Book Reviews · Historical Fiction

Within the Veil by Brandy Vallance

They never should have met. But they might be made for each other.

within the veilFeya 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.

My Review:

I had the opportunity to review the audio version of Within the Veil by Brandy Vallance. One thing I like about audio is it brings the story and the character’s to life. The narrator did a good job reading the story and using various voices. Her voice was fairly pleasant to listen to.  Brandy Vallance did an amazing job describing the conflict between the English and the Gypsies. I liked how she showed both perspectives. Her portrayal of the Gypsies reminded me of stories my sister told me when she was living in Romania. The character’s were well developed. I especially liked Feya and Alasdair. I had never heard of synesthesia before reading this book. It was fascinating! Brandy described synesthesia in an engaging and informative way without taking away from the story.  There are so many wonderful truths of the Lord woven throughout the book. The reader can learn these along with the character’s

I recommend this book to my family and friends.

I received this audiobook in exchange for my honest review.

About the Author:

BrandyVallanceHeadshot1Brandy 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.

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