Pearls.
It is 1811, and the prosperous port city of Charleston is bustling with immigrants like Adalia. But she has a secret: her light skin belies that she is part black and a runaway slave from Barbados. She lives in terror that her owner will come looking for her. Instead Morgan, the son of a plantation owner, finds her. He is handsome, charming, bored, and enamored of the beautiful Adalia. Soon she is swept into his glamorous world, a world in which the truth about Adalia’s heritage would ruin her and Morgan.
About the Author
MaryLu Tyndall, a Christy Award Finalist, and bestselling 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.
Veil of Pearls by MaryLu Tyndall
July 2012 / $12.99 / 320 Pages / Paperback
Praise for Veil of Pearls
“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.”
Kathi Macias, author of nearly 40 books, including Deliver Me From Evil and the Golden Scrolls Novel of the Year and Carol Award finalist, Red Ink – www.boldfiction.com
“…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.”
Kim Vogel Sawyer, bestselling author of My Heart Remembers
“Veil of Pearls is a timeless tale of redemption and discovery, as a deeply scarred woman learns her true worth and purpose in the eyes of God. MaryLu Tyndall never fails to bring to life biblical truths that can change the reader forever.”
Louise M. Gouge, author of A Proper Companion
“… 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.
“…a novel that will stick with you, long after you turn the last page.”
Lisa T. Bergren, author of Waterfall and Glamorous Illusions
“This is MaryLu Tyndall’s most emotionally stirring book yet. She doesn’t simply know her subject; she feels it and takes the reader with her into the hearts of the characters.”
Laurie Alice Eakes, author of Heart’s Safe Passage
Q&A with the Author
From beginning to end, readers get sucked into this emotional roller coaster in Veil of Pearls. What inspired you to write such a moving story?
I believe one of the biggest internal problems people face today is rejection. We are constantly bombarded with others’ opinions of how we look, act, our skills or lack of them, our personality, race, status, wealth, etc. . . God gave us an inherent desire to connect with others, to be in relationship, yet so many of us are damaged by our own low self-image, we are afraid to be ourselves. People are so desperate for attention that they squelch who God made them to be and instead mold themselves into an image they hope others will accept. This is the theme I used throughout Veil of Pearls with the heroine Adalia.
Without giving too much away, what significance do the pearls play in the storyline?
Adalia owns a lustrous string of black pearls that belonged to her mother—a gift from her father to her mother when they were both still alive. They represent the beauty and magnificence of her mother’s half-black heritage and Adalia’s own heritage, something she is initially very proud of, but that later on, she tries to hide, along with the pearls.
How is Veil of Pearls different from the other titles you have written?
Most of my other books have been series, while Veil of Pearls is a stand-alone. However, the theme of Veil of Pearls, which is the Fear of Man, is very different from the themes in my other books, which have covered everything from redemption to forgiveness to grace to obedience.
What type of research did you have to do for Veil of Pearls?
First of all, I adore Charleston, so studying the history of the city was loads of fun. I had already traveled there on research a couple of years ago for my Charles Towne Belles series. However, for Veil, I also studied plantation life, how slaves were treated, and how a plantation was run. I researched the cultural attitudes of the day, the classes in Charleston, the elite and what they did with their time, their opinions toward life and those beneath them, their seasonal parties and activities. And of course the early nineteenth-century clothing, so similar to Regency clothing in England! Last but not least, I had to learn about herbs and what type of herb was used for what type of ailment because Adalia procures a job healing with her herbs.
Of all the heroines you have written about, who would be your favorite?
My very first heroine, Charlisse, in The Redemption. I modeled her journey after my own spiritual journey of seeking the love of a lost father, believing that an earthly father would fill my heart, but in the end, after all my trials and struggles, it was God’s love that saved me.