Tuesday, August 21, 2012
This book was interesting, and the first I’ve read by Tyndall.
The heroine, Adalia Winston had me rooting for her, from page one. She escapes her life of slavery, changes her name and starts over where no one knows her, her background or her heritage. But her new life is far from carefree when the wealthy Morgan Rutledge is determined to win her heart.
Morgan is one of those characters you want to hate, but can’t help be charmed by. He’s smooth and persistent and has all the right words. Though Adalia is wary of him, and knows she shouldn’t entertain the notion of allowing him to court her, the dreams of what he could provide for her are tempting. However, Adalia is hiding the fact that she is of Negro descent. Though no one can tell by looking at her, Adalia knows that if Morgan finds out, her cover will be blown and she may be forced back into the life she’s fought so hard to forget.
About The Book:
She thought she could outrun her past... 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 is part black and a runaway slave from Barbados. Skilled in herbal remedies, Adalia finds employment with a local doctor and settles into her 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?
Disclosure of Material Connection:
I received this book free from Barbour. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.