Historical Fiction, Review

Within the Veil by Brandy Vallance

Within the Veil by Brandy VallanceFeya Broon, a Scottish half-gypsy, knows what it is to go hungry. Trapped in the Edinburgh tenements with a father lost to his past and only the faded memory of her mother’s faith, Feya is desperate to provide for her siblings. When an ill-conceived plan leads to thievery, she finds herself in the last place she’d ever want to be–captured by an English palace guard. But there’s something about this man that tears at every preconceived notion she’s ever had.

Alasdair Cairncross never dreamed he’d be forced to transport a gypsy woman halfway across the wilds of Scotland. The timing is disastrous, considering his fiancée’s imminent arrival and his father’s political goals. Not only that, but the fiery young woman threatens to lay bare secrets Alasdair would rather keep hidden. And the farther they travel together, the more conflicted he finds himself with duty–both to the crown and to the plans his family has for him.

As their walls begin to crumble, Feya and Alasdair must fight to survive a decades-old feud, a Highland kidnapping, and the awakening of their own hearts.

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My Thoughts

I have been trying to find the words to convey my adoration of this book for three days now. Within the Veil is a work of art and I’m not just talking about the stunning cover here, magnificent storytelling, y’all!

Feya’s life is filled with hunger, sickness, sorrow, hard work, and desperation. She is willing to do anything and go anywhere to provide food for her younger siblings. I admire Feya’s feisty and determined nature. She isn’t going to sit around and wait for her life to get easier, she takes life by the horns and kicks it in the shins! Unfortunately, Feya can’t escape the consequences of her desperate actions.

Alasdair is meticulous and dedicated to protecting the queen’s interests. I got the distinct feeling that he is not at all happy about escorting that thieving wildcat of a woman to prison. At first, Feya and Alasdair get along like a couple of wet cats in a burlap sack. When their trip across the rugged Scotish landscape goes from bad to worse, you are going to have a hard time putting this book down!

I requested the opportunity to read and review this book through NetGalley. The opinions expressed are my own.NetGalley

About the Author

Brandy Vallance fell in love with the Victorian time period at a young age, loving the customs, manners, and especially the intricate rules of love. Since time travel is theoretically impossible, she lives in the nineteenth century vicariously through her novels. Unaccountable amounts of black tea have fueled this ambition.

Brandy hopes to avoid a similar fate as the writer, Honoré de Balzac, who met his death via caffeine poisoning. At this point, the balance may not be tipped in her favor. Brandy’s love of tea can only be paralleled by her love of Masterpiece Theater Classics, deep conversations, and a good book.

Brandy is the 2013 Operation First Novel winner and the 2012 winner of the ACFW Genesis Contest for historical romance.

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Also check out Brandy’s debut novel, The Covered Deep!

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