Within the Veil
Written by: Brandy Vallance
Publisher: Lyrical Vine Press
Month, Year: June 28, 2016
A brief summary from Brandy Vallance:
Feya Broon, a Scottish half-gypsy, knows what it is to be hungry. Barely able to survive in the Edinburgh tenements, she and her three young siblings are starving. Between her gypsy father’s belief that their blood is cursed, and the faith her mother tried to instill fading, she resorts to the only thing she has left in order to get food for the bairns. But when her last hope brings a chance encounter, she is thrust upon a path to Holyrood Palace and the only man who may be able to change her fate—Alasdair Cairncross, an English Royal Horse Guard with long-buried secrets.
Alasdair has meticulously planned his life, but he never accounted that he’d be forced to transport a thieving gypsy woman halfway across the wilds of Scotland. With his fiancée’s imminent arrival and his father’s greatest political goal within reach, the timing is disastrous. The journey threatens to consume everything he holds dear, and an encounter with superstition in an ancient village exhumes more than memories. As the gypsy’s prejudice begins to crumble and Alasdair’s sense of duty wanes, both must learn how to survive a decades-old feud, a Highland kidnapping, and the awakening of their own hearts.
I about cried as I turned the last page of Brandy Vallance’s newly released novel, Within the Veil. And I am so not a crier! This incredibly tender story is absolutely stunning – from cover to cover and every ink stained, heartfelt, adventurous page in-between. Within the Veil’s raw, organic beauty will move you in the depth of your soul. It is an absolute MUST READ!!
Feya Broon is a spirited, lively Scottish half-gypsy woman who stands out amidst the lackluster Edinburgh tenements. After a desperate attempt to steal from royalty in order to feed her family, Feya is captured by the palace guard on duty, Alasdair Cairncross, who must transport her across the wilderness of Scotland for trial. Two people have never been more opposite! While Feya is free-spirited, beautiful, and saucy, Alasdair is haunted, rugged, and duty bound. These two butt heads more than once, creating magnificent conflict that will keep you turning the pages.
Within the Veil is a truly unique story with its focus on gypsies and the racism directed towards their people, Alasdair’s “mind problem” of seeing auras for everything around him, Feya’s struggle to come to terms with who she is as a biracial woman in a society who doesn’t accept anything less than those of pure genealogy. It is a mesmerizing tale that will take you on a journey through back alley slums littered with desperation, royal palaces filled with gold beyond imagination, and wild woods laced with anticipation. Within the Veil is without a doubt a must read and because I’m so enamored with this novel, I’m going to give a reader a copy of the book for free!! 🙂
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I was graciously provided a free e-copy of this novel from Brandy Vallance and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. I was not required to write a positive review and the opinions I have expressed are my own. This giveaway is in no way endorsed by Brandy Vallance, or the book’s publisher and is solely held at the discretion of the blog, Baker Kella.