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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.
©2016 Brandy Vallance (P)2017 Brandy Vallance
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5 out of 5 stars
By Sarah A. Bernick on 09-30-17

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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5 out of 5 stars
By DL Kamstra on 09-12-17


Would you consider the audio edition of Within the Veil to be better than the print version?

In some ways, I certainly would, simply because the audio offers the accents of Scotland where the voices in my head often don't speak that way. On the other hand, for me, I found the Scottish accent a bit hard to understand at times.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Within the Veil?

I loved Alisdair's character and the way he saw and experienced color. He was a fascinating character and I really enjoyed the times when this attribute of his came out in the story.

What does Joanna Stephens bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

I think it was the authenticity of the voices. She did a wonderfully dramatic reading and each character had a distinct voice.

Any additional comments?

Since I read Brandy Vallance’s The Covered Deep awhile a couple of years ago, I have been anxiously awaiting her second novel. I’m pleased to say that Within the Veil was worth the wait and was everything I could have hoped for.

Within the Veil has one of my favorite features in novels: Unique characters. From the main characters Feya and Alasdair to even the minor characters that only show up for a few chapters, they were all distinct and interesting. Feya and Alasdair both have ailments that they have to deal with and this was one of my favorite things—especially Alasdair’s seeing colors. Vallance does a wonderful job of capturing this along with some of the sentiments about it from the era.

There honestly was so much to love about this book. There’s a wonderful coming to faith story for one of the characters. A passionate romance (while I wouldn’t say Vallance crossed any lines here, there may be some things that are a bit much from some readers) and an all around entertaining and unpredictable journey through Scotland.

Since I had the pleasure of having the audio book to review, I will add that I really enjoyed the authenticity Joanna Stephens added to the story with a charming Scottish accent and various voices. It took a bit for me to acclimated to it but once I did, I had no problem understanding the story. And I would dare say even enjoyed it a bit more because of the way her voice helped these characters come a bit more alive. My one regret is that I wish I would have had the text of the story to easily reread portions of or to see names since so many of them in this book are unfamiliar to me. There were a few moments in the story I felt a bit lost in where I think if I could have gone back and reread I would not have felt like I missed something.

All in all, this was a most excellent book and one that I would highly recommend.

**I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. All opinions expressed are my own.**

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