Within the Veil

  • by Brandy Vallance
  • Narrated by Joanna Stephens
  • 13 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

They never should have met. But they might be made for each other.
Feya 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 a palace guard. But there's something about this man that tears at every preconceived notion she's ever had about the haughty English.
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 yet the farther they travel together, the less concerned 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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Within the Veil is a Gift!

This book is a wonderful read! It was filled with stunning imagery. I felt like I was living the story right along with the characters. Feya was a lovable heroine with a quiet strength and a certain desperation. You absolutely wanted to root for her. She is rightfully disillusioned by a life filled with too many hardships, such as her drunken father and the terrors of tenement life. Feya is stubborn and spunky and deeply committed to the well being of her family. That commitment starts her on a journey she couldn't have imagined, and it leads her to Alasdair's front door.

Alasdair is a man with his own demons to fight. He holds himself to a high standard and struggles with his purpose. He is so easy to relate to as he battles between what he's been told and the truth and the expectations of a domineering parent. Abandonment issues threaten to rob him of joy and peace. His sense of duty contrasts with his heart's desire.

This book was such a wonderful ride! I wasn't sure what to expect, but I surely wasn't disappointed. It had all of the right elements for a romance swirled with bits of subtle sexual tension. But Within the Veil delivers a depth many romances do not. It addresses prejudice among English and Scottish people. It tackles misconceptions. I found it educational, providing insights about a phenomenon known as synesthesia that I wasn't familiar with. It ties everything together with exceptional elements of redemption, faith, trust and restoration. The author sprinkled in suspense and adventure, so there is something here for everyone.

The narration brought the story alive in an almost magical way. She shifted seamlessly from one dialect to another. I'm looking for other books that Joanna has narrated. I listen to several audiobooks per week, and she is one of my new favorites! Her voice and this story were a perfect match.

Though I received a free code from the publisher for my honest review of this book, I loved it so much that I purchased a Kindle copy anyway! I can't wait to read it again. I read many, many books per year, and I rarely read a book again. I also set very high expectations for what I read. This book is one of the best I've ever read, and I congratulate the author on a beautiful job. Thank you. This book is a gift.
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- Kindle Customer

I feel like I have been on a long journey.

Praise the Lord for his work in the hearts the children of men. This book was an adventure. I feel like I went on a journey to a different time. I have made friends with the characters, they are so real. This book played my hearts strings. To God be the glory. I love this author, she is an amazing writer and I can't wait to see if she writes another book.
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- Sarah A. Bernick

Book Details

  • Release Date: 07-26-2017
  • Publisher: Brandy Vallance