My first book of the new year was Veils of pearls by MaryLu Tyndall. This book is set just before the War of 1812. The main character is a runaway slave named Adalia who is light skinned enough to pass for white. She arrives in Charleston, SC and begins to work as an assistant for a local doctor. She becomes interested in Morgan, a local plantation owner's son, and begins to enjoy her exciting new life.
This is the first book I have read by this author, and over all I enjoyed it. I liked the Adalia a lot. She was strong and stood up for her beliefs, and she felt a strong responsibility to take a stand against slavery. She was also a very real character with flaws. She struggled with where she was supposed to fit in society and with new temptations that socializing with Morgan brings her. Morgan annoyed me somewhat. He was very spoiled and didn't seem to care if he put Adalia in compromising situations, but he did mature by the end of the story.
I would recommend this book to women who enjoy historical romances. It was an easy read and a nice escape.